Set among giant coconut trees, a couple of hundred yards from the beach, Villi Mohotti is a gracious reminder of the Dutch period architecture of the late 19th century. Originally built for Sri Lankan aristocracy - the Mohotti family - it was acquired a hundred years later by Geoffrey Bawa, renowned Sri Lankan architect, who cherished and extended it as a beach residence. Today it is serene and elegant yet welcoming and homely, a place to relax, shed the executive stress and listen to the birds and the occasional old train rattling by. (The relics of the Raj are inescapable in Sri Lanka).
A slow 2hrs drive from the International airport of Colombo encounters everything from 1960's Morris Miners and the latest de luxe Mercedes to ox-wagons, cyclists, pedestrians and cows before arriving in front of the clipped lawns of Mohotti Villa.
Coconut palms give way to landscaped shrubbery, in turn leading to indoor and outdoor garden courtyards. Ten unique rooms are accessed from the strikingly decorated courtyards which are delightfully set with comfortable loungers and occasional tables. The perfect place to while away an hour or so planning your next excursion.
The lounge is more formal in style with antique wooden furniture, objets d'art in wood, clay and brass and wonderful pictures. Don't miss the intricately carved panels above the doorways.
The quiet inner courtyard is the delightful setting for many meals, taken under the shade of the frangipani trees.
Nearby Bentota town offers many diversions such as shops, restaurants, superb water sports and river excursions. In between exploring the sights near and far you can relax and recharge in the peaceful gardens and courtyard swimming pool.