Villa Bentota by KK Collection is one of the most sought-after west coast properties, a chic and stylish beachside boutique villa set amidst extensive gardens scattered with coconut palms with the Indian Ocean a five-minute stroll away. Originally known as the `Mohotti Wallawwa’, this wonderful manor house has courtyards and verandas, and was originally refurbished in 1970 by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. It is now under the loving management of KK Collection which also includes in its impressive portfolio KK Beach and Kahanda Kanda. The extensive coconut grove estate stretches all the way up to the wonderfully expansive Bentota beach, divided into two sections by a railway line which runs across the property. The villa itself is situated within walled gardens ensuring plenty of privacy.
There are 14 well-appointed and individually-decorated rooms in contemporary styles. Beds are dressed in fine linen, bathrooms have a fresh, modern look and terraces look onto lush gardens. Choices give plenty of options to couples and families. All rooms have as standard: outdoor seating, writing table, luxurious 320-thread Egyptian bed linen, Bluetooth speaker, bath robes and slippers, smart TV, coffee / tea facilities, minibar, hair dryer, safe, a/c, twice-daily housekeeping, wireless sound system, baby cot on request.
Standard Room (45 sq m): There are four rooms in the most affordable class with views over the tropical garden. Small but perfectly formed, these rooms have king-sized bed, private bathrooms with rain showers and are on the ground or first floors. Sleeps 2.
Superior Room (50 sq m): Three rooms on the first floor with excellent garden views. One has its own private balcony. And the upgrade from the standard rooms includes a bathtub as well as a rain shower! Sleeps 2.
Superior Suites (70 sq m): The elegant and timeless stye of the three superior suites make them some of the most appealing rooms on the west coast. Furnished with a king-sized antique four-poster bed and a banquette for a third person Each bedroom is furnished with a king-sized four-poster bed and has a private bathroom with walk-in rain shower and separate bathtub. Access onto private terraces and balconies with garden and ocean views. Sleeps 3.
Superior Suite with Pool (70 sq m): The same high standards as the other Superior Suites, this suite lacks a view of the ocean but has the compensation of its own plunge pool. Sleeps 3.
Executive Suites (70 sq m): The executive suites are ideal for honeymooners, but they can also sleep up to three guests with the addition of a rollaway bed to one antique king-sized four poster. Both of the two suites look over the garden from a high level and one also has sea views. Positioned in a secluded, far-flung corner of the hotel. In the bathrooms are walk-in monsoon showers and separate bathtubs. Sleeps 3.
Mohotti Suite (109 sq m): The Mohotti Suite is the most striking room. Accessed up a steep wooden staircase, it is housed in a timber-panelled pavilion next to the children’s pool. Choose the Mohotti Suite and it is as if you have chosen your own Bentota villa. It has history, too: Sri Lanka’s famous architect Geoffrey Bawa designed this beautiful suite, and it works as well for couples as it does for families. Sleep comfortably in antique four-poster beds and relax in a sunken sitting room. The two bedrooms share a bathroom with rain shower and bathtub. Sleeps 4.
The main Bentota restaurant sits beneath a pavilion-style roof, and offers modern Sri Lankan dishes crafted from local produce. For those seeking a little less formality and a more western menu, The Bawa’s Bar is a second dining option with bar that overlooks the palm-shaded lawn. Meals can also be delivered to rooms. There are theme nights such as Middle Eastern and Thai along with weekly seafood beach barbecues. There are two swimming pools – the largest is 75ft. and sits in the gardens surrounded by sunbeds, whilst the smaller is found in the courtyard and is ideal for children to splosh around. There is an outdoor pavilion by the pool and an exquisitely-designed bar lounge. The spa offers wellness treatments with a focus on Hela Wedakama, a holistic plant-based system of medicine that originates in Sri Lanka. There are also an array of books and board games and complimentary Wi-Fi. The beach lies at the bottom of the garden – Bentota’s coastline is broad and sandy, arguably the most family-friendly stretch on the island. Travel up the Madu Ganga by private boat or bisit Bentota's watersports centre.
Why We Like It
Another excellent boutique option on Bentota's upmarket strip of small, quality hotels with the undoubted pedigree of KK Collection
The journey from Colombo’s international airport to the west coast resort of Bentota will take about two hours.