Archive for September, 2012
Monday, September 24th, 2012
Location of Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Viventa by Taj-Bentota (formerly Taj Exotica) is located at the National Holiday Resort in Bentota, the foremost beach holiday resort in Sri Lanka. Bentota, 64km south of Colombo can be reached within two and a half drive from Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Bentota is the beach immediately next to the pristine bay beach at Beruwela, 56 km from Colombo that signal the beginning of a 130 Km-long stretch of golden beaches of Sri Lanka Holidays south-western and southern coastal belts.
Setting of Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Viventa by Taj-Bentota of extensive landscaped gardens is built upon a rocky head land that brings about panoramic views of the long stretch of Bentota beach contained within Bentota National Holiday Resort. National Holiday Resort in Bentota, a strip of land sandwiched between the beach and railway line to the west and Galle Road (A2 main motorway to the east) is a self contained beach resort: Bentota Beach Hotel, Serendib Hotel, Surf Bentota Hotel, Viventa by Taj, post office, shopping arcade, a cafeteria, open-air theatre where folk and mask dancing performances are staged regularly.
Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Viventa by Taj- Bentota: To be edited
Type of hotel & star rating
Viventa by Taj-Bentota is a 5 star luxury hotel that offers luxurious facilities. Refurbished in the year 2012, the beach hotel is owned and managed by Taj Group of India.
Architecture and Interior Décor of Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Viventa by Taj is built in the colonial architectural style of Sri Lanka. Interior of the hotel with high ceilings and wooden pillars are well furnished.
Accomodation at Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Viventa of Taj consists of 162 air-conditioned rooms. All three types of rooms, i.e. Standard, Deluxe and Superior Rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water showers and hairdryers. The Deluxe and Superior Sea View Rooms set up with lounge area are more spacious than the standard rooms.
In-room facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota
In-room facilities include mini-bar, phone, satellite TV, electronic safe, tea / coffee facilities and 24-hour room service.
In house facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota: dining
Palm’s Coffee Shop: Sri Lankan and international buffets, Oriental Pavillion specializing in Chinese cuisine
Sea View Restaurant: fresh seafood dishes and continental cuisine
Sea Lounge Bar: by afternoon; high tea and by night: drinks and cocktails,
Aquarius pool bar: fresh juices and snacks
In house facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota: leisure and recreation
Large swimming pool with children’s pool
Beach volleyball, badminton court
Billiards, table tennis and other indoor games
Beauty Salon, Gift Shop, Library
Night club, regular evening entertainment
In house facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Conferences, ceremonies and weddings
Weddings: the hotel is also well organized to hold weddings and will plan your entire wedding day from a traditional Sri Lankan ceremony to the reception
In house facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota: Fitness center
Sauna, Jacuzzi and gymnasium
Fitness center, which is open 24 hours has an instructor from 7 in the morning to 8 in the evening. The center is fully equipped with cardio machines, multi gym machine, treadmills, cross trainer, exercise cycles, free weights, and exercise ball.
In house facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Babysitting, with 24 hours prior notification, Doctor-on-call
Currency exchange, Postal & Parcel Services, Airport transfers
Car rentals, Restaurant bookings, Local errands – shopping/medicines/telecommunication etc.
Banquet and Meeting Room facilities at Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Indoor: Orchid and Boardroom
Space: 6500 square feet of conference space
Capacity: Theatre style – 275 guests; Classroom style – 160 guests; U-shape – 70 guests; Boardroom – 24 Guests; Cocktails – 350 guests standing
Audio Video facilities: includes wall mounted, high-powered cube speakers and sub woofers powered by independent amplifiers mounted on moveable racks. Microphones, mood lighting and manually controlled remote controlled, pull-down screens and floor-concealed, audio/visual switch boxes,(Has to be hired out at a extra cost) all ensure that Vivanta by Taj – Bentota provides hosts with the latest and greatest technology that they can operate via a control panel for perfect adjustments during the event.
Boardroom is another indoor meeting center that suits for small meetings
Capacity: theatre style – 35 guests; classroom style – 18 guests; U-shape – 20 guests; cocktails – 30 guests standing
Outdoor: banquet lawn & Sea View Terrace
Banquet lawn is an open air venue well suited for for cocktails, dinners, launch parties and social celebrations.
Sea View Terrace, smaller than banquet lawn is Ideal for cocktails, dinners, launch parties and social celebrations.
