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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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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

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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.