Centara Ceysands

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa rests on the Bentota peninsula, bordered by the Bentota River on one side and the pristine and tranquil Indian Ocean beach on the other. The hotel has a warm atmosphere and boasts a great choice of facilities and activities. There’s the Spa Cenvaree to take advantage of, as well as a fitness centre and plenty of water sports, including windsurfing and kayaking. Children will enjoy time out at Camp Safari, their very own kids club with activities galore to keep them happy, and teens will be kept busy at E-Zone. Dining at Centara Ceysands is always a pleasure with Café Bem open all day and offering an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Asian and International buffet dishes.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing

Where is it

On the Bentota peninsula, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the resort is accessible by a short boat ride across the lagoon. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 2 hours.

Hotel information

164 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private balcony or terrace, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Superior Rooms overlook the resort, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children/teens.

All Inclusive option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner offered both buffet-style or set menus in the main all-day dining restaurant. Drinks include a selection of soft drinks, juices, local water, local spirits and beer and imported house wines by the glass, available from 10:00am to 11:00pm daily. Mid-morning tea and coffee and afternoon tea and kids' ice creams. 

Half Board Plus includes: breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner in the main restaurant, accompanied by an open bar with your meal from the time you arrive (maximum three hours). The open bar includes a selection of soft drinks, local beer and local spirits.

Superior Ocean View Rooms face the Ocean, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children/teens. Due to the tropical gardens the view of the Ocean may be restricted. 

Deluxe Ocean Facing Rooms are more spacious and face the Ocean, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children/teens. Due to the tropical gardens the view of the Ocean may be restricted. 

Deluxe Poolside Terrace Rooms are just steps away from the swimming pool, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children/teens.

Family Residences are larger and overlook the beach, with 1 king-size bed in the bedroom and a separate living/sleeping area with bunk beds for children. Family Residences sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (up to 11 years of age).

Deluxe One Bedroom Suites are located on higher floors overlooking the Indian Ocean, with either 1 king-size bed (plus optional extra bed), sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child/teen.

  • Virgin Holiday's Value Add: Stay 6 nights or more and receive a resort credit of $50 per room per stay, 20% discount on spa treatments and kids stay free (2-11 years). Valid for stays 1 May–19 Dec '19 and 11 Jan–30 Apr '20. Terms and conditions apply. 

  • Early booking bonus: book 60 days in advance and save up to 15% on your accommodation costs, valid for stays between 1 May–19 Dec '19 and 1 Mar–30 Apr '20. Similarly, book 60 days in advance and save up to 10% on your accommodation costs, valid for stays between 11 Jan–28 Feb '20. Combinable with Long Stay Offer. Terms and conditions apply.

Why is this one of Virgin Holidays Favourites?

Great range of facilities

Amazing Half Board Plus inclusions

Superb views of Bentota River and the Indian Ocean

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits (valid for stays 1 May–19 Dec '19 and 11 Jan–30 Apr 20):

  • Virgin Holidays guests staying 6 nights or more receive a resort credit of $50 per room per stay
  • 20% discount on all à la carte spa treatments
  • Kids stay free

Café Bem (international buffet and à la carte, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), 360 Restaurant (Sri Lankan, Asian and international cuisines, open for dinner), Suan Bua (authentic Thai food, open for dinner). Lounge. Swim-up pool bar (refreshments and cocktails). Swimming pool with Jacuzzi. Fitness centre. Spa Cenvaree*. Water sports* including diving, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Camp Safari (4–9 years). E-Zone (10 years upwards). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Limited room service*. Complimentary WiFi internet access throughout resort.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

5 nights 20 Dec '19–10 Jan '20. No checkouts 25 Dec or 30–31 Dec. 

*Denotes local charge.

