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A cool vacation at Cocoon Resort’s hill country properties

For some folks the holiday season revolves around lots of celebration and for the others, the season is about the holidays that you spend quietly at home. Regardless of whether you celebrate the festivities or not, the holidays offer a great opportunity to unwind and prepare yourself for the coming year.

If you’re looking for a destination to run away to for a few days and unwind, the hill country is a great option as the cold weather will not only put you in the holiday spirit but will also present a perfect location that will allow for you to kick your feet up and cosy up in a warm sweater while enjoying some spectacular sights.

Cocoon Hills and Royal Cocoon are two properties belonging to the chain of Cocoon Resorts in Sri Lanka. Both of these luxury properties are located in the hill country and they capture the true essence of Nuwara Eliya in a scenic and luxurious light. The properties are both located in the midst of luscious green landscapes alongside beautiful water bodies and sights of lofty mountains.

Royal Cocoon is located down Wedderburn Road in Nuwara Eliya and comprises of 7 Luxury bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The property also houses a restaurant which provides all day dining on an a la carte menu as well as set menus and free Wi-Fi connectivity is available throughout the property. Each of the rooms also come equipped with a flat screen TV with satellite channels and the ensuite bathrooms come with a bathtub and bidet, bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer. If you wish to venture out of the comfort of your home then mini golf, darts and the free use of bicycles to explore the city are readily available. Some of the newest additions to the property include their organic vegetable garden and cooking demonstrations that are available for the guests to be a part of. The cooking demonstrations mostly showcase authentic and classic dishes from Sri Lankan cuisine.

Meanwhile, Cocoon Hills is situated on Glen Fall Road in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with picturesque views of valleys, meadows, mountains and waterfalls. Closely resembling the early days of English architecture, the bungalow is built according to Tudor revival designs on a land comprising of a beautifully landscaped lawn and flower beds. The main bungalow of the property consists of a large living room with a dining area and four bedrooms. Adjoining the bungalow is a family suite consisting of two bedrooms, a separate entrance and a cosy living room with a dining area that can seat four people. Cocoon Hills offers a delicious American Breakfast spread and an alacart menu is available for your dining needs throughout the day. The rooms at the property are spacious and equipped with amenities such as double beds, heaters, hot water, telephone connection, internet and well-equipped bathrooms.

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Heritance Ahungalla wins TUI Top Quality 2018

Heritance Ahungalla

The five-star Heritance Ahungalla, part of the premier hospitality chain Aitken Spence Hotels, was lauded with the coveted TUI Top Quality 2018 award from TUI Germany, the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world.

TUI Top Quality is an award reserved for the very best TUI hotels – the absolute favourites as declared by guests. With an excellence rating on the TUI guest survey of at least 8.7 out of 10 possible points, the award is proof that Heritance Ahungalla has clearly convinced guests across the board on product, service and the unparalleled hospitality that is best associated with Aitken Spence Hotels.

TUI Top Quality offers customers and travel agencies an eye-catching assurance when choosing a holiday hotel. Launched in 2015, the award was introduced to highlight hotels for their outstanding efforts to guests and provide customers with objective orientation when choosing their next holiday hotel.

Heritance Ahungalla, designed by legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa is a 152 room property located on 12 acres of beachfront in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. With award winning chefs at the helm, the hotel is well known for its delectable cuisine available at Jute restaurant, Mustard coffee shop and upper room restaurant, whilst also offering a plethora of bespoke dining options to suit the guests’ needs. Catering to a cross section of travellers, the hotel also offers a range of facilities, from a fully equipped gymnasium, two pools – an infinity pool and residents’ pool, a library, business centre and ample sporting activities. Heritance Ahungalla also stringently follows internationally accepted practices of sustainability and is certified with ISO 14001:2004, ISO 22000:2005/HACCP and ISO 50001:2011.

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Turyaa Chennai: Sri Lankan hospitality in the heart of India

Nestled in the busy humdrum of India’s bustling metropolitan, Turyaa Chennai marries the world of business with that of a five-star deluxe classified hospitality and much deserving leisure.

