All these people can't be wrong, I thought, and they weren't. From being picked up at the airport, by our driver, Hema (not just a driver - a fabulous guide and a really nice man, who provided us with so many opportunities during our time with him), we were conducted on a fascinating six day tour, carefully and expertly constructed by Rohan and Karen, of this magical island, encompassing some of its must-see sights (Pinnewalla, Polawarunna, Sigiriya, Kandy, the hills and tea plantations, Yala and Galle) and wild animals and birds, and a selection of excellent hotels along the way. After a 5.5k mile journey from the UK and a further 600 round the island, it was perfect to finish at this beautiful property for a week of pure relaxation. Imagine a lovely house with gorgeous and huge, spotlessly clean guest rooms, where every comfort is anticipated, set in a luxuriant garden with a large, warm swimming pool. Add a warm welcome from your friendly but unobtrusive hosts, and their excellent unfailingly smiling and helpful staff, who all seem to take the greatest pleasure in your enjoyment. Throw away your watch. You can eat and drink when you want. Just ask. The menu is large and varied. Chef Rohan and his assistants cook like a dream, Sri Lankan food and western alternatives. Wait on the patio next to the kitchen, while your food is cooked fresh, or have it served on your balcony. We walked from the house along the beautiful beach into town, and as we did so we walked along the beaches of the large private hotels used by guests of the major tour companies. And we felt sorry for them, packed into their hermetically sealed walled-in luxury. The real Sri Lanka experience, the real luxury, great food and personal attention, like you've never experienced before, is available here, at very reasonable cost. We didn't want to leave and I would love to think we would come back. Genuine thanks to everyone for a fantastic Sri Lanka experience. So good to meet you all (and Maisie and Bobby!).
- 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