Situated in the tranquil resort of Bentota on the west coast of the island, Vivanta by Taj is built into the hillside, overlooking landscaped gardens and the stunning Indian Ocean. Only an hour’s drive from the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, you’re a world away among the swaying palm trees, with the sound of the sea drifting up to your window.
Ancient healing treatments are explored at Jiva spa, which taps into the secrets of Ayurveda and other Indian wellness and beauty wisdom to set you back on the right course. Pure Indian herbs, aromatherapy oils, all-natural creams and more natural delights are on offer, which are put to good use by the experts here, who will pamper you with massages, wraps and scrubs. Yoga and meditation is on offer too.
Filled with natural light, and spacious and comfortable, even the standard rooms here feel luxurious. Cool seaside colours, with a slight white-wood colonial aesthetic, views of the Indian Ocean and private balconies and terraces all add up to a cute and cosy retreat. Your accommodation here comes with telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, 24-hour room service and satellite TV. Some of the best rooms feature a garden terrace or large windows with panoramic views of the ocean.
The hotel is well suited for adventurous types and landlubbers alike. Take to the water with a range of sports, including boat rides that whisk you through the backwaters and beautiful mangroves. Go looking for turtles, which hatch at Kosgoda, or ride on an elephant along the golden sands. Staff here are excellent at providing bespoke itineraries for exploring the coast and further afield.
Vibrant all day dining is on offer at The Palms, overlooking the pool and serving Indian, Sri Lankan and international favourites. Interactive kitchens, egg hoppers and barbecues vie for your attention in this indoor/outdoor space. Sea View offers just that – located closer to the waves it has an intimate setting for the likes of blue swimmer crab with shaved coconut and mint salad. You can also dine on authentic Chinese at Oriental Pavilion or sip exotic cocktails at Tease bar.
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