Located between Bentota’s white beach and the tranquil Bentara River, Bentota Beach Hotel is just about one and a half hour’s drive from Colombo. This magnificent structure designed by world famous architect Geoffrey Bawa is nestled within 30 acres of well landscaped coconut plantation.
The entrance to this hotel is shaded by a roof made of metal and with an embossed design of the sun made of copper under it. The car park and a shopping arcade are situated on this floor. The Reception is situated on the first floor with six oil presses [sekku gal] beside the staircase.
The Reception has a large lobby with the entire ceiling made of batik. The left side of the reception is covered by glass doors with a large pond at the other end.
The room on the top floor facing the Indian Ocean on one side and the calm waters of the river lagoon on the other faced a beautiful setting. The golden sandy beaches allow you to soak up the sun, entertain children, maybe take a beach stroll or enjoy a stunning sunset, all in one day.
There is an ayurvedic spa for guests seeking an excuse to de-stress at the end of the day with a top-to-toe treatment.
Arranged over 3 floors, the hotel has 105 Standard rooms including 15 Superior rooms, 6 Deluxe rooms and 4 Presidential Suites. The floors were tiled, keeping the rooms cool in the midday sun. Light day curtains mask the large bay windows onto the balcony, offering views over the gardens and out to sea or over the river.
The interiors had predominantly teak furnishings with generic fabrics. The rooms enjoy more space with a sitting room for private relaxation. The impressive Presidential Suite has pleasant views from its large windows.
Presently known as the Bentota Beach Hotel, and shortly to be renamed Cinnamon Beach this is ranked amongst one of the friendlier. “We have different kinds of theme nights such as European, Indian, International, Chinese, BBQ, Indonesian, Malaysian and Sri Lankan too.
Every night we organise a live band, piano music, cultural show, firing and disco for our guests’ entertainment. There are some excursions near the hotel such as Lunuganga, Brief Garden, Turtle hatchery, Meetiyagoda gem mine and Madu ganga also”, General Manager of the Hotel, Sanjeewa Perera said.
The hotel has three restaurants and the main restaurant is called “Peacock”. The Fine Dining restaurant is named Araliya and another restaurant located in the garden covered by Sooriya trees called “Sooriya” restaurant beautifies the culinary area.
When one stays at this hotel he can enjoy the special boat ride called “Pontoon” on the Bentota River. Even special dinner nights are arranged on some days on this Pontoon journey.
This hotel is very famous among Sri Lankan and tourists alike due to the array of water sports on the Bentota River which is a major draw card for the holiday enthusiast. This river is especially suitable for all kinds of water sports.