Taj Bentota Resort & Spa 

Even the views are five-star

A stylish hotel with a variety of facilities, attentive service and wonderful views.

Striking a perfect balance between natural beauty, luxurious comforts and the renowned Taj service, this hotel is one of the finest choices in Bentota. With its beautifully maintained gardens, a setting on a headland between two golden sand beaches and views over the Indian Ocean, you’d be forgiven for spending all your time relaxing. But be sure to make the most of the hotel’s facilities, which include a large freeform swimming pool and the beachfront Jiva Spa, where you can unwind with therapies and treatments inspired by Indian traditions and rituals.

Why we love Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

  • The hotel’s clifftop location is one of the most striking in Bentota and guarantees superb ocean vistas

  • You can experience fabulous Indian-inspired therapies based around pure, natural ingredients at the serene Jiva Spa

  • There’s the option to upgrade to one of two All Inclusive plans, the Classic and the Exquisite 

  • The mile-long sandy beach below the resort is rarely busy, so it’s ideal for walking, jogging and watching the local surfers

5 stars
Dec - Mar
Colombo 10½ hours
On a headland just south of the village of Bentota
Appox. 2 hours by road from Colombo airport
All Inclusive Option, Beach, Sustainability

This resort has earned internationally recognised certification that conform to standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

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Sri Lanka & Dubai Twin-Centre

From £1,875 per person

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The hotel’s handful of restaurants are as stylish as you’d expect from Taj Resorts, with everything from flavourful Chines food to fresh mojitos made with pandan leaves.

The Palms
The main restaurant offers all-day dining by the pool and serves up Sri Lankan, Indian and international buffet dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner; there’s also an à la carte menu.

Set in a rustic thatched pavilion overlooking the sea, with tables on the lawn, this laidback seafood restaurant is perfect for a grown-up dinner under the stars.

Oriental Pavilion
This à la carte dinner venue is one of only a few Chinese restaurants in Southern Sri Lanka and has a sophisticated offering based around dishes from the Imperial kitchens.

There are live bands and signature cocktails every night at the resort’s chic lounge bar.

Dining beside the ocean on the catch of the day at S.H.A.C.K. is our idea of the perfect way to end the day.

What's included

Breakfast at The Palms.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at The Palms
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Palms
Classic All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Palms • Selected drinks including local beer by the bottle or glass • Selected house wine by the glass (all drinks are served at The Palms, Tease Bar and Pool Bar; excludes minibar and nightclub)
Exquisite All Inclusive • As Classic, plus: • Table d’hôte/set menu dinner at the resort’s other restaurants (excludes lobsters and prawns at The Shack) • Selected premium drinks • 1 x village visit and 1 x hour watersport per person per stay.

Jiva Spa’s therapies are based on ancient Indian Ayurvedic traditions and feature ingredients such as frankincense, ginger oil and eucalyptus. It’s not just about the appealing list of treatments, though; there’s also a sanarium (half sauna, half steam room), a Roman-style bath, an infinity pool and an outdoor shower.

The 24-hour gym is equipped with cardio machines and weights and has a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi for your post-workout recovery. If you prefer to be outdoors, you can head out on a mountain bike or head down the steps to the all-but-deserted beach for a jog.

The beach below the hotel is great for surfing, and the hotel can arrange lessons. Take a cruise through the mangroves on the Madur River or if you are visiting from October and March join a whale watching excursion from Galle,

The bathroom amenities are made by Indian Ayurvedic brand Forest Essentials using natural and seasonal ingredients

Flexible accommodation choices mean there’s something suitable for families of all sizes.

The Taj Kids programme offers a variety of complimentary and paid activities at the hotel.

A local railway line runs behind the hotel.

Compulsory gala dinner 31 Dec, supplement applies.

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