West coast Bentota is famed for its long sweep of sandy beach and its first-rate water sports facilities but less renowned for its meandering mangrove-fringed river that snakes its way far inland. It is beside this mesmerising waterway that Apsara sits, not far from where the river enthusiastically empties itself into the sea. As it gazes over the shimmering surface of the river to the verdant riverbank across the way, three-bedroom Apsara quietly soaks up the tranquillity that this peaceful position brings. During the day, boats gently motor by,whilst in the distance neon-bright windsurfers can sometimes be seen traversing the choppy waves.
Apsara makes the most of its riverside situation by having its living and dining areas at the front of the villa, and the three bedrooms more privately tucked off a courtyard just behind. The villa’s interior design is striking yet simple and its overall finish is immaculate – as if brand new. Polished cement tiles in the bedrooms and exterior walkways are cooling on your feet whilst the timber floorboards of the living areas impart a warm, cosy feel. Wardrobes, ceiling rafters and pillars are painted blue but otherwise the colour scheme is light and earthy, making it easy to relax and unwind. The villa is furnished with a mix of contemporary and antique furniture, and the living room is air conditioned for comfort, wired for sound and facilitated with a wall-mounted HDTV with Blu-ray DVD player.
The bedrooms at Apsara are fairly equal in size and each comes with a four-poster king-size bed and ensuite bathroom. The dining area beside the living room is open sided and just footsteps from the emerald green lawn and swimming pool that languishes under the crackly shade of a stand of precious teak trees. Towards the back of the living room is an open-plan kitchen topped with marble from where Apsara’s chef cooks up the most fabulous cuisine all at a very economical cost-of-groceries price. The staff are friendly and discreet, leaving you to enjoy the villa on your own as much as possible. The manager is a keen wind surfer and a fountain of knowledge on the local area, which boasts a wealth of opportunity from diving, fishing and water-skiing to inland bicycle rides, visits to fish markets and trips to ancient temples.
Bandaranaike Int'l Airport
Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
Fresh produce market
September 29th, 2012 - October 3rd, 2012
“The Apsara villa is an absolutely fantastic place to stay at and relax for either a group of friends or a family. The facilities provided (lounge area, swimming pool, dining area, bedrooms, bathrooms etc) can easily compare to the best 5 star hotels (or even better!) and the effort put in to maintain the facilities is commendable. The interior decor of the villa is fabulous and we thought was of very high standards. But the best feature of the villa is its staff - the manager Priyantha, the chef Siri and all of Siri's helpers are really nice people and would go to any extent to ensure that their guests feel comfortable. As an example: the villa does not have satellite cable TV services but Priyantha went out of the way to provide us with a cable connection to watch a really interesting cricket match! Apsara villa is super value for money and I'm pretty sure we will go back for a longer stay there very soon. Thanks to everyone at the Apsara villa :)”
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