The West Coast, generally thought of as between the cities of Colombo and Galle, was one of the first regions on the island developed for tourism. With its 100 kilometre coastline and the issues concerning the beaches on the east coast it has the largest concentration of hotels and guest houses in Sri Lanka. All the watersports are available here in season and its really a place to crash out after a tour of the country.
Club Villa is an elegant 19th century villa with spacious gardens, walkways and waterways which is set in a small coconut plantation just outside Bentota, two hours south of Colombo. The owner accurately describes the hotel as "Neither a resort, nor a hotel. Instead it is a home away from home. In a setting that induces a sense of hypnotic relaxation, where every wish is anticipated and answered by discreet staff whose presence is felt rather than heard or seen." The 17 suites have recently been renovated, with contemporary bathrooms and air-conditioning in all. At the end of the garden is the railway line which some people find a bit disconcerting but actually its quite fun watching the irregular trains chugging slowly by, over flowing with passengers and baggage. Across the line is the huge beach disappearing for miles in each direction. There is an excellent restaurant which is popular with expats and visitors alike.