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Tamba Villas, the ultimate in paradise living

The southern coast which in recent times has witnessed a flurry of development and related activities, will soon be home to an idyllic, luxurious yet at the same time, a home away from home development; Tamba Villas.

“To build a home that is so exceptional that coming home either for a holiday, or to live there permanently would be the ultimate in paradise living!This is Eduard Hempel’s vision for his latest venture, Tamba Villas.

Tamba Villas Director and Co-Project Principal Hempel expressing his vision for his latest project, which will be in excess of $ 15 million said: “We want to give each home owner an idyllic life in a beautiful, safe space with all the comforts of modern day living. Our collection of 37 Villas have been purpose-built for people who like to work, holiday or retire in one of the most beautiful areas of Galle, a place that affords them a five-star lifestyle; in short Tamba villas in Thalpe.”

Each villa has been named after a tea estate and the overall look and feel is highly reminiscent of world renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa.

“The courtyards and verandas and the general feel of the buildings echo that grandest and most delightful and celebrated period of Sri Lanka’s architecture, the Colonial period. Tamba Villas hearkens back to a bygone era where leisure and sheer gentility were the order of the day. Serenity, respite and tranquillity, combined with modern day five-star amenities and luxury pampering, will be our hallmark,” said Hempel.

Tamba Villas is a delightful private coconut estate which is set back 300 metres from Thalpe beach (on the land side) surrounded by lush tropical gardens and swaying palm trees.There is only a collection of 37 homes, which have been designed by an award-winning Singaporean Architectural team, to create a coastal lifestyle design with high-end amenities for living, working or early retiring in a much sought-after area in the south of Sri Lanka.

Since arriving in 2003 from the UK, Hempel has immersed himself in the Sri Lankan property sector, with the goal of building happy and thriving businesses and making a difference in the local community. By working closely with the local culture, he has done just that.

Hempel Holdings has a strong foundation in Galle and has grown to be a well-established and grounded business. Over the years, Eduard has been a bridge for people looking to invest in Sri Lanka and he has helped many clients and businesses in the negotiation, acquisition and development of exceptional real estate.Hempel Holdings has a track record of over 15 years in specialised property development. This has been the catalyst in building a good and fair reputation with both Sri Lankans and foreign investors. Hempel is also Co-Director in Pearl Properties in Unawatuna, which has been operating for more than 12 years.

Hempel and Tamba Villas Director and Co-Project Principal Trevor Morgan expect to commence construction of this unique and niche development project in early 2019, while completion of Tamba Villas is estimated to be around late 2020.

With a degree in Combined Engineering, from Coventry University in the UK, Trevor founded his first company with a staff of seventeen, covering manufacture, design, administration and fittings. He then went on to gain extensive experience in construction and interiors, working in exclusive areas of Barcelona, which included eight development projects and a £8.6M development project in Kensington, UK.

Trevor arrived in Sri Lanka in 2012 to set up Shakticola with Eduard Hempel, bringing his knowledge of managing construction projects from design through to completion, as well as his understanding and experience in achieving a high level of finish for luxury interiors. He has outstanding experience in high end interior and building products. Examples of such products are the Sea Heart House, Koggala Jungle View Villa and Thalpe Villa, to name just a few.

Tamba Villas is a collaboration between Shakticola and Award-winning A D Lab, a Singaporean Architectural firm focused on cutting edge residential projects, while STIX, another award-winning landscape designer designed the lush tropical gardens. Together, they have designed generous spaces for tropical living in the form of unique villa homes which coexist in harmony with nature.

Singaporean A D Lab is an award-winning firm which has created and completed residential and housing projects throughout Asia and will bring all their experience and knowledge to fashion something unique and edgy to tropical living, while paying tribute to the excellent historical architectural style of Sri Lanka.A D Lab never duplicates developments – instead, they look at each project on its own merit according to the environment and local culture.

“The Tamba team wanted to build a development that did not overwhelm the landscape, instead ensuring that each Villa blends in sensitively around all the greenery, preserving the natural surrounding beauty,” said Hempel.

“Tamba Villa buyers will also have the ease of purchasing a furniture package, either modern or classic, provided through a collaboration with a reputable company, which makes the whole process of buying and transporting furniture much easier.”

Plans are also in place for a Business Centre, a visiting licensed doctor and a visiting beautician, while many other amenities will be added accordingly.

Tamba Estates Ltd., a Sri Lankan limited company, owns 100% of the land that Tamba Villas will be built on. The in-house sales team at Tamba Villas office will be handling the sales in conjunction with Pearl Properties, one of the South’s leading agencies. Tamba Villas will also be working with global partners in Singapore, USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, along with one of Britain’s leading digital sales specialists.

