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‘Ayurvie Weligama’ luxury ayurveda and yoga resort opens doors

Theme Resorts & Spas has proudly launched ‘Ayurvie Weligama’ as the latest addition to its collection of experiences. The resort opens its doors to guests, after the ceremonial opening held with the presence of Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amarathunga, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jean-Marin Schuh and other dignitaries.

Situated in the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, renowned for its tranquil atmosphere and magnificent beaches, ‘Ayurvie Weligama’ overlooks the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by beautiful mangroves and marsh land with a breathtaking view of the famous Jungle beach of Weligama Bay. The brainchild of Chandra Wickramasinghe, a veteran in the Sri Lankan leisure industry, Ayurvie is a Rs. 600 million investment which focuses on providing authentic experiences, to those seeking to explore, the best kept secrets of the ancient South Asian healing system of Ayurveda combined with yoga which asserts the delicate balance of the mind, body and spirit for wellness and good health.

This luxury boutique resort which offers guests specialised Ayurveda and Yoga retreats is designed to accentuate the indigenous Sri Lankan culture as inspired by the traditional and eco-friendly architectural style of Sri Lanka. With each room facing the Indian Ocean and the surrounding natural greenery of the resort, guests are to be transcended into an atmosphere of complete relaxation and serendipity. The spacious interior of the resort is designed according to ancient Ayurvedic concepts, focusing on physical vital factors known as dosa, dhatna mala systems and energy channels known as Prana and Chakra systems. Some of the resort’s unique attractions include its spacious spa, individual therapy rooms for its visitors and the specially designed areas known as Anitya; for relaxation, yoga and Buddhist meditation.

All Ayurvedic programs at Ayurvie Weligama would be carried out according to well-established Ayurveda practices of South Asia dating back more than 3000 years, under the supervision and consultation of well renowned and qualified professionals in Ayurvedic and Complementary Medicine. Colour and Music Therapy would be a vital part of the wellness treatment offered at the resort and each visitor would be individually advised on their nutrition according to the observations made by an in-house doctor. Sunrise and sunset yoga will be practiced daily with the professional in-house yoga instructor and visitors will have the unique opportunity of taking part in traditional dancing lessons within the resort premises.

While promoting the wellness and the good health of visitors, the Resort also focuses on eco friendly and sustainable practices in its daily operations. Ayurvie is specially designed to produce its own electricity with solar panels, generating up to 85KV monthly. The resort also maintains an organic vegetable garden to fulfil a portion of its daily vegetable requirement. As the resorts CSR initiative, the resort will be donating $ 1 from each room night sold to “Reconstruire et Vivre” R.e.V (Rebuild & Live), a non-profit association managed by the Director Board of the resort which conducts preschools and computer centres for the needy children of the area.

Ayurvie Weligama would be one of the very few luxury hotels which specialises in Ayurveda/Yoga in Sri Lanka. The resort offers guests a unique opportunity to experience a part of the ancient, South Asian heritage well preserved in Sri Lanka while exploring the secrets of Ayurveda, as they rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit.

Ayurvie Weligama will be the first Ayurvedha and Yoga Resort to join the Theme Resorts & Spas portfolio. The group already takes pride in its collection of Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa Passikudah, Aliya Resort & Spa Sigiriya, Mountbatten Bungalow Kandy, Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow Nuwara Eliya and Kithala Resort Tissamaharama.

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Heritance Tea Factory will be closed from the 24th of September to 5th December, 2018 for improvements to the property

Aitken Spence Hotels are constantly striving to ensure that their guests have a delightful experience when staying at their hotels and resorts across the globe. As a hotel chain that takes pride in their culture of hospitality and service, they take note of all feedback shared by guests with regards to the products and services, so as to ensure excellence at every turn.

 Taking into consideration sentiments shared with regards to Heritance Tea Factory, their unique property in the hills, the Management has made a decision to spruce up key areas of the hotel later this year.

 Due to the planned improvements to their property, Heritance Tea Factory will be closed from the 24th of September to 5th December, 2018.

