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The River House

Balapitiya, Bentota, Sri Lanka


  • Dining: Staff will prepare meals to eat whenever and wherever you fancy. There are several options for breakfast; dinner and lunch combine Sri Lankan, European, Indian and Thai influences
  • Communal areas: There are extensive tropical gardens, wrap-around verandas and spacious lounges filled with art and comfortable sofas
  • Swimming Pool: The large infinity pool is surrounded by flowering trees and loungers, with a pagoda to provide shade from the sun. Three of the suites have private plunge pools or Jacuzzis
  • Spa Treatments: Massages are available on request
  • Recreational: The hotel has a selection of DVDs and books; staff can also arrange kayaks and private motor boats
  • Weddings and Celebrations: Small weddings, banquets and other celebrations can be arranged and staff will assist with the organisation, however you must hire the whole villa
  • Disabled Access: None
  • Pets: Not accepted
  • Languages Spoken: English, Sinhala and Tamil

When to go?

November to April are the best months for sunshine and dry weather. June to October is the monsoon season, although temperatures average 25-29C all year. Book well ahead for the busy Christmas period.

Author's tips

Order an iced cocktail and head up the foliage-covered hill in the hotel garden to watch the sun set over the river.

Features include:

  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Garden
  • Guest lounge
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor pool
  • Plunge pool
  • In room treatments available
  • Jacuzzi/hot tub
  • DVD library
  • Available for exclusive use
  • Off street parking
  • Airport Transfers
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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