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Jul 17, 2019 sammyInndee

Centara hotel is nicely situated in the middle of the river and you have to get a boat to ride to the hotel. This boat service is provided by the hotel itself. The place is lovely and we went on a day out and they gave us a lovely room to stay in. The pool and beach is a beauty but the lunch buffet was not that much great. Appetizer and the… Read more
Centara hotel is nicely situated in the middle of the river and you have to get a boat to ride to the hotel. This boat service is provided by the hotel itself. The place is lovely and we went on a day out and they gave us a lovely room to stay in. The pool and beach is a beauty but the lunch buffet was not that much great. Appetizer and the salads were yummy and good, so we had high expectations on the main course, but look to see there's no much varieties at all. No sea food, no ham or sausages, it's an ordinary main meal. That's the only reason why i gave a four start rating However, if your going to centara its a must to try one of the water sport centre in that road! They have plenty of good centres who conduct water sports and if your adventure seeking, this is the place. We tried "diyakawa water sports centre" and they had good sports for worthy price. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A true sample of excellent hospitality!

Jul 17, 2019 Rasikajaya

Without doubt one of the best hotels I stayed in Sri Lanka! Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the staff ( travelling in the boat to the hotel was a nice experience) & since we were travelling as a group the hotel was flexible enough to accommodate rooms ( before the official check in ) for more than half of our group ( since most had… Read more
Without doubt one of the best hotels I stayed in Sri Lanka! Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the staff ( travelling in the boat to the hotel was a nice experience) & since we were travelling as a group the hotel was flexible enough to accommodate rooms ( before the official check in ) for more than half of our group ( since most had children it was a great help) the staff was extremely friendly, must give a special thanks to Mr Sanjeewa Dimuthu Kumara ( Asst.Exe.Housekeeping) as he was the one from the day one which we were planning the trip coordinating with us to make sure that every detail is as per our requirement and also must thank Mr Tharanga Wimalarathna ( Front Office Manager) for the assistance to get the check in' s without a big hassle. We had planned a gathering & from the assistance from sanjeewa we were able to get the 360 restaurant of the hotel & it was simply awesome & we all had a great evening there and the restaurant was very flexible ( appreciate this!)and the restaurant supervisors deserve a special thanks, which obviously also added to the experience.Food was good and since we were a group normally you would not get good feedback for the food & lodging.but I'm happy to say it's all thumbs up here.eventhough this is a 5 star hotel to my surprise the atmosphere is so special that it really felt like home to me.All respect for the general manager who does a great job here; A true sample of excellent Sri Lankan hospitality. Thank you & looking forward to revisiting Rasika Jayawardene on behalf of Team Trade services of Nations Trust Bank Plc Read less
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Jul 16, 2019 Miketck84

I really enjoyed staying at Centara Ceysands. Staff members were very hospitable and I should highlight Sampath from housekeeping who made our day, by creating an elephant from a towel and decorated with flowers. Overall it was a great stay at Centara.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, great hospitality!

Jul 15, 2019 Vachintha Colombo, Sri Lanka

Brilliant location. The resort is accessed by a boat or a vessel ride across the lagoon. It's built on the Benthota peninsula, closer to the outfall where Benthota River meets sea. They offer a wide range of facilities including a range of water sports and other activities that are administered by professionals, gym, children play area with both… Read more
Brilliant location. The resort is accessed by a boat or a vessel ride across the lagoon. It's built on the Benthota peninsula, closer to the outfall where Benthota River meets sea. They offer a wide range of facilities including a range of water sports and other activities that are administered by professionals, gym, children play area with both indoor and outdoor activities. Staff is hospitable, friendly and extends commendable service. Rooms are decently spacious and well equipped. Most of the rooms provides some scenic views of either the Indian ocean or the river. They also have a great swimming pool with a poolside bar that operates till 7pm. They do not have an extraordinary spread in their buffets, however food is delicious and well prepared. A recommendable venue for an active getaway. Read less
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Jul 14, 2019 Asanga456

Hotel accommodation rooms setup,cleanliness quite ok. But Main Restaurant service awful,poor varieties of food,very limited categories in main meals,forgotten about kids favor of meals.Stuarts specially female staff working in agony.Lunch at the restaurant tremendous local guests which unable to handle.No place to sit.Waiting for long Que for… Read more
Hotel accommodation rooms setup,cleanliness quite ok. But Main Restaurant service awful,poor varieties of food,very limited categories in main meals,forgotten about kids favor of meals.Stuarts specially female staff working in agony.Lunch at the restaurant tremendous local guests which unable to handle.No place to sit.Waiting for long Que for main meals,deserts etc looks like canteen environment rather than 5 star hotel. Read less