“Small luxury beach hotel, perfect for weddings, secluded honeymoons and romantic escapes”
The 27 suites are set out in terraces of 2-storey villa houses, all facing the sea. All rooms are decorated in a clean, airy style with teak floors, bamboo furnishings, white-washed brick walls and splashes of colour. As well as glass doors opening onto your own outdoor space (complete with daybeds and dining tables), they have spacious, open-plan sitting areas and a raised sleeping platform with a wooden bed covered in a handmade quilt. This is Sri Lankan luxury with all the mod cons - air conditioning, minibars, bathrobes, TVs and DVD players are all standard features.
Bathrooms are grand and semi open-air, plus have Western comforts: hot water, enormous bath tubs, separate rainfall showers, as well as built-in hairdryers and light-up mirrors. The complimentary toiletries include local products like bath clay and hand-made soap.
Superior Suite can be found upstairs, and a larger Deluxe Suite at ground level. The upper floors command the best views, but you can see the sea from every room - the choice is therefore whether you want a veranda or a garden terrace. But if you can, choose a Deluxe Suite with Pool or a Grand Deluxe with Pool, each with a private, 7m infinity pool. While the 2-storey Saman Villa Suite is perfect for honeymooners, with a sundeck, a terrace with an infinity pool and a garden!
The main restaurant - a breezy split-level pavilion at the heart of the hotel - offers a 4-course dinner of the day and an extensive à la carte menu featuring everything from scrambled eggs to chili sambal. We tucked into Sri Lankan thalies, curries and noodles, but Western dishes like fish and chips are also available if you’re craving comfort food. In high season, weekly barbecue nights are held.
The smaller terrace restaurant by the pool is perfect for breakfast and lunch if you want something lighter (club sandwiches, grills or salads). Breakfast includes fresh fruit and juices, eggs made to order, bacon, hash browns and wheat toast.
The hotel specialises in romantic dining and offers a single table under a charming little pavilion perched on the edge of the pool - perfect for sunset dining à deux.
The Pool Bar is open throughout the day, overlooking the ocean. On request, guests can make use of the open-air Sunset Lounge on the top floor of the restaurant, which has magnificent views over the coast and central hills. There's also 24-hour room service and guests can have the luxury of being served personally on their own balcony.
Note that all meals - including breakfast - are charged as extra to the room rate, and the hotel's location means it's a rickshaw or taxi ride into Bentota if you want to eat out.