Archive for July, 2016

Enjoy the wonder and adventure Sri Lanka has to offer thanks to Go Outdoors Lanka


Travelling along the highway while lounging in the comfort of one of the motor homes provided by Go Outdoors Lanka Ltd., is a novelty experience indeed. Complete with a couch, bed and dining area, both motor home and caravan come complete with all the comforts of home, including a stove, oven, sink, television and a fully equipped bathroom. It’s literally a little house on wheels, with plenty of room to walk around and even add a pet to the travelling party, which may comfortably consist of up to eight adults.

Leaving at late noon the tour took us out of Colombo and along the southern highway towards our destination. A wide-open space with coconut trees standing like sentinels guarding the breathtaking view of the Kirinda beach. The caravan park comes well equipped for the process of refuelling and recharging motor homes, as well to serve as a campsite for motor home travellers and caravanners. Go Outdoors Lanka Ltd. has been responsible for the existence of 17 such parks throughout the island.

The next morning saw us visiting Yala, where we paused for photographs at the entrance of the National Park, as well as the Yodha Wewa, Tissa Wewa and the famed Tissamaharamaya temple. The large flexible windows of the motor home allow one to take in the full-unhindered extent of the wasteland surrounding the Yodha Wewa and the lush green and blue of the Tissa Wewa alike, not to mention the spectacular sight of the deathbed of yet another day as we enjoyed a smooth drive back to Colombo.

Untitled-6Go Outdoors Lanka Ltd. provides Sri Lankans with the opportunity to make a lasting investment that will give them the freedom to travel as they please without having to give up on their much loved domestic luxuries. All motor homes and caravans imported by Go Outdoors Lanka Ltd. are specially selected from a range of world-renowned brands in order to ensure that the customer enjoys nothing but the highest standard of comfort whilst travelling.


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Saman Villas, a true piece of paradise


Aqua hued waters, pure white sands, swaying coconut trees – there are times when only a beach holiday will do. Perched on a rocky headland dividing two long seemingly endless, surf swept, unspoilt beaches of golden sand backed by the luscious greenery of coconut plantations in the quiet fishing village of Aruruwella, Bentota lies award winning Saman Villas, Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel.

At Saman Villas you’ll find a special place that is a true piece of paradise. Here you can soak up the style and sophistication of one of the most luxurious boutique hotels on the island, walk on the pristine Bentota beach or take a relaxing dip in the sea. Discover inner harmony with a pampering spa session or lose yourself in the gourmet delights including a special Sri Lankan tasting menu the first of its kind. At Saman Villas luxury comes as standard and ‘getting away from it all’ takes on a whole new meaning.

Saman Villas pushes the boundaries of exclusivity with just twenty seven exquisite villas some featuring their own private pools with unmatched views of the stunning and un-spoilt coastline of Bentota.

This resort is wonderfully idyllic and tranquil, offering its guests peace and privacy in abundance. The design inspiration for the villas is taken from a fusion of modern Sri Lankan and Javanese aesthetics, cleverly combined to create a sophisticated and relaxing ambiance that blends perfectly into the tropical environment.

Its tranquil setting means relaxation and romance are top of the bill. Make for one of the lounge areas or decks overlooking the ocean dotted around the grounds and you’ll find your own place in the sun.

Inside, there are hints at traditional Sri Lankan style but hip lighting and eye-catching artwork give the property a contemporary edge. Each of the 27 villas continues this trend. Think luxury bathrooms with outdoor showers and inviting bathtubs alongside beds that you’ll find hard to get out of! All the villas have stunning sea views and electronic blinds allow you to enjoy them without ever having to move from your bed. Back outside, there’s an incredible infinity pool overlooking the ocean, surrounded by sun loungers. At dusk, it becomes the spot to get a cocktail and immerse yourself in the views before dinner.

Dinning here is an event in itself and in keeping with its tradition of innovation Saman Villas has introduced fine dining and degustation menus including the Sri Lankan tasting menu. This tasting menu with a range of 22 distinct flavours is offered in four or five course menus. The Sri Lankan tasting menu offers an exotic culinary experience to an unforgettable gastronomical experience showcasing the best of the Islands local produce prepared using local cooking techniques with intense flavours.

Think gorgeous sunsets, extravagant cocktails by the infinity pool, intimate and stylish suites with breathtaking sea views, some with their own private pools, lazy days of sunshine, unbelievably good food and you are picturing Saman Villas. An undeniably romantic boutique hotel that defines a luxury escape.

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Lion Royal Group to invest Rs 400 mn on two hotels

Coco Royal Resort in Kalutara

Lion Royal Group of Hotels will be investing over Rs. 400 million to build two hotels in Digampathana Sigiriya and in Unawatuna.

Lion Royal Tourism and Lion Royal Resorts Chairman and Managing Director Dilan Wickramasinghe said that they have already acquired land for these two projects. “We will start construction by end of this year and the hotels should be ready for 2017 winter.”

“These hotels will be built and marketed on the line of city hotels and they will be affordable to guests.While being sold as budget hotels the two properties will have swimming pools in both hotels and all other luxury facilities.”

The Galle hotel to be built in Unawatuna will offer 50 rooms and the company hopes to invest Rs. 300 million for it. The budget hotel in Digampathaha Sigiriya would consist of 40 rooms and would be Rs. 75 million investments.

“We hope to invest out own money and bulk of the investment would come from borrowings.”

