Club Bentota was built in 1982 by South African architect, John Drake. The teak and Palmyra fittings in classic southern Sri Lankan style, with stylized roof fringes, columns and roof beams all add to the buildings’ unique character and ambiance. The red brick exterior, columns and herringbone patterned flooring transport you to a different era. Access to the upper floor are via a wooden gantry supported by a complex interlocking latticework of vertical and horizontal architectural lines; the wooden mesh work makes a profound artistic statement that alters your mood ostensibly. The extraordinary vaulted roof, with baked red clay tiles, completes the magical setting.