Capacity: Cocktails – 250-300 guests
Excursions off Viventa by Taj-Bentota
Brief Gardens designed and developed by the landscape artist Bevis Bawa is a 200-acre landscaped garden that combine elaborate European layout with tropical wilderness.
Galpata Buddhist temple, as the protected lithic inscription therein reveals, was built by King Parakramabahu the Great who reigned in Sri Lanka Holidays Polonnaruwa in the 13th century.
Kosgoda tea turtle Project to learn of conservation of marine turtle and to release a freshly hatched three-day old turtle into the ocean.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Location of Mosvold Villa
Mosvold Villa by Jetwing is located on the coconut palm fringed tropical beach of Ahangama, a fishing village situated 130km south of Colombo, midway between the loveliest beaches of Koggala (to the north) and Mirissa (to the south) of the south-western coastal belt of Sri Lanka. The stretch of the coast in Ahangama is famous for the stilt fisherman, sitting tight on a wooden wedge fixed onto a wooden pole driven into the sea bed, angling on the beach with all the time in the world, while the waves carrying small fish crash onto the shore. In between Ahangama beach and Mirissa beach (off- shore dolphin and whale watching) are the surfing beach of Midigama and bay beach of Weligama.
Setting of Mosvold Villa by Jetwing
Mosvold villa is a beachfront boutique hotel. The well maintained hotel garden of grassy lawns is well shaded by Coconut Palm trees and Mangrove trees. Lining the beachfront of the swimming pool is a row of mangrove trees that filter in the tropical sun onto the sundeck.
Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e. eco) credentials of Mosvold Villa by Jetwing: to be edited.
The type of the hotel: Mosvold Villa is a luxury boutique villa of six rooms
Architecture and décor of Mosvold Villa
Mosvold Villa’s architecture is based on traditional concepts suited to the tropical island of Sri Lanka: space, natural light and air circulation. The courtyards within the building and long verandahs feed in natural light and breeze into the rooms.
White clad rooms are tastefully furnished with traditional furniture polished dark tan: four poster bed, wardrobe, sofa, chairs and desk mad of tropical hardwood.
Accomodation at Mosvold Villa by Jetwing
All six luxury rooms of Mosvold Villa are built facing the beach. The 6 air-conditioned rooms are provided with en-suite shower and bath, mini-bar, television, wardrobe & tea-coffee making facilities.
While Wi-Fi internet connection is available free of charge IDD is chargeable.
In-house facilities at Mosvold by Jetwing
Swimming pool facing the beach.
Lost and found service (24 hours), Wedding services (on request), Private events (on request)
Half Day Excursion off Mosvold by Jetwing
Boat Safari in the Koggala Lake at Sri Lanka Holidays Koggala. Kogglala Lake (6km north of Ahangama) splattered with patches of mangroves rich in birdlife.
Kataluwa Purvarama Mahavihara Buddhist temple 5km beyond Koggala showcases panels of Kandyan-style (a school of mural that emerged and developed in the era when Kandy was the capital city of Sri Lanka (1592-1815) wall paintings in the main shrine of the Buddhist temple.
Rumassla Rock (17km north of Ahangama), a sanctuary of Sri Lanka’s birds affords panoramic views of the Unawatuna Bay Beach.
Sri Lanka Holidays VOC Galle Dutch Fort, today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (20km north of Ahangama) is situated on a small peninsula like headland overlooking the ocean.
Kottawa Forest Reserve (19km northeast of Galle), a 15-hectare Sri Lanka Holidays Arboretum is rich in biodiversity: 170 tree species with 100 of them being endemic to the island. Kottawa Forest Reserve is home to 70 species of birds including 12 endemic birds of Sri Lanka Holidays.
Monday, September 17th, 2012
Location of Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Avani Bentota (Formerly Hotel Serendib, Bentota) is located at Sri Lanka’s most popular beach resort of Bentota in the south-western costal belt, where the tourist season begins in October and goes on till April. Bentota is 64km south of Colombo & can be reached by main southern coastal motorway called Galle Road that runs form Colombo to Sri Lanka Holidays Matara. The distance from Colombo CMB Bandaranayake International Airport to Avanti Bentota is 96 kms.
Setting of Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Avani Bentota is a beach front . The stretch of broad sandy beach at Avani Bentota offers grand opportunities enjoy the tourist season with swimming, wind surfing ,water skiing, jest skiing and snorkeling.
Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Avani Bentota Resort & Spa: To be edited
Accomodation at Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Avanti Bentota consists of 60 Superior rooms, 13 Deluxe rooms and 2 luxurious suites. All rooms are set up with its own private balcony or terrace. All 75 rooms are air conditioned, provided with DVD player, cable TV and completed with en-suite bathrooms-hot water and cold water.
Each and every superior room offers its own private terrace.
Superior rooms are provided with Hot/Cold water rain shower, Telephone, Mini Bar, Hair dryer, In-room safe and Tea & coffee maker
Spacious Deluxe rooms are built with their own guest patios.
Deluxe rooms are provided with Hot/Cold water with rain shower and bath tub, Telephone, Mini Bar, Hair dryer, In-room safe, Tea & coffee maker and Dressing area.
Facilities at Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Breeze, a buffet style restaurant and Frangipani, a fine dining restaurant at Avani Bentota serves Sri Lankan and International cuisines and seafood specialty dishes.
In-house facilities at Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Conference facilities, business center with wi-fi internet
24 hour room service and laundry service
Leisure and recreations at Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Fully equipped gym, two fresh water swimming pools, a separate children pool
The garden spa offers an array of beauty treatments and soothing massages
Beach Volleyball, water sports
Excursions off Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Set sail in a fishing expedition in a catamaran boat with the local fisherman at Sri Lanka Holidays Bentota
Visit the coconut palm sap tapping climbers early in the morning to enjoy the sight of them walk across tight ropes from one coconut palm tree to another, all round, to reach each and every coconut frond up in the trees and sap the juice. By the evening the coconut palm juice from the coconut fronds poured into clay pots ferment into a cider like alcoholic drink locally called Ra or Toddy.
Enjoy a boat safari along the tranquil River Madu ganga, a Ramsar Wetland, past quaint rural villages and en route visit the local markets, temples & craft and antique shops.
Enjoy landscape gardening in its most exotic form at Lunuganga, a life-long nature and sculpture project envisioned, launched and brought about to a fascinating nature attraction by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s foremost modern architect.
Visit Ariyapala Mask Museum at Sri Lanka Holidays Ambalangoda, the fishing village renowned for its folk masks carved of Balsa like lightweight Kaduru wood (Nux vomica). Folk mask dancing shows are held at Ariyapala Mask Museum on regular basis.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Location of Surf Bentota
Surf Bentota (formerly Lihiniya Surf) is located in National Holiday Resort, Bentota Beach, Bentota, 64km south of Colombo on the south western coastal belt (main tourist season: October- April) of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Holidays Bentota is the prime beach resort of Sri Lanka.
Bentota National Holiday Resort, a sustainable tourism project launched in 1969 and owned and managed by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is situated in a strip of land spreading over 100 acres between the Bentota beach and the main southern coastal motorway called Galle Road.
Setting of Surf Bentota
Surf Bentota, a pioneer tourist beach hotel in Sri Lanka, is a beachfront hotel encompassed within the National Holiday Resort, Bentota. Surf Bentota occupies an expansive and a loveliest beachfront with coconut palm trees giving good shelter. On the other sides, the well maintained garden of flowering plants is well shaded by large tropical trees and secluded giving privacy to all guests. Furthermore, within a 5 minutes’ walk from hotel is Bentara River of Bentota which affords water sports.
Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Surf Bentota: To be edited
Accommodation at Surf Bentota
Surf Bentota hotel consists of 31 air-conditioned standard rooms, 52 air-conditioned superior rooms and 03 air-conditioned suites all of which bring about magnificent views of the beach. Within all well-appointed rooms are bathrooms with hot & cold water. Each room has a balcony or a patio for the guests to enjoy the tropical sun shine and palm fringed beach views.
In –house facilities & amenities at Surf Bentota
Ayurvedic Center, Gym, Health & Fitness Center, beauty salon and swimming pool, Business center, WI-FI and meeting facilities,
Currency Exchange, Travel Agent & vehicle hire
Coffee shop, Laundry
Upon the in-house Ayurvedic doctor’s advise the staff at in-house Ayurveda centre offers a range of 3, 7 and 12 day courses of Ayurvedic health treatments such as massages, facial treatment, thermo therapy, herbal oil and steam baths.
The conference room at Surf Bentota is large enough for 60 participants’ theatre style: 80 guests for cocktails. The event coordinators and support staff is ready to extend a helping hand including audiovisual facilities.
