Calamander Unawatuna to add 22 luxury rooms

The Calamander Unawatuna Beach Resort will be adding 22 additional luxury rooms by the end of this year. This is in keeping to the demands and also to provide more luxuries faculties from their growing clientele.

Panduka Ariyathilaka from the Calamander Unawatuna Beach Resort said that this wing is being separately developed without causing hassle to the existing guests.

The Singapore-based Calamander group management had invested 1.35 billion rupees to acquire and upgrade a hotel in Sri Lanka recently. The 30-year old hotel has since been re-named Calamnader Unawatuna Beach Resort. “Under this scheme the hotel was completely refurbished and today it is of four star plus standard.” Under the refurbishment drive 10 more rooms too were added, the main building to meet the future demands. “For the first time in Sri Lanka we are also building a third swimming pool with a glass wall to give an infinity view of the Indian ocean.”

The newly built COCO bar in the beach and also re-laid garden add more glamour to the hotel. “We have also completely re done the kitchen with new equipment and also the main restaurant has a new lay out. Due to the popularity of UBR we are still keeping this name for now.”

“We are happy with the investment we made to Calamander Unawatuna Beach and would look at adding more facilities in the future as well,” Calamander Chairman, Roman Scott said.

“For more than forty years, Unawatuna beach and UBR have been hugely popular with the North European market, in particular Germany and UK, Scandinavia and Holland and the along with locals tourists.”



Sunhill Hotel caters with round-the-clock service

Lorenta Tissera has being appointed as the Manager of the Food and Beverage department and as the Restaurant Manager of The Sunhill Hotel, Colombo 3.

Having started her career over a decade ago from the local hotels, she served over eight years in both, Korea and Thailand in leading hotels chains in the Food and Beverage sector.

She said that the SunHill hotel restaurant could accommodate nearly 80 and is open 24 hours for both in house and outside guests. “We specialize in Chinese food and also under take out door catering.”



With diversifications, Elpitiya Plantations steam ahead

Aitken Spence-managed Elpitiya Plantations PLC recorded a profit-after-tax of Rs. 480 mn for the financial year ended 31st March, 2014. Elpitiya’s exceptional earnings were mainly driven by an excellent performance in oil palm and return on strategic investments made by the company into joint venture projects.

“Profit was commendable as revenue on tea &rubber had declined by around 8 per cent YOY, following the erratic weather conditions and the poor prices released for natural rubber. Increase in cost of production following revision of the workers’ wages by 20 per cent had a significant impact on the Company’s profitability. Ourstrong results are due to the team work by our employees”, said Dr. Rohan M FernandoManaging Director of Elpitiya Plantations PLC and Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

The company’s net assets had increased to Rs. 2.9 bn from Rs. 173 mn at the time of taking over of the estates in 1997.


Jetwing wins third PATA Grand Award – ‘Man and nature in perfect harmony’

Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing once again walked away with the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award in the Environment category for the entry titled ‘Man and Nature in Perfect Harmony’ – based on the very concept that made Jetwing Vil Uyana the country’s most iconic eco-luxury resort. This occasion marks the second consecutive year Jetwing has won a Grand Award; with Jetwing now possessing three out of only six Grand Awards won by Sri Lankan companies.

The PATA Gold Awards put the spotlight on tourism innovation and excellence. This year’s awards attracted 181 entries from 66 organisations and individuals worldwide. Judged by panels of experts, the PATA Awards recognise exceptional achievement in six categories: Marketing, Environment, Heritage and Culture, Education and Training, Marketing Media and Travel Journalism. The award ceremony will take place at the PATA Travel Mart this September, in Cambodia.
Set over an expanse of just over 24 acres, Jetwing Vil Uyana represents the rich potential in sustainable and eco-friendly destinations. Formerly an abandoned land used for sporadic agriculture, Jetwing transformed the property into a man-made wetland featuring two lakes and thirty individual dwellings over distinct habitats such as water, forest, paddy, marsh and garden. Over the years, the resort went on to be home to a variety of flora and fauna, such as the elusive loris, and also counts 20 species of mammals, 112 species of birds, 36 species of butterflies, and 35 species of amphibians and reptiles. Nature is highly respected and provided ample space to flourish – with three acres being designated as a loris conservation site, the first in the country. Jetwing Vil Uyana was also the recipient of the Tourism for Tomorrow Award for the Environment category in April 2014, organised by the World Travel and Tourism Council, and was also listed in National Geographic Traveler’s Best Ecolodges of the World issue in August 2013.
“It brings me much happiness to see Jetwing Vil Uyana winning its second Grand Award, for a concept and an idea that most were sure would fail. We accomplished a lot of what we set out to do almost 10 years ago, to become a resort where nature is not just outside your room – rather, it is a part of the entire experience,” said Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray. “I would like to thank the associates of the property, for all their hard work and commitment in making this award a reality,” he continued.



