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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.

Source : http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx

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.

347Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/593620/Aitken-Spence-Hotels-Turyaa-Chennai-amongst-top-five-star-hotels-in-the-city#sthash.88Ol1rR9.dpuf

Sri Lanka tourism promotion in Malaysia

28Sri Lanka Tourism, in collaboration with the Sri Lankan High Commission in Malaysia, gave its full support to promote Sri Lanka as an important tourist destination enriched with natural resources, and to make a positive impact among the Malaysian community of the positive benefits they will get by visiting Sri Lanka. In order to make this attempt successful, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau held a Consumer Promotion from 13 to 19 December 2016, at the Suraya KLCC in Malaysia.

The Sri Lankan stall was declared open on the 13th under the patronage of Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Paddy Withana. President Maithripala Sirisena visited the stall on the 17th.

10 Sri Lankan travel agents participated and more than 400 consumers visited the stall per day. The event focused on consumer promotion, to implement new promotional activities and address the target groups of the Malaysian market, such as the consumers, tour operators, travel agents and the retail sellers. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau was represented by Chairman Paddy Vithana, Director Marketing Madhubani Perera and Assistant Director Marketing Chami Lanka Gasnawage.

Another event was the Tourism Consumer Promotional campaign at Berjaya Times Square on the 16th, a Food Festival, held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Malaysia. It was supported by three chefs provided through Mt. Lavinia Hotel, including veteran chef Pabilis Silva. At the same time a business forum was also held to encourage the Malaysian stake holders to make use of their investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

The promotional campaign at Suraya KLCC in Malaysia, and the business forum were held from 15-18th. Prasadi dance group from Sri Lanka added more glamour to the Tourism Consumer Promotional event with colourful splendour. The events were held in parallel to President Maithripala Sirisena’s official visit to Malaysia, upon the invitation of the Malaysian Government. The official visit took place from 15-18 December 2016.

Media interviews were also held with the SLTPB Chairman Paddy Vithana, during the period including live radio interviews on Bernama Channel, Traxx FM and an interview with Utusan.24

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/591139/Sri-Lanka-tourism-promotion-in-Malaysia#sthash.bsGxZW9v.dpuf

Heritance Aarah Maldives

“Heritance Aarah”, a 5***** luxury Resort located in the RAaa Atoll & scheduled to open its doors from Dec 2017.

The Resort is located on its own private island of Aarah, in the Raa Atoll and can be reached by a 40-minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport. During this brief journey, guests are greeted with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.

The island resort of Heritance Aarah is perfectly suited for couples, families or groups of friends looking for a relaxing island hideaway where turquoise waters beckon from your choice of 82 intimate Luxury Duplex Ocean Suites and Ocean Villas as well as 75 land villas ranging from Beach Villas, Pool Beach Villas, Family Beach Villas and Family Pool Beach Villas.

The opportunity of ultimate relaxation on a pristine Maldivian island while exploring one of the greatest diving destinations awaits you. Whether on honeymoon or celebrating a special occasion, Aarah is the ideal place to unwind any way you choose.

If you are seeking a haven for pure relaxation or an active a holiday retreat for the whole family, the choices are endless. Offering a range “All Inclusive” options, friendly staff with a high commitment to service assures you a carefree holiday. Leave your shoes and cares behind and enjoy an island where you are free to be you.

 

Aitken Spence New Property in Maldives

Aarah Maldives

The Resort is located on its own private island Aarah, in the Raa Atoll and can be reached by a 40 minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport. During this brief journey, guests are greeted with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The island resort of Aarah Maldives is perfectly suited for couples, families or groups of friends looking for a relaxing island hideaway where turquoise waters beckon from your choice of 82 intimate Luxury Water Suites and Water Villas as well as 75 land villas ranging from Beach Villas, Pool Beach Villas, Family Beach Villas and Family Pool Beach Villas.

The opportunity of ultimate relaxation on a pristine Maldivian island while exploring one of the greatest diving destinations awaits you. Whether on honeymoon or celebrating a special occasion, Aarah is the ideal place to unwind any way you choose. If you are seeking a haven for pure relaxation or an active a holiday retreat for the whole family, the choices are endless. Offering a range “All Inclusive” options, friendly staff with a high commitment to service assures you a carefree holiday. Leave your shoes and cares behind and enjoy an island where you are free to be you.

– The property is expected to open in November 2017 –

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Chef’s Table dining experiences at FLOW

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FLOW at Hilton Colombo Residences prides itself on being the only restaurant that offers exclusive Chef’s Table dining experiences in Sri Lanka. An all-day dining, with an open kitchen concept with seating for 168 guests, FLOW has a dedicated private dining room for these exclusive dining experiences.

A Chef’s Table is a dining experience where guests’ meals are prepared by a dedicated chef, and the process is seen by the guest and explained by the chef with each main course. Set in a comfortable and contemporary ambience, the private dining area has exclusive cutlery and crockery to host up to a maximum of 14 guests at a time.

Menus can be customised by speaking with renowned Executive Chef Priyal Wijesuriya. The Chef’s Table is opportune to host clients and family for special occasions. Each course is paired with a range of fine wines from around the world.

FLOW has paved itself as a destination for dining by the cuisine offered by the award winning culinary team. The open kitchens in the main restaurant include a Chinese wok, Tandoori oven and Zesti oven, perfect for meat lovers. Wijesuriya, who has played an integral part since its design phase says that his team is very passionate about the restaurant and enjoy the vivid offerings served from the five open kitchens.

“We offer some the favourite cuisines the world-over such as Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Sri Lankan; we have already established ourselves as a favourite for local cuisine. The Chef’s Table is an exclusive offering to diners who appreciate custom-made exclusive menus being prepared in a ‘show kitchen’ from start to finish.”

The inclusion of a Chef’s Table dining area was a strategic move made by the management on identifying that there was a need for one in the market. General Manager Karim Schadlou remarked that it was discovered that there is a need for a Chef’s Table in Sri Lanka.

He added: “We have had a great response since the inception and the market has identified FLOW as a restaurant that can offer the level of service to complement the exclusive menus offered with the Chef’s Table. It’s mainly patronised for special occasions, and will only grow to become a more popular concept of dining in Colombo.”

FLOW is active on social media, and guests can follow them on http://www.flow.lk or on Facebook. For reservations or more details, please contact 0-115-344-644 extension 635.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/544251/Chef-s-Table-dining-experiences-at-FLOW#sthash.FssbzjnZ.dpuf