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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 63 Bentota B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is our 2nd visit to Shangri Lanka in 3 years. It just keeps getting better!
Beautiful rooms, friendly and helpful staff, good food, and great recommendations when we wanted to eat out locally. We pre booked tours to the tea plantations, elephant orphanage, and Kandy. Everything was handled perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble.

Remember that this is a boutique hotel, so no activities for kids or fitness centre for adults, but you're only a short tuk tuk ride from the water sports available on the Bentota river, and the staff will organise transport for you there and back. Plus it's under a mile to the beach - so very walkable.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Wow!!!! That says it all. Amazing hosts, amazing staff, unbelievable food. I've travelled all around the world and stayed in hundreds of hotels and this was unique - in the best way. It felt like home from home. Will be going back. Thanks guys.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Shangrilanka was so good we came back twice. as others have said the staff are amazing and make you feel comfortable and as if you are at home. Food was amazing and prepared in site of the guests and sometimes picked after you have ordered. Everything clean, pool big enough to swim in. Close to beach. Relaxing .

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

We stayed on a dinner bed & breakfast basis. Food was excellent, plenty of choice, tasty and beautifully presented. Kitchen was relatively open plan so you could see it was kept very clean and tidy.
Bedroom was very large, spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. The air-conditioning worked well.
Swimming pool was very clean with some shade so it could be used at any time of the day.
All the staff were very efficient and extremely friendly.
Our travel arrangements to/from Colombo and a day trip to Galle were arranged by the staff at a very reasonable price. Drivers were very good, provided a running commentary on things to see. The trip to Galle included a brief stop at the Tsunami Museum, a must if you are in the area.
The only reason you might think twice about Shangri-Lanka is if you MUST be on the beachfront. It is about 1km inland but they will take you to the beach on request. Personally I was glad we were away from the noise of the main road and train line.
Overall a really great place to stay for a relaxing break.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms as far as we could tell!!!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stayed at Shangrilanka Villa for a very relaxing 7 nights. It's hard to know what to say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews. The staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. It's like being welcomed into a family home (the relatives you would choose to stay with!). Nothing is too much trouble. The food is varied and delicious and prepared freshly each day. Owners, Karen and Rohan, were overseas during our stay, however, the villa is so well run, you wouldn't know. They have clearly put a lot of effort into creating such a great place to stay, it would have been interesting to meet them. Teamwork is the key to its success. All the staff work hard and it was a privilege to be their guest.

Our room was very spacious with a huge bathroom. Very light and airy. We had a few resident geckos in our room who could be quite noisy, which, for a city girl was a bit unnerving at first. However, overlooking that, the room was very comfortable, had a table and chairs, small fridge, collection of books for loan, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Oh, and a very comfortable bed.

With only five rooms, we found it very sociable, meeting other guests in the outside dining area. So much more personal than a big hotel, where people just pass in and out of each others lives, but never meet. Part of my enjoyment of travelling is meeting other people and hearing their experiences.

The hotel is down a small lane, just a few minutes from the beach. The hotel tuk tuk is available if you want to be taken to the beach. It is within walking distance, but on a hot and humid day, it could be quite an exhausting stroll. Any trips, day or longer, can be booked for you and anything longer than a tuk tuk ride is in an air conditioned minivan/car.

All-in-all, a great holiday. Fantastic value for money.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

This truly is a gem of a place. The suites are spacious and comfortable and the grounds, pool and surrounding forest scape are beautiful. But it is the warm welcome and great hospitality which sets Shangri Lanka out as truly excellent. We felt immediately welcome and relaxed very quickly, which is a testament to the great staff. The food was consistently excellent, freshly cooked, and simple but tasty recipes. We were just there to relax and partake of some gem shopping (thanks Karen for the recommendations) but it was clear that tours could be organised if you wished. Nothing was too much bother, and this personal touch defines the great service. We have already booked our next visit :)

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I meant to write this review a long time ago but better late than never. We stayed at the villa in 2012 and it remains the best holiday as a family we have ever had. The owners could not do more to make us feel welcome. We are a family and at the time our children were 6,4 and 1 and like most families were worried about how they would cope with our gang, but they coped brilliantly. We had meals that were kid friendly cooked when we needed them and then my wife and I could enjoy a more romantic meal after the kids had gone to bed. The accommodation was great, very clean and some nice touches. The pool is a good size and the children loved it. The villa is located a little of the beaten track which adds to its charm. We went for a walk around the area and it was really interesting to see some of the real Sri Lanka. So a fantastic experience and we hope to return.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about 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 63 B&Bs / Inns in Bentota
Price Range: $72 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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