Sri Lanka is home to many beautiful spaces, but Saman Villas managed by Jetwing hotels is a notch higher. With breathtaking views, exceptional service and an aura of grandiose, here is why this picturesque property should be your next escape. By Bayar Jain
1. Paradise within reach
Picture being surrounded by the luscious greenery of coconut plantations as you walk along the coastline of an unspoilt golden sand beach. Perched on a rocky headland dividing two long beaches, Saman Villas embodies this serene image. Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel, located amid the quiet fishing village in Bentota, is a two-hour drive from the cosmopolitan capital Colombo. Here, tranquillity and privacy is evident. The relaxing ambience radiating through the tropical environment is complimented by modern and period Sri Lankan aesthetics. As you enter, a water garden will lead you to the reception where attentive staff will give you a glimpse of authentic Sri Lankan hospitality. Head towards their terraced gardens where an infinity pool appears to merge with the Indian ocean for an added dose of idyllic vibes.
2. Suites where classic meets comfort
Pushing the boundaries of exclusivity comes naturally at Saman Villas. The presence of 26 suites and a duplex villa, all with views of the Indian Ocean and some of which even have infinity pools, is a testament to this fact. While here, the meaning of escapism finds a new definition as chic villas nestled in tropical greens brings in an element of secluded luxury. Each of these airy suites is peppered with Sri Lankan charm. Semi-open, spacious and elegant bathrooms fused with ethnic motifs heighten the beauty. Traditional décor, handcrafted furnishings, private terraces, and fresh flowers and fruits can be found here. An LED TV, iPod and iPhone docking stations, and complimentary WiFi are among the modern amenities available here.
3. Gourmet food
Gorge on the gourmet delights of chefs who have curated a menu highlighting local produce and fresh ingredients. Their menu is crafted as a symphony of creative and modern foods without compromising on elegance and authenticity. The ethos of keeping it simple and allowing the produce to shine resonates in their exquisitely plated dishes packed with generous flavour. For guests who wish to relax after a walk on the sun-kissed beach or unwind after a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool can do so by sipping on their favourite cocktails at the pool bar. Private dining against a secluded beachfront can also be arranged for romantic souls.
4. Tropical wellness
Get a dose of inner harmony with a pampering session at The Sahana Spa here. Inspired by Balinese designs, guests can choose from a wide selection of Ayurvedic and other therapeutic treatments in the luxurious suites. Aromatic sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi, treatment room and a dining pavilion are also available. Each area is also provided with music, which aims to add an extra layer of calm. For guests opting for reflexology, pedicures, and manicures, a separate treatment area is also available. Irrespective of which therapy one chooses, be assured that the trained therapists here would use local oils, herbs, and spices.
5. Explore the tropical paradise
For the more adventurous ones who don’t wish to stay in the confines of a hotel, the surrounding environs offer a myriad of outdoor activities. Ranging from religious to cultural, to even water sports — guests can choose to spend their days the way they deem fit. Wander down to the pristine beach and take a dip or listen to the soothing sounds of the waves. Later, relax on your terrace for an early evening cocktail accompanied by the smell of Saman flowers. In short, Saman Villas is a blissful sanctuary offering the ideal luxurious escapade.