We moved to the Bentota Beach Hotel from the dissapointing Club Bentota for the final week of our Sri Lankan holiday. What we were looking for was a nice hotel with good quality rooms in nice grounds with good food - and this hotel seemed to tick all of those boxes. The grounds and design of the hotel being a Geoffrey Bawa creation are particularly impressive and although Keels the current owners have made numerous changes and modifications the original design of the building is still clearly discernable. The pool area and grounds are particularly impressive, rooms are well maintained and comfortable with superior rooms offering either a sea or lagoon view. Although the food was good but not outstanding my only real criticism was the main eating area itself which was brightly lit and quite tightly packed with tables very close to each other which resulted in a busy cafe feel rather than a subdued restaurant. As a result despite being on a half board package we did decide to eat out quite a bit and there are loads of great value quality restaurants nearby. The Aida over the road is particularly impressive. We also arranged a couple of trips with one of the beach boys Nehal a lovely man who I can't recommend highly enough. We went to to the Bevis Bawa Brief Garden which was a little dilapidated and thus dissapointing, the turtle hatchery and a riverboat safari. At one point I even left my camera at one of the temples at which point Nehal arranged for his team to row all the way back across the lagoon to get it for me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Bentota Beach by Cinnamon is the perfect getaway from the buzzing city life. The resort specializes on water sports and other adventures at its own Water Sports centre with a variety of activities such as wind surfing, jet skiing, and banana boat riding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bentota Beach Hotel Sri Lanka