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  • Hear your soul whisper at The River House
image_1489638144-82b5c38223A chic minimalist affair, The River House is a five-suite property situated by the serene banks of the Madu River and tucked away amidst lush greenery. “Soulful intimacy, luxuriant suites, intimate dining and amazing service are the hallmarks of the offerings of The River House,” said Asia Leisure CEO Reyhan Morris. Asia Leisure’s vision is to provide one-of-a-kind hotel experiences across a variety of locations with focus on unique concepts, catering to a diversity of interests and tastes of the luxury traveller. “The River House has been recognised as one of the Most Special Escapes in the World by the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel Awards, as well as named one of the Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations in the World by The Knot, the largest source for wedding information,” he added.
The elegance of a bygone era – high vaulted ceilings, wrap around verandahs, exotic bedspreads and antique furniture and sculpture – artfully blend with elegant contemporary comforts in River House’s five suites. Named after rivers in Sri Lanka, each suite is both a villa and sanctuary in its own right.
Vibrant colours of the earth come together to create a warm, cosy feel in Kirinda and Kala whilst offering absolute solitude with not a soul in sight but the nil manel blossoming in your private pond. Gin and Walawe both offer an open air jacuzzi for two with a waterfall and a private garden overlooking the river. Meanwhile, quiet grandeur and gorgeous views of the Madu River come together in the immense suite that is Manik, home to one of CNN Travel’s 21 Sexiest Plunge Pools for Skinny Dipping in the World.
River House offers an assortment of intimate dining options be it a champagne breakfast by the river bank, a picnic lunch under a kumbuk tree, or a candle lit dinner in the seclusion of your suite. Its seven acres of tropical garden teems with wildlife whilst the magnificent pool is surrounded by cashew and nuga trees with purple-faced langurs swinging on the branches. And Asia Leisure’s proprietary amoda spa is the perfect start to any holiday, using ayurveda rituals and luxurious products to massage your stresses away, the ideal start off to a romantic getaway.
River House has its own private boathouse and offers boat trips down the Madu River promising sightings of water monitors, kingfishers, eagles and monkeys amongst the 64 islets and verdant surroundings. Guests are also offered the option of kayaking on the river if they prefer to explore on their own. Lunuganga – the architectural marvel that world renowned Geoffrey Bawa designed and called home – as well as Brief Gardens – the former home of his brother Bevis Bawa – are also nearby and trips can be arranged by the hotel. The River House, Balapitiya is the intimately romantic offering by Asia Leisure, the leisure subsidiary of Asia Capital PLC.
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Home Works Group to launch eco-friendly Gedara Kataragama

Home Works Group of Companies, involved in construction, security and turnkey projects has diversified into the leisure industry and hopes to invest over Rs. 200 million on three projects.

The company has also formed Home Works Leisure Pvt Ltd.

Chairman/Managing Director Dr. Gladwin Anthony Denzil Ludewyke said that their first hotel project would be Gedara Kataragama, an eco-friendly hotel targeting the corporate sector. Gedara Katargama includes eight chalets with all luxuries and five-star star amenities including an open kitchen, modern swimming pool with a jacuzzi and water fountain, tree house, boat deck and many other facilities and features.

“This project now in final stage, was designed, engineered and built by Home Works Pvt Ltd under my purview and will be the lead for new concepts and designs in the architectural field in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“Our main target is will be pilgrims visiting the Katargama Devalaya and Kiriwehera and guests would be able to take a complete villa or even the entire hotel. We have marketed this hotel to leading companies and they have already made bookings in advance.”

He said he will also introduce a spa and several transport options for both safaris to Yala and to visit Kiriwehera and other religious places in Kataragama.

He said his next project would be Gedara Akurala where he will build a 10-room luxury hotel complex targeting upmarket clients. He said that all these projects are built by his construction company, thus saving time and money and also ensuring a high quality finished project. He is also the Director Foreign Affairs of the Human Rights Organization of Sri Lanka and has been presented by the honorary title ‘Kirthi Sri SriLankabimani Janaranjana Deshabandu Viyapara Vibooshana’.

