Luxury hotel holiday Avani Bentota Bentota

The five star AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa sits near the beach in Bentota and provides excellent access to the sandy Bentota peninsula that separates the Indian Ocean from the Bentota Ganga. This beautiful waterside location is the perfect accompaniment to the sophisticated style of this hotel, and the perfect setting for soothing spa treatments and long gentle walks. The proximity to the cultural sites of Bentota, Beruwala, Kalutara, and Galle, ensures that a few days spent here as part of a Sri Lanka tour are well-spent and highly fulfilling.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

The AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa is a luxury 4-star plus coastal hotel with excellent spa facilities and convenient proximity to nearby cultural attractions and other possible stop off points in Sri Lanka.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4 star plus

Location A minutes' walk from the beach in Bentota, approximately 40-miles from Galle

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 69 miles

Hotel facilities and services

2 Outdoor freshwater swimming pools, Gym, Water sports centre, Gift shop, Nightly entertainment, Excursions, Breeze Restaurant, Frangipani Restaurant, Speciality Dining, Chatters Bar, and Spa.

Complimentary

Wifi

Chargeable watersports

Qualified instructors are on-hand to teach you how to cuba-dive, water-ski, wake-board, windsurf, and jet-ski.

Land sports

Table tennis and Beach volleyball.

Out and about nearby

The calm waters off the shore of Bentota make it a popular destination for those looking for a few days spent on the sand or enjoying the range of water sports on offer. Bentota River also provides a serene location for whiling away the hours. Take a boat trip to enjoy the views of the villages and towns on the riverbank, and witness some of Sri Lanka's native wildlife - from crocodiles to herons. You may also wish to visit the Turtle Hatchery and the Galapata Vihara, a temple built from rock that dates back to Sri Lanka's Kandyan era: some of the original murals are still visible. The gardens of Lunuganga and Brief are must-see places in Bentota.

Sports nearby

Water sports including Scuba-diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Jet skiing, and Kayaking.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard sea view room for 7 nights

From about

£1,050 low season

£1,620 high season

Holiday Code EXH1882

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

Room descriptions

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa has 75 rooms with air-conditioning, private balcony or terrace, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, television, rain shower, and Spa Ceylon products.

Standard Room
Superior Room
Deluxe Room with living area
Suite with living and dining room and Jacuzzi
AVANI Suite with living and dining room and Jacuzzi

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard sea view room for 7 nights

From about

£1,050 low season

£1,620 high season

Holiday Code EXH1882

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Avani Bentota Resort in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 1 hour 50 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Additional information

Children: Superior Rooms can host 3 people. Deluxe Rooms and above can host 4 people.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard sea view room for 7 nights

From about

£1,050 low season

£1,620 high season

Holiday Code EXH1882

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In addition to relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this region. In and around Wadduwa: Fishing life along the coast; Long beach walks; Kalutara – famous for its historic Bo tree, grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, and Gangatilaka Vihara Temple - the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow; Kalu Ganga (river) and Bolgoda lake; Richmond Castle – a 19th century spice plantation mansion, built for a regional Governor resembling an Indian Maharaja’s palace design, now open to the public. In and around Bentota/Beruwela: Watersports at Bentota/Beruwela on the Bentota river (there is a well-equipped centre offering a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports, including diving); Bentota mangrove river boat trip; Long beach walks; Brief Garden – home and landscaped gardens created by Bevis Bawa, the artist brother of Geoffrey Bawa. Behind a bamboo hedge lie walled gardens, bowers, lawns, sculptures and a Japanese garden; Lunuganga Estate – the home of celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; Aluthgama – shops and market; Galapita Vihara Buddhist Temple - 12th century, 5 km upriver. Inland: Singharaja Rainforest; Plantations, farming and craft villages. Between Bentota and Galle: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Buddhist Temples – e.g. Kumarakanda Vihara; Balapitiya –boat trips on Madu Ganga river and lagoon – birdlife, water monitors, islands; Mask carving and painting in Ambalangoda; Moonstone quarry in Meetyagoda; Beach walks; Hikkaduwa - tourist shops and restaurants, lower budget; Fishing trips, Snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing – at Hikkaduwa (12 km from Galle). Wherever you stay on the south-west coast, day excursions can be made to historic Galle, Buddhist temples, Sinharaja Rainforest, Ambalangoda mask factory, the Kosgoda turtle hatchery. The water sports facilities at Bentota/Beruwela (or Hikkaduwa) are within an hour’s drive from any of the hotels.

Cultural highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In the small towns and villages that straddle the main trunk road and railway line, Buddhist temples sit alongside churches and mosques whilst livelihoods are gained through a mix of tourism, trading and fishing, farming and skilled crafts. It is fascinating to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen preparing to launch their brightly-painted boats, later seeing them return with their catch. A venture into the hinterland reveals a world of lush plantations, tropical forests and lagoons. The rural villages are often known for a particular skill such as furniture or mask-making and weaving using dyed reed. Wadduwa, Bentota, Beruwela and the stretch of coast between Bentota and Galle all offer golden sand beaches, small fishing communities and watersports. Further inland, the Sinharaja rainforest is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found.

Climate of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

The south-western part of Sri Lanka is the wet tropical zone. It is warm and humid all year round. Sea breezes make the coast a little cooler. The sunny, dry season is between November and March with average temperatures at around 26C. The south-west monsoon brings intermittent torrential rain, winds and rough seas, normally in May, June and July, with temperatures of up to 32C.There is also changeable weather during September and October. Humidity fluctuates between 70% in the day and 90% at night, which can be oppressive in built up areas.

Travel around the region

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Colombo International Airport to Wadduwa – 1.5 to 2 hours (56 km), Colombo International Airport to Bentota – 2 ½ to 3 hours (90 km), Colombo International Airport to Galle – 3 hours (150 km), Wadduwa to Kandy – 4 hours, Bentota to Kandy – 4.5 hours (180 km), Colombo to Wadduwa – 45 mins to 1 hour (30 km).

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