Carrying the inherent warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality and award-winning service standards of the truly Sri Lankan Aitken Spence Hotels chain, Turyaa Chennai caters to the discerning professionals who are constantly on the move, sealing one deal after another, honouring those much important meetings and attending conferences in the city; whilst creating a blesiure market, given the enhanced facilities and experiential packages of the hotel.

Offering special business traveller packages, long stay packages and early bird offers, the hotel is ideal for the local businessmen travelling to Chennai, or for local companies looking to manage or lead their MICE necessities in India.

Located on Chennai’s IT corridor, just 20 minutes away from city’s international airport, Turyaa Chennai is all about enterprise and entertainment right in the heart of the city. The property’s 140 room inventory includes 112 deluxe rooms, 24 junior suites, three premier suites and the outstanding Sundara suite with state-of-the-art facilities for a hassle free and all-encompassing staying experience.

A feast of culinary options are also available to savour exceptional cuisine – from all day dining ‘Svar’ to oriental ‘Dao’, from fusion ‘Samsa’ to spirited ‘Twist lounge Bar’ and all-day snacking ‘Mista Deli and Coffee Shop’. The high culinary standards that Aitken Spence Hotels are known for are well maintained at the Turyaa property as well, and have been widely acknowledged in the Indian market. The rooftop dining restaurant ‘Samsa’ in particular has been a great hit due to the expansive views and the gastronomic excellence offered through its menu.

Enabling business personnel to conduct in-house meetings whether for an intimate crowd or groups, conferences and even gala banquet events for product and media launches, exhibitions, dinner dances and more, the hotel also provides multiple venues for MICE market.

Given the value of time, especially for those on the run, the hotel offers 24-hour concierge services that begin from the point of airport transfer, has a 24-hour reception, 24 hour in-room dining, 24-hour coffee shop and currency exchange services.

Promoting blesiure – the blend between business and leisure – where professionals will book extended stays from their business trips to appreciate and experience the culture of the destination and (or) take a break for some quiet time, Turyaa Chennai boasts of ample amenities catering to this niche; such as an ultra-modern gymnasium, a star-classed spa facility and an infinity pool with views of the city. Due to the hotel’s location, guests staying here could explore the UNESCO world heritage site Mahabalipuram which is just an hour away, or explore the varied IT parks and shopping malls in the area or catch a train at Chennai Central Railway Station.

The hotel also curates bespoke packages depending on choice, for all guests staying at Turyaa Chennai.

The hotel received membership of Preferred Hotels and Resorts that represents more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries – as the newest experience available within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection. All guests of Turyaa Chennai is now eligible to enrol in the iPrefer hotel rewards program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay.

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Aitken Spence Hotels marks 150 years of Ceylon tea

Aitken Spence Hotels marked 150 years of Ceylon tea since it was introduced by James Taylor to replace coffee and as of today it is among the top five export generators for Sri Lanka.

Seen here Chef Martin Yan of ‘Yan Can Cook’ fame speaking to the gathering about his love for Ceylon tea as Director of Aitken Spence PLC and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd Stasshani Jayawardena looks on. Pic By Nisal BadugeThe event was held at the Aitken Spence Head Office down Vauxhall Street and concept for the event was very unique as it had been set up for the guests to experience a rail ride from Fort to Nanuoya, arriving at a beautiful walkway through tea plantations leading to the entrance of Heritance Tea Factory.

Signature brews specially made to be blended with curated tea infused concoctions and delightful sweet and savory nibbles with a twist to truly Sri Lankan flavours were created by Aitken Spence Hotels’ talented and award winning culinary.

It was also an opportunity for the Aitken Spence Group to appreciate and thank its valued stakeholders their constant support given over the years. Director of Aitken Spence PLC and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd Stasshani Jayawardena said that marking 150 years of Ceylon tea is very important for a leading hospitality brand which always focuses on carrying the virtues of Sri Lankan culture.

“While tea is part and parcel of Sri Lanka and its identity in the world, it has influenced our business as well. If you take our Heritance Tea Factory; a unique property that is converted from a 19th Century tea factory constructed in the days of a British Raj and we are very proud of having such a property as it gives us an impetus to share in this national celebration of its legendary journey in tea,” Jayawardena said.

The event saw the participation of notable individuals from the industry, as well as reputed figures representing the public and private sector as well as foreign dignitaries.

