At a time when almost all hotels on the southern belt are competing to fill their occupancy it’s a refreshing change to note that there are hotels which do consider the facilities provided to younger children in an effort to make the whole experience a comfortable retreat for the entire family.

One such hotel is the Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa which is an idyllic retreat set on the Bentota Peninsula with the meandering Bentota River on one side and the expansive stretch of the ocean on the other. Access to the resort is by short boat ride which adds to the hotels exclusivity.

The hotel has 165 rooms and suits ranging from 37 to 139 square meters in size. Regardless of the hotel room you choose, you are sure to find great views with guestrooms overlooking either the sweeping beach and ocean beyond or the river and the mangroves.

What’s best about the rooms are unfussy design, its spaciousness and cozy beds. Some of the rooms include a king bed and a sofa bed while a large number of the rooms have two double beds, which makes it easier for children to sleep in.

Unlike most of the other resorts, Centara Ceysands offer attractions and activities for younger children as well. Families will certainly appreciate the supervised Kid’s Club which has a camp safari for the young ones while the E-Zone is replete with Playstations consoles, games and books to keep them busy.

The resort boasts of four splendid restaurants. The Café Bem serves Sri Lanka, Asian and International buffed with live cooking stations. Locally sourced seafood is a specialty at 360 Seafood where guests can dine with views out over the river and the ocean. The Ceylon Club at the lobby serves coffee and hosts high-tea. Inn Between on the 1st floor is the place to go for cocktails and live music. For those wishing to dine in the comfort of their own room, an in-room dining is available throughout the day.

On and off, the resort also hosts small groups on corporate business or traveling on incentive tours.

The resort also affords its guests the option of choosing from a multitude of water sports and activities. There is a swimming pool with Jacuzzi overlooking the beach and for guests wishing to go snorkeling, boating or windsurfing in the waters of the lagoon.