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AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 3, 2013

My first time in Sri Lanka, and was somewhat let down at all places i visited but this property. Avani is nice, convenient, relaxing and good value for the buck. Travelling as a couple, we enjoyed the rooms, the bar, pool and the beach was great with acres of soft sand. You can surf, snorkel (although not mch coral, some fish) dive, go deep sea fishing or just relax and soak some sun. Ideal time to travel will be from December-April. However, its not suited for children and the night life entertainment in the hotel as well as the area lets it down a bit.

But Avani being a sister concern of Anatara Resorts in Thailand and Maldives, does live up to its reputation.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Great place to relax. Nice pools and great beach - acres of soft sand. Room very clean, comfortable and quiet with nice view (3rd floor has better view of the sea/sunset). The hotel did not feel crowded and there were always loungers available. Service was pretty good throughout the hotel. Good value, though be aware that they sometimes charge hefty supplements on holidays such as Christmas eve. Some other hotels do this when they include extras such as a banquet but at Avani it was just an extra charge that ought to have been part of the room rate so that guests are pre-warned and it doesn’t come as an unhappy surprise at checkout. Food in the evenings was not outstanding but there is a very good restaurant (Mallis Seafood) a couple of minutes walk away. The local village is worth a wander, and the Monday market across the bridge. Locals very friendly, though it's sometimes difficult to distinguish the hustlers from people just interested in a chat. No problems on the beach as the hawkers are licenced and remain friendly and pleasant even if you are not interested in buying. The beach is used by locals at weekends, so there is usually a game of cricket and soccer in the late afternoon- plenty of space so not a problem for those wanting peace and quiet.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

It was my 1st time in Srilanka I spent the 1st 4 days in kandy and colombo and I discovered that they dont worth it , then we moved to bentota and i choosed this hotel because they have a privet beach and it was 5 star hotel ...

I really enjoyed my trip everything was perfect from the staff the location to the fantastic beach to the food ....

I have no nagative feedback about the hotel except that they have a limited number of irons ...

If i will go back again to sri lanka i will go only to bentota and i will keep avani hotel as an option ...

There were seafood resturants around and they were very great ...

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Wafa_85
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at this Hotel, its virtually on the beach with the sun going down over the sea. The swimming pools are at a perfect temperature to cool down when the temperature gets too hot!!
The staff are very friendly, and the food is superb.
Night time entertainment lets it down some, its not the most professional!! The hotel would not be the best place for children, but more mature couples or groups.
I have read the other reports regarding the trains, we were overlooking the Sea in a superior room and heard nothing.
What let the Holiday down for us, is the fact that we should of been staying at its sister Hotel which is a Half hour nearer to the Airport, and the trips that we wanted to go on, although the Avani is ONLY 60 miles from the Airport it takes 3 Hours, each way at any time of the day (the roads are chaos).
We did the trip to the Orphanage and Tooth Temple in Candy (over priced if booking through the Hotel, £190 for the 2 of us,) we had to be away be 5.15AM and did not get back until almost 10PM, and all we seemed to do is be driven all day, so keep this in mind if going to Sri Lanka and you want to get out and see the sights.
If you want a nice relaxing holiday staying in and around the Hotel I dont think you could ask for anything better than here.
When outside of the Hotel, & on the Beech you will be pestered with everyone wanting to be your friend, when they shake your hand and smile they are trying to extract money from you just be aware, but they are very friendly and am convinced that they would not rob you, but they do want your money!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank farmerigh
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Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

We went to Bentota for our first anniversary and I am glad I chose Avani Bentota Resort & Spa. They upgraded us to a room which had a pool and beach view. The staff was very helpful and the service was spectacular.
The food and beverages manager helped me plan a special dinner on the beach at night and the sea and sand looked breath taking. The only thing that wasn't up to our mark was the food, the chef and the restaurant staff was amazing but the food and their menu certainly needs improvement.

Nevertheless our stay was great and if we ever go back to Bentota, we will surely stay at Avani

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank AbhinavGogia
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed here for 3 days at the end of our holiday. The hotel is 4* but the location and noise made it 3* for us. Modern hotel, good food, gorgeous Pool and grass area, and from what we saw probably the best hotel in Bentota, However if we cam back to Sri Lanka we would not stay in Bentota again, probably our least favourite area. You get a lot of hassle from Beach sellers, the people aren't very friendly, and the beach isnt as nice as Hikaduwa for example. The hotel is built next to a trainline (as are most of the hotels in Bentota), so from 5.30AM everymorning it sounds like a train is coming through your bedroom.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank James W
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The hotel is fab overall. Good food, clean, lovely grounds, two spotless pools, good food. Only downsides - and I'm being picky really - are:
- there is a train station just outside the hotel - trains pulling through this station always sound their horn as they pass and it is very loud and occurs during the early hours. We were woken daily.
- the room cleaners are great at cleaning and tidying but very lax when it comes to replenishing toiletries.
- there's very little in the immediate vicinity by way of restaurants. The hotel restaurants are nice but do becomea bit samey afetr a while so it's a shame there isn't more choice outside the hotel.
- the sunbeds set up is a bit of a palava - waiting around fora foam cushion, trying to get replacement beach towels. It took a bit of timeevery day to sort.
- The bar is nice - the staff are lovely - but the music and the entertainment are a bit lacklustre.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, 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 - $367 (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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