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“THE BEST IN ALL SRI LANKA!!”

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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 59 Bentota B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
sydney
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8 hotel reviews
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“THE BEST IN ALL SRI LANKA!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

What can I say about Shangri-Lanka Bentota? If you don't book here your an idiot! This place was by far one of the best places we stayed in our entire trip of Sri Lanka. I have no complaints, only praise for Karen/ Rohan and their team, our whole stay was amazing.

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Super HUGE and CLEAN rooms- seriously, a family of 10 could live in the room we were provided, it was a palace. The bed was comfortable, beautiful simple decor, lovely bathroom and everything was cleaned daily- the cleanest place we stayed in!

The staff and room boys were lovely, Raymond was particularly thoughtful, friendly and welcoming. Every last detail we could have asked for was taken care of. They even provided a lap top for you to use during your stay! we loved this as we didn't take our lap tops or phones.

Food- large and delicious portions, home-cooked, exactly what you are looking for in a boutique hotel. We ate here every single night. Breakfast was huge and amazing, my recommendation is the pancakes or Sri lankan breakfast- wow. Home-made jam was also sooo good, oh and the pineapple surprise- I could just talk about the food all day!

The beach was the best we saw in Sri Lanka, just how we love them in Australia, clean, beautiful and empty.. *fingers crossed* it will stay this pristine for years to come.

All in all it was a fantastic stay and cannot wait to come back again!! Shangri-Lanka will be top on our list!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

What a jewell of a place, secluded within a lush setting and only a short stroll to a gorgeous beach. We could not have asked for a better way to kick off our Sri Lankan odyssey than our four night stay at the Shangri Lanka Villas! The wonderful owners and every one of the professional, friendly, and super helpful staff made us feel like we really were at home. Every day was a pleasure to wake up to a serene view of the pool and gardens, with delicious meals prepared to order and eaten alfresco beneath fairy lights. Serving both traditional Sri Lankan, as well as a range of western cuisine, the talented chefs never ceased to "wow" us with their delectable creations, made with ingredients freshly gathered from the vegetable garden! Special dietary requests were catered for without question. Without doubt, the sumptuous food - particularly all the seafood dishes, were a highlight of our stay! In fact, the chefs were kind enough to have us for a curry cooking lesson!

The villas are spotlessly clean, incredibly spacious, and each room provided with complimentary bottled water daily, and the use of a laptop with wifi.

The day trips from Bentota, as well as the wider tour of Sri Lanka we undertook after our stay at the Villa was organised perfectly by the owner - who put together an excellent itinerary tailored to our interests and that fitted within the timeframe we had. Our driver for the tour took excellent care of us, and provided us with loads of local advice and attentive guidance along our journey - he was there for whenever we needed him for anything.

All in all, this stay and trip to Sri Lanka has been the highlight of our global travels. We look forward to visiting the Villas again later this year to continue exploring all the wonders of Sri Lanka. And anticipate the opening of the Villas near Yala National Park! Cannot wait to return!!

The highest praise and heartfelt thanks to the owners, Karen and Rohan and all their wonderful staff!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

We have just returned from honeymoon and travelled from Colombo to galle and finally bentota.

Karen's lovely home has 5 enormous rooms and we think we had the best one, room 5. The bedroom was enormous with polished concrete everywhere and a private balcony overlooking the rice paddies and also the pool. The staff here go to all sorts of trouble to make sure you are happy, and we had all our meals serviced to us on our balcony rather than down in the restaurant which made us feel special.

Karen is great at recommending the right sort of activity depending on who you are and what your budget is. As we were on honeymoon, she arranged a private boat tour and tuk tuks to the most romantic restaurants.

The place feels like a home from home, with 2 lovely dogs and a fantastic price includes all sorts of things like wifi and teas and coffees whenever you would like. Obviously you can stay in bigger hotels with more luxury, but this is a boutique B and B with heaps of charm.

Room Tip: 5 is the best!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed here and first impressions were great the rooms spacious and very clean, very nicely decorated with lots of attention to detail. A notebook to use with free WiFi nice little touch. The gardens well maintained and very relaxing great pool and plenty sun beds. The staff were all very good and spoke great English the chef is excellent nothing too much trouble all staff do there best to please we ate here every night did not want to eat out as so good and kitchen is spotless. Great beach a short walk away gum runs on hand and taxis available they have there own drivers. You will not be disappointed if you decide to stay we will be going back later in the year we loved it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

Stayed there with friends for 5 nights from 5th Jan 2014.
This place is impeccably run and is very clean and well cared for throughout.
3 Course Breakfast included in price - nice choice and something for everyone.
5/6 accommodations beautifully appointed with huge bathrooms/wet-rooms and a laptop (with WiFi) if you don't have your own device to hand
Ate here every night - Kitchen is open and you can see for yourself the attention to hygiene in preparation, cooking and cleaning afterwards.

Presentation of all meals was excellent, as was the quality and quantity. Tea and coffee served as part of price as requested in bone china to boot !!

Nice size Pool area with beds/towels provideded

Loved the staff and owners approach and plan to stay here again next winter

Room Tip: All rooms have a pool view of some nature and all have a mini bar and have huge comfortable beds and...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Shipley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We stayed at shangri lanka villa for 3 days while visiting Sri Lanka and what a wonderfull place. It was a late booking but we were made so welcome by Rohan and Karen. Nothing was too much trouble. I’m quite fussy about eating curry and spicy foods, but wow the food was soo good. The chef (also called Rohan) was excellent, and while not cheap, you really get what you pay for. The king praws were delicious, as were the wonderfull Sri Lankan curries he prepared. We were looking for a relaxing few days and it was here in abundance, to lay by the pool then into the massage room ( highly recomended ) was fantastic. We had a fantastic holiday, and this villa was the icing on the cake. Thanks so much Karen and Rohan, and not forgetting the two lovely dogs Maisy and Bobby, we hope to see you again later this year.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Having travelled around Sri Lanka for 2 1/2 weeks we experienced some super guest houses and hosts/staff. We always hoped that we had made the right choice at Shangri Lanka for our final "chill out" week. Within minutes of arriving we had no worries. We were given a lovely welcome by Raymond and his team and although we were early the room was ready within 5 mins. When we were shown to our room (number 5) we could hardly believe it. Very spacious, spotlessly clean a massive bathroom (which we would have loved at home) a spacious balcony and a view to die for across the jungle. The gardens, pool and dining areas were were so relaxing. It very quickly became clear as we met Karen and Rohan and the rest of the team including the two gorgeous dogs that this was a special place with a lovely family feel.
The location is perfect for a 10 min walk to the beach and also half an hour through the back lanes past local housing to the river in Bentota.
The food Rohan the chef and his kitchen team produced was excellent and although initially it may have felt a little expensive compared with other parts of Sri Lanka it was certainly in line with other quality restaurants around Bentota. We received lots of information about the area and anything we wanted to do was arranged. We were openly encouraged to visit other restaurants but it soon became clear that Shangri Lanka took a lot of beating.
Fabulous bird life in the morning before breakfast and giant bats in the evening as wee took sundowners on the balcony before evening meal.
It would be possible to go on in more detail about so many things but it is clear by now that we absolutely loved it.
Although this may not be the place to comment, I do feel the two recent negative reviews to be totally unbelievable.
Thanks Karen, Rohan and all your team for a fantastic stay - I feel sure we will be seeing you again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shangri-Lanka Villa
Address: 23 De Alwis Road | Horanduwa, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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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