A modern and fun-filled hotel set on a golden sand beach and backed by a meandering river.

This Centara resort provides a fresh and modern choice in this popular region of Sri Lanka and is set on a thin peninsula between the mangrove-fringed Bentota River and a golden sand beach. A host of facilities such as a spa, watersports centre and large swimming pool await you, and families are well catered for with both a kids’ and teens’ club.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining. At the main restaurant Café Bem, Sri Lankan, Asian and international buffet dishes are served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has an à la carte menu and a number of live cooking stations. At the casual 360 Restaurant, which is open each day for dinner, you can sample local seafood dishes which have been created with a Sri Lankan twist. Here you can enjoy either river or ocean views while you dine. Those feeling peckish between meals can head to the laid-back all day café, the Ceylon Club, and sample fine Sri Lankan teas as well as refreshing drinks and snacks.

Set on the river side of the hotel, but without a view of the water, are the simply-designed Superior Rooms. Overlooking the resort’s grounds toward the sea (vegetation growth has obscured the view of sea in many of the rooms) are the Superior Oceanfacing Rooms. The slightly larger Deluxe Poolside Terrace Rooms are located on the ground floor close to the pool. We particularly recommend the Deluxe River View Rooms which overlook the water as they are delightfully peaceful. If you choose an Exclusive Spa Deluxe Ocean Facing Rooms, which are only bookable through Kuoni in the UK, you can enjoy a free one-hour massage or a body wrap (choice of a selection of treatments, please ask for details) on every second day of your holiday.

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Key information

Close to the town of Bentota on the south-west coast

Airport transfer time: Approx. 3 hours by road and a short river crossing from Colombo airport
Rooms: 166

Good to know

Minimum stay: 5 nights 20 Dec-10 Jan. No departures 30-31 Dec. Compulsory New Year's Eve gala dinner, supplement applies.

Accommodation information

165 rooms and suites

Activities

• Hop on board a river cruise*.

Dining

3 restaurants, 1 bars

What's included

Half Board • Breakfast and lunch or dinner at Café Bem • 3 hour open bar (selected drinks only) with your meal.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

All Inclusive from £52 • Buffet and set menu meals at Café Bem • Soft drinks, juices, water, local liquor and beer, and imported house wine from 10am to 11pm • Mid-morning tea and filter coffee and afternoon tea (excludes specialist teas) • Children’s afternoon ice-creams.

*Denotes local charge