Massage room, shop, gallery, gardens, free WiFi in public areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV with cable, minibar, Spa Ceylon Ayurveda for Paradise Road toiletries.
Tucked away by the garden, Superior Suites 3 and 4 have the broadest beach-facing balconies on the first and second floors with Suite 4 boasting super sea views. Garden-gazing bath tubs are the stars in Superior Suites 5 and 6, or for extra luxe Executive Suite 1’s clandestine courtyard comes with a private plunge pool.
A slender lap pool with parasol-topped terrace stretches across the garden to a shady sea-view pavilion; a smaller, shallower lawn-edged pool languishes in a frangipani-flecked inner courtyard.
Leave the beach bag at home as they’re provided in your room, but stock up on repellent to keep mossies at bay.
Smoking is allowed in outside areas only. Guests may experience some noise or disruption from passing express train sirens in the early morning.
Baby cots are complimentary, and kids up to five can share senior Smiths beds for free. Extra beds for the over-fives cost US$31 a child a night including breakfast.
Baby cots are complimentary, and kids aged up to five can share senior Smiths beds for free, making the Villa Bentota a family-friendly retreat.
All age groups are welcome but since there’s little to do, tiny tots and boisterous youngsters could easily get bored.
The Mohotti Suite’s two bedrooms are perfect for a family of four, or more; extra beds for over-fives can be added for US$31 a child a night including breakfast. Alternatively, first-floor suites 6 and 7 connect through a shared front balcony.
Mini Smiths at the Villa Bentota can make their own fun: swim in the pool, sculpt sandcastles beachside or play hide and seek among the mangrove palms. Beyond the hotel, younger guests will enjoy lagoon water sports (jet-skiing, waterskiing, banana-boating or tube-riding), cycling through sedate inland villages, or visits to local turtle hatcheries.
There’s no dedicated kids' pool, but inflatables, arm bands and pool toys are available if you ask. The pool near the family-friendly Mohotti Suite is smaller and shallower than the main lap pool.
Children are welcome in the restaurant, where the kids' menu includes spaghetti bolognaise, mini club sandwiches, hot dogs and fish fingers, heaven for home-hungry broods. Staff members are happy to heat up milk and baby food, or pack lunches if you’re hotfooting it out for the day.
No need to pack
Baby cots and highchairs.
All suites have enough space to accommodate at least one extra bed as well as a baby cot, which can be supplied on request. On a health and safety tip, keep an eye out to ensure your tots don't wander near the train track adjoining the hotel.