Bentota beach resort on the west coast of Sri Lanka is home to some of the country's best hotels. On the border between the Western and Southern Provinces, Bentota's beach is one of the west coast's best, rivaling those at Wadduwa and Negombo to the north. The National Resort Complex at Bentota, where most of the luxury hotels are found, caters almost exclusively to the international market, which makes facilities and services easy to come by.
Near to the resort at Bentota are a number of interesting local attractions. The Brief Garden is a stunning landscaped garden with shaded paths, moss-covered statues, pretty birdbaths and tangled, overgrown trees. At the centre of this European and Japanese influenced secret garden is the designer's house, complete with its own private art collection. It's a world away from the boisterous fish market in nearby Aluthgama, which is famous for its oysters, and another example of the diversity of attractions that Sri Lankan holidays can have.