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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Mar 27, 2020 Raz7 Jersey, United Kingdom

This is a good 4 star hotel on a lovely long beach with a lagoon on the other side. We were here for 10 nights. Massive swimming pool and plenty of sunbeds. Look after the pool staff and they will look after you. The guys we had were just great. I have to say that apart from the odd long face 99% of the staff everywhere were fantastic and could… Read more
This is a good 4 star hotel on a lovely long beach with a lagoon on the other side. We were here for 10 nights. Massive swimming pool and plenty of sunbeds. Look after the pool staff and they will look after you. The guys we had were just great. I have to say that apart from the odd long face 99% of the staff everywhere were fantastic and could not do enough for you. Weather as great averaging around 34 degrees and the sea although quite rough at times was 28 degrees! We originally booked a double room with Ocean view but on arrival there was not much of an Ocean view so we upgraded to a suite with two balconies and full sitting areas in and out. Two TV's in this suite but all Indian and Sri Lankan channels. Only two English news channels and one film channel.This room was excellent and was well cleaned by the same guy every day. Same story here, look after him and he will take great care of you. Hotel is accessed by a short boat ride across the lagoon and your main cases are scanned. All the usual water sports are available. Remember where you are as there are a lot of curries but there is plenty of choice no matter what you eat. The head chef is American and we spoke with him a few times as he was always on hand. Salads and fruits are stunning. We were all inclusive but beware as the favourite phrase for certain drinks and poolside snacks is "this is not included" but prices are so cheap it does not really matter. Mealtime can be in or out on the patio overlooking the lagoon and you frequently get visited by chipmunks, which are fun, land monitors very tame and lots of crows which can be a nuisance. The hotel does try but is is very difficult to keep them from stealing your food if you leave the table! Overall the grounds and bar areas are well kept but the hotel is a bit tired and in need of some renovation, particularly around the pool. The decking does need some attention. Still a very enjoyable holiday especially when you get out and see the conservation parks. Some are better than others and if you stay here you are a 2 hour plus drive to everywhere. Not much to see in the village outside the Hotel but fascinating to experience their great culture. We flew Emirates business class which has to be the best in the world and was part of the holiday. We arrive back in the UK just as the Covid 19 virus was starting to take hold and Sri Lanka had this very well organised when we arrived. Subsequently they have had hardly any cases. Holiday to remember. Read less
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Mar 19, 2020 Yadeesha R Melbourne, Australia

I highly recommend this hotel with great staff who are friendly and courteous. Specially Dilshan who organised this stay for me and provided the best service. They were kind enough to provide fresh milk for my daughter at 4 am when we requested. I highly recommend the food which was beyond delicious.
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Mar 17, 2020 Anothergoodtrip Glasgow

We had a lovely week here. The location is superb and walking along the beach will be a memory that stays with me forever. The staff looked after us so well in our room, at the pool, in the restaurants, at the spa and in the bars.
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Mar 16, 2020 I6353YLsheilar Melbourne, Australia

Cafe Bem Banquets were fit for a king! Everyday there was a different theme Chef D.D.and his team have exelled Congratulations to them all Beautiful location. Substantial property Staff were very courteous Pool was lovely Only the weather was hot and humif
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Mar 14, 2020 Mahesh S Colombo, Sri Lanka

Many Thanks for our first time experience in this hotel we travelled around and this hotel was recommended by our family friends & indeed it was a cherished moment While we stayed, breath taking view of the lagoon & the Sea’ Best of Both Worlds’ Many thanks to Kosala & the front office it was a smooth welcoming moment from the word go, Many… Read more
Many Thanks for our first time experience in this hotel we travelled around and this hotel was recommended by our family friends & indeed it was a cherished moment While we stayed, breath taking view of the lagoon & the Sea’ Best of Both Worlds’ Many thanks to Kosala & the front office it was a smooth welcoming moment from the word go, Many Thanks Prasad for welcoming us & initiating our vegetarian request for my wife the most delicious jack fruit dish chef Nadun & Chef Dilip nailed it, I wish most vegetarian try out the uniqueness of the vegetarian preparations healthy light and most of all to be honest the food in CENTARA is one of the best, due to the fact that I know my food extremely well, the freshness the layout tasteful We felt so light like HOME, I congratulated the American Chef Paul Adams for a remarkable job, most of all I did mentioned to go easy on desserts cos wastage is something I get a lot worried, & you took measures the following day and Most of the desserts was almost over, Thank You, I care a great deal on wastage, Many thanks Chef Paul Adams for making us feel so comfortable, the food standards prep & quality is one of the best eaten in your hotel, EATING FOOD HAS A ART, Amazing do keep up the great work, many thanks to the team budhika always on top busy and great work with the restaurant service keep it up, your team Nissanka Nalin chamith suranjit , and most all Nadica who makes the Traditional pancakes and so on called hoppers amazing job, on the action station, Weldon, I would like to enlighten about the Lagoon pls do find time to cleanup the surroundings and hopefully we will be plastic free someday, it’s a breathtaking view, We would be planing our visits shortly with more families & friend & we would highly recommend CENTARA, with Extreme pleasure, The house keeping teams were lovely the rooms & linen were clear crisp I liked the cinnamon flavor on my towel truly a touch of Spa, Thank you stay overdrive always will see you guys soon, Mahesh Roshini & Kashish Read less