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AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Bentota
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Great place to relax”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Began our holiday to sri lanka at the Avani and it was perfect place to relax after the long flight. Rooms are sea facing and well appointed. We requested one at ground level and it was perfect to step out straight to the pool. two large swimming pools and well tended gardens meant you never felt crowded. The hotel led straight onto the beach and we were approached several times by hawkers but a firm polite no ensured we had no trouble. The restaurant buffet was served by one of the pools and choice was reasonably varied. Food was reasonably priced by hotel standards but remember you have to add on nearly 25% to cover local taxes and service. i had a massage in the spa but was disappointed by the loud fan which drowned out the background music and spoiled the experience.

Room Tip: we had a gound floor rooom facing the main pool away from the restaurant found this peaceful and con...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

We've just returned from holidaying in Sri Lanka and stayed here for 10 days after having been moved from the Vivanta (due to its refurbishment).
The Avani was very quiet - but it is a smart hotel with fabulous bedrooms, newly refurbished. As it was quiet, some days we havd one of the pools completely to ourselves. Good position directly on the beach whilst still walkable into Bentota and Aluthgama for restaurants and shops.
Frangipani the a la carte was good - and worth trying for dinner. The dinner buffet was fairly average and would have got boring if we'd had to eat there all the time.Stay in the Avani but try eating out in the local restaurants. Avani staff were good - particular mention is due to all the bar team who were friendly and made excellent cocktails (and pretty cheap too!!!)
The only negative I can think of was the performance of attempting to secure a 2nd cup of tea at breakfast!!!!
Despite it being the supposed off season hence the quiet - it was a great time to visit. June is one of the hottest months, and yes, the sea was rougher than usual - but overall, lovely sunny warm weather.
To be highly recommended!!!!

Room Tip: Go in June! They only have 2 twin rooms - but all rooms are large, well furnished and sea facing.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stayed there along with our two yr old daughter for three nights and had a really good time. The resort looks well maintained and the service is very good. We stayed in their deluxe room which was really big and very good amenities. We had a small problem with limited drinking water supply in the room but was taken care of immediately after speaking to the manager. The only thing I would like to change about this property is the view of the sea, it is quite restricted because of the style of the balcony and the palm trees also block the view. Overall I would recommend this resort, especially for the price you pay for it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colombo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Myself and two of my friends stayed at Avani in June and it was simply awesome, loved every moment of the time we spent there. we really liked the place specially the amazing architecture with simple and soothing surrounding. the hotel was really spacious and well managed.
From the time of arrival until departure the service provided was great and we were so impressed.
Food was quite good but one thing we noticed is that there was a slight delay in refilling the food items as we had to request to do so.
Room was quite nice and the washroom was very spacious and clean. We booked a triple room and we had an extra bed in our room. i think that made the room a little packed. Nevertheless we didn't feel it that much as we had a nice balcony to enjoy the sea view and have chit chats.
The staff of the hotel were very friendly and helpful. Specially the lady who was at the reception guided us to our room and then she gave us a small explanation on how to use certain facilities in the room, which was very helpful.
The overall experience at avani bentota was unforgettable,lovely and excellent.
We will definitely visit this place again :) and we do recommend this place to anyone, specially for people who want to relax and get away from the busy environment.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

I and my wife stayed in Avani beach resort in last week of May. We stayed there for 3nights. The hotel is excellent. Very well made. Excellent hospitality. We stayed in Deluxe category room. The room was huge with large lcd tv, espresso coffee maker etc. As i said very nice to relax as a couple. But no activites in the hotel. Kids wont enjoy much. Breakfast was good, but almost the same dishes everyday. Silent and peaceful. For a person who likes activities would find it dull. We went to Bentota beach resort for dinner one night, found it more lively.
Overall GOOD property.

Room Tip: I found deluxe one of the best amongst all (we had a look at all)
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ravisachdev
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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46 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

Avani Bentota, has had a recent renovation, and the facilities are pretty good. The hotel faces the beach and the rooms on the 1st floor have a pretty good view. The rooms were very comfortable, and the smart tvs in the rooms too had a good entertainment. The food was average...and could have had a wider selection, but definitely can't complain. The hotel is pretty comfortable and the staff is friendly and courteous as well. All in all it was a good stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rusiru A
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Colombo
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41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

I'm terribly late in writing this review but here goes.

I got married in December and This was sort of an unplanned honeymoon stumble by! Initially I thought it was a fabulous place, with bawa architecture and beautiful simple interior. However the hotel disappointed me quite a lot.
Firstly when we were swimming the pool area was being fumigated for bugs/mosquitoes which was fine. understanding the plight of living in a tropical country we headed to our room. However without any prior notice they started the fumigation process on the hallways/ corridors which lead to the rooms. Our room was filled with fumigated air from both the corridors AND the Garden/pool side. This is terrible. There was no prior warning. When we complained the staff did not even attend to the phone call. Which is not at all good customer service. After complaining further to a manager we were asked if we wanted to move to a different room. which we declined since we decided to leave the next day without prolonging out stay. However we were not offered any apologies on this regard.

Secondly while using the toilet I found it wasn't clean namely the *bidet shower*. Lets just say it wasn't cleaned well after the previous occupant.

This i found to be disgusting since I did not want my honeymoon to be cooped up in a room. It was supposed to be much more!

Staff was not super friendly nor helpful. might have been because i was sri lankan too... ho hum

But the rooms were great! I loved the bed! very modern. Food was nice. again not planned and don't think they handled the breakfast crowd well. a bit disorganized!

I'm quite disappointed. Not value for money that I paid.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa

Property: AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Address: Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Hotel Serendib)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > 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
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#6 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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