The Villa Bentota – Bentota

The Villa Bentota is a celebrated 15-room boutique hotel set back from Bentota’s sunset-facing southern sands. It holds great cultural significance since it was designed by the late Geoffrey Bawa, an influential Sri Lankan architect. Built in the 1970s and originally called the ‘Mohotti Walauwa’, this was also one of the island’s very first boutique hotels. Nearly 50 years later, and after a sensitive upgrade and renovation overseen by British interior designer George Cooper it relaunches in July 2021 under KK Collection management as a sister hotel to Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach.

The hotel sits in private two-acre grounds shaded by coconut palms, and has two swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar, a chic boutique and plenty of areas to unwind.  Seven rooms are suites, and these spacious bedrooms – often on higher floors with deep garden- and ocean-facing balconies or terraces – are stylishly furnished with antique four-poster beds. There are a range of room categories including a 2-bedroom Family Room and some very affordable entry level rooms.

Dining is an experience to be cherished at The Villa Bentota, and guests can enjoy fusion menus and Sri Lankan dishes in a range of settings including the bar terrace, room balconies, lush grounds and the beach. The palm-studded gardens make a dreamy backdrop for weddings and events, and the hotel can cater to up to 250 guests. Wellness is a key theme and guests will be able to partake in treatments and packages based around Sri Lanka’s ancient plant-based system of Hela Welakada.


  • 15 a/c rooms & suites
  • Includes expansive Executive Suites
  • Easy beach access for sunbathing, sea swims & dining
  • Two-acre garden with two swimming pools
  • Fresh fusion cuisine & many dining locations
  • Full bar and upscale boutique
  • Five-minutes’ drive to Bentota
  • Wedding & events venue for up to 250
  • Attracts families, couples and groups


  • Relax on the beach near the hotel and cool off in the Indian Ocean
  • Indulge in a treatment or full wellness package based around Hela Wedakama, a Sri Lankan plant-based system of medicine
  • Visit a turtle hatchery – the west coast is a vital nesting ground for marine turtles
  • Venture into Bentota to enjoy some water sports activities such as water skiing, jet skiing and river boat trips
  • Explore Lunuganga and Brief, the celebrated gardens of the Bawa brothers
  • Discover the island’s cultural heritage at Ambalangoda’s mask museums
  • Board a boat for a scenic safari through the mangrove-fringed waterways of the Madu Ganga estuary
  • Take a day trip to Galle, and explore the town’s 17th century fortress


  • The hotel is 1.5km south of Bentota
  • The best connected train station is Aluthgama, 2.5km away
  • The air taxi landing spot is 1.5km away on the Bentota Lagoon
  • Distance to Colombo is 81km (via the Southern Expressway)
  • Distance to the Bandaranaike International Airport is 108km