• Swimming pool

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Experience luxury in a picturesque setting

Nestled beside a fine beach, in a gorgeous tropical garden setting, Taj Bentota Resort & Spa is a vibrant yet relaxing resort where you can discover the best of Sri Lankan hospitality. From the ornate decorative features of its lobby, through to your room's designer bathroom, and the authentic Jiva Spa; the hotel oozes sophistication and contemporary luxury. Feast on fresh seafood by the ocean or rich buffets at the main restaurant, and head to Tease Bar in the evening for refreshing tropical drinks — any choice you make will be a delicious one. If you want to alternate between the sparkling pool and something a little more active, then there are activities and excursions available too. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £1,599  per person
Hotel Category
Deluxe
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 3304 Reviews
Beach, Chena Huts

Hotel highlights

  • Beautiful beachfront location
  • Perfect for couples
  • Great dining opportunities
  • Authentic Sri Lankan spa experiences

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 160 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style
  • H&J Recommended
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

  • Beach
  • Approx. Three hours from Colombo Airport.
3304 Reviews 84% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1919
  • Very Good 878
  • Average 318
  • Poor 111
  • Terrible 78

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Feb 21, 2020

Taj Bentota with Kids During February Half Term

Ickenham, United Kingdom

We had the most spectacular stay at the Taj Bentota Resort and Spa during the February half term. It was a much needed relaxing break before the chaos of our lives! Prior to leaving, I liaised with members of staff at the hotel via email to ensure our requirements were understood. On arrival, after a two hour drive from the airport, guests are presented with a fresh flower garland and welcome drink by warm welcoming faces. Check in was quick and easy. We were double upgraded to a Junior Suite (room 309) and were instantly wowed. It was by far one of our favourite hotel rooms and we enjoyed relaxing in the spacious and airy room. There was a good sized living area which the boys loved chilling in between swimming sessions and dinner times. The large bedroom comfortably fit a cot and a comfy king sized bed and also had a private balcony. The bathroom was a good size and the shower pressure was brilliant. My only qualm for the suite was the lack of storage space for the four of us but I was really pleased with the dresser and ample space for make up and toiletries! The bedroom had a cot and baby bath tub ready for our arrival. There were plenty of plug socket points in the room. The huge balcony boasted a panoramic view of the beautiful sea and came equipped with two sunbeds and a sofa. Room service were always very thorough with cleaning and once we'd informed them of our preferred times for our daily clean and turndown service, it was always done on time. We were fortunate enough to celebrate our 8 year anniversary while away and were treated to a beautiful chocolate cake by the hotel. It was divine! There is a buffet restaurant, The Palms, at the hotel as well as several speciality restaurants however we only dined at the buffet restaurant for ease with the kids. Breakfast is also served here. The breakfast selection was impressive and the food quality was brilliant. From masala dosas, to hashbrowns to aloo Puri to Gobi paratha to donuts and fruit ... There is so so much to choose from! On holiday I usually end up overindulging but this holiday as the quality was so so good, I found I'd eat less but enjoy it so much more. Dinner at The Palms included such a great high quality variety. It wasn't packed with non nutritious food like chips, pizza and pasta everyday. Instead we got to try many new dishes such as the Sri Lankan cuisine The boys are a whole variety of food while also being treated to their home comforts. The most delicious pudding for me was the hot chocolate dessert and the chocolate mousse - yum! As well as the property itself being beautiful, it's really important to note that several staff members made our stay really special. Head Chef, Dalip, couldn't do enough to make our stay more perfect. He'd ask us daily what our children would like to eat and he took the stress out of meal times being a faff. He lovingly prepared them fresh food be it paratha or cheese dosa and meal times became like a home away from home. We were also treated to some spectacular dishes by Dalip including aloo papri chaat, fresh gajjar Ka halva and chilli paneer - they were absolutely delicious! There were a few members of staff who seemed less than interested in their jobs and there was one incident where I requested a cup of tea three times and still didn't receive it however the hospitality of the others mentioned more than made up for it! The swimming pool area was really pleasant. There is a large pool accompanied by a kids splash pool. Given we went during half term, I expected it to be very crowded but it didn't feel too packed. Sampath ensured we had sunbeds daily and really took care of us - a true gem! Chamara was also really friendly and accommodating. There was a really great balance of poolside entertainment and it wasn't too intrusive - for example during the aqua aerobics class, there was no loud music blaring making it peaceful for those that were relaxing. Menaka was always a good laugh with hosting pool side entertainment. The poolside menu was impressive and catered well to vegetarians from falafel wraps, to veggie burgers to Greek salads and pizzas. It wasn't always easy to get hold of a waiter but once ordered, the wait time wasn't too long. Our favourite and most helpful waiter was Roshan. He was always so jolly and kind despite working in such hot conditions. Again, Dalip was great at accomodating the boys if there was something they fancied that wasn't included on the menu. Bentota beach is really beautiful - miles of untouched sand however the sea is quite tough and the red flag is flying everyday due to a strong under current. There are no sunbeds at the beach by the Taj however you are able to hire them for a cost without an umbrella. The boys loved spending time at the beach building sandcastle. My husband and I managed to sneak in a date night - the perks of having the grandparents and masi to hand! We enjoyed a beautiful meal at Malli's which is situated a short walking distance from the hotel. After, we enjoyed drinks and pool at the Tease Bar at the hotel. There is not much to do in Bentota which was ok for us as we were after a relaxing holiday. A few of the outings we had included: • Visiting the temple with a huge Buddha statue. It was impressive and about a 10 minute journey by tuk tuk. • Visiting the turtle sanctuary which is a few kilometres walk along the beach. Arjun enjoyed this a lot. • Visited the Bentota market - it's a few shops selling similar items. We didn't purchase anything. • Went on the Bentota river boat cruise and saw a few crocs and held a baby crocodile. Our time at the Taj Bentota was most definitely one of our most relaxing holidays. The casual dress code, delicious food, not being over packed and the friendly staff who went over and beyond for us made it what it was! A huge thank you.
Feb 21, 2020

