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Wattura Resort & Spa set to open in Sri Lanka

Wattura Resort & Spa set to open in Sri Lanka
Wattura Resort & Spa will open next month as the first wellness and family boutique resort in Sri Lanka. Located just under a 30-minute drive from the International Airport in Negombo, Wattura comprises 27 villas and suites located on a pristine swathe of sand, between Waikkal Beach and the Gin Oya Estuary.  Wattura means water in Sinhalese and the resort has been conceived as a tribute to Sri Lankan culture and its strong associations with water – celebrating life, abundance and health.

Privacy is core to the guest experience and accommodation choices include the Deluxe Suite, Gin Oya Suite, Wattura Villa or the avant-garde Wattura Residence.

The resort’s ethos revolves around bespoke experiences – with personal butlers on hand to curate private dinners in secluded bays to carefully curated whale watching expeditions.

A resort for all ages, children will be pampered and entertained by professionally certified staff at the Wattura Kids area – an expansive space spanning 7,200 sq. ft including an indoor retro arcade game experience, pool and foosball tables, toddler lounge, mini theatre and a water playground.

Meanwhile adults will have plenty of time to switch off and relax in pristine coastal surroundings and indulge in the impressive Wattura Spa, which forms the heart and soul of the resort.

The spacious and secluded Wattura Kids area is located adjacent to the lobby and designed to ensure kids are constantly engaged with a wide range of activities.

Wattura Kids also boasts a secure toddler lounge along with an expansive teenage zone equipped with XBOX, Play station and its own kids café.

A modern indoor loft offers a bird’s eye view of this sprawling kid’s zone.

The impressive Wattura Spa, is located in the heart of the property, spanning an area of 3000 sq. ft featuring three treatment rooms, herbal baths and relaxation rooms surrounded by a private lotus pool.

The spa has been designed to provide guests with a layered wellness experience starting the journey with a foot bath and exfoliating treatments to a private relaxation area featuring an aqua therapy waterfall, fish ponds, steam room, day beds placed within typical Sri Lankan gardens and multi temperature aqua pools for relaxation.

An extensive treatment plan has been cultivated harnessing local ingredients – including river mud, blue lotus and Ayurvedic spices to create natural body scrubs, healing treatments to nourish the body.

The retreat is also home to a fully equipped fitness centre with all modern facilities for the more physique conscious individuals.

The outdoor pool is an iconic resemblance of the Twin Ponds concept from medieval Anuradhapura. A cascading waterfall towering approximately 20 foot in height plunges into the Spa and one end of the pool.

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Tamba Villas says good things are going fast

In 1824 a tea plant was smuggled to Ceylon by the British from China. 43 years, later in 1867, a British planter called James Taylor started the first tea plantation. This marked the beginning of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea, it employs over one million people and is one of the country’s main sources of foreign exchange.

In recognition of this history, Tamba Villas named all 37 of their villas after Tea Estates. Ferndale, Chalcot, Westward, Dorset, Beverly, Marlby, Norwood and Seafield – the names are all deeply evocative, with each conjuring up a place and time in Sri Lanka’s recent past.

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.

Tamba Villas envisages a style of life which is at once both tropical and modern, Asian and Western. Waterways drift through the property. Dwelling on rippling pools and ponds, courtyards and terraces overlook vibrant, living gardens. The environment is a riot of sound and colour, evoking the lush gardens of Sri Lanka’s tea estates.

Tamba is made up of villas. They occupy two levels, the Garden and the Gallery: There are also stand-alone villas called cottages. In tune with the environment, the living spaces are open and spacious. Balconies and verandahs adorn the rooms, gazing out on flowering plants, shrubs and spreading lawns.

The buildings speak for themselves. Visual beauty is combined with the comfort and technology of modern life. Every villa has been designed to the very last detail with the greatest care. Each one has its own pool and is surrounded by its own private garden. Equipped to the highest international standards, the interiors cater to all the demands of contemporary living.

The American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, ‘Jim’ Rohn once observed: “Whatever good things we build end up building us.” [Emanuel James Rohn 1930 – 2009]

It is a philosophy which appealed to the builders of Tamba. It is also appears to be appealing to its buyers. At Tamba Villas Sri Lanka’s tea estates are selling out! In short the ‘The Good things are going fast’. “At Ferndale, the Garden apartment has just been sold. So has the Gallery at Beverly. At Westward, both the Garden and the Gallery apartments have gone, while Chalcot Villa has also been sold. So has Dorset,” said an elated Eduard Hempel, Director and Co-Project Principal for Tamba Villas. “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.

