The reviews say it all it would be good to keep this secret as I can see Karen and Rohan will never have enough room for a return trip from us we loved it so much. Karen was amazing at returning emails promptly and arranging our tour to fit in with when there was a room free at the Villa.
Our driver Atma met us at the airport and we went straight on tour for 5 days. Karen arranged for us to stay on the beach in Negumba for the first afternoon and night. After a long flight with very little sleep this was an excellent idea. Hotel review to follow Goldie Sands was excellent. We were fresh for our 4day tour the following day. We visited some wonderful sights and stayed in two good hotels on route.Atma was the best Driver we could have, a perfect gent who coped with my constant questions from the front seat and took us to some wonderful places.
Shangri lanka, was perfect our room was on the first floor the bathroom as big as my bedroom at home. The staff particularly Raymond and chef Rohan were so attentive always greeting you with a smile. Rooms were kept beautifully clean the breakfast was just perfect the fruit platter every morning I am missing so much as everything is so fresh. We didn't bother to eat anywhere else in the evening as Rohan cooked everything fresh and the menu extensive enough for you to have something different every day. When the Fisherman brought in fresh fish most days we were shown the jumbo prawns or the crab which I had on my last night just amazing beautifully cooked and great value for money. The local Arrack at the end of each evening just rounded off a perfect night.
It was wonderful to eat with people from other rooms comparing tours and ideas Karen and Rohan have large tables and encourage you to sit together we had a brilliant time thank you Glenys,Julia, Brian ,Carol,Jude,Ken not forgetting Rosie and her lovely family you made our holiday too.
We found the walk to the beach 10 minutes and into town about an 3/4 hour excellent, you do get hassled to go to the restaurants etc on the way but if you are firm they will leave you alone. The beach was always empty just be careful of swimming in the sea on the nearest stretch of beach as the rip tides can be dangerous. If you don't want to walk Rohan can get the local tuk- tuk in run by his cousin to take you to town, the market on a Monday is worth a visit as is the trip down the river Bentota.
We arranged to go Whale watching while we were there sadly we ended up on the boat for 51/2hours with sea swells of 2-3 metres my husband was very sea-sick and we didn't see any whales. We know Karen went a few days later and saw loads so it is down to luck.
Karen and Rohan are brilliant hosts Bobby and Maisie the dogs are no problem even if you aren't a dog lover. This truly is an amazing place to stay thank you so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique boutique guesthouse situated in the heart of a traditional Sri Lankan village. Surrounded by nature yet only minutes from the magnificent Bentota beach. We offer a holiday experience with a difference. No hotel receptions, standard packages, crowds, time restrictions. Just great hospitality and a genuinely personal service, with all the facilities you need. Experience the culture of authentic Sri Lankan village life where ancient customs and traditions blend with modern amenities and services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-Lanka Villa Boutique Guest House Hotel Bentota