After spending a very hectic 8 days trying to see as much of Sri Lanka as humanly possible, we spent two nights at Wunderbar to relax and unwind before our flight home. We got exactly what we wanted. The rooms were spacious and air conditioned and bug free (compared to some other crazy places we stayed at along the way). It was a simply beautiful and well thought out room on the second floor with a view toward the restaurant and we could get a glimpse of the beach. The room unfortunately did not have a safe or a bar fridge so I'm not sure if any of the other rooms did either. The hotel seems to have 3 buildings on the property where the various rooms and spa were located, and the beach was a short walk away from the hotel. There are railroad tracks that you have to cross, but the only time the trains ever disturbed us was when eating at the restaurant, and it was only briefly. As the rooms seem to be set more away from the tracks, you don't really notice the noise of the trains while you're in your room and I'm a very light sleeper.
The staff were always friendly and eager to help, we were greeted every time we passed a staff member. The food at the restaurant was excellent. We wanted to try another hotel to have dinner at a restaurant nearby but weren't satisfied with the menu so we ended up eating all of our meals at the hotel. Not once were we disappointed with the generous breakfast or filling dinner portions.
The hotel also has a pool onsite which was very nice. The water on the beach was too rough to swim in, so we spent most of our time at the pool. Wasn't overly impressed by the spa treatment I had (there were cockroaches in the room), so maybe do your research and look for a different place if you're interested in an ayurvedic massage. If you're looking for wood carved souvenirs, we walked up the road (across the street and to the left of the hotel) to a place called Amali Handicrafts. His prices were very reasonable in comparison to the other places we were taken to by a three wheeler taxi.
Overall, we had a nice experience at Wunderbar. There is nothing we can fault in our stay. It is good value for your money and would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wunderbar Beach Club serves you with 24 rooms and 1 bungalow. Our rooms are furnished in accordance to the European standards with a Sri Lankan touch of elegance. All rooms are fitted with king sized beds, en suite bathrooms, air conditioner and ceiling fans. The hotel has a swimming pool and direct access to the sea. We take great pleasure when requested in organising birthday parties, moonlight parties and weddings. There are also have regular special BBQ beach parties with live music where everybody is welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wunderbar Beach Hotel
- Wunderbar Beach Bentota