THE MUSE

BENTOTA

WELCOME TO THE MUSE

Inspired Style & Discreet Service

The original source of inspiration for Taru’s celebrated style of boutique hideaways, “Taru Villas – The Muse” first opened in 2002 and soon became the genre-defining benchmark for small, contemporary boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.

This intimate villa on the beach, located next door to “Taru Villas – Rock Villa” in Bentota, offers 9 stylish and comfortable rooms; a beautiful, wild beach; tropical gardens and a sun-dappled pool; great food & warm, friendly service. Formerly named “Taru Villas – Taprobana”, this property featured in Herbert Ypma’s “Best of” guide “The Hip Hotels Atlas”. Steal away to this bijou beach hotel – a private escape, designed for relaxation, for romance and for reconnecting with yourself, your best friends and lovers.

FEATURES

This boutique hotel in Bentota offers a range of services and amenities. Here is a glance at what you can expect:

Balcony or Terrace rooms

9 uniquely-designed rooms, all with balcony or terrace over-looking the gardens.

Direct Beach access

A stunning broad, uncrowded Beach, a few steps over the single-gauge railway track at the bottom of the garden

Room Amenities

King-size beds with plush linens; en-suite bathrooms; overhead fans & ACs; cable TV; hot/cold rain showers; kettle & mini-fridge; in-room safes

Free WiFi

For those who struggle to "disconnect from the grid"

In-House Laundry Service

The convenience of being able to have your clothes cleaned and ironed

Massage Therapy

Range of massage therapy available at the on-site Spa Rooms (by appointment)

Swimming Pool

35ft pool with an 'adult-friendly', uniform 4ft 8 inch depth

Daily Housekeeping

Enjoy having your room attended to each day if you choose

Airport Transfers/ Taxi Service

Our friendly staff can help you organise your transport needs

Access to exciting water sports

Renowned water sports facilities nearby

DINING ROOM & BAR

Contemporary menus and our legendary Taru Villas Dining experiences

CAREFULLY CURATED EXCURSIONS

Explore beyond Bentota. We can help organise visits to Turtle Hatcheries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Temples and more

PHOTO GALLERY

ROOMS

Standard Room

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Deluxe Double Room

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Deluxe Double Room with Extra Bed

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Each of the 9 rooms are unique in design and layout, and encourage “barefoot living” – they all employ clever use of space, interesting features and showcase modern art and paintings by Sri Lanka’s emerging and established artists.

ROOM RATES

STANDARD DOUBLE
16 APRIL - 30 NOVEMBER 2018 (incl.)
$143+/night

  • 20 DEC 2018 - 15 JAN 2019 (incl.)
    US$ 266+/night
DELUXE DOUBLE ROOM
16 APRIL - 30 NOVEMBER 2018 (incl.)
$165+/night

  • 20 DEC 2018 - 15 JAN 2019 (incl.)
    US$ 303+/night
DELUXE ROOM WITH EXTRA BED
16 APRIL - 30 NOVEMBER 2018 (incl.)
$240+/night

  • 20 DEC 2018 - 15 JAN 2019 (incl.)
    US$ 403+/night

If your planned holiday falls on a different date, please check the Booking Tool above for respective prices

Whole Villa Booking

VIEW OUR POLICIES

Rates Include:
Daily breakfast, tea & coffee throughout the day and WiFi. Rates are in US Dollars, gross & non-commissionable. Rates do not include 30.25% tax (Service Charge, VAT, Nation Building Tax and Tourism Development Levy). Government taxes are subject to change without notice.
Compulsory Supplements:
Christmas Eve – US$ 150/- nett per person
New Year’s Eve – US$ 150/- nett per person
Child Policy:
To ensure tranquility and maximum enjoyment of all guests, The Muse welcomes children above the age of 10 years (unless it is a whole villa booking by one party). If you have any queries regarding this, please feel free to contact us and we will find a solution for your stay in Bentota. The Muse does not offer special rates for Children.
Extra Beds:
We are able to accommodate an extra bed in the Deluxe Rooms #1 and #3 only. Extra bed & breakfast charge per person of US$ 75+ (Peak Period charge of US$ 100+).
Payment Policy:
The booking is confirmed upon receipt of 50% refundable deposit, balance payable 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings between 20th December and 15th January (both days inclusive) a 50% non-refundable deposit is required for confirmation, balance payable 60 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellation received 30 days prior to arrival will be free of charge. Cancellations received within 30 days of arrival will incur 100% cancellation charge.
Peak Period Cancellation Policy:
During Peak Period (20th December – 15th January, both days inclusive) cancellations within 60 days of arrival will result in 100% cancellation charge. All other cancellations will be charged the 50% non-refundable deposit.
Whole Villa Bookings:
A minimum 2 night booking is required for Whole Villa stays. 1 night bookings can only be accommodated based on availability closer to the date of arrival.

