What can we say?! Nisala Arana was the perfect end to our 2 week journey in Sri Lanka. We stayed for two nights end march 2013, but could easily have stayed for 2 months!
The place itself is slightly inland a short ( 5-10 min) tuk tuk ride from beautiful beaches and the towns of Aluthgama and Bentota. Situated in large meticulously kept gardens the 4 main structures are far enough apart to allow privacy, yet close enough to give a sense of belonging. We stayed in one of the 2 Mango suites, located on first floor above the garage. It is beautiful and kept in colonial style with great details like the antique doors and we loved the semi outdoor bathroom.
We got the feeling that we were setting the pace, wether we were looking for privacy or wanted more social interaction with the other guests.
The Staff was particularly good at sensing this and being discreet and invisible or engaging and friendly depending on our needs.
We took all our meals at Nisala Arana. The food is really good. Especially the fried rice with chicken curry is highly recommendable.
Afternoon tea in the pavilion, overlooking the garden with all its wildlife is a great way to chill out (in a very civilised manner), after a day spent in the pool or coming back from a trip up river.
Before dinner (or actually at any other time) the house signature cocktail, Arrack Sour is a must try. Made with local ingredients, it is sweet & sour, quite refreshing and very addictive..
We also had the pleasure of meeting the owners. They, and their family, played a large part in making us feel more than welcome and making our stay unique and memorable.
We are really looking forward to our next visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nisala Arana, a luxury Boutique Hotel amidst lush greenery and spacious tropical gardens, minutes from the beach. The Doctor's House, Coconut & Mango Villas offer six beautifully appointed colonial style bedroom suites. The freshwater pool, yoga inspiring gardens and open pavilion where delicious cuisine is accompanied by fine wines, make this hotel one of the finest discoveries in Sri Lanka. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nisala Arana Hotel Bentota