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Uga Bay Pasikuda

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Uga Bay location
Uga Bay is located in Pasikuda bay beach, which together with Kalkuda [9km to the south] and Nilaveli of Sri Lanka Holidays Trincomalee [125km to the north] forms the loveliest bay beaches of the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.

uga_bay_pasikuda Sri Lanka Holidays

Reaching Uga Bay
Uga Bay 5 star luxury beachfront hotel in Pasikuda beach can be reached by motor roads to running to Batticaloa district of eastern coast of Sri Lanka from Colombo.

Distances from CMB Bandaranayake Int’l Airport, Katunayake [BIA], Negombo [37km north of the capital city of Colombo]
(a) Via Dambulla [home to Dambulla temple – UNESCO World heritage site], Habarana [major transportation hub of the Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle] & Giritale sanctuary and the ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa [UNESCO World Heritage site] & Kalkudah bay beach: 299km
(b) Via Kandy [the gateway to the Central Highlands is a UNESCO World Heritage], ancient cultural site of Mahiyangana & Kalkudah bay beach:292km

Uga Bay, Sri Lanka Holidays

Setting of Uga Bay
Built facing the pristine tropical beach of breathtaking Pasikudha Bay.
Uga Bay is a beachfront hotel set amidst a nine-acre grove of coconut palm trees within the Tourism Development Zone spreading 150 acres earmarked for construction of 14 Sri Lanka Holidays Hotels.

Uga Bay Sri Lanka Holidays
Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Uga Bay: to be edited.

Architecture & Interior deco of Uga Bay
Uga Bay hotel is designed upon a fusion of contemporary tropical fused
with a Mediterranean theme.
Uga Bay Kalkudah Sri Lanka Holidays
Type of the Hotel & Star rating of Uga Bay: Beach hotel- 5 star

Accommodation at Uga Bay
Uga Bay comprises of 46 spacious rooms, a Bay Suite and a Beach Chalet.

Uga Bay, Pasikuda beach, Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka

Facilities at Uga Bay hotel
Dining: Local fishing boats bring in the fresh catch of the day for your delicious seafood feast. Internationally trained Chefs prepare world cuisine fused with local spices in state of the art kitchens and at beachside barbecues.

Uga Bay, Pasikudah, Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka Holidays

Leisure at Uga Bay hotel
Swimming Pool facing the Indian Ocean
Ayurvedic spas with dedicated treatment rooms

Uga Bay, Pasikuda, Sri Lanka Holidays

Excursions off Uga Bay hotel
Kalkuda bay beach located 9km north, also on the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Holidays Maduru Oya National Park, 73km south-west of Pasikuda
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 73km west of Pasikuda
Nilaveli bay beach of Trincomalee located125km north, again on the eastern coast of the Island


Hyatt Regency Colombo

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Hyatt Regency Colombo

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced [October 18, 2012 ] that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Sinolanka Hotels and Spa Private Limited for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hyatt Regency Colombo will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Sri Lanka.

Hyatt Regency Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Sri Lanka continues to be a growing market, and we are excited to work with Sinolanka on this iconic project in Colombo,” said Ratnesh Verma, Senior Vice President – Real Estate and Development, Asia Pacific for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Establishing our brand’s presence in key gateway cities like Colombo is an integral part of our strategy to drive preference for the Hyatt brand in the South Asian region. We believe the hotel’s excellent location and full range of services and dining options will meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers. It is our privilege to work with Sinolanka and be part of the government’s initiatives to develop tourism infrastructure in Sri Lanka.”