Thompukandam Village Resort


Thompukandam Village Resort is a tranquil location established in the hamlet of Nintavur surrounded by the greenish fields of paddy. International and local tourists have started frequenting this Health Resort at Addapallam in Nintavur.

Engineer Z M Hairu is the Managing Director of this Health Resort was declared opened by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on August 29, 2012. Free flowing streams find its way through the greenish paddy field to meet the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean). The cry of peacocks perching on the roof top wakes you up in the morning and bird life gathers at dawn.

Guests can take a boat ride along the stream and laze around on the golden sandy beaches or hire a fishing tackle and a rod and fish in the stream or even just trek along the unending little pathways and be part of the multi ethnic village folk.

If you fancy a bit of driving around, a world of adventure awaits you. You take a 20 minute drive on the Batticaloa road and reach Periyakallar lagoon and buy the most succulent prawns and silvery pink baby mullet that have just been brought ashore.

By visiting Kalmunai beach guests can watch whales in the night. And from there they can visit Inginiyagala, Gal Oya National Park and Luhugala National Park to see Wild Elephants and Leopards.

Resident Manager K. Thayaparan says that the main objective is to satisfy the international and local tourists. The main facilities in the resort are Open Restaurant with Eastern, Western and Oriental Cuisine, Swimming pool, Conference and Banquet Facility, Six Deluxe Rooms and Four Suite rooms, WiFi and other ameneties.


Jungle Beach, Kuchaveli: A well-hidden vacation treasure celebrates its second birthday

It’s official: the best holiday hideaway on the shores of the Indian Ocean is in Kuchaveli, a twenty-minute drive up the east coast of Sri Lanka from the forested turquoise coves of Trincomalee. That’s the expert opinion of World Luxury Hotel magazine, which offered this prize accolade to Jungle Beach, the so-close-to-nature-you-can-taste it resort hotel at Kuchaveli owned and run by Uga Escapes. Jungle Beach was also rated the best resort hotel on the East Coast last year by the world’s most popular and authoritative online hotel and resort review site,


Kuchaveli, where, in the old days, a ferry across the lagoon connected Trincomalee with the vast jungles of the Wanni, is a fabled beauty-spot where forest, sea, salt-marsh and lagoon come together to create an explosion of biodiversity on land and in the air and water. Dozens of species of birds inhabit the area, the lagoon and ocean teem with fish, shellfish, turtles and cetaceans. Apart from fishermen who still work using traditional methods, the beach is broad and mostly empty, stretching up and down the coast as far as the eye can see.

Jungle Beach, as its name implies, is built on a site that was – and effectively still is – part of the surrounding forest. The ten-acre area was selectively cleared of scrub, but the 180 mature trees growing on it were all spared and the hotel was built around them. With its low, thatched-roof buildings and absence of walls in public areas, Jungle Beach blends almost invisibly into its surroundings. Its 48 cabins, all crafted from indigenous materials, offer complete privacy and seclusion. Their luxurious appointments – king-size beds, top-end entertainment systems and just about anything else you can imagine – seem unexpected (but very welcome) in these rustic surroundings. The spa, gym and open-air restaurantand bar also nestle modestly amid the greenery, which has been enhanced by the addition of about two thousand new shrubs and saplings. Now celebrating its second anniversary, Jungle Beach used to be a well-kept secret, but with these recent accolades and the publicity generated by them, more and more people have begun to visit, and advance booking is now strongly advised. For a weekend – better make that a week – of luxurious living, feasting all your senses with your feet in the sand, there’s no other place like it around the Indian Ocean. And that’s official.