Aitken Spence Hotels believes that celebrating and recognizing the Ceylon tea brand is essential to take forward the Sri Lankan culture blended with the unique Sri Lankan hospitality.

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Aitken Spence to introduce Heritance brand to Maldives

Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence Hotels and Resorts is to introduce its Heritance brand to the Maldives with the opening of Heritance Aarah next year, according to Maldivian news website Maldivian Insider.

In 2015, Aitken Spence acquired the uninhabited island of Aarah in the northern Raa atoll for US$ 50 million to develop it as a five-star resort. Accessible by a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport, Heritance Aarah will offer 157 villas and suites separated by tropical vegetation for privacy, and designed and built with a fusion of indigenous Maldivian and modern architecture.

The accommodation options include 51 beach villas, 10 family beach villas, 10 pool beach villas, four family pool beach villas, 56 water villas, 25 luxury water villas and a presidential water suite.

Aitken Spence, which manages over 24 hotels in Sri Lanka, India, Oman and the Maldives, runs six properties in the Maldives under its Adaaran brand— Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Prestige Water Villas and Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas.

Along with Aarah, Aitken Spence acquired lease rights of another uninhabited island, Raafushi in the northern Noonu atoll. The company, however, is yet to disclose its development plans for the island. Four Heritance branded hotels are in operation across Sri Lanka, including Heritance Kandalma, Heritance Tea Factory, Heritance Negombo, Heritance Ayurveda and Heritance Ahungalla.

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Adaaran Select Medhupparu (Domestic Flight Options – Night Arrivals & Departures)

Domestic Flight Operation

  • From 1st April 2017, Night transfers are available by a combination of Domestic flight and Speedboat.
  • Sector: Male – Dharavandhoo Airport – Male
  • Male to Dharavandhoo/ Dharavandhoo to Male (Per way) 25 Minutes by Air Plane
  • Dharavandhoo to Adaaran Select Medhupparu / Adaaran Select Medhupparu to Dharavandhoo (Per way) 45 Minutes by Speed boat
  • The Domestic Flight option is available only for arrivals and departure after 1700 Hrs (everyday).




Aitken Spence Hotels Turyaa Chennai amongst top five-star hotels in the city

3211Turyaa Chennai, owned and operated by Aitken Spence Hotels has successfully met criteria for obtaining “5-Star Deluxe” classification, ranking it as one of five hotels in Chennai to have obtained this highly sought after accreditation.

Turyaa Chennai now joins Hilton Chennai, Hyatt Regency Chennai, ITC Grand Chola Chennai and Park Hyatt Chennai in the “5-Star Deluxe” category segment.

The 140-room property situated in the IT corridor of Chennai minutes away from the bustling city centre is recognised as one of the best new hotels in the city offering the perfect amalgamation of business and leisure. Situated 20 minutes away from the international airport, the hotel is the ideal location for the business travellers, the ardent shopper or cultural holiday seeker. With the recent classification status obtained by the property, Turyaa Chennai is now the only 5-star deluxe property in the IT corridor.

In order to achieve the 5 star deluxe certification the Hotel had to comply with stringent requirements provided by the inspection committee which consisted of representatives from both national and regional key statutory bodies.

Aitken Spence Hotels, the first Sri Lankan hotel operator to enter the Maldives (1993), India (2007) and Oman (2009) broke new ground once again by being the first Sri Lankan company to own and operate a 5-star deluxe property in neighbouring India.

“Turyaa Chennai receiving this classification is no doubt a reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by the team. Service excellence will remain our top priority as we continue strengthening and expanding our tourism portfolio in the region. “ said Mr. Susith Jayawickrama, Joint Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Aitken Spence Hotels operates a chain of 24 hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Oman, and the Maldives. Each of its properties caters to a diverse client base, having hotels suited to every need and budget while maintaining high standards of hospitality. Located in key tourist locations, the Aitken Spence chain boasts of exotic properties such as the award winning eco-friendly Heritance Kandalama which is situated in close proximity to two UNESCO world heritage sites, Heritance Tea Factory which has been rated by The Independent, UK as one of the ‘Top Five Factory Hotels’ in the world and one of the best 100 places to stay in the world by the Sunday Times, UK and Desert Nights Camp in Oman, rated as one of the top ten desert retreats in the world.

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