In-room facilities at Surf Bentota
Air conditioning and room service
Alarm clock, radio, telephone, safe deposit box
Dining at Surf Bentota
The Dining Area and the Bar are set up overlooking the beach. The pool bar beside the open air swimming pool refreshes the guests with drinks and snacks.
Sports and Leisure facilities at Surf Bentota
Snorkeling and Scuba diving at the beach of Bentota
Excursions off Surf Bentota
River Madu Ganga Boat Safari.
915-hectare Madu Ganga Estuary, meets the sea at the fishing village of Ambalangoda. River Madu Ganga is one of the three Ramsar Wetlands of the tropical island of Sri Lanka. The others two wetlands are Bundala National Park of Hambantota disctrict (Sri Lanka Holidays Deep South) & Anawilundawa Sanctuary of Puttalama district.
Turtle hatcheries at the beaches of Induruwa and Kosgoda, immediately south of Bentota.
Sri Lanka Holidays VOC Galle Dutch Fort occupying a small peninsula at the seaport of Galle, 52km south of Bentota.
Friday, September 7th, 2012
Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Location of Langdale by Amaya
Langdale by Amaya Hotel is located in Nuwara Eliya, the prime hill country sanatorium of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Nuwara Eliya of salubrious climate (Spring like wholesome climate at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea-level) is located at 180 km away from Colombo.
Reaching Langdale by Amaya at Nuwara Eliya
By motor roads: Nuwara Eliya of Central Highlands is regularly reached by first taking A1 main road (Kandy Road) and then by A5 main road. The alternative route from Colombo is A4 main road first then by A7 road via Avissawella and Kitulgala (a Sri Lanka Holidays attraction famous for Whitewater Rafting) too.
By Railway: though Nuwara Eliya has no railway station in operation, Nanu Oya, the closest railway station is located at of distance of 5km only by motorable road.
By Air: Sri Lankan Airlines Air taxi- though no regular operations are scheduled , sea-planes that departs Colombo lands on Gregory’s Lake close to the city center of Nuwara Eliya within one hour; helicopters of Helitours owned and operated by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) can be chartered.
Proposed railway track from Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya
On 31st July 2012, President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama to begin construction work of the railway track from Nanu-Oya to Ragala, Nuwara Eliya along the route of narrow gauge (2 feet 6 inches) (little train) that was abandoned in the year 1951. The narrow gauge 26km long railway track would suit the sharp curves and bends in the rugged mountainous terrain and would bring the magnificent landscape closer to the beholder. However the proposed railway track is still in its conceptual stage.
Setting of Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Langdale by Amaya, a small 13-room luxury boutique hotel is set upon the sprawling Somerset Tea Estate in the village of Radalla situated 10km interior of the town of Nuwara Eliya. Surrounding Langdale by Amaya are lush yet well manicured tea plantations, meadows and greenery interspersed by waterfalls and well preserved colonial villas of the British Ceylon (1815-1948).
Architecture and interior décor of Langdale by Amaya
Langdale by Amaya is a century old colonial manor house that has been renovated and refurbished while still retaining the old world charm. Blending smoothly in to the old manor house is a new wing. The colonial style of the manor house is enhanced with green roof and picket fencing. Langdale by Amaya is well illuminated by the natural light and warmed by the old fireplaces. Langdale by Amaya is airy yet cosy, a virtue that owes much to the antique style furniture, hardwood floors.
Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Langdale by Amaya : to be edited.
Langdale by Amaya Star Rating: 4 star
Langdale by Amaya Nuwara Eliya
Accomodation at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Langdale by Amaya offers 13 ensuite bedrooms in three categories to Sri Lanka Holidays tourists: Superior, Luxury, and Deluxe categories.
Luxury Rooms: the four spacious Luxury Rooms set up on the second floor bring in grand views of surrounding Ceylon Tea plantations. The rooms consist of a living area, en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi.
Deluxe Rooms: of the five Deluxe rooms with mountain views, one deluxe room is a triple, furnished with three single beds that suits well for children. En-suite bathroom is equipped with hot water shower.
Superior Rooms: superior Rooms, smaller in size than Luxury and Deluxe rooms, are located on the ground floor bringing in views of the hotel garden.
In room facilities at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
In-room facilities include electric heaters, 30 inch LCD TV with satellite channels, wi-fi internet, tea/coffee facility, room service and laundry service.
In house facilities at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Main restaurant of Langdale by Amaya serves lunch and dinner- Sri Lankan and international cuisine-prepared of garden fresh Sri Lanka Holidays Central Highlands vegetables.
