The Villa Bentota
Bentota, Sri Lanka
A chic and stylish beachside boutique villa, Bentota is set amidst extensive gardens scattered with coconut palms with the Indian Ocean a five-minute stroll away. This newly refurbished, colonial-period villa provides a relaxing and peaceful escape.
At a Glance
Great, good value food in the garden pavilion
A glorious combination of older architecture and modern interior design
Within good reach of Galle and Colombo
A railway line runs between the gardens and the beach: some guests wave at every passing train, but others are less enamoured by the intrusion - we think it's fun but be aware in advance
The gardens provide lots of space, with just 15 rooms there is always room for privacy
Until they have a liquor license, buy some of you favorite tipple to enjoy during your stay in advance.Scott Dunn team
Try to arrange a trip to Lunuganga, Geoffrey Bawa's house nearby. This does need to be done as far in advance as possible however.Scott Dunn team
Villa Bentota is designer resort with classy rooms and beautiful architecture really good for couples.Scott Dunn team
Book a table in the garden in advance to make sure you get the best spot.Jessica Campbell
Breakfast is usually Continental, but if you'd like to try something different, Sri Lankan dishes are available on requestLucy Bailey
The Villa Bentota was formerly `Mohotti Walauwa’, a beautiful manor house, a maze of courtyards and verandas, was originally refurbished in 1970 by Sri Lanka’s infamous architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The property is now under the loving management of Shanth Fernando, a Sri Lankan lifestyle designer whose signature design and creativity has transformed The Villa Bentota into an exquisite boutique hotel with 15 luxurious rooms and suites. The property's extensive coconut grove estate stretches all the way up to the beach, but is divided into two sections as a railway line runs across the property. The villa itself is situated within walled gardens ensuring plenty of privacy.
All rooms and suites are stylishly furnished with king-sized beds dressed in fine linen and en-suite bathrooms with rain showers. In-room facilities include LCD TV screens with cable channels, mini-bar, electronic safety locker and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Villa Bentota has plenty of spaces to relax and unwind including an outdoor pavilion by the pool and an exquisitely designed bar lounge. The Villa café serves fusion cuisine prepared with fresh meats, seafood and vegetables purchased daily. There are several other dining options including in the privacy of your own suite, in the garden scattered with coconut palms, or by the poolside. The 75-foot swimming pool is a new addition. The original smaller swimming pool designed by Bawa for Mohotti Walawua still remains within one of the lounge areas and can be used as a plunge pool. Other facilities include The Villa Gallery, where contemporary Sri Lankan art can be bought on its meandering corridors, a quality gift shop; an array of books and board games and complimentary wireless internet access.
Bentota’s beaches are broad and sandy and arguably the most family-friendly on the island. Numerous watersports are on offer nearby at Bentota lagoon including surfing, snorkeling, and jet skiing while all myriad of excursions out to sea, up the river and over land are all on your doorstep.
There are 15 air-conditioned en-suite rooms of which seven are Standard Rooms and eight are Suites. Most rooms and suites have magnificent sea views. The Suites are more spacious and have a day bed that can convert into an additional bed. All suites have a private balcony or terrace with sea views, and some have private plunge pools. The very special `Mohotti Suite’ consists of two double rooms and private living room with surrounding glass windows that allow for beautiful views of the garden and sea beyond.
Children are welcome to come and stay at the Villa Bentota hotel. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
Facilities include wireless internet access, beach access, two swimming pools, bar/lounge with board games, the 'Villa Café' – Paradise Road menu with optional dining anywhere on the property, the 'Villa Shop' – Paradise Road gift store with 10% discount for residents, the 'Villa Gallery' – gallery space featuring local contemporary artists with art for sale, several lounge areas within the hotel property, the 'Villa Spa' managed by Spa Ceylon Ayurveda offers treatments on appointment.
Activities in and around the hotel include swimming and watersports at the nearby Bentota lagoon including surfing, snorkeling, and jet skiing while there are also excursions out to sea, up the river and over land.
Location & Directions
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Villa Bentota is right on the beach at Bentota, just off the main Colombo-Galle road, south of Colombo on Sri Lanka's south west coast.
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.