Saman Villa, Bentota
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Saman Villas benefits from one of the most perfect location, with stunning views across grounds and infinity pool to beautiful deserted beaches either side of the rocky promontory on which it is perched.
The hotel is small (27 rooms), with a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, each with a large balcony, which has been designed perfectly so that each one is private. Our villa was beautifully laid out; spotlessly clean with everything you could wish for, including its very own private infinity lap pool that was certainly not just an oversized bath. The open-air bathroom with a bath and an outdoor rain shower set in a water feature was simply amazing!
Breakfast was served on the balcony overlooking the vast sea that was a little too rough for swimming, but it was lovely to walk on the beach. We went on a half day river safari tour instead that ended with a visit to the local turtle sanctuary. A light lunch and we cooled off in our own pool with cold beer until complimentary tea and coffee was served on our balcony.
For half board we had a reasonable choice of 5 course dinner that was exceptional in presentation and good quality. The set menu was really a flexible menu. The chef was amazing as he'd amend any dish or menu to suit and was always out checking if we were happy.
We intended to spend our time at Saman Villas for complete relaxation and it worked out perfect for us. We woke every morning with great views of the sea and sounds of the waves rolling in from the Indian Ocean onto a long expanse of beach, bordered with coconut trees and the Toddy-Tapper ropes clearly visible. And we could also see turtles returning to sea from the Turtle Sanctuary close by.
Max Your Awim: One of the highlights of a stay at Saman Villas is that you truly can dine wherever you wish; whether it be in the garden of your own villa, by the beautiful hotel swimming pool, on the beach or on the rocks! Our last evening was a truly memorable experience.
As the Sun began to set, cocktails were served as we lay in our own gazebo. And when it was dark, we were led to our table, set on a wooden platform on the rocks with the waves almost lapping at our feet. Lanterns were lit and placed in a dozen places around the rocks. As the meal was served, a musician sat at a distance playing a flute and the whole atmosphere was just magical!
Sri Lankan Airlines flies twice daily from Heathrow to Colombo. Sri Lanka airlines and BMI fly direct to Colombo while other International carriers like Emirates fly via Dubai and Jet Airways via India. The Villa Bentota is about 92 kilometres south of the airport on Sri Lanka’s west coast. A charter flight can cost about £1,000 (US $1,600) but a scheduled helicopter service operating between the Bandarnaike International Airport and Bentota costs less than £126 ($200). The helicopter takes less than 30 minutes and couldn’t be more convenient as it lands right on the beach opposite the hotel. Check Deccan Aviation Lanka (www.simplifly.com).