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... area is like a supercharged auction, lots of chatter and occasional changing of money as the crowd moves from one set of scales to another. Back on the bikes, and some of the architecture is amazing. We pass through a "rich" section with a few two story places set on fabulous green grounds. The traffic, whilst nowhere near as busy, still requires some getting used to. The white line down the of the road clearly means something ...
... which was both a yummy cafe and a popular handicraft shop, selling oodles of brightly coloured fabrics and homewares, toys in rainbow colours and books, gifts and clothes. We also discovered the Colombo Cricket Club, which was actually an Aussie owned cricket themed pub, and was a good place for home cooked dinners. We managed to go to the cinema one afternoon, something that I've really missed this year! We saw Thor, and to my surprise ...
... driver to another tuk tuk driver to ask him to translate or suggest. 5 minutes later and no further forward we headed back to Unawatuna. The saving grace in this puzzle is that through the confusion, we had seen most of Galle....albeit mainly from the back of a tuk tuk!
Back safely relaxing by the pool at Flower Garden and 700rupees later (£3.50), we consulted the guidebool. Turns out, we ...
... surroundings and overlooking Lake Bodaga. We were greeted on arrival by the manager who placed a flower necklace around each guest’s neck and offered a cold towel and drink to freshen up. Each bungalow is named after a flower in Sri Lanka. The resort is staffed by local villagers who have not received any formal training in hospitality but I can honestly say it was not noticeable. They were kind and helpful, nothing was too much trouble, and the service was better ...
... couldn't communicate with them. There were a few girls with Down's syndrome and others withe general learning difficulties. One of my favourite classes.
We had the weekends off so we tended to head to the beach or just bum around the place. We did a trip to Yala National park which was a real let down. I know what water buffalo and peacocks look like. But I suppose its chance as others went and the leopards were right in front of their car!
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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
THE BEST EVER
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.
The Bentota was the best and it will be again. God Bless Sri Lanka.
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.
The bar was stocked with every type of drink, and in the restaurant, although the food was buffet, it was hot, and there was a massive choice. Service was EXCELLENT!!!!. The freeform swimming pool was large and refreshing, and the sun lounger service was nice and efficient. Lots to do in the grounds of the hotel, and even the elephant that walked through the grounds was friendly.
I will be going back to this hotel soon. I was treated like royalty!!
Stayed at the Bentota Beach for 2 weeks at the beginning of October.
The staff are very friendly and the hotel was lovely. It is only 3 stories high and blends in with its surroundings. There is a railway at the back and they are building a much-needed new bridge across the river, but you don't really notice these.
There is a small a-la-carte restaurant, but we used the large main restaurant. Although the food was buffet style, there was plenty of it and of a very high quality.
The beach is very clean and a lot of people would head there to see the sun set, or walk along the beach as the sky turned pink. The're the normal locals trying to get you to buy things, but if you ignored them, they would leave you alone.
It's not five star, but you would find it very hard to get better value for money, or better service. Highly recommended.
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!
Best day of my life!
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.