“We are confident your villa will be an excellent investment.Property prices have been steadily going up over the last five years and will continue to rise, given our strong tourism sector and growing economy,” said Hempel.“With only 37 villas, we don’t expect they will be around for long.”

The core foundation of all of Hempel’s business endeavours is stamped with integrity and professionalism, and Tamba Villas is set to become a valuable asset on the southern coast.

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Rs. 4.5 billion investment to build a 122-unit project in Thalahena, Negombo

Giant hotelier Jetwing is embarking on a pioneering journey to the luxury resort condominium market with a Rs. 4.5 billion investment to build a 122-unit project in Thalahena, Negombo.

Located on a 3 acre land adjoining the Jetwing Lagoon, the venture ‘Waterscape’ offers tenants both the sea and lagoon view. The facility, designed by Singaporean Sim Boon Yang of, will have eight four-bedroom penthouses, 40 units of 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, and 34 one bedroom apartments.

“There is a dire need to diversify the Sri Lanka tourism product and experience offering. Several exotic Asian destinations such as Bali have done this successfully. We have identified that there is demand for reasonably priced luxury condominium or resort living,” Cooray told the Daily FT.

A one-bedroom apartment is between 726 and 1000 sq. ft. and is priced at approximately $150,000;the two-bedroom spanning 1132–1416 sq. ft.  will be offered at $200,000; whilst the three-room unit is 1330–1717 sq. ft. and price range is $350,000-400,000. The penthouses are 2310–3578 sq. ft. each and priced at approximately $ 750,000.

Maga has been contracted to build the luxury resort condominium and construction is expected to be completed by 2020.

Cooray stressed there is demand for mid-market resort living, and expects Waterscape to be sought after by foreigners and Lankan expats, as well as locals, for residential/wellness holiday and investment purposes.

“Small families with short-term stays will go for 2-bedroom units whilst the larger families such as those from the Middle East, and those with longer stays, will go for 3-room units,” he added.  Tenants have the option of having their units serviced by Jetwing.

Waterscape is also traveller-friendly since it’s located close to Bandaranaike International Airport whilst being quickly accessible from the city as well.

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Royal Mansions Luxury Villa opens in Kandy

Edirisinghe Homes, one of the leading construction companies in the Central Province have diversified to the leisure sector and opened their first boutique hotel, Royal Mansions Luxury Villa Arangala Kandy last Saturday.

Chairman Edirisinghe Construction Company Samith Edirisinghe said that they have been building apartments and hotels for others for nearly three decades. “Our constructions were well received by our clients. In addition the up surge in tourism also prompted us to invest Rs 300 million to open Royal Mansions Luxury Villa Arangala Kandy.”

He said initially they are offering 15 rooms in four Villas for the guests. “Each Villa would have a roof top terrace, swimming pool, separate kitchen and some Villas would have suites as well with all modern amenities.”

He said that Royal Mansions Luxury Villa Arangala Kandy was pre marketed extensively through travel agents and social media and the response was very pleasing.

Between August and September, the villas are projected to reach ninety-percent occupancy with a room to be marketed starting from US$200 and going up to US$ 400 per night.”

He said that under the second stage of the project, they will add construct 20 more rooms and a banquet hall. “This would begin in August and would be ready by March 2019.”

Edirisinghe said that they will also embark on their third project in end of 2018 in Pussellawa.

“We hope the project to be ready by 2019 June and we have branded it as Windy Villa”.

“We used latest technology for our construction works and due to the fact that we have a constriction arm our overheads in building hotels are low.

Edirisinghe Construction Company started 27 years ago was the winner of the National Awards for the best Constructions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and2015.’

Edirisinghe Homes Pvt Ltd was also awarded the Central Province Large Scale Business (Service) Award for 2017 for the unblemished record in the construction industry. The event was organized by Department of Industrial Development and Enterprise Promotion in Central Province under the guidance of the Ministry of Industries.

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Aarunya luxury boutique nature resort and hideaway launches in Kandy

At the halfway point between Kandy and Sigiriya, banked by winding roads that lead to the city of Alawatugoda, lies the idyll retreat Aarunya, which is one of the latest additions to the emerging collection of high-end Sri Lankan boutique properties.

Launched in June 2018, the retreat directly faces the beautiful Knuckles range, lending an immediate advantage to the place, making it a showstopper.

Aarunya which means “First Rays of the Sun” in ancient Sanskrit, can be experienced at this resort location every day during sun rise with the backdrop of the Knuckles mountain range.

A sanctuary to unwind: Coupled with its spellbinding views, Aarunya has nature at its best as the real draw card of the hotel and offers deeply restorative yoga programs conducted by experts in the field. The approach here is reflective of the more classic styles of yoga that are gentle, conscientious and personal, and includes the powerful practice of deep mind and body relaxation. The idea is for guests to leave with a mind that is lighter and more enlightened, and a body that is reinvigorated.

