Saman Villas

Saman Villas

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A unique and private boutique hotel

Hidden like the perfect secret, open the large traditional gates and behind be welcomed by not only hotel staff but by the trickling stream that runs by and the rock gardens. Instant peace and serenity. Perched on a rocky promontory (a kind of hilly plateau) on Sri Lanka's west coast close to Bentota, Saman Villas is a boutique hotel of just 27 suites. Ideal for couples, it has an authentic Sri Lankan character complemented by modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, with two restaurants boasting local and international cuisine and a pool bar and lounge serving all your favourite drinks. The infinity pool looks right out across the ocean – as do most of the suites – and private dining can be arranged in various romantic locations on the beach and on the hillside. The top suite has its own pool, and each have open-air bathrooms with rain showers and baths, plus large terraces with comfy furniture to relax on. Spend your afternoon with some hot stone therapy in the Sahana Spa, then after, make sure you have a cocktail in hand when you catch the awe inspiring sunset. 

  • Tranquil position overlooking the sea
  • Upgrade to the spacious pool suite
  • Six private dining spots for romantic meals
  • Unwind completely at Sahana Spa

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Destination Specialist

"With world class cuisine in the main restaurant, willing and able to cater for any dietary requirement, the hotel marries the incredible locations with private and intimate dining pavillions for two, dotted around the property and taking in some of the best views."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

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  • 27 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes from Colombo Airport
  • Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
  • Minimum age in the hotel is 12 years

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Weddings
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Boutique

Board Basis Options

  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast
Location Highlights

Saman Villas

  • Beach
  • Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes from Colombo Airport
853 Reviews 93% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 703
  • Very Good 99
  • Average 30
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 16

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 17, 2018

Excellent beach hotel

London, United Kingdom

Beautiful and restful hotel. All of the staff are amazing: friendly, efficient, professional and dedicated to making guests feel relaxed and valued. Lovely rooms overlooking the sea, with relaxing cushioned-filled gazebos dotted around the garden/grounds. There is an impressive spa with very good massages. Rooms are spotless, our housekeeping staff were great. One small quibble: the band at New Year could be better. Maybe a DJ, or a band playing more contemporary music/major crowd-pulling classics. They played way-to-much Tom Jones!
Jan 15, 2018

Exceeded our expectations!

We booked Saman Villas for the final four days of our backpacking honeymoon in Sri Lanka. As some luxury to end with it absolutely did not disappoint! We travelled here by local bus where we happened to meet one of the House Keeping staff also travelling to the hotel to start his shift. He showed us where to get off the bus and walked up to the hotel with us. The friendliness and willingness to help he showed was continued throughout our stay by all members of staff. From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and spoilt. The room was ready when we arrived, despite being early, and after a tour of the hotel we were taken to our room where we were welcomed with drinks, a fruit basket and cake. The room was incredible. We booked one of the villas with private pool. Despite having an apartment above it still felt very private and the infinity pool looking out over the ocean straight from our bedroom was stunning. The main infinity pool is beautiful also. Truly breathtaking! As are the grounds and beaches surrounding the hotel. The restaurant and spa deserve equal credit. We received a complimentary foot massage in the spa and a romance package as part of our honeymoon booking. All treatments in the spa were fantastic and the staff there were wonderfully caring and genuine. (I have reviewed the spa treatments separately) The restaurant was fantastic. The included breakfasts were huge (!!) we ended up sharing one between two of us most days. Really delicious though. The lunch menu, room service menu and evening menu were all equally as tasty and varied too. We had a 5 course taster menu included in our honeymoon package also which was serviced to us in one of the hotels private dining pavilions, lit all around us by candlelight. A special thank you has to go to Rashan, one of the restaurant waiters, who made this evening so extra special for us. Rashan was working the majority of our stay and was great to chat to about Sri Lanka and share experiences from our trip so far. He, along with the other waiters, made a point of remembering that I was gluten free and always bringing gluten free alternatives without me having to ask. All the little extras the staff went to throughout our trip were hugely appreciated by myself and my husband and made for the PERFECT end to our fantastic honeymoon. I could keep listing everything about this amazing place but I’d be here a while! (Hiring the bikes is great too, we cycled to the turtle sanctuary and explored around the local villages - everyone was really friendly) Saman Villas is a definite must if you’re looking for a dose of luxury when visiting the beautiful county of Sri Lanka!
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The Sahana Spa

