The River House

Balapitiya, Bentota, Sri Lanka

A luxurious addition to Sri Lanka's hotel scene: an exclusive riverside hotel set in 7 acres of tropical gardens, with access to a near-private beach

Sri 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 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.

Guest Ratings

Room:
100%
Food:
60%
Service:
80%
Value:
60%
Overall:
75%

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Reviewed by Emma Taylor

Highs

  • The tropical gardens are teeming with birdlife
  • You can take an early morning boat trip on the Madhu Ganga and spot water monitors, monkeys and kingfishers
  • There are stunning river views and private plunge pools in 3 of the suites
  • You'll find fabulous food in a tranquil setting

Lows

  • On our last visit we felt that, while staff were willing, the hotel itself was beginning to feel neglected (old towels and robes, TV channels not working properly)
  • The service can be over-attentive, but this is common in Sri Lanka
  • Food is pricey and you would have to get a taxi some distance to eat anywhere else
  • With just 5 rooms, the atmosphere could be a little too peaceful for some

Exclusive and reclusive...        

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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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