4.5
Very Good 2605 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 2605 Reviews
Friendly staff
Reviewed 1 day ago

Beautiful hotel situated near the train station . The food is first class although the drinks are a little more expensive than you would pay at the local restaurants .The gardens are well are well kept and the beach attached to the hotel is also very clean. There is a fitness suite sauna and steam room and jacuzzi as well as a spa where treatments can be booked . All in all I would recommend this hotel staff are friendly and nothing is a bother to them .

Good location, but ...
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great location by the beach. It’s a clean beach without too many people. The hotel property is huge. The room was small, bathroom was small, plug points old. Except for staff at reception other services were slow. Food at The Palms (the coffee shop) was very average with limited vegetarian items. Breakfast was crowded with people.

Beautiful location
Reviewed 2 days ago

The location of the place is wonderful, staff is very courteous and there is abundant and carefully crafted beautifully designed greenery . However it is one of those properties that desperately need a revamp. Everything is functioning very well , but it lacks the feeling of luxury due to old premises.
Experience at Jiva the spa was too good.
The oriental restaurant was having flattened foam on the chairs .
Overall it was an experience that did not give the feeling of being at a Taj property.

Lovely Stay
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed for 2 nights in this hotel & that is the best time of our this Sri Lanka trip. enjoyed good Indian food and even go interconnected rooms as per our main requirement. Staff was friendly and helpful. Good Sea view rooms... Free bottle of wine... In my 2 night stay only listen one NO when I requested for Garlic Naan ... Overall stay was perfect...

Beautiful Vivanta
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our visit to vivanta bentota was memorable n fun in June 2018.
The property is spread out n spacious with humble prompt caring people at service. The rooms are huge n comfortable. They have a big pool n private clean big beach. The hotel has a game room , spa, gym, and every amenity to make one feel comfortable n entertained. Food has been delicious and service is prompt n super. With Taj we can assure to get super service n super hospitality.
As we were a group of cousins with kids , we weee chilling one night over drinks and dint realise the time. It got late and was past 10:30 pm. As bentota shuts at 10pm we didn’t know what to do for dinner. On our request Taj provided us delicious fresh hot Indian food with room service n we are so thankful to them as the kitchen was just closed n they still did the needful n gave us super service. Always have enjoyed with the Taj. It’s located close to the market n some good restaurants around at walking distance to venture around.
Th beach was awesome fun too. The waves are strong so be careful. Don’t go deep in the sea. Enjoy the peaceful sands n beach.