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Day 12 - After hearing it was whale watching season we booked onto a tour for our last morning in Mirissa. We managed to get up early for our 6:45 tuk tuk, however, due to our broken watches (no longer such a great bargain) we were unintentionally late...resulting in the whole boat waiting and some stressful Sri Lankan crew. Oops. We set off sharpish, with a cup of tea (always a good start) followed by some fresh fruit. We came across dolphins first, who put up ...
... this on our way down. Many people kept stopping and sitting on the stairs which made it feel like a pilgrimage as we required great patience and skill to get by them.
We finally reached the top with plenty of time before the beginning of the beautiful sunrise and only took 2 1/2 hours. We saw the pink sun make its way through the clouds. We had wanted to start our married life with an experience we would always remember. ...
... as he called himself showed me around. In the church a lot of the tombstones were in Dutch also. We also visited the sea turtle farm and hatchery in Habaraduwa. It is a hatchery where they also educate kids. They also rescue injured turtles and let them get their strength back before they set them out again. My stay in Galle was very relaxed, enjoying the beach and the nice atmosphere and once again friendly people. It's official now 'I love Sri ...
... music and drinking a beer, anchored in the best part of the harbor, well out of the swell when I felt the wind and swell suddenly grow. Since Al Gore hadn’t yet invented he internet, the yachting world had no way to check weather information when overseas. I didn’t find out for several months what actually hit the harbor that evening until my father wrote me a letter telling me about the storm I was about to experience.
This yacht was no stranger ...
... that I would be fair and if he were to come to USA, I'd help him find a hotel. He laughed and became angry. He kept asking me to buy him a beer. He said it's not possible for him to come to USA, but I said sure it is. You can hassle tourist for 3 months and you'll have plenty of money if you stop spending the money they give you on beer. He was quite angry, but I was sick of people wanting money from ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bentota Beach Hotel
We went to Sri Lanka in Feb 2004 as our Son got married out there. All I can say is wonderful. We made friends with local residents who write and fax or email. The Bentota including all of it's staff were amazingly friendly and nothing too much trouble. My opinion now is that we will not go anywhere else. I am starting a business for Sri Lankan goods with our local friends and hopefully after this Tsunami it may help things.
Tsunami had little effect.
we were staying at the Bentota Beach Hotel when it was hit by the Tsunami. No-one was injured or lost their lives. The hotel has 70 rooms fully operational and the remaining 63 rooms will be operational in 3 weeks time. This information is confirmed in John Keells Resort Hotels website. We returned home on the 2nd January 2005 and will definitely return to complete our holiday. What a fantastic management team they have.
Best place on earth
My husband and I got married at Bentota Beach Hotel in Feb 2002. Even now, 3 years later, the memories are so vivid. It really is paradise. Service was excellent, as was the food and hygiene. The staff can't do enough for you. We still receive Christmas cards from the people we met there. We really were treated like royalty. We will definately return one day
MY husband and I were staying at the Bentota Beach hotel last September with our freinds from Australia., A half way point of travel for both of us as we live in England. Our holiday was absolutely fantastic. The hotel was first class, the food was excellent with so much choice, but what really made it for us were the staff who were so lovely! nothing was too much trouble and they treated us as though we were royalty. There were two resident elephants in the grounds and numerous chipmonks enetertaining us. Our bed was made up everyday, and every night fresh flowers were placfed upon it. From our balcony in room 802 we overlooked the pool, the gardens and the Indian ocean, this was paradise itself and we could never of imagined that four months latetr a Tsunami would of violently destroyed all that layed in front of our eyes. Anybody who has been to Sri Lanka know that the people had very little to start with and now they have even less. Three staff and two guests sadley died, the devastation is enormous and the emotional scars will probably never heal, how could they? We shall go back one day, I know they will rebuild and relandscape the Bentota and we urge everyone to support them in the future, tourism is the main source of income.
Our family spent two weeks at the Bentota Beach Hotel at the beginning of August 2004. We found the hotel to be exceptionally clean, well staffed and set in beautiful grounds. The food in the restaurant was superb and as I worked as a chef, the head chef of the hotel took me on a tour of his spotlessly clean kitchen. We went on many excursions which were mostly arranged by the hotel reception and all were really good value for money, especially the one to the Yala National park, where we spent a night in another (so called 5 star) hotel, although we didn't think it wasa patch on the Bentota! The staff at the hotel were efficient and couldn't do enough for you. It was a shame the holiday had to end and we would love to go back in the future if the country recovers sufficiently from the terrible damage and loss of life caused by the Tsunami that struck on boxing day. Our thoughts at the moment are with all of the wonderful people that we met and that treated us so warmly whilst we were guests in their country.
Arrived after a long flight, and 4 hour transfer. The mini bus pulls into what looks like at first sight, a "grotto". You walk up dark wooden steps into the reception foyer, and the first thing you see is the beautiful Batik ceiling. A welcome glass of fresh orange juice was presented to me as I filled out the registration card. I was taken to my room, which was huge, and the balcony overlooked the gardens with partial sea views.
Stayed at the Bentota Beach for 2 weeks at the beginning of October.
Great hotel, lovely beach
Great hotel, really good service, friendly & prompt. Good facilities, wonderful food (& cheap for a four star hotel). Would highly recommend.
Loved the people
My husband and I have just returned from Sri Lanka having spent 10 days at the Bentota Beach Hotel. The standard of service and the friendliness of the staff were exceptional. The grounds are very secluded and this makes relaxing so much easier. The only down side, should there be one, is that travelling around Sri Lanka is made more difficult by the atrocious roads, thereby making all trips long and tiring. The weather in October was exceptional, and the only rain we had came at night. Despite the copious amounts of excellent food we managed to bring home no excess baggage!
I got married at the Bentota Beach hotel and had the best day of my life. The staff were so friendly and so helpful and the hotel is beautiful! It has it's own private beach and two elephants on the resort that you can feed and ride. It has a lovely restaurant with a great range of food and all sorts of water sports facilities. It's quite far from the attractions so it's an idea to do a week on the beach and a week doing a tour so that you can see everything. Bentota is fantastic as it's the only hotel to have everything on it's own resort. I would definitely go back their with my husband. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of spa facilities. There is a spa but the treatments aren't great and the hairdresser is a local girl who has no idea what she's doing! Great place though - I miss it every day.