Top image: Bentota Railway Station and environs designed by Geoffrey Bawa, 1967-69.
Photo: 26 September 2014, Ian Were.
[A selection of hotels designed by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003); Bentota beach, 26 September to 2 October 2014] Click to enlarge
Bentota Beach Hotel, 1967-73. badly altered; entrance and courtyard. 26 September, 2014.
Avani Bentota (formerly Serendip Hotel), 1967-74, fair condition. 26 September, 2014.
Left: Paradise Road, The Villa, 1880s Dutch home redesigned by Bawa. Right: Club Villa, redesigned by Bawa in 1980. 2 October, 2014.
Paradise Road, The Villa Bentota, restored 1880s Dutch ancestral home, converted by Bawa into Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel (15 rooms); retains many of his signature designs. 2 October, 2014.
Club Villa, redesigned by Bawa in 1980; unpretentious 19th century Dutch colonial villa blends traditional designs with post-modern touches (15 rooms). 2 October, 2014.
Club Villa, redesigned by Bawa in 1980; one of the simple, yet spacious rooms. 2 October, 2014.