DINING

As with all Taru Villas boutique hotels & villas, The Muse places emphasis on the quality of food we serve our guests and friends. Taru and her team of chefs have developed an unpretentious yet delicious menu, familiar enough to be comforting, quirky enough to interest. The menu ranges from traditional Sri Lankan to an array of contemporary international dishes. At Taru Villas we believe that along with genuine service and beautiful, clean surroundings, good food is at the heart of hospitality. We can confidently claim that few, if any, other boutique hotels on the Bentota beach stretch aim to provide the standard or type of cuisine we strive to deliver. Whether it is one of our legendary breakfasts, a light snack for lunch or a candlelit dinner for two, we do our best to ensure you leave our Dining Room with a smile on your face and a new tightness in your waistband!

THINGS TO DO

Bentota and its surrounding areas offer an abundance of opportunity for activity, sightseeing, and culture. Our staff will be happy to arrange any of these and more, either prior to or after your arrival.

GALLE FORT TOUR
Asia’s largest remaining fortress built by European occupiers, this gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site offers plenty by way of culture and history. Explore it all on foot, by bicycle, or in a tuk-tuk. You may also choose to extend your visit with a stay at either Taru Villas – Lighthouse Street or Taru Villas – Rampart Street.
WATER SPORTS
Break away from tranquility to seek action and excitement on the Bentota River with a variety of water sports including jet skiing, water skiing, banana boat rides and scuba diving.
KANDHA VIHARAYA VISIT
Built in 1734, this temple on a hill is a popular place of worship for locals. Take a pilgrimage or simply visit to observe Theravada Buddhist rituals.
VISIT TO LUNUGANGA
Lunuganga was the influential architect Geoffrey Bawa’s own estate, where he experimented with his ideas about space, light and scale for nearly 50 years. When he bought the land in 1948 it was a rubber plantation on a peninsula jutting out into a lake. Over the years, Bawa painstakingly reshaped the land and the vegetation to fulfill his vision, in one case slicing off the top of a hill to improve his view of the lake! No flowers planted in neat borders, this is essentially a series of outdoor rooms with cleverly framed vistas – a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop, an artfully placed Grecian statue. Bawa continued to change and experiment with the spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. On his death in 2003 the garden was left to the Lunuganga Trust and is now open to the public.
TURTLE HATCHERY
Visit the turtle hatchery run by Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project. Learn about this important operation and help to release the day’s hatchlings into the ocean.
BERUWALA FISHING HARBOUR
Visit one of the main fishery harbours on the West Coast of Sri Lanka and watch fisherman offloading the morning’s catch from their colourful canoes.
YALA SAFARI
Get close to nature with a day trip to Sri Lanka’s best loved National Park and discover exotic wildlife such as leopards, elephants, and bears. You may extend your visit with a safari stay at Taru Villas – Yala, our 2-bedroom private villa oasis.
"BRIEF GARDEN" TOUR
Travel inland for a feast of the senses at Bevis (the “other”, less-celebrated Bawa brother) Bawa’s wild and elaborate pleasure garden. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature in this sprawling and exotic landscaped garden.

MAP & DIRECTIONS

Head south along the Galle Road (A2) from Colombo. Pass through Aluthgama town and over the Aluthgama/ Bentota bridge. Continue for approximately 900 metres after the 62nd Kilometre post, till you reach Beach Access Road, alongside the Bentota Urban Council (Bentota Pradeshiya Sabhawa) on your right. There is a big ‘Taru Villas – The Muse’ sign exactly opposite the road. Turn down this narrow Beach Access Road, and continue towards the sea. The Muse is on your right.
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