Wunderbar Beach Club Hotel
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... chaos starts all over again. Our first corner and our truck players blocker against an oncoming truck, which was not intending to stop. We turn off the main road and on to a beach track before winding our way down to the Hotel.......and we are done for the day! Day one, bums are sore, everyone is tired, beer tastes good. The dinner was average, as they attempt westernised food of fish and chips and pasta. Good day....time for ...
... lovely doctor working there who is keen to help the ladies and really try with them. The session started off fine - there was music playing when we arrived and so we danced and sang (I performed a bit of Beyonce as you do ;) which they all found very funny). It was really lovely. Until we got the nail varnish out. They go mad for it - which is fine - except that we are only allowed to paint their toenails (nurses want the finger nails free from varnish so they can check vital signs ...
It's our first full day in Galle Fort and the temperature is rising fast. We make our way to the outer fort walls that follow the coastline and take a leisurely stroll along the ocean and its numerous beaches below. We also pass an active ammunitions depot guarded by Sri Lankan army personal. You see the fort is not just a world recognized historical site, it's also an active army base that Is still used by the country's military, as well as the main judicial center for ...
... offered to bring me tea and so Rick asked for two bottles of "Lion", his new beer of choice. So here I am sitting in Sri Lanka having a cup of tea and tomorrow I'm off to see a real tea plantation and how the tea is picked and dried and packaged. Can't wait. RQ I'm doing a bit of a Tolstoy myself today : 0 Very early start at 3.30 am today, no like that, I need my beauty sleep, and here we are again on my favourite airline Air Asia cruising up to 30,000 feet, this time ...
... at Panchi Villas, $60 per night (cheap compared to others) the rooms were very spacious with a lounge as well, it was amazing, we'd forgotten what a swanky hotel with a pool was like.
I have to admit it was very welcomed moving up a level, it even had a TV with English language films, we chilled out for the day around the pool and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wunderbar Beach Club Hotel Bentota
Charme familial, excellent accueil
C'est petit, c'est familial, il manque certes l'infrastructure d'un grand établissement, mais pr le prix et le cadre, c'est à recommander absolument. L'ambiance décontractée et sympathique ou chaque client est bienvenu et est accueilli avec un grand sourire, tout ça en étant situé sur la magnifique plage quasi déserte de Benotat, c'est le paradis!
Relax, Unwind & Enjoy
My fiancée and I fell upon the Wunderbar Beach Hotel & Restaurant whilst on a recent trip to Bentota Sri Lanka.
This small but well appointed hotel and restaurant is situated on the edge of a two mile stretch of pure white sand fringed by lush green palm trees and foliage.
If your idea of a holiday is to sit back and unwind then this is the place for you. The atmosphere and surroundings encourage you to forget the toils of everyday life and just CHILL OUT.
The rooms are well appointed with all the standard features one comes to expect as well being light and airy.
The accommodating staff will prepare your freshly cooked meals at a time to suit you, no worries about missing breakfast if you've had a late night!
Whilst your there visit the Turtle Project, which is part of the hotel, and take time to help the staff nurse sick and infant turtles back to good health and enjoy the thrill of releasing them back into their natural habitat during the hours of darkness.
All in all wunderfull place to spend your vacation!
Idylic retreat where all my needs are met
I have stayed here many times over last 3 years and always find this unique hotel a pleasure. There are 14 rooms 8 of which are brand new with minibars and tv. I have always stayed in the standard rooms which are much bigger than the major hotels, sparklingly clean and have a kingsize bed decorated with fresh fragipani flowers every morning.
The owner Chan and all his staff are friendly and create a relaxed atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble.
The booking can only be half board but the 4 course dinner which includes seafood is excellent and the atmosphere is enhanced with music of your choice or the local bongos. They are very flexible on times you wish to eat so you are not restricted to time slots.
They have sunbeds on the beach under the shade of the mangroes where you can look view the coast without another sunbed in sight. This is not Costa del Sol! It is natural and beautiful and stretches for miles both ways, perfect for walking. The sea can be rough but good fun.
I stayed this time as a couple and found it to be very romantic, in the past I have stayed as a single woman and found it very comfortable with company if I wanted it with no hassle.
Perfect retreat for a very reasonable price.
A hidden oasis in paradise
I cannot comment on the hotel itself as I was staying in the next door Club Villa. But when I return to Bentota I will definitely stay at the Wunderbar. It is a lovely laidback place which nestles in the palm trees next to a sweep of untouched, perfect beach and the turtle santuary. The staff are wonderful and made my holiday by organising trips and even my transport back to the airport.
My son, who is 10, adored the bar, Bob Marley music, impromptu drumming and the friendliness of the staff.
We escaped the over quiet, stuffy, overpriced atmosphere of Club Villa each evening to chill in the bar and lap up the friendliness of the Wunderbar. It made our holiday in Bentota.
