River View Villas

Sri Lanka · West Coast Sri Lanka · Bentota-Dharga Town
4.8 / 5.0 Excellent
28 ratings
100% Recommendation
tranquil location, directly by the river
resort with German influence
2 restaurants, 1 floating on the river
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Find Serenity Between the River, Palms, and Sea

Nestled in an idyllic tropical garden teeming with diverse bird and wildlife, and situated directly on the Bentota River, you can recharge and find relaxation and peace with the help of Ayurveda.

Most popular facilities

Free Wifi
Swimming pool
Quiet location
Ideal for solo travelers
In nature
Ayurveda doctor
Ayurvedic dosha meals

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Classic Ayurveda Therapy

7 nights, double room, full-board
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River View Villas in Detail

Your Ayurveda Resort

On the west coast of Sri Lanka, in Dharga Town, the River View Villas were co-developed in colonial style by a Munich-based entrepreneurial couple. The resort is lovingly constructed and is situated in a dreamlike location between the tropics, river, and sea. The nearby mosques add a pleasant charm, and the fine sandy beaches of Bentota are just about 1.2 miles away.

Dining & Leisure

The family-run hotel features a main restaurant with a terrace by the shore and another floating on the river. Guests of the resort can delight in a freshly prepared and healthy breakfast either in the restaurant or in one of the garden pavilions. All dishes are prepared ayurvedically according to the constitutional type (Dosha) and individual Ayurvedic doctor's recommendation, with vegetarian or vegan dishes available upon request. Additionally, there is the option to book private dinners or Ayurveda cooking classes on site.

Ayurveda Center

The Ayurveda guests have access to 8 treatment rooms (some open-air) and a professional team consisting of 2 Ayurveda doctors and several therapists dedicated to your well-being. The treatments of your Ayurveda therapy are tailored individually and include, for example, head, face, foot, and full-body massages with herbal oil, Shirodhara oil forehead flow, steam bath, and acupuncture. The production of Ayurvedic herbal medicine adheres to strict quality controls. Additionally, daily yoga sessions are held.

Free Time

Relax at one of the 3 beautiful hotel-owned pools (approx. 36/50/50 sqm). A TV room is also available for your enjoyment. A unique experience is a boat trip on the Bentota River, where you can navigate through jungle-like waters and observe wild animals. Moreover, the River View Villas are an excellent starting point for bicycle tours and excursions to markets, temples, or mosques such as Thakkiya and Meera (approx. 100-200 m away).

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Hotel rooms at a glance

The 19 rooms (approx. 215-248 sq ft) are lovingly decorated and spread across 3 villas, 1 bungalow, the floating house 'Carpe Diem' (on request, from 2 people) and a boat on the river (on request, from 3 people). Villas each with garden and pool (approx. 388/538/538 sq ft), one with a jacuzzi, one with a waterfall. The villas are also available for exclusive booking (from 4 people). All standard and deluxe rooms are equipped with shower/WC, air conditioning, mosquito net, hairdryer, kitchenette, Wi-Fi, and a balcony or terrace. The deluxe rooms offer superior furnishings and direct river or pool views. Single rooms are double rooms for single use.

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      ca. 20-23 qm
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  • DBL Deluxe

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Customer ratings for River View Villas

28 verified reviews by travelersOnly customers who have traveled with us are allowed to leave a review

4.8 Outstanding  

100% recommend the hotel to others

Board type
Wellness area
  • 'River View'
  • 'Ayurvedic treatments'
  • 'Spacious rooms'
  • 'Friendly staff'
  • 'Delicious cuisine'
  • 'Clean pools'
  • 'Beautiful garden'
  • 'Outdoor shower'
  • 'Daily acupuncture'
  • 'Floating restaurant'
28 Results
Relaxing but with potential for improvement in the hotel

Corinna T.

March 2024

as a couple | 60 to 69 years | 12 - 16 days

The Ayurveda treatments were excellent. At least I can say of my therapist that he was extremely professional. The hotel complex was also very nice, the rooms tasteful. The organization of the treatment appointments could have been better, my husband and I often had totally staggered times, so that there was little time for joint activities on the days. We would also have liked more from the kitchen. The dishes on offer were always very tasty, but I would have liked more variety. Unfortunately, the abundance of local fruit and vegetables was not nearly reflected. We found the warm and familiar atmosphere very pleasant.

Beautiful accommodation and very good Ayurveda program

Birgit B.

September 2023

solo | 50 to 59 years | 17 - 23 days

I enjoyed my stay at River View Villas very much. Also the daily treatments. The location of the hotel offers many opportunities for excursions. The whole hotel team as well as the Ayurveda therapists are very nice, helpful and competent.

Dreamlike idyll

Astrid W.

February 2023

solo | 50 to 59 years | 9 - 11 days

A wonderful time in a beautiful Ayurveda hotel! Great location on the river, a little paradise.

Top treatments in a small fine resort

Susanne S.

October 2022

solo | 60 to 69 years | 12 - 16 days

If it's not the location that's important, but the treatments, the River View Villas are a good choice.

Super great treatments in a beautiful atmosphere!

Anika F.

May 2022

as a couple | 30 to 39 years | 12 - 16 days

We enjoyed our stay and our Ayurveda retreat in the "River View Villas" very much. Especially positive are the relaxing treatments (daily at least 2.5 hours!) by the warm and professional therapist team! We felt very comfortable in the idyllic complex on the river with two beautiful pools and clean, spacious rooms. The problem of nocturnal noise (more on this see hotel in general) was finally solved after some discussions with the very nice, German-speaking owner.


River View Villas
Sri Lanka, West Coast Sri Lanka, Bentota-Dharga Town
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (CMB)
approx. 105 km / 95 min

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