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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing experience!!! Thanx Centara !!!!

May 25, 2019 prasasumu

This was our second visit to centara. Croud was huge and the staff were very speedy..bt they were with a humble smile even with a tired manner. We stayed in 1357 room with the best view. We were in full board manner and food was amazing and the desserts were brilliant. Pool is huge and were crowded, bt clean. The staff was always on the floor and… Read more
This was our second visit to centara. Croud was huge and the staff were very speedy..bt they were with a humble smile even with a tired manner. We stayed in 1357 room with the best view. We were in full board manner and food was amazing and the desserts were brilliant. Pool is huge and were crowded, bt clean. The staff was always on the floor and were supporting us to have the best experience untill our departure. Even in this tragic condition Centara is serving the best to their customers...thank you once again..until next time aloha.. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice property but not the best

May 22, 2019 ThilankaA Colombo, Sri Lanka

Went to this hotel for a weekend stay with my husband. This property is unique since you need to park your vehicle and take a boat to cross the river to get to the hotel. First impression of the property wasn’t good since we didn’t see staff helping with luggage. We had to carry our own and half way through one guy came. Once we got to the hotel… Read more
Went to this hotel for a weekend stay with my husband. This property is unique since you need to park your vehicle and take a boat to cross the river to get to the hotel. First impression of the property wasn’t good since we didn’t see staff helping with luggage. We had to carry our own and half way through one guy came. Once we got to the hotel the check in was fast. Room looked old and worn out. Whilst the room was called beach view it doesn’t actually have a proper beach view since it’s far and covered. Food was ok but it the best. Didn’t have a big variety and flavor. But restaurant staff were better than the rest. in the daytime view of the river from the restaurant is beautiful. Pool was pretty good and the water was warm in the evening. When we were leaving also we didn’t feel the warmth of staff. No body cared about their guests leaving. Front office staff are just too busy doing whatever that they don’t have a moment to even thank guests leaving or help with luggage. Overall nice property, average service and maintenance. I don’t intend visiting again nor recommend Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent staff and a quiet place

May 21, 2019 Schlottie Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A relaxing visit to the Ceysands, arrival is by boat which was unusual, but also meant there were no cars or tuk tuks near the hotel so it was lovely and quiet The pool is enormous and the bar staff were entertaining as were all those we met. Chef Chris made excellent food and the Thai restaurant is definitely worth a visit as well The hotel… Read more
A relaxing visit to the Ceysands, arrival is by boat which was unusual, but also meant there were no cars or tuk tuks near the hotel so it was lovely and quiet The pool is enormous and the bar staff were entertaining as were all those we met. Chef Chris made excellent food and the Thai restaurant is definitely worth a visit as well The hotel boats to the mainland are frequent and run 24 hours a day, but at busy times like checkout leave a few extra minutes especially if you ordered an Uber like I did. The driver was cool about the 15 minute wait however I didn’t notice the kayaks and jet ski hire until we were leaving but that looked good fun Alexandra and Daniel among many others I can’t remember the names of were exceptional throughout our visit, hope to return again soon Read less
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May 21, 2019 Anusha S Colombo, Sri Lanka

We had a pleasant stay. Enjoyed the vacation. Food was good. Resort Location was perfect. The Boat experience was amazing. We have been upgraded to a Suite room. Room standards are really good. One of my favorite hotel in Bentota.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Hotel with very good beach..

May 20, 2019 hiralr2019 Mumbai, India

Excellent hotel.. Lovely swimming pool.. Hotel is located between lake and the beach.. We had a great time with our family..Great food and lots of activities within the Hotel. Hotel staff is very courteous and they take proper care to ensure that customers are comfortable..