He was nominated as JP (all Island). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and was also presented by an Honorary Doctorate by Brampton International University for his outstanding achievements. He was honored by the award-winning artist and Guinness World record holder S.P. Balasubramayam for the coordination done during the latter’s 50-year World Tour Concert which was held on November 12, 2016, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He works as an Advisor and Consultant for the Iraqi Embassy in Colombo and is also a business conceptualist and food and beverages consultant.

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Jetwing to add 3 hotels to portfolio this year with Rs.850mn investment

Jetwing, is adding three new hotels to its portfolio later this year with Rs.850 million in investments, with the properties located at extreme ends of the island from the capital Colombo.

“(There) will be another in Jaffna, named North Gate by Jetwing which will have 44 rooms and located just outside the Jaffna railway station. The North Gate hotel, which will open this November

According to Welangoda, a Jetwing owned property in Pottuvil with 20 beach cabanas, close to the popular surfing sport Arugam Bay, is also being constructed at a cost of Rs.500 million, named Jetwing Surf. The property, being designed by John Balmond, with five-star standards, is set to open its doors this October.

The third property in Unawatuna, coming under Jetwing’s select service accommodation brand Hotel J, is being constructed at an investment of Rs.350 million. The 36-room property will include six dorm rooms as well. The property will have a three-star standard and will open this October

Tourist arrivals growth to Sri Lanka however has been slowing down considerably over the past several years and the government is hoping to kick off a massive global promotional campaign soon to redress this.


New boutique hotel Camellia Hills joins The Sri Lanka Collection

01The Sri Lanka Collection announced yesterday that Camellia Hills near Dickoya, a newly-built five-bedroom boutique hotel in Sri Lanka’s emerald tea country will be a part of it. This high-end boutique hotel in Sri Lanka is managed by Teardrop Hotels and is a sister property to award-winning hotels The Wallawwa and Fort Bazaar and recently launched Kumu Beach.

Camellia Hills is located near Dickoya and Hatton in the south western hill country, high up on the side of a verdant valley overlooking Castlereagh Reservoir and surrounded by emerald green tea estates, the hotel’s ample gardens, living and dining areas and five individually designed guest rooms all offering stunning panoramas. This is a contemporary interpretation of a tea bungalow-style hotel, offering a high-end personalised butler service, exceptional food and all-inclusive rates (includes three meals, snacks, high tea and drinks).

“We are delighted that Teardrop’s new tea country hotel Camellia Hills is joining The Sri Lanka Collection and we very much look forward to introducing our tour operator partners to this outstanding new boutique property over the coming months,” commented The Sri Lanka Collection Director Eleanor Milner.

Guests can take their pick from a number of experiences at the hotel including picturesque guided tea estate walks, village and tea factory visits and nature trails. Leopards live in the surroundings and guests can visit a leopard research station to learn more about these elusive cats and see the photographs generated by their camera traps.Camellia Hills is located 10 km from Hatton, above the picturesque Castlereagh Reservoir in the south western hills. Air Taxis land on the reservoir. Colombo is a 4.5-hour (131 km) drive away and the Bandaranaike International Airport is 121-kilometres away. Nuwara Eliya is a two-hour drive away and it is possible to visit it on a day trip while Adam’s Peak, the island’s most sacred mountain and pilgrimage spot, is an hour’s drive away (and easy to visit from the hotel).

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Sri Lanka’s first Marriott Resort and Spa opens at Weligama Bay

IN-2Sri Lanka’s latest five star Marriott Resort and Spa has opened for guests in Weligama Bay.

The 198-bedroom resort, with a gross built up area of 350,000 square feet, is built by Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd., a subsidiary of East West Properties Plc controlled by business tycoon Nahil Wijesuriya.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International’s flagship brand of full-service hotels and resorts. It has 19 hotel brands across 78 countries and over 4,000 destinations. The brands include the Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott, BULGARI, Le Meridien, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points and Renaissance.