Cosy and relaxed luxury: This hilltop hideaway, a former tea and mixed plantation estate, is also constructed with a touch that is totally eco-friendly. The architect has designed a graceful and dramatic infinity pool and entrance pavilion known as the Central Bungalow, with a stairway that leads to a lobby lounge set out with beautiful interiors that is a celebration of Kandyan art, culture and history.

The four main luxury villas, each with high wooden ceilings, titanium floors, cosy front verandas, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows permits maximum natural light with spectacular garden, mountain and valley views. These extravagant villas are layered with Sri Lankan antiques and fantastic local art. The spacious rooms each with their own unique pastel colour palette, compliments and enhances the surrounding beauty of the place.

Beyond the regal four-poster beds and wide windows, there are over seven acres of secluded private gardens consisting of mixed spice plantations, fruit trees, organic vegetable patch, tea fields and spa pavilions, begging to be strolled and enjoyed.

The Jacuzzi on the veranda of each luxury villa looks out at misty mountain views, whilst the infinity pool, set in a picturesque manner at the hilltop, reflects the blue and green colours of the mountains and sky.

Guests can take advantage of the splendid isolation by whiling away their afternoons at the poolside, or on the villa verandahs, then sampling some of the true tastes of the island at the open-air restaurant in the Central Bungalow.

Evenings are quiet and velvety. Dining is fine dining alfresco, perfectly suited to the climate of Kandy. Dinner is a theatrical event with candlelight and fine wines paired to the simple but well-executed menu that delivers a generous helping of Sri Lankan hospitality.

One will be hard pressed to find a bad angle in the hotel. One of its best moments can be found in the Central Bungalow with its sweeping views of the mountains banked by the infinity pool, with the entire hotel blending in soothingly with its stunning site. Ever-changing atmospheres and dramatic views of Knuckles spellbound ceaselessly.

Overall, perfect for a romantic getaway, or just to relax for well-heeled spiritual seekers, Aarunya lives up to its promise of great views, a celebration of nature, and eco -friendly practices, coupled with high end comfort that is cosy and luxurious.

The architect of Aarunya, Nath Rankothge, is of Kandy heritage, born in Colombo, raised in Sydney Australia, having lived in more than eight countries, and currently heading an international practice, NRAA ( with offices in Colombo, Chengdu and Sydney.

In Nath’s words: “With love for the mother country we have embarked on this new venture to showcase Sri Lanka to the world.” He added that the master plan was to expand Aarunya to 11 villas and 20 rooms with a natural rock pool, tennis court, world class butler service, and even a helipad for the most discerning of clients.

Nath’s vision is to create a world class, international, hospitality brand beginning with Aarunya, and developing unique hotel and resort properties across the world. He is open to collaborating with similar-minded investors and personalities to make this happen.

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KumbukRiver opens tribal village for backpackers

Sri Lanka’s internationally most-acclaimed resort KumbukRiver now features in its sprawling river-side property an eclectic expansion that evokes the look and feel of a tribal village that now welcomes backpackers, too.

The centrepiece of the little village is KumbukRiver’s own Jungle Coffee Shop inspired by the humble tea kiosk where villagers converge, almost as a ritual, for tea and camaraderie. KumbukRiver, famous around the world as one of the world’s most unusual hotels and best eco resorts, sees travellers from all corners who now enters the new tribal village first before being ushered to their own unique accommodation.

The new backpackers’ lodge adjacent to the Koh-pi Ka-deh or the Jungle Coffee Shop is a response to numerous demands to make KumbukRiver’s uniquely authentic experience available to a more people, especially, backpackers who throng the near-by tourist town of Ella and Yala National Park.

KumbukRiver attracts visitors from countries you’d be surprised thanks to the media coverage it gets. Up till now, a naturally beautiful location was complimented by quintessentially luxurious or uniquely mind-blowing accommodation. But that didn’t allow the globe-trotting backpackers a chance to experience one of the world’s most unique hideouts. We finally responded by creating not just two tribal-styled lodges but a Koh-pi Ka-deh and a Kolam Maduwa (village performance circle) to go with it, says KumbukRiver’s creator-in-chief Dinesh Watawana.

Backpackers lend a spirit of dynamism and camaraderie that only these free-spirited globe-trotters can bring into a destination and being a unique attraction that speaks eloquently of Sri Lanka’s bio-diversity and offers a uniquely authentic experience, we thought we’d bring them on board, he says.