The mystique of The Albatross

“At length did cross an albatross, Through the fog it came…” These immortal words as portrayed by the famed laureate Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his narration of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner perhaps captures the mystique of The Albatross Boutique Resort.
Perched on top of ‘The Coconut Hill,’ nestling amongst a range of Kandyan mountains, with Pidurutalagala Peak as a backdrop, The Albatross Villa offers a spectacular and an unparalleled panoramic visive. The splendour of the Victoria waterways and its dam and the Victoria Golf Course that meanders at the base of the hill makes The Albatross a truly enchanting holiday location.

The name of the resort Albatross carries an intriguing and meaningful dual connotation, in that, firstly an albatross in golfing parlance is indeed a rare achievement that any golfer would strive to achieve. Secondly, albatross, the high souring bird of good omen depicts the very conceptual style of the resort – a bird’s eye view of a wide spanning nature reserve of splendour and rarity.

A visitor to this unique resort will firstly be held spellbound at the task of imbibing in the panorama of the Kandyan range of mountains covering Corbett’s Gap, Hunasgiriya Peak, Knuckles Range, Hantane and Bambaragala. The Victoria waterways spiralling amongst the wooded mountain slopes with the dam as a backdrop is breathtaking. High-end boutique resort
The boutique resort has been developed by its owners, the Ranfer Group, to provide a high-end 5-star service unit amidst a leisurely and casual family atmosphere. The tranquillity of the resort remains unparallel and provides a perfect getaway for the discerning holiday maker. An important area of infrastructure development undertaken by the Government provides much better access to the resort. This is following the domestic airport that is currently under construction located one km away from the Victoria Golf Complex. In addition there are already regular commercial flights of amphibian aircraft using the Victoria waterways adjacent to the complex for passenger transportation.

The villa consists of eight elegantly furnished en suite rooms and in keeping with the predominantly golfing theme, the rooms are appropriately named Hole in One, Eagle 2, Birdie 3, Par 4 and Bogey 5. The newest additions are The Tee Off Suite, The Royal Albatross Suite and The Double Bogey. All rooms are air-conditioned and are fitted with satellite TV, etc. Tea and coffee service is available in the rooms along with a personalised butler service which makes the stay most comfortable. Range of facilities
The resort is immensely popular amongst visitors of diverse interests as it provides an amazing range of facilities that will keep all visitors and members of the family enjoyably engrossed in occupation. An appropriately designed swimming pool with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam and a hot water Jacuzzi as well, with the provisions of on-call masseur is a hot-spot for all visitors.
The Hawk-Eye is a tastefully designed pub with theme décor consisting of an interesting collection of golfing memorabilia combined with artefacts of yesteryear liquors and wines. The Liquor Bar has an Irish pub atmosphere with a pool table and lively music.

The outdoor facilities are wide-ranging and include golfing, tennis, horse riding, nature walks, bird watching, bike rides, etc. Places of interest
The Victoria Dam, the historical city of Kandy, the ancient rock temple at Bambaragala and a meditation centre are all within the distance of a 45-minute drive. For those of you who want to venture out a little more, the Wasgamuwa National Park and the Knuckles Range Wilderness are within two hours of Digana. Amongst the varied features of The Albatross, the one that stands out and acknowledged by many visitors is the Fine Dining Restaurant. No holiday or ‘get away’ is complete without sumptuous meals that would cater to varied gastronomic desires.
You can choose to dine on the diner’s deck or enjoy a BBQ out on the open air lounge under the star-lit Kandyan sky. The evening will fade out with specialised ‘Ranfer’ flavoured teas, coffees and a wide selection of liqueurs. The Albatross holiday experience is truly unparalleled and will remain an experience of a lifetime.




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