As there are a mere collection of 37 homes, all of 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, Tamba Villas are not going to be left long on the property market. “The fact that foreigners can now own their Free-hold, which opens up the doors globally is fantastic news for investors and developers alike and will definitely be a boost for Sri Lanka’s economy.

Hempel and Trevor Morgan Director and Co-Project Principal for Tamba Villas, 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.

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.

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Intercontinental to return to manage tallest five-star hotel in Colombo

  • 180 metre high Pearl Grand Tower Hotel completes concrete structure work by China State Construction Engineering Corporation

World famous hospitality brand Intercontinental is set to return to Sri Lanka mid next year to manage what is billed as the country’s tallest five star “Pearl Grand Tower Hotel.”

Intercontinental Group of Hotels (IHG) has about 800,000 guest rooms and 5,000 hotels across nearly 100 countries.

Pearl Grand Tower Hotel will be spread across 480,000 sq. ft. The structure rises up to 180m high, including 2 basement floors. The project is developed targeting the tourism industry of the capital of Sri Lanka. It is being facilitated with guest rooms, a banquet hall, swimming pool, restaurants, a bar and 360 degree viewing deck at the top as a highlight of the tower.

Pearl Grand Tower Hotel Ltd. Chairman A.L. Mohamed Faris said the concrete structure work of the project has been completed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd South Asia Branch/CCTEB.

“Pearl Grand Tower Hotel project is the tallest five-star hotel in Sri Lanka, and the location of the tower strengthens the project by providing a grand view around the city of Colombo as well as a marine view and transportation access as an added advantage. It’s a great honour to join hands with the world’s largest construction contractor and establish partnership. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the project construction team headed by the project director Wu Jie for their hardworking and great devotion to the project,” he added.

He said in January 2017, Wu Jie took the responsibility of the project construction works and  immediately reorganised & revised the project construction methods, which brought about fast reversion of the difficult conditions at the initial construction stage. Various kinds of resources have been organised, and construction works were arranged day and night. The project construction team introduced new construction methods to expedite the construction works, which contributed to the advance completion of the concrete structural works of the project.

“I am confident that this team will keep up pioneer spirits and high morale in the future construction of the project, and complete the balance works with quality ensured for perfect performance. In the meantime, I sincerely wish that CSCEC will achieve greater success in Sri Lanka and make further contributions to the construction of the ‘Belt and Road’,” Faris added.

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Aitken Spence Hotels win big at South Asia Travel Awards 2018

Aitken Spence Hotels Assistant Vice President Arun Raj accepting an award at the SATA 2018 ceremony
Aitken Spence Hotels Assistant Vice President Arun Raj accepting an award at the SATA 2018 ceremony

Aitken Spence Hotels secured several awards at the recently held South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 in Mumbai, India.

Launched in 2016, the prestigious awards for travel and tourism stakeholders in the region has affiliations from regional associations. The awards were held for the third consecutive year recently at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace. With over 500 entries from Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan under 36 categories, the recognitions thus received further reiterates Aitken Spence’s lead in the region, as an innovative hospitality provider.

Among the wins are three Heritance properties from Sri Lanka with Heritance Kandalama winning both Sri Lankan and South Asia awards for Leading Eco Hotel/Resort; and Heritance Negombo and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara securing destination-specific awards as Leading Beach Hotel/Resort and Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort respectively. Group’s Indian property, Turyaa Chennai won Leading Design Hotel in South India. Adaaran Resorts, under which Aitken Spence currently manage properties in Maldives was accoladed as the Most Marketed Hotel Chain in South Asia. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, won the Leading Dive Resort title for both Maldives and South Asia, while Adaaran Prestige Vadoo secured Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Maldives title.

Aitken Spence Plc Director and Head of Tourism and Leisure and Aitken Spence Hotels Management (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Stasshani Jayawardena said; “As a hospitality chain that promotes the local culture and heritage whilst contributing to the growth and development of the regional tourism industry, these awards further reinforces our role as a leader in the field.”