Book yourself into the Sahana Spa and you'll really feel the difference. Its treatments are inspired age-old Sri Lankan tradition utilising luxurious essential oils and herbs plus ancient ayurvedic practices that will put you on the path to feeling great. Restrictions: Subject to additional charge.

Swimming Pool

Blending almost seamlessly with the ocean beyond, the infinity pool has sun loungers and umbrellas;with a bar and a traditional pavilion completing the environment.

Evening Entertainment

Cultural performances that showcase traditional Sri Lankan dancing and soothing instrumental music. Restrictions: Every Wednesday from 19:30pm.

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Room Types

Deluxe Suite with Pool

These beautiful ground floor suites all have a  private 7-metre infinity pool overlooking the sea, these suites are perfect for relaxing in. They each have small private gardens with sun beds and modern interiors with open-air bathrooms equipped with a rain shower and oversized bathtub. With your morning tea or coffee served directly to you, you can enjoy the hospitality and other amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service (payable locally), an LCD TV, minibar (payable locally), safe, and motorised curtains with a bed side controller.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Superior Suite

All located on the upper floors of the two-storey villas, these elegant suites come with spacious balconies with wonderful views of the sea. They have open-air bathrooms with rain showers and large baths, and amenities include: a minibar, LED TV, 24-hour room service (payable locally), complimentary Wi-Fi, and motorised curtains controlled from your bedside.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Deluxe Suite

The Deluxe Suites are located in a spot that affords uninterrupted ocean views. They are larger than the superior suites and come with sleeping decks leading to "pocket gardens", an additional terrace with day bed, and a small private garden with sun beds. 24-hour room service is available (payable locally), and complimentary Wi-Fi is included, and you'll also get a bathroom with large bath and rain shower, a comfortable lounge, LCD TV and minibar.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Food & Drink

Terrace Restaurant

Serving an appetising mix of Sri Lankan and western cuisine, the Terrace Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast: 07:00am to 10:30am Lunch: 12:30pm to 15:00pm

Open Plan Fine Dining Restaurant

At dinner you are welcome to experience fine dining at this upper-level restaurant, with modern Sri Lankan cuisine and Western flavours on the menu. Dinner: 19:30pm to 22:30pm Dress code: Smart Casual

Lounge / Pool Bar

For a non-alcoholic morning refreshment, an afternoon cocktail or an evening beer; the hotel's bar has more than enough choice to keep you satisfied.

Private dining

Private Dining

There are six different locations around the resort where you can choose to enjoy a private meal, including rocky outcrops under the stars and candlelit tables on the beach. The hotel will endevour to tailor the meal to any special dietary requirements and help to make your evening something to remember. Reservations required; additional costs apply.

Room Service

24-hour room service is available should you find yourself craving a midnight snack,breakfast in bed or dinner on the terrace. 24-hour service;subject to additional costs.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

FOOD: Daily breakfast in the main Terrace Restaurant.

Half Board

FOOD: Daily breakfast in the Terrace Restaurant, and dinner upstairs in the Fine Dining Restaurant.

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Special Offers

Early booking discount

Early Booking Discount

Book outside of 60 days prior to your arrival and save up to 20% on your accommodation. For stays between 11th January 2018 - 19th December 2018.

Black out dates may apply and offers can be withdrawn at any time. 

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon Celebrations

If you're celebrating your honeymoon and staying 4 nighs or more, receive the following package:

  • A 100 couples romantic treatment at the Sahana Spa
  • One romantic breakfast in your suite under the garden canopy
  • One romantic five course dinner at the pool pavillion

Please note this offer may not be combinable with any other special offer.