Currently the group own and operate the Kasspa Lions Rock hotel in Sigiriya with 51 spacious rooms and Coco Royal Resort in Kalutara with an inventory of 67 keys. “We will also re invest in Coco Royal Kalutara. A former Tour guide for the French market since 1983,Wickramasinghe said that he first invested in a hotel since he felt that he could offer a better product for a lower rate. 
Lion Rock Hotel in Digampathana Sigiriya

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Bangladesh Airlines and Himalayan Airlines to commence direct flights to Colombo

 In a bid to increase air connectively to Sri Lanka, national carriers from Bangladesh and Nepal, will operate direct flights to Colombo, from this year.

Director General of Civil Aviation H. M. C. Nimalsiri said that Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Himalayan Airlines will fly to Sri Lanka by the end this year boosting Colombo as a regional hub.

Biman would be the second Airline after Mihin Lanka, to start direct flights between Colombo and Bangladesh.

Biman Airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as major domestic routes inside Bangladesh.

Himalaya Airlines Pvt. Ltd. a new Nepal-China joint venture airline is an international scheduled full service air carrier incorporated and based in Nepal.

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Indian trade FAM to promote destination Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with Air India organised a Trade Familiarisation Tour from India to Sri Lanka for 20 travel agents from 3 to 9 July in order to promote Sri Lanka to Indian travellers. Apart from the familiarisation tour, the group met Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga and also had a one to one B2B session with tourism industry holders of Sri Lanka. At the Banquet hall of Ramada Hotel – Colombo, more than 80 members from SLAITO, THASL and ASMET participated in the B2B session.

“India continues to be a booming market for Sri Lanka and we will continue our marketing efforts in this market,” said Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman P.M. Withana. In the six months to June Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka was at 172,841 which was an 18.8% increase over the same period last year.

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Anantaya Pasikudah welcomes first guests


Anantaya Pasikudah staff welcoming the first guests by lighting the traditional oil lamp


Anantaya Resort & Spa – Pasikudah of LAUGFS Leisure Ltd. warmly welcomed its first guests directly following its soft opening ceremony that was held recently.

Offering magnificent views of the pristine ocean on the east coast, Anantaya Pasikudah consists of 50 rooms and five villas with exclusive private plunge pools that have been tastefully designed by the consultant architects from Nava Design Studios in Thailand.

The hotel staff together with the management team welcomed the first guests, inviting them to mark the auspicious moment by lighting the traditional oil lamp at its open reception area facing the breath-taking ocean. The guests enjoyed a stay of four nights at one of the exclusive two-bedroom villas of the Resort.


Offering first-rate hospitality, impeccable service and breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean, Anantaya Resort & Spa in Pasikudah is iconic in its design, wonderfully weaved in with the distinct local culture of Sri Lanka. Overlooking the exquisite panorama of the infinite ocean, the stunning setting of the Anantaya Pasikudah resort makes it the ideal luxury destination for holiday travellers looking to embark on a relaxing vacation in breath-taking tranquillity.

The resort offers a great selection of dining venues with an exotic range of specialty food and beverages with a delightful fusion of local and international flavours. These include elegant indoor restaurant dining to outdoor garden and beach dining in a more relaxed setting amidst the stunning views. Guests can also enjoy sundown entertainment with live bands and DJs providing an exciting flavour of international and local music.

“The food was outstanding. Even though I am from the hotel and restaurant business and have seen and tried a lot, I have never had a better and fresher grilled lobster than at this place,” commented Mira and Franz. “We had the most romantic dinner ever in front of this beautiful set up. The staff is more than friendly and helpful. You can feel they love their profession. They really do their best to make you feel special and enjoy your holiday to your fullest. I really want to thank the whole team for making this stay very special for us. We can’t wait to come back to this beautiful place. This place definitely deserves 5 stars.”

While relaxing in the luxurious comfort of Anantaya, the couple also made time to explore the many historical attractions just a short distance from the Pasikudah area, by visiting two Hindu Temples in Kiran and Mylampavely in Batticaloa.

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Road Show in Singapore

Untitled-6Untitled-7Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organised its first Road Show in Singapore at Hilton Hotel on 8 July to promote the island’s tourist attractions and to build business link with tourism industry stakeholders. 15 Sri Lankan industry partners joined with Sri Lanka Tourism to meet the potential agents and tour operators from both countries.
Untitled-5Sri Lanka Tourism invited key tour operators, Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and the event at Hilton Hotel was inaugurated by lighting of the traditional oil lamp by invitees and industry members from Sri Lanka and Singapore. President of NATAS participated at the Road Show as Chief Guest and was involved in traditional lighting of the oil lamp with the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore.

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore Nimal Weerarathne delivered his welcome speech with a brief on Singapore-Sri Lanka bilateral relations and benefits of investing in the tourism sector of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Junior Manager Kalpa Gunasinghe addressed the audience to highlight tourist attractions and experience available in Sri Lanka. SLTPB Junior Manager Gunasinghe and First Secretary Commercial Rekha Mallikarachchi made all the arrangements to make the event a success. Over 40 travel companies from Singapore attended B2B meetings with Sri Lankan Tour operators and hoteliers.

The attendees were offered lovely gift prizes which also included two domestic air tickets hosted by Cinnamon air. Among all other participants, three lucky participants won three tour packages as a gift from Sunway Holidays Ltd., Green Holiday Centres Ltd. and Camlo Lanka Tours Ltd.

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