Nisala Arana - Bentota

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Set on 4.25 acres of landscaped gardens in the village of Kommala, Bentota, is the beautiful 150 years old, restored Dutch Colonial Villa Nisala Arana.

This was once the home of the vedha mahathaya (village ayurvedic doctor).

The property is dotted with vibrant medicinal and fruit trees and offers accommodation in six double bedrooms.
Products & Services :large dining / relaxing pavilion by the granite bordered fresh water swimming pool, the “temple” for meditating and the badminton court to stay fit.
The Doctors House
Appointed with antique furniture, the house consists of the master bedroom with attic, a second double bedroom, shared bathroom, living room with satellite TV, DVD, and Hi-Fi system, the ‘Great Arch’ with an antique carved screen leading to the private dining room and the large internal contemplation pool which is open to the stars. Ideal for the family.

The Coconut Wing
Consists of two mirror image large bedrooms, each with its huge bathroom featuring, open-air hot and cold water shower and indoor gardens. Enjoy the view sitting in your planter’s chair, on the wide verandah. Pack your binoculars so you can watch the honey birds take their fill from the trees close to this wing. Rooms can be booked individually.

The Mango Wing
Offers two mirror image suites each with twin antique four poster beds and dining facilities for two. The huge bathrooms overlook semi jungle, which is viewed through Sri Lankan style, fully openable, trellised windows. The antique almirah (wardrobe), and writing desk, against a backdrop of pure-white walls, make for a clean and relaxing environment. Rooms can be booked separately.

The Swimming Pool -
fully tiled in pure white, the overflow type pool with its Granite rock border will beckon you from the time you wake up, until you retire for the night. Relax on the poolside sun lounges with a good book and an ice-cold fresh lime juice. The pool is floodlit, so you can enjoy a dip at night, under a star lit tropical sky. Magic!

The Temple -
built for the family of the once village Ayurvedic doctor as a quiet place to conduct their devotions in the Buddhist tradition. Today the restored Temple may be used for meditation, contemplation, yoga, or a quiet place to conduct your own devotions. The building features the Singhalese style trelliswork at the front and entered through the original antique double doors.

The Badminton Court -
which can also be used for volleyball, will give you fun and exercise to burn off some of those calories we'll be providing you with. Racquets and shuttlecocks are available for your use. The court is of clay, so lightweight tennis shoes are recommended.

River Cruises -
on the beautiful Bentota River , in a dugout catamaran is a must. You will be gently paddled by a couple of oarsmen. With only the sound of the water swishing by, travel through some wonderful mangrove waterways and be delighted by the passing flora and fauna. Have your camera at the ready! The River is a five-minute walk from “Nisala Arana”.

Water Sports -
when you feel like something more energetic take advantage of the various water sports on offer. A five-minute drive towards the mouth of the river and you will be able to go skiing, diving, wind surfing, or jet skiing. At night, perhaps take in a dinner on a floating barge.

Ancient Buddhist Temples -
some around two thousand years old, can be found within walking distance from “Nisala Arana”. Visit the five temples in the area, some displaying wonderful ancient frescoes, OR, take a twenty-minute drive and visit the Temple referred to locally as the mini Adam's Peak .

Beach -
the Bentota Beach is only ten-minutes away, where you may have the entire beach to yourself. If you need a change from the pool this makes for a pleasant alternative. Take some sun protector and insect repellant.

Classical Cultural Music -
listening to a Sri Lankan classical music group, in your private garden, under your private stars, sipping your favourite drink, will be an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Mask Dancers and Fire Walkers -
have a long tradition in Sri Lanka . The Mask dancing was performed as a cure for a variety of ailments. Notwithstanding this you will find them to be wonderfully humorous. The Fire Walkers will of course leave you aghast. Once again enjoy this performance privately, in the comfort of your garden.

Walks –
early in the morning, around the village roads, will not only be healthy for you, but also give you an experience which cannot be bought. Watch the village come to life and even chat with the villagers as you stroll along.


about Bentota

Check-in/Check-out Time
Normal Check-in Time is 12.00 noon and Check-Out time is 11.00 a.m. Earlier Check-in Time or later Check-out time could be requested on a case by case basis and the hotel may agree depending on availability.

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