 They are striving to ensure that their hotel is an even more inviting place for their guests, and appreciate very much, your understanding throughout this period.


Shangri-La serviced apartments, ideal for business travellers

Consider this. The skyline in Colombo is changing so fast that very soon tourists who visited the capital a few years back and arriving in 2020 will find it almost un- recognisable. The Colombo Port or Finance City is another kettle of fish, an unopened package, as someone called it.

Living room of the 2-bedroom apartmentWhile current room capacity in Colombo (3-5 stars) is 5,367, another 4,135 rooms will be added to the hardware in 2021 ( mainly 4- 5 stars), according to official data. Additionally Altair, Cinnamon Life, Galle Face One (Shangri-La managed), ITC Colombo and Abans Colombo City Centre will provide space for new malls, shopping arcades, entertainment centres, hotel rooms, cinemas and apartments.

In the ‘open’ package of options comes the Shangri-La hotel which offers both hotel rooms and 1- 2 bedroom serviced apartments, probably a first in the city. In front of the picturesque Galle Face, the property has 500 guest rooms and41 apartments. During a recent, exclusive tour of the complex including a one- night, fully hosted stay in a 2-bedroom apartment, it was revealed that the hotel has over 3,500 sq metres of events space including two ballrooms, several function rooms and a private outdoor lawn with ambitions of becoming the region’s MICE hotspot, rivalled only by Singapore and Bangkok. There are several boardrooms for business events and breakout sessions. The Chi Spa on the fourth floor is a great place to unwind with a massage with a standout feature – a simple hot towel being laid under the neck to soothe the neck muscles!

Catch sunset at the Horizon lounge on the 32nd floor exclusively for Horizon Club members where you feel the strong sea breeze as you watch rows of traffic, old colonial buildings of a forgotten British and Dutch era and listen to the occasional toot of a train or ships blowing their horns from the nearby Colombo harbour.

The serviced apartments, I found, are great for both shortterm and long-term stays and ideal for business travellers or convention traffic. The décor and plush interiors with contemporary light wood, lush carpeting and rich marble blend to create exquisite spaces that are both lavish and cosy.

You can order your choice of food and drink delivered to the apartment from any of the six restaurants and bars, not only from room service. The apartment is equipped with a cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, cutlery, bread toaster, rice cooker, large frying pan, microwave, etc. Each apartment has a 49-inch LED screen TVs with cable channels and cordless telephones across all areas.

The 2- bedroom apartment has a spacious living room, a fully equipped kitchen, signature Shangri- La Beds, an en- suite bathroom, complimentary Wi- Fi and premium Shangri- La amenities. There are loads of storage space with built- in wardrobes and drawers and additionally a small, completely bare room –probably for extra storage to keep those bags during long stays! Offered the choice of having dinner in one of the restaurants or a cosy, 4- course meal in the comfort of the apartment, I opt for the home dining option. The course meal: Sauteed Prawns for starters; Asparagus Bisque for the soup; Pan Seared Barramundi for the main course, ending with Classic Baked Cheesecake. Staff is warm, engaging and ready to accommodate every need.

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Waters Edge unveils ‘Diyatha Station’ restaurants

Colombo’s fastest growing culinary and entertainment hub Waters Edge recently opened doors to the latest addition to its culinary prowess in a novel way.

The Station’ is Sri Lanka’s first series of based inside a train and its carriages. The concept was initiated under the patronage of Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Waters Edge Chairman Chamath de Silva, and Waters Edge General Manager Rohan Fernandopulle.

“A combination project of multiple restaurants, sporting facilities and an entertainment hub, the Station will no doubt draw multitudes to Waters Edge. As a hospitality giant in the industry, our aim is to innovate and execute novel ideas for both locals and tourists to enjoy. This project is one more stepping stone to achieve this goal,” said Waters Edge Chairman Chamath de Silva.

