Well-known as the luxurious hideaway for exotically romantic honeymooners, Saman Villas, the award winning boutique hotel kept a step forward with an entire new look, major upgrading of its facilities and a complete transformation.
Perched on a rocky headland dividing two long seemingly endless, surf swept, unspoilt beached of golden sand backed by the luscious greenery of coconut plantations in the quite, sleepy fishing village of Aruruwella, Bentota, This first ever boutique hotel is now working on its vision to be One of the Best Boutique Hotels in Asia.
Started as early as 1995, Saman Villas strove for excellence from the outset and it was the first hotel in Sri Lanka to become Members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, by invitation – a partnership that continued for 9 years. Subsequently Saman Villas became members of Great Hotels Organizations, Luxury Travel Collection, Conde Nast Johansens Recommended Spas and Select Hotels & Resorts International, who carry a portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.
Locally, Saman Villas was honoured with the Hall of Fame Award at the 2010 Presidential Awards for Travel & Tourism as the Best Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka.
In preparation for the boom in Sri Lanka Tourism and to be able to cater to the growing demands of the top-end traveller, Saman Villas ventured on its the second major refurbishment with an extensive refurbishment project beginning of this year.
Re-opened on last August 12, the boutique hotel has undergone a major transformation after its 90 million refurbishment programme boasting a new look and feel to its overall product, but keeping the distinct Sri Lankan concept, for which it has become renowned.
Major modifications have taken place in the guest rooms and toilets, focusing on luxurious, comfort guaranteed to wrap its guests up in complete serenity. The inclusion of soothing water features and a complete over-haul of fixtures and fittings, including an oversized terrazzo bath tub and an innovatively designed open-air shower complement the air of tranquil indulgence.
All Deluxe Suites with Pools have seen a size enhancement and include an additional side entrance, which opens out in a private garden patio that can only be approached from within the suite itself.
The coir carpets on the sleeping deck have been replaced by teak boarded flooring, and the balcony and terrace furniture has been replaced with a more elegant, wooden design, with a touch of rustic steel, all adding to the plush, yet contemporary ambience that has been created throughout the hotel.