One of Sri Lanka's first boutique hotels, located just outside Bentota town it sits squarely on a rocky promontory. Though only 10 yrs. old it is built in the elegant, colonial style. The main hotel facilities are accessed from an open terrace giving superb views through the frangipani lined gardens to the vast azure Indian Ocean beyond. Rocky steps lead you down to the quiet, deserted bay.
The professional team of staff demonstrate their experience and discretion as they welcome their guests arriving through the lush gardens which are enriched with tranquility pools.
The individual suites, bungalows and villas are scattered within the gardens, each with a dazzling sea view. Guests may choose to enjoy the peace of their own villa's sunloungers, 20ft pool and dining terrace. Life is very tranquil here, the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks below and the song birds as the only backdrop.
If your choice is to socialise a little, stroll along to the large infinity pool and central restaurant. For the more active, the hotel provides a wealth of facilities including a spa, gym, badminton, table tennis, indoor games, billiards and an interesting library.
A craft centre displaying a selection of tasteful gifts and a jewellers is situated by the entrance. Bentota is ideally placed to visit the south coastal villages, Galle, and the safari and rainforest areas.
A sophisticated retreat ideal for honeymooners and guests in search of uncomplicated relaxation and sunshine.
Within the gardens and overlooking the ocean are 27 private villas comprising upper and lower suites. Ihe prestigious Saman Villa. lies on the periphery where the coconut plantation gradually runs into beach.The suites are split level with a sitting room to the front opening onto the brightly cushioned balcony. Polished Kumak floors and new teak furniture create a very homely feel. Motorised blinds allow you to watch the sun set and decide when it's time for bed. A large flat screen TV and DVD/CD system may lull you to sleep on those lethargic days (there are heaps of CD's in the library). Remote control air-conditioning or an over head fan can be operated from the bedside.
Floating jasmine in water pots add scent to every room and your feet as you wash off the sand.
Step up to the bedroom onto a sea grass carpet, where the huge bed takes centre stage draped with beautiful hand painted cotton covers. Push through saloon doors to the large walk-in dressing room linking the ensuite bathroom, with its marble vanity area and natural stone surround, to the open-air showers. Large white fluffy towels are replenished every day and the resort is sprayed morning and night so mosquitoes are barely evident.
Safes, hairdryers and mini bars are supplied as standard. Tenof the deluxe suites boast 20ft swimming pools to the rear if you wish to escape the main pool for a quiet moment. The Grand Deluxe Suite has a corner and very private location which hosts an infinity mosaic lined swimming pool and overlooks the beach.
Saman Villa: For a special occasion, you may prefer to indulge in the luxuries of the Saman Villa. A spacious two storey suite opens onto a modern sitting room and verandah capturing the morning sun. To the rear is a luxury courtyard bathroom with w.c., double bath and open- air showers. The bathroom opens out onto a private sun terrace and 22 ft pool. Climb the cabin style stairs to the a large bedroom and living area, opening onto a dining balcony overlooking the terrace and the ocean. A further ensuite shower room is on this level. Couples may opt for this villa for space and privacy.
Saman Villas has no fixed restaurant hours, choose from their wide selection of menus at any time of the day, anywhere in the grounds. Enjoy the impeccable service on the main restaurant terrace or neighbouring sunset bar providing an international cuisine for guests seeking a little company with their fellows.
Guests wishing to celebrate a special, romantic occasion will be impressed by the many locations that the manager has created for that special dinner a deux. Served by your personal butler, you can listen to the waves on the rocks, watch the sea ripple onto the beach below or relax under the stars in the garden pavilion, cushioned on day beds. My favourite was the flood-lit pool pavilion on the crest of the cliff.
It is hard to imagine ever eating again after breakfast at Saman. They have the widest selection of menus from American through 'slim and trim' to Saman Brunch. The fresh pastries were divine.
If you need a pick-me-up at lunchtime, the croque monsieur or Thai chicken salad will do the trick. Or go Sri Lankan and explore the flavours of the many curries and rice.
The spa menu is not restricted to those in treatment and the Tuna Tatare with Tatsiki is highly recommended.
The master chef has fresh produce brought in daily and the seafood selection is superb. We dined on home smoked fillet of Silver Modha on a crispy salad, with a BBQ of jumbo prawns oriental style and grain fed Australian steak to follow. As we lay on our daybed contemplating the day's visit to the Brief Gardens, we spared a moment to devour caramelised lychee and pistachio with coconut ice cream.!
The wine is equally inspiring and well priced.
Saman Villas is designed for the holiday maker looking for peace and relaxation, but there is plenty of available activity on site when exercise 'calls'.
The traditional Sri Lankan Wedding is performed on a decorated canopied dais(Poruwa). The bride and bridegroom are dressed in ceremonial Sri Lankan costumes. Jayamangala stanzas of blessings are sung by young girls. Dancers to the beating of drums make the ceremony colorful.
The ceremony can be tailor made to suite the couple.