Must stay hotels in Bentota

A short distance from Colombo, Bentota offers a range of hotels for a perfect holiday
The Villa Bentota is a boutique villa in Bentota
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By Time Out editors |

Whether you are looking for an exciting getaway or a quiet repose by the ocean, Bentota is a great choice. About a 30 minute drive from Colombo, via the Southern Expressway, Bentota has become a haven for travellers due to its close proximity to the many attractions in the southern coast. However, Bentota is also ideal for the traveller who prefers to unwind and relax with short trips to the beach and indulge in the comforts that the hotel has to offer. Whichever you prefer, you can find a comfortable stay with the many hotels scattered along the Bentota beach. You can take your pick between the luxurious Avani Bentota Resort and Spa or the exclusive The Villa Bentota.

Hotels, Spa hotels

AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa

Located by one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches, AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa is a designer hotel by the famed architect Geoffrey Bawa. The hotel gives an 18th century Dutch village feel blending in contemporary style, beautiful lawns and serene ocean vistas. You can always add excitement to those lazy beach days with exciting water sports as well. All 75 rooms and suites come with a private balcony or terrace to relax with a view of the ocean and the spectacular palm fringed beach.  The hotel is inclusive of essential modern comforts such as air conditioning, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, IPTV and DVD player, free WiFi, a bathroom with a rain shower and designer Spa Ceylon amenities. Deluxe Rooms and Suites offer extra living spaces with upgraded facilities like an espresso machine, plus a bath or Jacuzzi.

Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Villa Bentota

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The Villa Bentota is one of the foremost boutique hotels in Sri Lanka close to the beach at Bentota. It stands as a testament to the charm of old world Ceylon. There are five rooms and six suites. All the rooms are either sea or garden facing except the Executive suites that come with additional space enhancing privacy of the residents. The Mohotti suite is the largest, with double bedrooms, a lounge and an en suite bathroom. Although luxurious the bedrooms are not extravagantly furnished with simple minimalism being preferred, enhanced with striking paintings by local artists. The Villa Café caters to both non-residents as well as guests and has an eclectic menu of local and international cuisine.

Hotels, Guest houses

Villa Red

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This riverside guesthouse inspires guests with an invigorating aura augmented by its intricately designed aesthetic furniture, complemented by beautifully simple comfortable plush sofas. The living room extends into the spacious and creatively designed dining room. A large dining table set for 12 diners is neatly embellished by cutlery and crockery coordinated with elegant tableware to suit the ambience. Guests can choose from a large spectrum of delectable dishes to pamper their taste buds with delicious local and international cuisines. The friendly staff is one of the main reasons several guests revisit Villa Red, as their warm hospitality is available around the clock. Beyond the dining area is the villa’s own swimming pool, perfect for a morning dip and afternoon swim with family and friends. The elegant, well-manicured lush garden by the river is an enticing visual treat to be relished. The villa has four bedrooms, two placed symmetrically on either side of the dining area. They each have their own private entrance and offer necessary facilities, en-suite bathroom equipment with rain showers and aromatic bath amenities. The bedrooms follow four individual themes, each having specific features. Added to the facilities within Villa Red, guests also have the benefit of enjoying several recreational outdoor activities during their stay. Water sports such as boat riding, kayaking, jet skiing and wind surfing are organised by the staff on request.


The Surf Hotel

The two storied hotel complex is located on the ‘longest stretch of beach’ on the south-west coast of the Island. Covering a vast expanse of the sun kissed shores of Bentota, the hotel offers well designed rooms and suites that are provided with king-sized beds, mini bar, mini fridge, satellite tv and many other luxury amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The rooms on the ground level enjoy a private deck with lounge chairs, while the upper level rooms have individual balconies providing an aerial view of the gardens and the beach. L’heritage— the main restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options for guests to choose from while the sand chairs at the dining space in the beaches conveys an innovative and quirky feel.

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