Sustainable tourism is all about participatory tourism and making more people a part of life-changing dynamics. The tribal front also lends more authenticity to the resort, he avers while adding that a bigger audience would literally allow for the introduction of a Kolam Maduwa which would bring to the fore the village’s traditional performance artists. Who doesn’t love a cuppa from the village tea kiosk and we believe the thatched coffee shop will not only add to the experience but will also become the meeting point for guests as we attempt to replicate a fascinating Sri Lankan experience, said the award-winning war correspondent-turned change-agent.

A conservation catalyst KumbukRiver offers a host of unique experiences which allows a rare glimpse into rural life, forgotten archaeological splendours and breath-taking wildlife in a locality on the northern-edge of Yala National Park.

KumbukRiver shot to fame with its huge elephant-shaped villa and received the only Travel Oscar for Sri Lanka at the World Travel Awards in a world’s beast category being named as the world’s leading eco-lodge in 2008. KumbukRiver is also among the world’s top 10 most unusual hotels and Asia’s most amazing hotels.

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ITC hotel and Sapphire Residences ready by 2021

The 5- star ITC One hotel and Sapphire Residences now under construction and coming up adjoining the Shangri- La Colombo at Galle Face, is due to be completed by 2021, it was officially stated on Wednesday.

Making this announcement, Sri Lanka Sotheby’s International Realty said it has been appointed as global marketing agents for the ultra-prestige residential development Sapphire Residences at Colombo 1, by WelcomHotels Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (WLPL), Sri Lanka – a 100 per cent subsidiary of ITC Ltd, India.

Situated on Colombo’s prime ocean front location on Galle Face, the 132 apartments and penthouses of Sapphire Residences and the 5-star ITC One hotel have been under construction since 2015, the real estate company said in a media release.

ITC is one of India’s foremost private sector companies and a diversified conglomerate with a market capitalisation of more than US$ 50 billion.

ITC Hotels, since its inception in 1975, has become one of India’s largest luxury hotel chains offering comprehensive hospitality solutions through more than 100 hotels in over 70 destinations in the country.

Executive Director of ITC Ltd Nakul Anand said, “ITC has made a long-term commitment to building an iconic mixed use development that will endeavour to set new standards in Sri Lanka, in both the residential and hospitality markets. ITC One at Colombo 1, including the Sapphire Residences, represents a very significant long- term commitment by ITC Ltd in the future of Sri Lanka.”

Managing Director of WelcomHotels Lanka Arun Pathak stated; ‘Our objective was to develop a new icon for the country on this ultra- prime Colombo coastline that would be recognisable across the globe.”

Petar Petrovic, Sri Lanka Sotheby’s International Realty Director, said ‘ I have been very proud to be part of the Sapphire Residences project team since the commencement. This recent appointment of Sri Lanka Sotheby’s International Realty as global sales partner marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter as we move from planning Sapphire Residences to launching and marketing it worldwide.’

Prospective residents will enjoy the outstanding scale, quality and finish of the apartments with the interiors designed by YOO – inspired by Philippe Starck. Of particular note is the exceptionally large size of the apartments, making them ideal family homes. The apartments are serviced by the adjoining 5-star ITC One hotel. The combination of the uninterrupted stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, the ultra- high specification and security make the Sapphire Residences the ideal location for a family to transition from villa living to vertical living.

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VILLA@69 opens in Induruwa

Adding yet another beach front property to the Southern Tourism catalogue, VILLA@69, a 12- roomed beach front full-service villa was opened in Maha Induruwa last week.

The management a consortium of three investors Athula Wickramachchi, Sachith Perera, and Jacque Dias have invested over Rs. 240 million for the complete transformation of an old A Grade guest house to a modern and eclectic hotel.

The management, South Beach Investments Pvt Ltd, doubled the room strength from 6 and also introduced a swimming pool and many other modern luxuries to the property. Director Athula Wickramachchi, said that will reinvest for another 10 rooms next year.

“We will also invest on our second hotel a Yoga Retreat in Weligama end of next year and this would be a 10 room Single Villa hotel for the first stage. We have already purchased a 10 acre river island for this project estimated to be around US$ 15 million.”

Villa@69 also provides complimentary Wi-Fi and newspapers in the lobby and restaurant area and Mini Spa and fitness center for all guest,” said it’s Resident Manager, Nalaka Jayatillike.

He said that being a very private small beachfront hotel, Villa@69 is ideal for private events, functions and meetings, and can accommodate up to 30 guests. “In addition we will also introduce a roof top restaurant by the end of the year to fill major quality dining options in the area.”

He also said that by the end of next year the hotel would install solar energy.

Managing Director, Ceylon Leisure Marketing Pvt Ltd, Kanchana Dissanayake who is marketing the VILLA@69, said that their main market is from Europe, UK and the Gulf. “We have strong response from web bookings for the summer and many long stayers have also booked with us for the winter.”

She said that the hotel is currently offering special introductory rates for Sri Lankans.

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