World renowned Architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa, was originally drawn to this unique property in the 1970s, known as the Mohotti Walauwa. He was responsible for converting the then dilapidated ancestral home into Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel. During it’s refurbishment, Bawa sold the property but continued to keep a keen eye on it’s development.
Due to the private charm of the property, it has been visited by such personalities as Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter, renowned fashion designer, Stella McCartney.
It has changed hands several times since then, but 30 years on, it has acquired a new lease of life by Shanth Fernando of Paradise Road who he took over the property in 2007. 1.5 years of working with the property, Fernando extended the property adding on a new wing and entrance pavilion, new swimming pool and re-levelled the gardens. Bathrooms have been re-worked and bedrooms modernised; Paradise Road The Villa Bentota opened in December 2009 showcasing the property at its new best and has received prestigious press acknowledgement as a result.