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AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2012

We stayed in the Avani at the start of December as it was in the process of re-opening and it was lovely. The rooms are very stylish and we really loved the rainfall shower and the super kingsize bed. The hotel was perfectly situated, our room looked on to the pool and immediately behind this was the beach (you could hear the waves crashing while lying around the pool). Bentota was very quiet with not a lot going so we opted for half board and food in the A la carte restaurant was excellent. The drinks and food outside of this at the hotel were expensive (think London bar prices!), which was a bit of a shock having spent the first four days of our holiday in Kandy, where things were much cheaper.

The hotel is very near Bentota railway station so you'd be well placed for day trips to Galle and Colombo.

Overall we had a lovely time and based on our experience I'd definitely recommend the hotel, my only concern would be as the hotel becomes more established that it doesn't start to attract a package holiday crowd.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

We are so glad we stayed here, it's a sleek place and we liked the fact that it wasn't any larger, as it would have been too touristy and nowhere near as good. We were really comfortable here and could relax completely. The rooms are beautifully designed, very modern and newly refurbished. Although we ate elsewhere at night, there was an excellent western and local breakfast selection with real coffee available (if you ask).

Another contributor mentioned the quality of the service and while we thought it was generally pretty good, the staff could have been a little more proactive, particularly serving guests around the pool and grounds (drinks, towels etc) but this is being picky even when compared to some 5 star hotels we've stayed at.

The beach in front of the hotel was fantastic though there are some rips which poor swimmers should be aware of (a few people were rescued when we were there). The resort's resident squirrels are also a bit of an attraction.

We'd have absolutely no hesitation staying here again and wish we could have stayed another few days though there doesn't seem to be a lot to do other than laze by the pool, so any longer than a week might have been boring.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the newly refurbished section near reception as these seem slightly larger and the...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Hotel is right on the beach so the location was great, the new refurbishment also is done very well (although if this is trying for a 4+ star there are little details that are not quite there).
What's not so great was the service (it was not poor, but staff need more training - from the incomplete cleaning of the room, pool staff not laying things out in the morning, food staff being very casual), and the food which was just very average.
For the price paid, I would have expected a lot more in Asia.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for couple of days in Dec 2011. We were skeptical about the location and the hotel. However to our surprise, it turned to be a very good place. We had a slight discomfort with the food as Indian Food was not on the menu, however the people smartly ensured that we get good Indian food. The Beach is clean, The staff is courteous, Clean and Specious rooms...

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Room Tip: Am besten sind die Zimmer mit Pool-/Meerblick.
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  • Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa

Address: Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Hotel Serendib)
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#4 Spa Hotel in Bentota
#7 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
Price Range: $106 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get away to our Bentota hotel, beach haven. Soak up colonial charm in nearby Galle. Laze by the ocean as AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa combines contemporary style with sun-filled days on the southwest coast. Spice up your appetite with local flavours. Sail gently through the mangroves for a relaxing afternoon. ... more   less 
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