1. A tropical state of mind
Perched on a rocky headland dividing two long seemingly endless, unspoilt beaches of golden sand, backed by the luscious greenery of coconut plantations in the quiet fishing village of Aruruwella, Bentota lies the award winning Saman Villas, Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel just a short two hour drive from the cosmopolitan capital of Colombo.
The resort is wonderfully idyllic and tranquil, offering its guests peace and privacy in abundance. The design inspiration is taken from a fusion of modern and period Sri Lankan aesthetics, cleverly combined to create a sophisticated and relaxing ambience that blends perfectly into the tropical environment. Ascending steps through a water garden will take you to the reception where attentive staff are dedicated to giving every guest a flavour of authentic Sri Lankan hospitality. Head on to the terraced garden where an infinity pool appears to merge with the dazzling Indian Ocean.
2. Classically beautiful suites
Saman Villas pushes the boundaries of exclusivity with just twenty-seven exquisite suites some featuring their own private pools with unmatched views of the stunning and unspoilt coastline of Bentota. Here luxury comes as standard and ‘getting away from it all’ takes on a whole new meaning as it provides both seclusion and privacy in its chic villas nestled in tropical gardens. The 26 suites and duplex villa located on either side of the rocky promontory offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Escape inside your suite to discover a cool, airy space peppered with Sri Lankan charm. Expect traditional décor, handcrafted furnishings, private terraces and gardens – not to mention thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers and fruit. All suites are complete with exquisite furnishings and modern amenities such as an LED TV, iPod/iPhone docking station, and complimentary WiFi. The elegant bathrooms are semi-open and spacious equipped with carefully picked bathware fused with ethnic motifs.
3. Intimate dining set beside the ocean
Lose yourself in the gourmet delights of the chefs who have created an exceptionally well-curated menu highlighting local produce and the freshest ingredients. A culinary symphony of creative, modern food that highlights, in particular, the freshest local seafood and produce is what you’ll find on the menu, lightened to create a supremely elegant and authentic dining experience. The ethos of keeping it simple and allowing the produce to really shine allows them to create exquisitely plated cuisine with generous flavour that maintains the expected high standards of Saman Villas guests. After a walk on the sun-kissed beach or a relaxing swim guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the sunset sipping on their favorite cocktail at the pool bar. For those seeking a personalized experience, private dining can be arranged in several romantic locations set against the pristine beauty of its secluded beachfront.
4. Indulge in complete rejuvenation
Discover inner harmony with a pampering spa session. The Sahana Spa, inspired by Balinese designs is carefully crafted to heighten the sense of relaxation. Guests can choose from a wide selection of Ayurvedic and other therapeutic treatments in the luxurious suites set amidst a water garden which includes an aromatic sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi, mud bath, treatment room and dining pavilion. Each area is also provided with music that is meant to calm your mind and rejuvenate. A separate treatment area is available for reflexology, pedicure, and manicure. The trained therapists use local oils, herbs, and spices with different therapies such as aromatherapy, reflexology proven for natural healing.
5. Explore the tropical paradise
The surrounding environs offer a myriad of outdoor activities ranging from religious and cultural visits, water sports or spend the day picking fresh vegetables and seafood at the local market, for those who would like to explore the area. With the choice to do as much or as little as you like, this intimate retreat feels like your very own sanctuary. Wander down to the pristine beach and take a dip or listen to the soothing sounds of the waves. Later, relax on your terrace for an early evening cocktail accompanied by the smell of Saman flowers as the sun goes down before indulging in a delicious dinner. Saman Villas is an undeniably romantic boutique hotel that defines a luxury escape.