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AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Bentota
Nairobi, Kenya
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“Beautiful place, good service”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

An excellent choice to stay in Avani. The rooms are very spacious and well done, with nice touches - eg - shower and bath goodies from Sri Lanka's famous "Spa Ceylon". There are two pools on the property, and many sun loungers, making it a beach bum's paradise. The breakfast is a good spread, but the restaurant food quality could be improved overall. Apart from that, no complaints, would stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

A great stay in a hotel designed by Sri Lanka's most prominent architect - Bawa. Has had some updating since original 70's build but all done sympathetically and has only added to the open and spacious original design.

Our room, a deluxe was incredibly spacious with a private terrace that opened onto one of the two pools. the staff were all very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. the coffee machine in the room was a real plus for two caffeine addicts!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2012

The hotel is housed in a lovely building designed by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa,right on a wonderful white sand beach and sorrounded by beautiful forest.We had a spacious,comfy room facing the pool with a nice balcony.Service is very good,we enjoyed the food at the restaurant and also the snacks and drinks at the bar.Excellent breakfast,plently of fresh fruits,cakes,srilankan food,really a feast!! We had a couple of wonderful days and love to go back,it is a little paradise!!

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet and face the pool,prefer rooms on 1st floor
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2012

Designed & built in the 1970s by the late Geoffery Bawa, one of Sri Lanka's most famous architects, the AVANI Bentota is modeled after a Dutch seaside village. The architecture & layout of the resort is classic & beautiful, with orange-tiled roofs & white walls, yet very modern since it has been newly renovated last year and rebranded as AVANI.
The staff are very friendly & helpful. We had to leave 5:30am to catch our flight and they packed breakfast bags for us.
The in-room entertainment system is pretty cool, with free movies on demand, although there was some problem with the programming at first.
The food is good too. Must try the egg hoppers at breakfast.
The resort has a schedule of activities every day, we were there during the Sinhalese new year and they had a cultural dance & drumming show.
However do be warned that the decking around the swimming pool becomes very hot like a grill during the day, some of us burned their feet by walking on it!
The resort is also quite near the railway tracks, so a train rumbles by a few times a day.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Nicely done hotel, ur room on the same level w pool just open the dour of the balcony and jump in the pool. Food was disgusting, gym is nice and male therapist in spa is really good.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

Must say that staff here are extremely friendly with a warm smile and happy to assist at all times. The Check in got delayed by about one hour as the rooms were not vacant, but the they happily upgraded me to a deluxe room to make up for the delay. The room was nice, comfy, very spacious - with a large sitting area and clean with a private veranda facing the beach - ideal place to relax with a glass of wine. The minibar was well stocked with a good selection and had a nice big LCD in the room. The bathroom was clean with lots of amenities. One could see the bath tub from the room by raising the window blind next to the tub, adding a sense of romance. The closet area was huge and bath robes were a standard amenity.

The hotel is nicely landscaped and has two large pools. The beach in front is absolutely stunning and is safe for bathing and an ideal place to feast your eyes on a gorgeous sunset.

Would recommend this hotel to any couple or family.

Room Tip: Go for a deluxe room
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2012

AWANI Bentota was our second hotel during our beach stay in Sri Lanka. We had a lovely but sadistic stay at AWANI because we never known that Bentota Beach Fest will be a constant headache for us. This hotel was recommended by Different Discovery, our agent in Sri Lanka but they did not mentioned about the loud sound testing for the DJ night and musical show right next to AAWANI.

We had the two deluxe rooms which were just huge. The room had a nice balcony facing the pool area and the sea with some palms at the front to make it feel private. The rooms are well done, tasteful and absolutely huge. The bed was very comfortable but the air-condition so loud it ruined sleep. The bathrooms are great with all toiletries provided. There are two pools so even if the hotel is full it does not feel too crowded. The pool setting is lovely and the beach just next to it.

Staff and service was remarkable. They tried to change our rooms after our complaint on loud sound testing but we understood the situation cannot be changed by just changing the rooms. Different Discovery offered us Bentota Beach for the last night but we said no. My sons were happy to see the musical show and only problem was with me and husband. As compensation Different Discovery offered us a free dinner at Cinnamon Grand.

Overall, AWANI is a lovely property to stay but it needs more fine tuning to be a FIVE STAR hotel. Most amazing thing is service oriented staff and smiley faces. I recommend this staff to any 7 star hotels in the world.

Room Tip: Always ask for a DELUXE with sea view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Address: Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Hotel Serendib)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bentota
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#7 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 76
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