Once a Dutch residence, Club Villa is now a serene and homely boutique hotel located in Bentota, just south of Colombo. The atmosphere and hospitality is warm and welcoming so it feels more like a home rather than a hotel, yet the stylish and sophisticated décor remind you that you are staying somewhere fairly unique. There are 17 rooms in total, which are simple, tasteful and elegant. Think vibrant silks, teak furniture and high ceilings. The Standard Rooms sit on the ground floor, whereas the Deluxe Rooms (which are slightly larger) sit above on the first floor. All rooms have a big bay window, a balcony or small patio area. If you are looking for more space then opt for the Club Suite, which has a separate living area. The huge lawn is home to a crisp glistening pool; the sound of the tropical ponds is the ideal backdrop when snoozing in the afternoons. There’s a train track that separates the hotel from the quiet and idyllic beach. We enjoyed waving to the passers by and for most it’s not a problem at all.