Paradise Road The Villa Bentota is one of the most sought-after west coast properties, a chic and stylish beachside boutique villa set amidst extensive gardens scattered with coconut palms with the Indian Ocean a five-minute stroll away. Originally known as the `Mohotti Wallawwa’, this wonderful manor house has courtyards and verandas, and was originally refurbished in 1970 by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. It is now under the loving management of Shanth Fernando, a Sri Lankan lifestyle designer and entrepreneur whose other commitments include The Gallery Café, one of Colombo’s leading restaurants, and Paradise Road Tintagel, an exquisite boutique hotel in Colombo. Shanth’s signature design and creativity has transformed The Villa Bentota into a beautiful boutique hotel with 15 luxurious rooms and suites. Villa Café, the restaurant, serves sumptuous fusion cuisine and is open to non-resident guests. The extensive coconut grove estate stretches all the way up to the beach, divided into two sections by a railway line which runs across the property. The villa itself is situated within walled gardens ensuring plenty of privacy. Paradise Road Villa Bentota is ideal for a romantic wedding or family gathering and can be booked in its entirety.
There are 15 a/c rooms, most with magnificent sea views, separated into five categories. Suites are more spacious and have a day bed that can convert into an additional bed and a private balcony or terrace. Some have private plunge pools. Ensuite bathrooms have h/w rain showers. In-room facilities include LCD TV, mini-bar, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Extra beds, cots and baby baths are provided upon request on a complimentary basis.
Single Room: Single matress and a balcony with views of the pool and sea. No TV or mini-bar.
Standard Room: Sea facing, opening to the garden or with a balcony, furnished with a table and chairs.
Superior Suite: Sea/garden facing balconies with private lounge spaces.
Executive Suite: More spacious with extra privacy. No sea or garden views.
Mohotti Suite: Two double rooms – one king-sized bed, one queen-sized bed, suitable for larger families or groups of friends seeking privacy and luxury. Shared grand bathroom with free-standing bathtub. Separate lounge area with lounge chairs, TV and stereo facilities. Original Dutch-period four-poster beds and chairs and Persian rugs. Overlooks both swimming pools.
The gift shop sells stunning pieces of homeware and giftware, local craft items, and the tableware and crockery used at Paradise Road Villa Bentota is also available to buy. There is also the ‘Villa Gallery’ which showcases pieces of contemporary artwork, also for sale. There are two swimming pools – the largest is 75ft. and sits in the gardens surrounded by sunbeds, whilst the smaller is found within the walls of the villa. Villa Café has the same stunning feel as the celebrated Gallery Café in Colombo and serves delicious fusion cuisine. Guests can dine in their own private balcony/patio or outdoors in the garden. Maximum six people per table. International dishes are served, with an emphasis on Sri Lankan cuisine, Italian and fresh seafood. Ayurvedic massages are available on request. There is an outdoor pavilion by the pool and an exquisitely-designed bar lounge. There are also an array of books and board games and complimentary Wi-Fi. The beach lies at the bottom of the garden – Bentota’s coastline is broad and sandy, arguably the most family-friendly stretch on the island.
Why We Like It
Another excellent boutique option on Bentota's strip of small, quality hotels with food drawn from the menu of Colombo's much-loved Gallery Cafe
The journey from Colombo’s international airport to the west coast resort of Bentota will take about two hours.