The train running along a rail track consisting of several carriages has been converted into kitchens and passenger compartments revamped into restaurants serving up hawkerstreet style food. The platform beside the railway track will be used as part of the restaurants creating a typical train station atmosphere with the hustle and bustle that is commonplace of a Sri Lankan railway station. Ensuring that the restaurant is accessible to all, food will be affordably priced and made fresh daily. The seating capacity of the restaurants combined will be 200 with the option of indoor and outdoor seating.

Another unique feature will be that guests have to use a ferry to get to the restaurants. The entire experience itself will be one-of-a-kind as guests will need to arrive at the Jetty, take the ferry across the picturesque waterworks while enjoying the cool breeze and the scenery surrounding the area, before entering Sri Lanka’s only restaurant inside a train.

Station’ will be a part of the iconic ‘Fantasy Island’ theme park that is also being built at Waters Edge. The theme park will feature the ‘Colombo Eye’ Ferris Wheel for which the agreement was signed recently, a water park, bungee jumping and many more land and water based activities.

A sports themed bar will also be a part of the food court where people can walk in and enjoy the latest games on giant screens while sipping their favourite brew. A teen corner with a gaming arcade, pool tables and game board will also ensure entertainment for the entire family.


The Ibis – Wilpattu partners with Asian Tree of the Year

Situated on two-and-a-half acres of land by the Wilpattu Sanctuary, The Ibis hotel provides a serene escape for those wanting to experience Sri Lanka. Wanting to show each visitor the beautiful nature surrounding their villa, the once family home was converted into a tranquil escape for their guests to experience the nature and wildlife outside their room.

Just a few kilometers from the hotel, visitors will encounter the wonder that is the Wilpattu National Park. Termed the ‘Land of Lakes,’ Wilpattu is host to natural lakes and to a plethora of flora and fauna, including over 31 species of mammals ranging from the sloth bear to the Sri Lankan Leopard.

In an extension of the founders’ passion for nature and the environment, The Ibis – Wilpattu has teamed up with the Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) — Sri Lanka’s most passionate corporate environmental advocacy — as a hospitality sponsor for this year’s Asian Tree of the Year Contest (ATOY).

A lucky winner of the Sri Lankan Tree of the Year as well as the Asian contest itself will enjoy a one-night stay for two, including a jeep safari into the National Park and evening trekking excursion for bird watching.

CCC CEO Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne commented on their partnership with The Ibis hotel by stating: “The commitment and generosity we have received this year from our sponsors has been tremendous in being able to make this contest a reality. Together with The Ibis hotel, the contest winner will experience firsthand the beauty that is our biodiversity in the hopes they better understand the importance of preserving it for future generations.” The Ibis – Wilpattu Co-founder and Managing Director Shervonne Perera stated: “We recognised the marvels of mother nature when we initiated the construction of the hotel. This competition is an excellent platform to heighten awareness as to the plight this planet, our home, is facing. In partnering with CCC, we hope to bring attention to this situation and generate a dialog on the environment.

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First FDI tourism project in SL’S east coast launched

Pura Resorts Canada with Ideal Developments Canada this week announced the very first foreign direct investment (FDI) tourism project in Sri Lanka’s east coast, Pura Luxury Villas Resorts.

It will feature incredibly luxurious chalets and villas on the east coast of the island along the pristine shores of Nilaveli beach, Trincomalee.

Ideal Developments, a Torontobased firm, founded and led by Sri Lankan businessman Shaji Nada, is a multi-faceted company that develops residential and commercial real estate, which boasts an impressive portfolio of upscale custom luxury homes.

Taking advantage of the boom in the tourism industry as well as the change in the political and economic landscape in the north, Pure Resorts Inc. Managing Director/ideal Group Cooperate Affairs Director Sri Nithya Omkarananda said that it was the right time to enter the market after two years of setting their eyes on Nilaveli.

This US $ 50 million project will be constructed on a 26-acre plot of land right on the beachfront, which will consist of 50 resort chalets and 62 luxury island homes, which will only be available for sale.

