With a short boat ride across a tranquil lagoon, this sprawling resort comes into view. Perched on the Bentota Peninsula between the Indian Ocean and Bentota River, Centara Ceysands oozes luxurious beachside living. Indulge in Ayurvedic treatments, encounter Sri Lankan wildlife on a river cruise, or simply relax in an inviting Jacuzzi.
Why stay here? This resort provides a great holiday location for families with both young and older children and couples looking for both exploration and adventures and a five-star relaxing beach stay.
Nearest attractions Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and Madu River for safaris are both 20 minutes away.
Swimming pools The resort is framed by an infinity edged swimming pool with view across the Indian Ocean. There is also an onsite children’s pool.
Other facilities The resort’s spa offers Ayurvedic treatments and Thai massage. Other facilities including a watersports centre and laundry service are available.
For families Younger guests can be kept busy at the resort’s Kid’s Club, which features a Camp Safari and E-Zone experience, dedicated children’s pool and Teen’s Hangout. The resort also offers discounts for under 12s.
Rooms 165 rooms and suites.
Bars and restaurants Five restaurants and bars can be found within the resort, including Cafe Bem for traditional Sri Lankan dishes, 360 Restaurant, Ceylon Club for indulgent afternoon teas and a pool bar.
Board basis options Half board and all-inclusive.
Breakfast - Buffet breakfast in Café Bem.
Half Board – Buffet breakfast in Café Bem. A choice of lunch or dinner in participating restaurants (Café Bem, 360 Restaurant, Suan Bua) with beverages (for a maximum of 3 hours per meal, selected items only).
All-inclusive – Buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner in Café Bem or set menu dinner options in all restaurants - Unlimited beverages (selected items only) – Mid morning tea/coffee, afternoon tea served in Ceylon Club. Kids’ afternoon ice cream.
What is included in the tour
- 4 nights in Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa 4*
- Superior Room, Ocean View
- Half Board
- Return Flights with Emirates from London Heathrow
With its 1,340km coastline, traces of ancient civilisation, colourful culture and delicious food, there are many things to keep you occupied while on holiday in Sri Lanka.
• A safari in Yala National Park brings the chance to see leopards, as well as elephants, crocodiles and sloth bears
• Take to the waters around Trincomalee, Mirissa or Kalpitiya to spot whales and dolphins
• Marvel at Anuradhapura, the first sacred capital of Sri Lanka, where the extensive ruins are UNESCO-protected
• Cool off in the “hill country”, where you can still see colonial-era trains making their way through tea plantations and rice paddy fields
When to visit
The island is affected by two separate monsoon seasons, which can mean different conditions across the island throughout the year. The main southwest monsoon brings rain to the west, southwest and hill country from April to September, while the less severe northeast monsoon makes the east coast wettest from November to December. In the central highlands, summers are hot and winters mild. The most popular travel season is December to March; the best value is May to August.
What to pack
Temperatures in most parts of the island will rarely drop below 26C, so pack light and airy clothing. It’s a fairly relaxed destination, well used to tourism, but with so many religions practiced, respectful conservatism is also advisable. All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples should be appropriately dressed, so take a cover-up, and your shoes must be removed to enter them.