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“Idyllic”
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Club Villa
Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 10, 2013

This was our fifth stay at Club Villa, we fell in love with this jewel of a place in its beautiful gardens over ten years ago & keep coming back. We love everything about Club Villa: small, stylish, quiet, very friendly, stunning Bawa design, lush garden in which to laze around, nice pool & short stroll across the railway track to the white sandy beach, palm trees, warm sea (strong current). Delicious food - all very fresh, great local dishes & Western regulars, freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes etc (tea is served on the lawn at 4 o'clock everyday). Wonderfully warm service, nothing is too much trouble if you ask (& super clean). We have always been given the warmest of welcomes by the charming owners and their highly attentive management team. The Colombo-Galle train runs past daily (it's a great ride with fabulous coastal views, if you have time for a day trip), & adds to the authenticity of the experience. There's nothing we would change about this idyllic place...

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sarah W
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Dear Valued Customer
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Hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world. We were really happy in reading the favorable comments. We wish you would come back again and look forward to welcoming you to Club Villa.
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed only one night at Club Villa with our three kids. After reading so many positive reviews we decided to go for it. The two rooms we had to book for a family of five were next to each other but it was not the best solution for us as the doors are locked once closed. Other than that there is an open stair (without any stairgate) and an open high gallery in the room. It looks nice for sure but it is very unsafe with young children. We would have appreciated if we would have been told beforehand. In one room we had no hot water. As we stayed only one night it was of little help when the staff told us that next time we take a shower the water will be hot again.
The property is very well maintained, the garden gives you a feeling of tranquillity and there are many nice touches as for example tea being served in the garden. This is an ideal place for couples seeking relaxation but not a place to come with a lively family. The railway is between the garden and the beginning of the beach. It adds a certain charme when trains pass by but you might be disturbed when the noise wakes you up in the morning.
I asked a staff member if there was a shop because in a lovely book which I found in the room it was mentioned that you can buy of copy of it at the shop. The answer was no. On our departure I discovered that there is a very nice shop just next doors and you get a 10% discount as a guest of Club Villa. Please be aware that you will need 3-4 hours to get to the airport.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank kybtur
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at Club Villa with our baby a few weekends ago and I have been putting off writing this review because I can't say it any better than has already been said by so many other happy guests. We felt very well looked after from start to finish, particularly by the lovely owner, the thoughtful restaurant manager and the brilliant general manager, Heshan.
We stayed in a ground floor room in the main building and loved our private patio. I was concerned beforehand about the possible noise from the train but it was honestly no issue and I am someone who is very noise sensitive.
The service is really outstanding here - Heshan made the booking process very easy and extremely pleasant (he made me feel welcome even during my initial phonecall), we were allowed to check in early with no fuss at all and we were even given a choice of rooms. Serving us breakfast and lunch on our terrace rather than in the dining area was no bother at all for the restaurant staff. I also want to say thank you to the gardener (I think he's the gardener) who really thoughtfully suggested he could move (and then moved) one of the poolside loungers into the garden for us so we could sit in the shade there with our baby.
Our breakfast and lunch were delicious.
Our stay was such a treat for us and it was difficult to leave the oasis of stylish, indulgent calm that is Club Villa. It's the kind of place you remember with a warm feeling inside when you're back in London on a cold, grey Monday morning.
Thank you for the memories!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank albanmama
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2013

Dear Valued Customer

Thank you very much for sharing your holiday experience with tripadvisor. Hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world. We were really happy in reading the favorable comments.
We wish you would come back again and We look forward to welcoming you.

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Heshan Ranaweera

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We love Club Villa and have just come back from staying there for the 3rd time. We have travelled around the island and still rate this small boutique hotel as our favourite. We enjoy its setting close to a beautiful beach with good swimming. The food is excellent with large breakfasts, cakes at teatime and you cannot help but enjoy the atmosphere of their candlelit dinners outside in the lovely garden under the stars. The staff are particularly friendly and helpful and attentive to your every need. This hotel is perfect if you want to relax, unwind and be spoilt. May be best avoided if you have active teenage children or like drinking and dancing the night away! We love the train which passes at the end of the garden and so do other guests that we have met. It adds interest and activity and is a taste of Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: Rooms at 1st floor level have more private balconies
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Club Villa is a uniqe property !! With all due respect to the magnificent Sri Lankan architect Mr.Bhava , the Resort stands as an uncomparable beauty in the Benthota resort town.The nicest thing about the Villa is the exclusive service renderd.The staff attend to the guest personaly & would always go out of the way to make the stay happy.Food is great !! Only dificulty I found was to find the location.But I guess the best always stays unnoticed !!

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms would add more color to your holiday !!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Golden L
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2013

Dear Valued Customer

Thank you very much for sharing your holiday experience with tripadvisor. Hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world. We were really happy in reading the favorable comments.
We wish you would come back again and We look forward to welcoming you.

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Heshan Ranaweera

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

There is no denying that Club Villa is a beautifully stylish, intimate boutique hotel, perfect for the kind of traveller who wants to avoid big resorts. There are interesting design touches all over the place, the gardens are immaculate and the pool is a decent size. The gardens back on to a railtrack which you cross over to get to the wide stretch of surprisingly quiet golden beach which is a nice quirk. The service was excellent - we particularly liked the complimentary afternoon tea on the lawn with a selection of four different teas and the very reasonable massage on offer. The food was of a high standard but we felt skewed a little too much to Western tastes (could have been spicier!). The room was very clean and striking in design but probably at the smaller end compared to some of the other places we'd stayed on our Sri Lanka trip.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2013

Dear Valued Customer

Thank you very much for sharing sweet memories of your holidays via Tripadvisor. We were really happy in reading all your comments. I hope this will be beneficial for the viewers of this valuable site. We wish you would come back again and look forward to welcoming you.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The concept of value is always a thorny one. If you look hard enough you'll probably always find somewhere that has better this or that.

Club Villa is a quiet, well maintained resort that is professionally managed. Problems that arise are quickly addressed. It's a small hotel so if you are looking for gargantuan buffets, in-room entertainment systems, valet parkers, fitness centres and the like then it may not be the place for you. Yes, as some have pointed out there is a single-track railway line at the bottom of the garden but there are few trains (maybe 10 per day when we were there) and waving to the commuters from the pool makes one remember how lucky we are to be splashing about in the sunshine and not sitting on a train somewhere glumly looking out. The soft, sandy beach is a short walk over the railway line and not at all busy - my son's sand castles remained standing for the five days that we were there.

Are there smarter/cheaper/larger/smaller places in Sri Lanka? It's very likely that there are, but we won't bother looking for them as, for us, Club Villa provided excellent value for what it is, Bentota is a great spot to stay for a few days and this is the hotel that we will want to return to the next time we have a long weekend in Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: We had a deluxe room I think. Had a balcony which was nice. Ground floor rooms may be better for t...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2013

Dear Valued customer

Thank you very much for sharing your holiday experience with tripadvisor. Hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world. We were really happy in reading the favorable comments.
Yes I remember you have stayed in a deluxe room. Downstairs standard rooms has a open terrace and the upstairs standard rooms are duplex.

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Additional Information about Club Villa

Address: 138/15 Galle Rd, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#8 Family Hotel in Bentota
Price Range: $95 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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