“Our entire concept is built around having five-star resorts and vacation resorts in destinations that have untouched beauty – raw virgin surrounds – basically offering nature, paradise and luxury,” Omkarananda commented.

The ideas behind the architecture of this project is to blur the line between indoor and outdoor space, which will consist of creative conceptual designs of expansive gardens, lush greenery and modernized but simple living space with light filled interior.

Taking into consideration of its surroundings and nature, over 80 percent of the area’s trees and plants are to be retained and intact to create a complimenting jungle milieu and coastal canvas to the contemporary, seamless architecture done by renowned architect, Philip Weeraratna.

The property will consist of large open spaces, an infinity pool, different restaurants along with the villas private pools, running tracks and ample parking.

The importance of FDIS to Sri Lanka can’t be overstated as they bring about reductions in the budget deficit, add to economic growth and improves the country’s balance of payments. This project is expected to create 300 jobs and will commence construction in April. It is estimated to take two years and therefore will be completed by April 2020. Ranging upwards from Rs.105 million for its villas, this project is expected to create over 300 jobs. While it targets high-end travellers, the villas that are to be sold locally is expected to be around 15 percent while the rest of its lavish island homes are actually focused on expats.

The goal is to provide the investor with a second home. Why investor? Omkarananda explained that the properties are included into the resort rental pool when unoccupied by the owner, generating revenue. Henceforth, you don’t just own a fullyfurnished extravagant beach house but when you’re away, you’re earning an estimate 6-8 percent return on investment as they rent it out.

“We’re not looking at other hotels in Sri Lanka as our competitors, we’re looking at Thailand, the Maldives and Indonesia,” Omkarananda said. Nilaveli will be one of the three project locations that Ideal Developments and Pura Resorts are getting into.

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Asia’s favourite restaurant Mainland China opens in Colombo

South Asia’s leading Pan Asian restaurant chain Mainland China, opened in Colombo recently. With 42 restaurants in 16 cities across India, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Qatar, Mainland China is renowned for its authentic and exclusive Pan Asian delights, dished out by some of the finest chefs from all over China and South East Asia. Sri Lanka is the latest addition to Mainland China’s menu of destinations, whilst the company is also opening outlets in the United States, Dubai and London in the near future.

Mainland China is the flagship brand of Speciality Restaurants Ltd. and their venture into Sri Lanka is in partnership with Cusino Ltd. who will promote the brand throughout the country. Speciality Restaurants is an Indian-based, Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange listed award-winning international restaurant group with 123 outlets that specialise in variety of cuisines.

Regionalism is an understanding of China’s many culinary traditions and this stylish Chinese eatery is all about buzz and style as the only fine dining Chinese restaurant franchise in Colombo, with extravagant interiors, great menu, an easily accessible location on Flower Road, specialist chefs and the accolade of being the only restaurant to offer authentic dim sum made in -house with fresh ingredients.

Speciality Restaurants Founder and Managing Director Anjan Chatterjee said, “We are delighted to venture into Sri Lanka to add further flavour and value to its changing landscape. Colombo is fast becoming an international city offering great promise and atmosphere. We are proud to become a partner of this transition, and extend the footprint of our flagship brand to Sri Lankan diners.”

Cusino Ltd. Director Fazal Noordeen said, “Mainland China will further enhance Sri Lanka’s fine-dining experience, and present a range of unique, truly-authentic flavours from the farthest regions of China. It brings us immense pleasure to partner with Speciality Restaurants in its venture into Sri Lanka, and we look forward to working hand-in-hand to transform epicureanism and food-culture in the country.”

The culinary landscape in Colombo continues to grow and with it high consumer standards. From handpicking the freshest ingredients to making each guest feel special on every single occasion to cuisine that is evocative, inventive and authentic Mainland China sets the bar for fine dining and delivers.

Experience a unique Pan Asian dining experience with inspired dishes in the heart of Colombo with Mainland China, open for lunch from 12 noon till 3 p.m. and for dinner from 7 p.m. till 11 p.m.

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