Villa Republic Bentota is an entrancing private villa set on the banks of the Bentara River. Rooms and living spaces open to the swimming pool and river beyond. Owned by a Sri Lankan entrepreneur and lifestyle designer, Villa Republic Bentota has striking décor, including a collection of memorabilia and rare black and white photographs of political figures such as Che Guevera and Lenin, as well as icons from music and sport like The Beatles and Muhammad Ali. Bedrooms are themed accordingly, named Boxing Room, Beatles Room, Liberation Room, and Vietnam Room, decorated with black and white photography from the owner’s private collection. Guests should be mindful that the pictures do not necessarily represent the political views of the owner! Spend a tranquil day by the poolside or go jet-skiing on the Bentara River, or head to the sandy beaches of Bentota, just a short boat ride away. Villa Republic can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests and is booked on a villa-only basis.