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The River House

Balapitiya, Bentota, Sri Lanka


The delightful staff make sure you eat exactly when and where you fancy. From the cup of tea delivered to your room as a wake-up call to the choice of venue for meals (open-plan dining area, lounge, poolside or your own room), it's a wonderfully friendly and indulgent service.

There's a good choice of breakfast options, amusingly labelled as "Not so healthy" (eggs, bacon, mushrooms, beans), "Healthy" (homemade muesli, yoghurt, syrup, fresh fruit) and "Healthiest" (fruit platter). All include tea or coffee, a choice of fresh juice, toast and jams. You can also have a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast – requested, as is usual, the night before – of curry and 'hoppers' (pancakes or noodles).

Lunch is a very reasonably priced selection of fantastic salads, sandwiches and pasta (great if you've been eating Sri Lankan fare for a while), which taste even better by the pool.

At night, the dining area is transformed by low lighting and chilled music. Pure white by day, the sofas turn black, as if by magic, at night, as do the smart outfits of the staff. Dinner here is an experience to savour: a collection of Thai, Indian and Sri Lankan dishes such as prawn and lychee curry, crab noodles or ginger chicken. You can also try the traditional Sri Lankan curry dinner, which consists of about nine dishes – it was the best we'd had in Sri Lanka and provided plenty for two people.

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Features include:

  • Room Service
  • Vegetarian Menu
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by Arrangement
  • Dinner by Arrangement
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea making
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe River HouseSri Lankan fashion designer Taru certainly had a knack for choosing the best waterside location when she created The River House. Set on the banks of the broad Madhu Ganga river, this slick and stylish hotel lies amidst 7 acres of tropical gardens, which are alive with colourful birds and chattering monkeys. With beautiful views and space to breathe, it's stunningly secluded. The 5 huge [r:SL037:suites] are uber-generous and mix contemporary style with Sri Lankan touches. Forget shabby-chic, this is grown-up design on a grand scale; you'll find individual slate plunge pools, vaulted ceilings, enormous bathrooms with polished concrete floors and kingsize beds covered with intricate Indian bedspreads. This is more like a luxury private villa than a hotel, and it's as peaceful as it gets.

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