“Ever since we began our journey in the hospitality sector we have pioneered change, challenged the status quo and innovated our way forward. No matter where we are located, we have worked hard to offer our guests an experiential holiday that celebrates the locality. We are focused on where we want to be, and this has made our journey a successful one thus far; and we will strive to be better,” she said.

Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 star-classed properties, with 11 owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, four in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India.

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Goldi Sands Negombo to expand with Rs 700 mn

Impression of the new wing of Goldi Sands hotel

Goldi Sands Negombo, one of the oldest hotels to be opened in Negombo will invest Rs 700 million to add an extension to Goldi Sands Hotel Negombo.

The construction of the extension has already begun and would be ready by 2019 August. Under this project 65 rooms with 5 Suites would be added increasing the keys of the Goldi Sands Hotel to 132. The new wing will include a new swimming pool, restaurant, a pool bar and a gymnasium, said Ninesh Suriyasena, Director Operations.

He said that with this extension Goldi Sands would become the second biggest hotel in the region after opening the new wing,” he added.

The main hotel Goldi Sands also went through a major refurbishment and was opened in 2015. Hotel’s Managing Director Eric Suriyasena said that they invested over Rs. 250 million for the project and the hotel was closed for six months for this operation.

The Goidi Sands hotel now offers two suites, four cabanas, eight economy rooms and 57 standard rooms. The hotel pool too was redone and the large garden was also re-laid to meet the modern day demands. A Balinese spa too has been introduced. The kitchen and the large restaurant too were up graded along with the main restaurant which could accommodate 200 guests.

General Manager, Lal Dissanayake said that the hotel’s new wing was extensively promoted at the WTM among the foreign travel agents. “We currently maintain around 80% occupancy year on year and during ht season hotel is full. This is the reason the management decided build a new wing.”

“We also have about 20% of repeater clients and this is mainly due to our high standards of service,” said Front Office Manger, Rukmal Wanigadewa.

Luxury boutique hotel Ayana Sea celebrates official launch

Set against the breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by lush coconut palms, Ayana Sea resort, Wadduwa’s newest luxury boutique villa recently celebrated its official unveiling amongst guests, well-wishers and friends in the media.

Only an hour’s drive away from Colombo, Ayana Sea is the epitome of relaxation, offering 5-star luxury accommodation and customised experiences for each guest, including modern luxuries such as private plunge pools and sun shower bathtubs. The villa caters to guests’ every need, from delectable cuisine whipped up by experienced chefs to the perfect ambience recreating the intimacy and comfort of home, all amidst the backdrop of a stunning location.

“We’ve brought together all the essentials of a perfect holiday with added luxuries. We believe that the perfect holiday is where you feel at home and our goal was to recreate this feeling. Ayana Sea is a secluded, laidback paradise where you can relax in peace and indulge in a space that is a home away from home,” said Ayana Sea Founder Sheromi Samaradiwakara.

Its stunning oceanfront location and calm, clean aesthetic makes Ayana Sea the perfect venue for small intimate weddings, honeymoons, family gatherings and special events. Ayana Sea delivers a truly perfect, private holiday where you feel at home with the comforts of delicious cuisine, luxurious accommodation and spectacular location.

The luxury boutique hotel consists of 16 beautiful villa-style rooms on the beachfront with private plunge pools, sun shower bathtubs, a bar, a spa, a restaurant and a spacious swimming pool overlooking the magnificent turquoise ocean.

Set within two acres, the villa is tucked away from the city and offers unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. Hedged by lush coconut groves and bathed in the glorious shades of the setting sun, Ayana Sea is a retreat from reality and a perfect getaway destination for both couples and families.

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Jetwing Lighthouse will be closed in the months of May and June Next year

In Jetwing quest to offer legendary service standards and unforgettable experiences to their valued guests, they believe that it is of paramount importance to continuously upgrade their services and amenities.

It is therefore with great pleasure they announce the commencement of the renovation project of Jetwing Lighthouse, which includes the 63 rooms and suites designed by Sri Lanka’s seminal architect Geoffrey Bawa. The property will be closed in the months of May and June Next year (2019) and will be ready to accept guests once again in July. Jetwing Lighthouse Club (22 rooms and suites, and Nihal’s Restaurant) and the banquet hall at Jetwing Lighthouse will continue to operate during this period.

They apologize for any inconveniences this can cause and sincerely appreciate your patience and support.