Cinnamon Bentota Beach 

A beachside icon reborn

A major makeover of a classic property has brought a new level of luxury to the Bentota coastline.

Cinnamon Bentota Beach has been creating quite a stir on the hotel scene since it reopened in 2020 following a two-year renovation. Occupying a sliver of land between golden sands and a mangrove-edged river, nestled among wild coconut groves, the new-and-improved beachfront retreat brings a slice of luxury to the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. Palm-strewn gardens wrap around a curvaceous swimming pool and tumble down to the beach below, where a toes-in-the-sand restaurant can be found.

Why we love Cinnamon Bentota Beach

  • With its mix of original, recreated and new design elements, the hotel looks as glamorous as when it first opened in 1967

  • There’s an appealing cultural element to the experiences, which include mask carving, puppet making and traditional drumming

  • The revamp has lost none of the breezy charms of superstar architect Geoffrey Bawa’s much-loved tropical modernist creation

  • It’s a wonderfully appealing setting, with 11 acres of grounds wedged between a long sandy beach and a wildlife-rich river

5 stars
Dec - Mar
Colombo 10½ hours
On Bentota Beach, hugging the south-west coast of Sri Lanka
Approx. 1¼ hour transfer from the airport
All Inclusive Option, Wellness, Spa



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  • Spas & wellness
  • Diving & Watersports
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There’s a beautifully designed all-day restaurant that turns into two specialist venues by night, plus a seafood eatery, pool bar and lounge bar to keep everyone happy.

The all-day multi-cuisine restaurant offers an international buffet for breakfast and lunch, before transforming in the evening into an Italian eatery, Ottimo, and Asian-themed Zest.

Sea Meats Spice
The resort’s dinner-only seafood restaurant is the place to come for the catch of the day cooked exactly how you like.

Order a cocktail from the swim-up pool bar or have drinks and snacks brought to your lounger by servers on bicycles.

Open until midnight, the resort’s stylish lounge bar serves up food and drinks during the day, with live music in the evening.

There’s something wonderfully decadent about watching an expert mixologist create your perfect cocktail at a bar you can swim up to.

What's included

Breakfast at main restaurant.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant • Selected drinks including soft drinks and mineral water.

The well-equipped fitness centre has a range of cardio equipment and weights. You can also rent a bicycle to explore the local area.

Activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and jet skiing can be organised.

Cinnamon Bentota Beach prides itself on being family-friendly, with everything from kids’ play areas to a dedicated buffet for younger guests in the restaurant.

The Play Hub caters to children and teens with an array of activities and facilities, including a jungle gym and play area.

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplement applies.

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