The Villa Bentota

Mangrove-scattered sands cloak Paradise Road The Villa Bentota in a rusticity that’s fabulously at odds with its orderly garden surrounds. Dating back to the 19th-century, this gorgeous Bentota boutique hotel was renovated first by iconic Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, and more recently by design guru Shanth Fernando, who transformed it into the south-west coast’s most sensational seaside retreat.

Massage room, shop, gallery, gardens, free WiFi in public areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV with cable, minibar, Spa Ceylon Ayurveda for Paradise Road toiletries.

Tucked away by the garden, Superior Suites 3 and 4 have the broadest beach-facing balconies on the first and second floors with Suite 4 boasting super sea views. Garden-gazing bath tubs are the stars in Superior Suites 5 and 6, or for extra luxe Executive Suite 1’s clandestine courtyard comes with a private plunge pool.

A slender lap pool with parasol-topped terrace stretches across the garden to a shady sea-view pavilion; a smaller, shallower lawn-edged pool languishes in a frangipani-flecked inner courtyard.

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What our clients say

Sorry you could not get us in the Maldives but we didn't spend much time in the room, most of it was spent lazing on the sun bed or in the sea, but it was fantastic thank you.

Sri Lanka was absolutely spectacular, we did the rock (all 1,223 steps) the hotels were brilliant especially 98 acres which we wished we could have stayed longer.…

Alan Saunders - Sri Lanka & Maldives Holiday