4.5
Very Good 2710 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • All rooms come with a private balcony or terrace
  • Four restaurants and two bars
  • The terraced infinity pool overlooks the Indian Ocean

What To Know

  • A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • Free WiFi for up to two (or otherwise) devices?
  • The Palms restaurant is open 7am to 11pm
  • Personal trainers are available in the fitness center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Sprawling beach retreat in southwest Sri Lanka with an open-air waterfront restaurant and breezy rooms with balconies and Indian Ocean views

The Lowdown

Bunk down in a bold, sunny room at this Indian Ocean resort on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Colorful turquoise accent walls and bright orange linens complement the resort’s earthy beach scene, while intricately carved headboards add a dash of local charm. Upgrade to an Allure, Temptation or Presidential Suite for a walk-in closet, rainfall shower, and Forest Essentials ayurvedic toiletries. Poolside meals at the Palms include sprawling buffets that mix Western and Sri Lankan specialties, or you can opt for the Sri Lankan lunch platter, a mix of red rice, chicken curry, tempered radish, ambarella chutney, beans in coconut milk, and spicy coconut. Elevate evening dining at SHACK, an open-air seafood spot overlooking the ocean, and retire to Tease for a nightcap — a shot of Sri Lankan Coconut Arrack should do the trick.

In the Area

When you’ve tired of sunbathing on this prime stretch of Bentota Beach, ask the concierge to book a boat ride in the nearby mangrove backwaters or set up a visit to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. A local family started the conservation project in 1988, and it protects five species of endangered turtle. Spend the evening on a champagne cruise down the Madu River, or arrange for a private dinner in a beach gazebo.

How to Get There

Vivanta By Taj
National Holiday Resort
Bentota, Sri Lanka

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2710 Reviews
Excellent
Reviewed 7 hours ago

This resort is absolutely beautiful. I must say that my wife had a conference to attend and my other family members along with my 10 month old daughter had so much of activity in the resort that we could not realise that time just passed by.

Location - beautiful location by the ocean just a resort needs.

Staff - excellent staff and prompt with their attention and service.

Food - in my entire trip I enjoyed food at Taj Bentota the most. I enjoyed almost every cuisine.

Rooms - fantastic rooms with balcony and all rooms facing the ocean is a treat.

Activities - many activities in the resort - Fish feeding , tattoo pasting , magic show etc...absolute delight for the guest. They have tie up with Sunshine water sport guys as well as they have insurance covered for any damage which was quite good and gaining confidence keeping customers in mind.

Over all - 5 star.

Paradise!
Reviewed 17 hours ago

Paradise! 🌴 Thank you so much Vivanta by Taj Bentota for such a lovely holiday stay, we felt just like being in Paradise! 🌴✨ The nice people working there, the most excellent service and wonderful staff, make this hotel to the best hotel ever!

We stayed 14 nights, and enjoyed every day and always felt special and welcome. The buildings are a bit old, but everywhere it is very clean and safe. This resort has all the facilities you need; swimming pool with palm trees, three restaurants, bar, spa, gym and shops. The resort is located right on the beautiful Bentota beach and close to Bentota village, which made Vivanta by Taj Bentota the perfect base for our Sri Lanka adventures.

We had breakfast and dinner included, and had almost all our meals in the nice restaurant The Palms with such good and wonderful food. Thank you so much to kind Kamal for excellent good tasting food and for introducing us to the Sri Lankan cuisine. We learned a lot from him. Thanks a lot also to kind Dinesh and kind Asiri for wonderful service, for all the nice jokes an for explaining and answering all our questions about Sri Lanka. We really learned a lot. They took good care of us and we felt so welcome. Thank you also to kind Sam for good service and lovely smiles. These guys are simply the best. 💖 We hope to come back to Vivanta by Taj Bentota to meet them again.

We got a nice upgrade to De Lux room 619 which had a beautiful beach view. The room had nice standard and good bed, and was kept very clean by Chamil which was so nice to us. We really enjoyed all the towel animals he made for us.... one new animal towel every day - so nice! 😀 Demith in the reception was also very nice and kind to us, and hjelped us with everything such as train shedules and phone calls.

The service we got at Vivanta by Taj Bentota is the best we have ever experienced at any hotel anywhere in the world. Especially Kamal, Asiri and Dinesh did everything they could to make us feel special. We would stay here again without a doubt - hope to be back next year!

Thank you Vivanta by Taj for making our stay magical! 💖💫

Warm regards,
Lena Klanderud (Norway)

Best service ever
Reviewed 18 hours ago

Although the complex is a bit dated the resort has all the facilities you need (and more). There are several restaurants, a big swimming pool, a bar and shops on site. The resort is also located right on the beach and close to Bentota village, which made Taj Bentota the perfect base for our Sri Lanka adventure. But it’s the staff that really make this hotel stand out!

When we first checked in we got a room on the forth floor that was nowhere close to five star standards. The next morning we asked for another room and the nice lady (sadly I can’t remember her name) in the reception gave us a much better room on the sixth floor with a magnificent view of beach and the ocean. The room was kept very clean by Chamil and we also enjoyed the towel animals that he made us every day.

We had most of our breakfasts and dinners at The Palms restaurant. Kamal made the most amazing food and introduced us to the Sri Lankan cuisine, while Asiri and Dinesh delivered outstanding service in the restaurant. Sam was also very helpful.

The service we got at Taj Bentota is the best we have ever had at any hotel anywhere in the world. Especially Kamal, Asiri and Dinesh did everything they could to make us feel special. We would stay here again without a doubt!

Great staff! Great hotel!!
Reviewed 1 day ago

We’d like to thank Sukuni, a Front Office Trainee, for the faultless service extended to us during our stay at the hotel.

For only being three months into her Traineeship, Sukuni showed considerable experience and understanding.

Since we last visited, the hotel has benefited from a refurbishment and it shows - much improved rooms and facilities.

Front desk excellent, hotel good
Reviewed 2 days ago

We met Sakuni, a trainee on arrival. What a delightful experience - check in, room briefing, hotel overview - she was professional, friendly and fabulous. The hotel has refurbed and is lovely but still feels a little tired. However the staff are fabulous as always and the food exceptional. Ver good experience, starting with Sakuni greeting us and closing with her waving us off. ❤️