The bar equipped with a snooker table and satellite TV serves an array of alcoholic beverages too.
Set up in lovely surroundings is the temperature controlled swimming pool.
Lightweight activities at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a stroll in the surroundings and visiting nearby Tea Center to enjoy a bowl of Nuwara Eliya grown garden fresh strawberries with cream and a cup of Nuwara Eliya High Grown Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the world.
Excursion off Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Langdale takes pleasure in arranging guided tours in the surroundings. A tour to a Ceylon Tea estate and factory is an opportunity to eye witness the process of Black Tea production of Sri Lanka.
A walk to the town of Nuwara Eliya along the roads sheltered by tall pines bring into view heritage mansions of British Ceylon, cottages, tea estates, home gardens of European vegetables, orchards of upcountry fruits, flower plots that are the regular features of the district.
The highlight of Sri Lanka Holidays in Nuwara Eliya is trekking through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sri Lanka Holidays Horton Plains National Park rich with birdlife and home to free roaming deer to reach the escarpment that drops nearly a kilometer straight down: World’s End.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Delma Mount View Hotel, Kandy
Location: Delma Mount View Hotel is located at the village of Aldeniya, Werellagama, 5km interior from the city of Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The city of Kandy is located at a distance of 115km to the east of Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka.
In close proximity to Delma Mount View Hotel are Central Hospital, Nittawela Rugby Ground and the Gem trader and jeweler Premadasa & Co.
Setting: Delma mount View Hotel, as its name suggests, is built upon a hill bringing in panoramic views of scenic landscape of mountainous district of Kandy, which surrounded by rings of mountains, served as a natural fortress kingdom against the colonial powers of the Portuguese, the Dutch & the British till the betrayal of the nation island to the British.
Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: to be edited.
Delma Mount View Hotel Star Rating: 2 star
Accomodation: The rooms of Delma Mount View Hotel were refurbished in the year 2011.
Budget Rooms: spacious rooms with en-suite bathroom, 1 Queen size bed and 1single bed. All budget rooms are equipped with TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities.
Standrard Rooms: specious non-smoking rooms with en-suite bathroom, 1 Queen size bed, 1single bed, TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities
Superior Rooms: specious non-smoking rooms with balcony. En-suite bathroom, 1 Queen size bed, 1single bed, TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities.
Deluxe Rooms: completely refurbished non-smoking rooms with balcony. En-suite bathroom, 1 Queen size bed, 1single bed, writing desk, flat screen TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities.
Facilities at Delma Mount View Hotel
Free Parking, Coach Parking, 24 hour Reception, 24 hour Security, 24 hour Room Service, Express Check-In & Check-Out.
Car & Driver Hire, Concierge Services, Secretarial Service On Request, Travel Desk, Currency Exchange, Banking Services
Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Storage Facilities for Luggage Left Behind
Swimming Pool, Sunbeds.
Banquet Halls at Delma Mount View Hotel, Kandy
Delma Mount View Hotel consists of three fine banquet halls with capacities of 200, 300 and 400 guests.
Dining at Delma Mount View Hotel, Kandy
Diets supported: sugar Free/Diabetic Diet, Vegetarian Diet.
Menues for dinner: Fixed Menu, Table d’Hote (set menu), A la Carte, Local Traditional Dishes, Vegetarian.
Breakfast served: Traditional Breakfasts, Continental Breakfasts, Room Service Breakfast.
Excursion off Delma Mount View Hotel
Sacred Temple of the Tooth at the city center of Kandy next to the man-made decorative lake is a must visit tourist attraction.
Numerous Buddhist temples and shrines in and around the city of Kandy.
Soft Adventure Trekking in Hantana mountains and Knuckles mountain range.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, immediately south of Kandy.
Tourists Hotels within a distance of 10km of Delma Mount View Hotel
Sri Lanka Holidays luxury hotels at Kandy located within a distance of 8km off Delma Mount View Hotel are Mahaweli Reach (5 star), The citadel (4 star) and Amaya Hills (4 star).
The 3 star hotel of The Mansion and the unrated Hotel Sunrich are only 1km away from Delma Mount View Hotel.
The 3 star hotel of The Kandyan Manor is located no more than 5km from Delma Mount View Hotel.
Hotel Tropicana (3 star), Regent Lodge (2 star), Sweet Cinnamon Hotel (2 star) and unrated Clove Garden Hotel are located within a distance of 8km.
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