After a 6 year hiatus, Sri Lankan designer Nayantara Fonseka a.k.a. Taru revisits the trail-blazing path she forged with her original Taru Villas brand of small, independent "HIP" hotels, and opens the doors of her Private Beach bungalow to guests.
Rock Villa is an enchanting, 170 year-old Walauwa (Heritage House) in a dream beach setting amid 2.5 acres of tropical garden, coconut palms towering overhead, frangipani scenting the air. Ideally situated on a beautiful, un-crowded stretch of coastline, tranquil enough to attract nesting turtles - a rarity along the over-populated Southern and Western coasts of Sri Lanka - and with only 4 deluxe rooms + a sumptuous 2-bedroom Suite, the convincing combination of intimate ambience, soothing pace and honest, unpretentious service at Rock Villa is the recipe for a totally relaxing Sri Lankan holiday experience.
Like the other neighbouring villas and low-rise hotels along this stretch of coastline, Rock Villa is set back from the sea, behind the 60 metre wide Green Belt of mangroves and natural coconut lands. One of Sri Lanka's most stunning beaches lies directly beyond the bottom of the garden, over the (single-gauge) railway track and through the manicured mangroves. The surrounding area is also a haven for birdlife.
Rock Villa is a private getaway, perfect for sharing with friends and family. For the well-travelled, discerning guest, Rock Villa ticks several boxes: it is the antithesis of big Chain Hotels yet is a convincing blend of modern creature comforts, colonial craftsmanship and cosmopolitan style. And as Taru says: "my staff and I don't claim to offer flawless (read "soul-less") service, but we do promise you genuine smiles and the authentic, warm hospitality that Sri Lankans are famed for.
The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport, 86 km from the property.
Taru Villas - Rock Villa offers accommodation in Bentota, 1.2 km from Bentota Lake.This is our guests' favourite part of Bentota, according to independent reviews.