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. 

  • Honeymooners: Couples may choose between either a candlelit dinner (food only) or a 1 hour spa treatment for 2, once per stay when staying a min of 7 nights. Honeymoons must be conducted within the year of wedding or within 3 months of Wedding date.

  • 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.

  • Early booking bonus: book 60 days in advance and save up to 15% on your accommodation costs, valid for stays between 1 May–21 Dec '20 and 1 Mar–20 Apr '21. 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 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

3 nights 22 Dec '20–06 Jan '21. No checkouts 25 Dec or 30–31 Dec. 

*Denotes local charge.

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Jan 24, 2020 LindaThade Doha, Qatar

A lovely stay in the Centara for our first family holiday with our 14 month old. We booked a pool terrace room which was advised to us by a past guest as we were able to sit out at nighttime while our baby slept inside the room. Room service was delivered to us while she slept. Also, she could go outside directly in the morning which she loved.… Read more
A lovely stay in the Centara for our first family holiday with our 14 month old. We booked a pool terrace room which was advised to us by a past guest as we were able to sit out at nighttime while our baby slept inside the room. Room service was delivered to us while she slept. Also, she could go outside directly in the morning which she loved. Nice music at the bar each evening where our little girl had a dance. The spa was fabulous, a lovely Thai lady gave me a great massage. As I am 4 months pregnant she was extra careful and did a fantastic job. A special mention in particular to all the staff led by a lovely American head Chef in the buffet restaurant who went out of their way to help us and treated our girl so nicely. There is a nice mix of local and international cuisine. We also at at the other two a la cartel restaurants and they were delicious. Quick 30 seconds walk to access to the beach which we used each day. We did two lovely trips to the turtle hatchery and a boat trip to see the monkeys, all great fun! Having visited and loved Sri Lanka twice before as a couple we weren’t sure what to expect as a family, especially given you have to consider different things when you have a young toddler. But the Centara was great, nice balance of cleanliness, good food, great facilities with a price that was manageable for us. Overall a lovely family hotel. We will be back. Read less
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Jan 23, 2020 Customtape

Currently staying here on our last night after a 2 week stay,it is a fantastic Hotel in a great location. Rooms are spotless and to a high standard,cleaned everyday. Food is of a high quality and all tastes are catered for. If you come to stay at this hotel or nearby then the best advice I could offer to you would be to seek out ABA located beach… Read more
Currently staying here on our last night after a 2 week stay,it is a fantastic Hotel in a great location. Rooms are spotless and to a high standard,cleaned everyday. Food is of a high quality and all tastes are catered for. If you come to stay at this hotel or nearby then the best advice I could offer to you would be to seek out ABA located beach side outside the hotel (picture below)who is one of the independent tour guys, he will make your Holiday and show you the sites of Sri Lanka. He made our Holiday something special and looked after us from start to finish,nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be back. Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 jasmingrig Yerevan, Armenia

I can advise everyone to visit this hotel if you want to feel the smell of paradise and love of nature. The staff of the hotel will do the best to make you forget the reality and breathe with the hospitality of Sri Lanka. Hotel where you are very safe and satisfied with anything else. Thanks for the management works. It was one of our best… Read more
I can advise everyone to visit this hotel if you want to feel the smell of paradise and love of nature. The staff of the hotel will do the best to make you forget the reality and breathe with the hospitality of Sri Lanka. Hotel where you are very safe and satisfied with anything else. Thanks for the management works. It was one of our best experiences in Sri Lanka. ... special thanks for house keeping work to Sameer and all other guys (sorry for not remembering their names) . ... Also I would advise all guests of the hotel to find the driver of took-took Whose name is TUSHARA and enjoy the stay in Sri Lanka forgetting any problem .he is always in the enterance of the Centara hotel . I can sure you that you will never meet a kinder person than him. He is happy to help all his clients with anything else.i was dying because of sickness and he did his best to find the correct medicine for me. He never works for money. You will never regret for your choice. Read less
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Jan 20, 2020 lisbeth690 Fuengirola, Spain

Very nice location on the beach!! Lovely big pool, with a bar. Nice lunches with different dishes everyday from barbeque. Sometimes activitis around the pool. Nice hotel for both couples and familys. The wineslist in the restaurants could be better.
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Jan 20, 2020 kravller

No body bothers when you check in, infact the whole boat transfer thing would better be avoided, there are no smiles, infact a very dull environment. The staff behaves as of they are doing a favor by being there. The food is average and because of the crows you cant sit outside and noone cares to clear tables which aggravates the problem the kids… Read more
No body bothers when you check in, infact the whole boat transfer thing would better be avoided, there are no smiles, infact a very dull environment. The staff behaves as of they are doing a favor by being there. The food is average and because of the crows you cant sit outside and noone cares to clear tables which aggravates the problem the kids play area is namesake. the rooms might be on the other end of eating area. the only thing good is the location of the property with good views of the river and the sea. It is sad that such a good property is being so badly managed. Read less