Beach beauty with a wild side
There’s a romance to the term “coastal town” which draws in the traveller for a variety of connotations, and Bentota holiday’s whimsical setting on Sri Lanka’s shores fulfil them. Ancient poetry and sacred sites lend the land a mysterious resonance, and the wild surroundings captivate the wandering spirit.
Bentota’s modern reputation is hinged on decadence; its regal hotels have made the destination a buzzword for this century. Yet it’s the variety which weaves this old settlement’s magic; beneath the surface, there is a world of exploration beckoning history lovers, outdoor adventurers and leisure connoisseurs. It captures a serene yet surprisingly harmonious sense of expectation that comes to life in its markets, resorts and historic locations that Sri Lanka – and the Galle District – are known for, while retaining its own unique vibe; and for a town whose name originates from a mythical tale of a river ruling demon, the intrigue is apt.
Ancient folklore tempts the guest. This enticing shoreline features some of the most appealing locales for luxury holidays in Bentota, catering to the needs of rustic travellers and refined tourists. The region’s hospitality is deep rooted and British tourists will find themselves in a welcoming environment with a wealth of opportunity at their fingertips. The local economy allows for healthy investment in ecotourism for the responsible visitor who prefers the road less travelled, and myriad cuisine ranging from traditional to cosmopolitan.
Steps away from all of these pastimes, Sovereign provides an ideal escape with its range of beautiful hotels and impeccable service. We empower you to discover the flavour of our destinations while we bring comfort and convenience in our flight bookings, transfers, and especially our accommodation, while you breathe in something new. Stay at the Vivanta by Taj Bentota hotel for the ultimate in luxury, including spectacular swimming pools and exquisite cuisine.
Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Colombo airport to Bentota is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons – one in the south-west between May and September, and one in the north-east between October and January. Galle and Bentota are in the south-west, and the most popular time to visit is between December and March for hot, sunny weather and an average temperature of 30°C.
UK citizens will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a 30-day tourist visa online before you travel.
Tipping is common in Sri Lanka. You should aim to tip 100 rupees at restaurants, and the same again per day for hotel maids and porters. It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although you could round up the fare to the nearest 50 rupees if paying cash.
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. English is widely spoken too.