Wunderbar Beach Club Hotel, Bentota Sri Lanka
21st February 2006
My Husband and I have recently returned from our holiday at the Wunderbar Beach Club Hotel, and we have had the most fantastic holiday of our lives.
The location of the hotel was overlooking a fabulous secluded beach, very picturesque.
The standard fo the room was fantastic, the food was excellent, and the staff made us feel very welcome, and looked after our every need.
We have definitely found our idea of paradise, and we can't wait to return next year.
Fantatsic fantastic fantastic!
I can't recommend this place highly enough. I have travelled a lot in the 3rd world and consider this place in the top grade for what you want (and expect) for a hotel of its kind.
If you are after a rustic setting, with a friedly atmosphere, clean spacious rooms, beautiful food, staff who will go out of their way to orgainse river cruises, beach parties and even (in my case) setting up meetings with real estate agents - Wunderbar is for you.
I stayed there with 7 friends over the Xmas period and they made it an experience I will nevr forget. I hope to return very soon and if you are looking for a place to stay in Bentota - look no further.
Bei diesem Hotel gibt es wirklich nichts zu meckern: sehr geräumige, gut ausgestattete Zimmer und ein Restaurant mit tollem Ausblick und leckerem Seafood.
Große und kleine Ausflugstouren kann man direkt im Hotel buchen und auch sonst ist das Team vom Hotel immer mit Rat und Tat zur Stelle.
Der Strand hinter dem Hotel mit eigenen Liegen ist sehr sauber und schön ruhig. Ideal zum relaxen.
Besonders hervorzuheben ist die tolle familiäre Atmosphäre in diesem Hotel, wo einfach jeder mitgerissen wird.
Great holiday in lovely atmosphere
I found this hotel in the internet on their hp
and was very pleased about the photos. But the reality was much better!
An easy booking and a nice email contact with Chan the hotel manager made me expect a wonderful holiday there.
The airport shuttle was good organized and when I arrived at the hotel I had a very friendly welcome.
The rooms were exceptionally large and good fitted with all necessary things, even an air condition.
Everything was very clean.
I booked halfboard and the meals in the beautiful restaurant with seaview were extraordinary.
4-course menu every day with fresh seafood every evening. Special orders never was a problem for the friendly staff there.
Although I travelled alone, I always had the feeling to stay there in nice family atmosphere.
The beach is only a few meters behind the hotel on the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.
Large and not many people.
The hotel offers towels for the beach and enough deckchairs.
All in one I really can recommend this hotel for any type of travellers.
The best holiday we have ever had...
we would recommend this hotel, for young, just married and mature. what a fantastic time we had. we actually had booked to stay at another hotel along the beach. we discovered the wunderbar the next day and were there the rest of our holiday.It was the atmosphere, daggi welcomed us both into the hotel, he couldn,t do enough he was the perfect host. The food was good, the entertainment into the early hours was excellent, the atmosphere was exceptional. if you wanted to go anywhere daggi would take us, he was wonderful.All the staff went out of their way, i feel that we have made great friends with these people and usually we are sceptical.. they have won us over and they deserve the credit for there hard work.
5th wedding anniversary at Bentota.
We have just returned from Bentota after staying at the Wunderbar beach club. We decided to go as we were celebrating our fith wedding anniversary having got married in Sri Lanka also we wanted to support the local tourist industry.
Firstly we new some of the staff here as we got married in Sri Lanka 5 years ago and on that trip we spent alot of time at the restaurant/bar. This was our first time actually staying at the Hotel. The rooms were so spacious and clean, We would say the rooms were on a par if not better than the four star hotel down the road we stayed in last time.[Bentota beach]
We had En -site room, A/C , ceiling fan and telephone. The balcony was shared however they have provided curtains to separate each room which was good. We had a sea view and the hotel is set in a wonderful tropical and natural environment 50 metre's from the beach. The beach itself is good although you have to care whilst in the ocean as there are often underwater currents.It is very quiet and unspoilt, you can walk in either direction if you wish for several miles as the beach in Bentota is quite wide.
There are palm trees all around which provided a magical backdrop especialy at dusk. There is a railway line about 50 yrds from the hotel although this never affected either our enjoyment of the place or indeed our sleep. The service was excellent and we enjoyed almost peronal service as it was very quiet when we were there .Sri Lanka is currently suffering a down turn in tourism due to the Boxing day Tsunami, the area incidently of Bentota was hardly affected and certainly this area was very lucky not to be damaged at all.
As the wunderbar is a sea food restuarant the food was excellent and the whole package was half board, we had red snapper, shark fish, there was also king prawns and lobster. Chan the owner and some of the staff regularly play local songs with bongo drums for guests adding to the ambience and charm. There is the opportunity of going on trips to see other areas of interest at good value against the other hotels if you are on a package. There is currently no swimming pool facility although the owner is making plans to provide one and also build another 8 rooms next to the complex we were in. You can use neighbouring swimming pools at other hotels at a small charge, around £2.50 for two persons. On the whole we found it good value and very friendly staff and would recommend it to anyone thinking of going.