Villa Republic Bentota Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.7
Reviewed:
11-Apr-2012

    Villa Republic bursts with character and is definitely one-of-a-kind. Apart from its more obvious links with social revolution, the colour red makes its presence felt in many other exotic forms here; the heliconia flowers that droop heavily onto the lawn, the windsurfing boards criss-crossing the river and the great big ball of fiery sun that descends right in front of the villa every evening. This is a magical place to stay, not only because the villa is homely and convivial but also because there’s so much right on its doorstep; water sports, beaches, river exploration, inland cycling, spas, restaurants, and the list goes on.

    The master suite is a lot more spacious than the other four bedrooms, which means a toss of a coin if staying with friends, but heaven for parents with a gaggle of kids in tow. For a five-bedroom property, Villa Republic Bentota is very good value. All food is charged at cost price and we enjoyed delicious local curries and pasta dishes during our stay. Mr Fernando heads up the staff team of three (plus security guards) and although he strived to make sure we were always well-fed and watered, we liked that he left us to our own devices too.

    We weren’t massively keen on the fixed glass panels in the master suite that covered two of the side doorways, as it would have been nice to have the breeze flowing freely from the garden. That said, the glass panelling at the front was wonderful for maximising views of the river right from the bed (with AC on high!): by day we watched water skiers, jet skiers and wind surfers, and in the early morning before anyone was around, we watched fishermen embarking upriver. Note that the villa’s garden isn’t large, so although you’ve got loads to do on your doorstep, space might be limiting for energetic young kids.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:7
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:8 Facilities:8 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

    We loved Villa Republic's personality. Visually and emotionally it packed a punch, and its situation beside the river is stunning; make sure you have at least one candlelit dinner on the jetty while you’re here! Its location is fab for water sportsmen and beach bums alike, with a jetty out front and the ocean only five minutes’ away. For those looking for a choice of eateries and spas, Bentota is also the place to be.

Surprises

If you’re looking for complete peace and privacy, then this villa’s location does have its flaws as the tranquillity is often broken by jet skies and boats (some of them quite fumy), plus the regular 8am seaplane departure. Although the timber decking and jetty is to the far side of the garden, there is no boundary fence or wall so parents will need to keep an eye on wandering toddlers. We thought the bathrooms could have done with some brighter lighting.

Villa Republic Bentota /villa/villa-red.aspx Price starts at $0 - $0 per night
7.7 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews.     Villa Republic bursts with character and is definitely one-of-a-kind. Apart from its more obvious links with social revolution, the colour red makes its presence felt in many other exotic forms here; the heliconia flowers that droop heavily onto the lawn, the windsurfing boards criss-crossing the river and the great big ball of fiery sun that descends right in front of the villa every evening. This is a magical place to stay, not only because the villa is homely and convivial but also because there’s so much right on its doorstep; water sports, beaches, river exploration, inland cycling, spas, restaurants, and the list goes on.

    The master suite is a lot more spacious than the other four bedrooms, which means a toss of a coin if staying with friends, but heaven for parents with a gaggle of kids in tow. For a five-bedroom property, Villa Republic Bentota is very good value. All food is charged at cost price and we enjoyed delicious local curries and pasta dishes during our stay. Mr Fernando heads up the staff team of three (plus security guards) and although he strived to make sure we were always well-fed and watered, we liked that he left us to our own devices too.

    We weren’t massively keen on the fixed glass panels in the master suite that covered two of the side doorways, as it would have been nice to have the breeze flowing freely from the garden. That said, the glass panelling at the front was wonderful for maximising views of the river right from the bed (with AC on high!): by day we watched water skiers, jet skiers and wind surfers, and in the early morning before anyone was around, we watched fishermen embarking upriver. Note that the villa’s garden isn’t large, so although you’ve got loads to do on your doorstep, space might be limiting for energetic young kids.
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