Lankan expats to fund wellness resort

Vickum Nawagamuwage, Chief Executive Officer, Chaminda Rajapakse, Investor and Niki Gomez, Marketing Consultant for Santani. Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe

Sri Lankan expatriate funded all in one super luxury wellness resort under the brand name Santani will be ready by November 2015 at a tranquil retreat in Werapitiya Kandy close to Teldeniya, said Vickum Nawagamuwage, Chief Executive Officer, Santani at a media briefing held in Colombo recently.

“We have a void in this tourism portfolio in Sri Lanka,” Nawagamuwage said adding that the money for the project would be provided by Sri Lankan expatriates. He said 60% of employment opportunities would be given to residents of the area and they intend to carry out many CSR programs.

The first phase investment is likely to exceed US$ 3.5 million and the facility would spread across a picturesque stretch of 50 acre land. The ground breaking ceremony of the 50 roomed project was held recently where 20 chalets would be initially constructed under Phase 1 scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of the year.

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