Fab stay

London, United Kingdom

We spent the last two nights of our honeymoon at Taj to relax before returning to the UK. It is very different to the rest of Sri Lanka but perfect if you are looking to chill out for a couple of days. We were a bit worried about the quality of the food, based on previous hotel buffet experiences however we needn't have worried as the food was hot, tasty and had good variety. We were impressed! The staff throughout the hotel were wonderful, especially Priyantha in the bar who was very friendly and good fun! The beach has lovely soft sand however the sea is quite rough so we chose to swim in the huge pool. There was never a fight for sunbeds with plenty around the pool or in the gardens and we are grateful to the friendly pool guys who helped put our umbrella up and supplied us with towels and cushions! Another big shout out to the Aqua aerobics leader! He made it fun while burning calories and I actually felt I had done a work out rather than just dancing around in the water! Finally, as we were on our honeymoon we received a lovely cake in the room which was really delicious! I'd certainly recommend Taj Bentota to anyone looking for a few days chill before starting their tour around Sri Lanka or heading back home.
View all
Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Facilities

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

The free-form pool is an attractive focal point of the resort, with sun loungers and shady palms encircling its crystal clear waters.

Jiva Spa

Jiva Spa

An authentic Sri Lankan spa experience, complete with a peaceful garden courtyard with decorative wooden structures and a range of treatments and facilities to immerse yourself into; Jiva Spa is home to supreme relaxation. Pamper yourself with a scrub, wrap, or massage, and find peace in the hammam, chill pool, infinity pool, and outdoor shower.

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Room Types

Superior Room

These comfortable rooms feature spacious and stylish interiors linked to a balcony or terrace with garden and partial ocean views. They include cane chairs and writing tables, bathrooms with tubs, Wi-Fi access, a minibar, and 24-hour room service (payable locally).

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Deluxe Room

These Deluxe Rooms are higher up in the building offering panoramic ocean views. They are inspired by local and international design, with intricate Sri Lankan wood carvings and luxurious king size beds; stylish bathrooms with bath tub and rain shower. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and minibar (payable locally), bathrobes, and LCD TVs.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Superior room

Premium Indulgence

These bright and spacious rooms are delightful places to call home during your holiday. They have ergonomic chairs, balconies with garden or ocean views, and bathrooms with tubs. You'll enjoy complimentary daily house wine, canapés and fresh fruit, and can pay extra for minibar drinks and 24 hour room service to make your private time even more relaxing.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Food & Drink

The Palms Restaurant

Vibrant yet relaxing, this restaurant is open throughout the day for rich international buffets and show cooking, local cuisine, and live music. Its Sunday buffet is well worth a visit.

S.H.A.C.K Restaurant

Fresh catch of the day enjoyed right by the ocean, with lobster, prawns and delicious fish. This restaurant is open for special dinners with panoramic views of the sea and alfresco dining under the stars.

Tease Bar

The resort's social hub open morning through to night; with a rich drinks menu of cocktails, mixed spirits, beers and wines, as well as live music and cosy lounge seating. It makes the perfect place to mix, mingle and unwind.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast in The Palms Restaurant each morning.

Half Board

Half board includes a dine-around option for all restaurants against a set menu during your stay. Breakfast will be in the Palms restaurant. 

Full Board

Full board includes a dine-around option for dinner for all restaurants against a set menu during your stay. Breakfast and lunch will be in the Palms restaurant

All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Palms Restaurant. Dine-around is available at all restaurants for dinner against a set menu. All local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available 10:00 to 23:00, excluding the mini bar and night club.

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Special Offers

Romantic Dining

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon offer

Couples will receive a romantic dinner, room upgrade to the next category subject to availability, fruits, flowers, a bottle of wine on arrival.

Rate reduction

Save up to 25%

Book by 29 February 2020 to save up to 25% on accommodation 

Valid for stays from 15 December 2019 to 30 April 2020

Blackout dates and conditions apply

Travelling
Sunday, December 15, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Offer ends in 7 days

You might also like these

Swimming pool

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa

Bentota

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,099  pp

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa
a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a building

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Tangalle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,399  pp

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
a view of a city at sunset

Amari Galle

Galle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,999  pp

Amari Galle
Heritance Negombo

Heritance Negombo

Negombo

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,099  pp

Heritance Negombo