Vivanta by Taj - Bentota
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To Sri Lanka. After the shortest flight ever, Air Lanka were running behind schedule so the pilot gave it some beans and we arrived in about 45minutes, fearing the worst that being only a few hundred miles from the coast of India it was pleasantly surpriseing on arrival, the airport was quite plush. We found an ATM and got a AC taxi to take us to …
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. ...
... Is it better to travel or arrive? Personally, I wonder why they even bother asking, because if you prefer hours of being cramped up and bored to the thrill of stepping out into a new place, I don't think you should be travelling full stop.
My excitement was increased the minute I crossed the threshold. The house is one of those stunning colonial buildings with high ceilings, an open air riad-style pond in its centre, ancient wooden doors and a ...
... are flowing a bit easier. One of the girls is Sri Lankan (though born and lives in the UK) but has family here. She was telling us about the civil war between the Tamils and the Sinhalese and how terrible it was. Her family are Tamil and she said they were lucky to escape at the beginning of the war. It is pretty much unspoken about now that it is over. We had an early start on Friday morning. Three of us got the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vivanta by Taj - Bentota
We stayed at the Taj for 10 days in May on the 2 for one offer. This was a brilliant deal - we had expected a catch but there wasn't. The airport in Columbo is a bit hectic - selling full size fridge freezers through duty free on arrival and people stuffing them into vans while you are trying to get into your car! Roads are the worst I've ever encountered - makes Delhi or Bangkok seem relaxing.
Now, both my Wife and I are fussy; my career is in luxury hotels and my Wife's picked up my habit of spotting things that are't 'right', but this place is the best hotel we've stayed in: better than both the Savoy in London and the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong to name but two.
Well, what a fabulous hotel and location. Good rooms, excellent staff, very good service. Food Excellent. Stayed on bed and breakfast basis, but food is very reasonably priced for a 5* and the standards are very high. Although the main restaurant is Buffet each evening there is a choice of al a carte for a more relaxed meal and the choice is great. Drinks are reasonably priced. Pool service is also good. We have no complaints whatsoever. Train station is 5 minutes walk away giving good access to Colombo and Galle. Plently of places to walk in the vicinity. Would definitely recommend this hotel and location. As for the people in Sri Lanka, we always find them to be the most friendy and welcoming people in the world!
Booked the holiday with Thomas Cook Signature for two weeks at the Taj...buy one week get one free...encourage people to return after the Tsunami.
We have just returned from a week's break at the Taj Exotica, having been encouraged to book through reading reviews. The hotel's location really is as stunning as it looks in the photos. The beach goes on for miles and is so empty: just sand and palm trees. Everything at the Taj was of a good to excellent standard and we had a healthy and happy week. We had a beautiful view from our 'standard room' of both gardens and the sea. We were also impressed with the security; the area was well patrolled at night but it was not overbearing.The staff were very helpful and our only complaint was that it rained!
Have stayed at the Taj Exotica several times and have loved it more with each visit. My first time was on my honeymoon and since then i've been bewitched with the place - its beach, gardens, food and service. Whether u want to realx or be on the go this property offers a variety of fun activities - from snorkelling, excursions to the mangroves, water polo, pool aerobics, tennis...the list goes on. Infact they even have a small library. The rooms are spacious, clean and well appointed with views of either the sea or the tropical gardens. The food is excellent - i personally prefer the buffet offered for its wide choices. The staff is friendly and helpful. They remember anniversaries and b'days and always surprise us with an in- room complimentary cake or champagne. They also have a night club and a lounge with live music every evening. Would highly recommend this place for honeymooners and romantics.
THis is simply the best hotel in the Bentota area in my opinion and I have been many times and stayed in many hotels. The fact that it backs onto the railway line in NOT an issue. The railway line runs from Colombo to Galle along the coast so nearly every hotel along this coast backs on to the railway line. The trains do NOT run at night and are very infrequent during the day when they can usually not be heard in the rooms anyway. Besides I presume at these times you will be touring, eating or on the beach or by the pool anyway. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are well equiped and clean. Admittedly the first room we had I didn't like because of the decoration style but within five minutes we were moved to another room. No problem. The food is excellent and you need to try all the hotels restraunts. The Chinese restraunt was excellent but a little expensive, a nice treat and the others were very reasonably priced. So much so that next time we will book room only and pay as you go. Much cheaper than booking half board from the UK. For example when we visited a Taj Club sandwich and fries which we had most days as a snack lunch cost 350 rupies which was about a pound at the time. Considering we shared this between us as it was a generous portion we were having lunch for 50 pence a day!!!! Now that is very good value. A meal in the very nice restraunt with baby grand piano, worked out less than £9 per person. Considering we had paid £12 per person in the UK for half board and that was only for the buffet you begin to see what I mean. The Buffet itself was excellent but you can imagine some would be reluctant to try other places when you have already paid fro a meal elsewhere. The staff are excellent as they are in most Sri Lankan hotels and nothing is too much trouble. The pool is very good and quite large. it has a pool bar and drinks and food can be served directly to your lounger by means of raising a flag on the side of the sun lounger. Bentota itself is an excellent locaton with some fantastic shops and lovely people. In short ........... Do it. Room only. Taj Exotica.
We arrived at the Taj Exotica after an "interesting" 3 hour drive from the airport. We where on our Honeymoon and Sri Lanka was our second point of call - after the initial "culture shock" we where amazed and thrilled to find this Oasis. We where immediatley taken care of on our arrival with a smile a very welcome "comfy seat" and a welcome drink. Because it was our Honeymoon we where upgraded to a deluxe room. The room was exceptionally large, had a large balcony with sea-view and all the luxuries you would expect from a 5 star hotel. We where not disappointed with our choice, of hotel which had beautiful grounds and pool or location the beach has golden sands and palms trees that are endless - Although the buffet food was very good we preferred to eat in the hotels Seaview Restaurant - please try this if only once the presentation, food and service is excellent and i can assure you, you will not be disappointed, the prices are very reasonable too! - we loved it so much we ate there every night and worked our way though a delicious menu. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to this hotel - i will say DO NOT go anywhere with anyone you meet on the beach - its a con and they will want money, otherwise its FAB.
Very relaxing and beautiful layout
stayed at this beautiful haven early september...the rooms were clean and well arranged....service was good...good food......found this hotel above average in Srilanka...
Very disappointed with the Taj Exotica Bentota. It was claimed to be a 5 star resort, but was tired and in need of an uplift. Don't be fooled by the lobby which is smart and pretty. The rooms, whilst reasonably large, are smelly and rather sad.
The Staff are the major positive point, they are attentive and smiley. But the hotel is overall a disappointing mix of a bad location (backing on to the main train line from Columbo to Galle), coupled with below average rooms.
The refurbishment needs to extend beyond the lobby.