Balapitiya, Bentota, Sri Lanka
A luxurious addition to Sri Lanka's hotel scene: an exclusive riverside hotel set in 7 acres of tropical gardens, with access to a near-private beach
Sri Lankan fashion designer Taru certainly had a knack for choosing the best waterside location when she created The River House. Set on the banks of the broad Madhu Ganga river, this slick and stylish hotel lies amidst 7 acres of tropical gardens, which are alive with colourful birds and chattering monkeys. With beautiful views and space to breathe, it's stunningly secluded.
The 5 huge suites are uber-generous and mix contemporary style with Sri Lankan touches. Forget shabby-chic, this is grown-up design on a grand scale; you'll find individual slate plunge pools, vaulted ceilings, enormous bathrooms with polished concrete floors and kingsize beds covered with intricate Indian bedspreads. This is more like a luxury private villa than a hotel, and it's as peaceful as it gets.
It was a great place to stay..it started raining.....it just poured.....the heavens opened up and we can never remember a time when the thunder and lightening were so close.. The staff prepared such a wonderful evening meal..we shared some drinks, some wine and continued to watch as the rain just kept falling..it never spoilt the atmosphere at all in fact I am sure it added to the river theme.
The gardens where filled with these stone pots and it drew your eye from one path to another one on the grounds. The flowers were bright and colorful. It was a charming place to stay.