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Lanka’s first all-suite hotel to come up in Panadura

White Heaven Hotel Panadura along with a Chinese partner would build Sri Lanka’s first all-suite 100 room hotel in Panadura. Managing Director, White Heaven Hotel, Sunil Silva told ‘Daily News Business’ that he has already acquired a one and a half acre land bordering the sea and river in Panadura for this project. “We will start construction by next February and the project would be completed in 18 months,”he said.

The Chinese investor from Beijing is already involved in the real estate and construction business for the past 19 years in China having built and managed over 12 sky scrapers.

“This is the first time the company is venturing overseas,”he said. Silva was also a partner and an investor with China’s J. J. Construction for Sri Lanka’s first purpose built Chinese five star hotel, Jie Jie Beach which opened in Panadura early this year. The project is a US$ 30 million investment and hotel is now managed by the Jetwing Group.

Silva said that they invest around Rs 800 million for this project which would be a BOI approved venture.

“The unique feature of this hotel too would be that modern building techniques by Chinese construction team were used to build the hotel. This the reason we would be able to complete the project in eighteen months.

As we are using engineer’s architects and several workers from China construction cost too would be reduced by nearly 25%.” He also said that in this hotel too they will have 90% power generated from solar and it would be given to a local or foreign hotel operator to manage once it’s being constructed.

“We will have 100 rooms with each room having their own Jacqui, kitchen and many other facilities.”

He said that they are leaving almost nine months in advance until March to obtain all necessary approvals which was the main delay for their first JV project, Jie Jie Beach.

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New boutique hotel Kumu Beach joins The Sri Lanka Collection

The Sri Lanka Collection has announced the addition of a new Collection member, Kumu Beach in west coast Balapitiya.

This newly completed high-end boutique hotel by Teardrop Hotels opens in August and will be a sister property to award-winning hotels The Wallawwa and Fort Bazaar. With the inclusion of Kumu Beach, The Sri Lanka Collection – a UK-based representation and marketing company – now represents 13 boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.

Kumu Beach in Balapitiya is a newly built stylish 10-bedroom boutique hotel set in a spacious garden with 23-metre swimming pool bordering the beach. There are three room categories; Ocean View Suites (4), Ocean View Bedrooms (4) and Kumu Bedrooms (2); all are light, spacious and contemporary in layout, and some open onto either private balconies or garden terraces. The hotel is broadly symmetrical and features a pair of elegantly appointed lounges, a long dining terrace, an indoor bar for wining and dining and a long timber sunbathing deck.


“As with our other Teardrop Hotels, we’re delighted that Kumu Beach has been accepted into The Sri Lanka Collection and look forward to working with Eleanor and Emma in developing Teardrop’s offering for our travel industry partners and guests,” commented Teardrop Hotels Managing Director Henry Fitch.

The hotel has been finished to a very high standard and perfectly complements The Sri Lanka Collection’s existing portfolio of private, luxurious hotels. The elongated layout of Kumu Beach, with its long oceanfront, makes the most of the sea views. The modernist architecture is complemented by contemporary interiors by Sri Lankan interior designer, Annika Fernando. Vibrantly coloured cushions by noted Sri Lankan batik artist Sonali Dhamawardena and eye catching works of contemporary local art lift the neutral colour schemes of the rooms.


Sculptures by locally-lauded artist Prageeth Manohansa also play a part in the exquisite decor of the hotel.

Guests will be looked after by a team of experienced butlers and dine on a standout menu of international cuisine that champions seafood and local produce. The beach is a nesting ground for marine turtles, and nearby Ambalangoda the centre for southern crafts such as mask making. Other local experiences include river cruises up the Madu Ganga, water sports in Bentota and touring the glorious country estates of famously talented brothers, Geoffrey and Bevis Bawa.

Location information

Kumu Beach overlooks pretty Balapitiya Beach on Sri Lanka’s west coast. The nearest railway station is in Balapitiya, and the closest Air Taxi landing spot is in Bentota, 18 kilometres distant. Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is a 2.5-hour drive and the international airport is 130-kilometres away. Hikkaduwa, a surfing and snorkelling hotspot, is 16km away from the hotel and the World Heritage Fort of Galle is 35km distant, making both destinations easy day trips, by car or train.


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