“We are pleased to work with Hyatt on the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Sri Lanka,” said Gamini Senarath, Chairman of Sinolanka Hotels and Spa Private Limited. “Hyatt RegencyColombo is expected to be a flagship development for Sri Lanka, demonstrating the rapidly expanding opportunities in this country’s tourism sector.”
Expected to open in 2014, Hyatt Regency Colombo will be a 42-floor hotel on Galle Road, which is one of the arterial roads in the central business district (CBD) area. The hotel will feature 475 guestrooms and 84 serviced apartments, as well as a lobby lounge, an all-day dining, multi-cuisine restaurant, three specialty restaurants, a bar, eight spa treatment rooms, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a Regency Club lounge. Additionally, the hotel will offer more than 17,000 sq ft (1,579 sq m) of enclosed meeting space, including a 7,500 sq ft (696 sq m) ballroom.


Casa Colombo

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Location of Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo is located at Bambalapitiya [Colombo 4], 6km south of Fort, the heart of Colombo and 7km north of Mount Lavinia. Mount Lavinia has the one and only Sri Lanka Holidays bay beach of Colombo district. Sri Lanka Holidays beaches of the South western and southern coasts begins at Kalutara, 23km south of the bay beach in Mount Lavinia. The zone of Bambalapitiya [Colombo 4] and surroundings is home to high end shops, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs. Furthermore Colombo affords the opportunity to play golf at Royal Colombo Golf Club [18-hole par 71 course], an international class golf course.
The main motor road southwards of Colombo, A2 Colombo-Galle road that runs parallel to the southern railway line takes Sri Lanka Holidays tourists to the south western and southern beaches of Sri Lanka replete with fine palm fringed beaches of golden sand.

Casa-Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays
Setting of Casa Colombo
For those who wish to have privacy, the location of Casa Colombo is ideal: it sits well at a dead end of a road off the main A2 Colombo Galle road at Bambalapitiya [Colombo 4]: a cul-de-sac.

Casa Colombo Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

Architectural concept of Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo is a retro-cool [at once appeals to the latest fashion yet retain a nostalgic revival of the age old style] 12-room boutique hotel set up following a restoration of a magnificent heritage propertyof Colombo: a 200 year old Moorish mansion. While the prominent features of the heritage property, i.e. ornate balconies and window awnings intricate mosaic floors, molded ceilings, elaborate columns and arches have been retained, contemporary furniture, upholstering and feature have been blended in. Colors are vibrant; floor is of polished cement; lighting is neon; metal fitting consists of brushed steel and copper; drapes are raw silk; furniture is made of tropical hard wood.
Casa Colombo’s juxtaposition between old and new is heavenly: it is an extraordinary, unusual and exceptional example of a boutique hotel.
As the newspaper Sunday Times published in Colombo, Sri Lanka put it, Casa Colombo is an opulent and eclectic hotel, where old and new blend in startling contrast. Travel+ Leisure found Casa Colombo blends edgy contemporary with classic elegance effortlessly.

Casa Colombo Sri Lanka

Casa Colombo, one of the most remarkable contemporary hotels was entirely reinterpreted by a talented Sri Lanka designer Lalin Jinasena. I think Geoffrey Bawa has a worthy successor who knows how to draw his inspiration from the teacher’s genius, to renew the Singhalese creation and architecture. A name that will rank, I am sure, amongst the greatest names of the international scene.

Sandra Rude, Chief Editor of the lifestyle TV series l’ emission “Hotels”, Films Concept Associes, France.

Casa Colombo Sri Lanka Holidays

Accommodation at Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo consists of 12 air-conditioned luxury suites with a floor space in between 500 to 1000 sq. ft.: three Leisure Suites, eight Corporate Suites and one Royal Suite. Each suit is individually designed with an open plan and consists of a sleeping area, work space, lounge and ensuite bathroom. Each suit is well furnished with large comfortable bed, desk and lounge chairs.
In addition to above, each Corporate Suite consists of laptop within the work area, super King-size bed, exquisite copper bathtub within the room right within your room, and a laptop within the work area while the luxurious Royal Suite also has a Jacuzzi in the balcony. Luxurious Royal Suite also has access to a roof top attic for candle-lit dinning.

CASA Colombo

In room facilities at Casa Colombo
29-inch Nakamitchi LCD TV which affords viewing from bed room as well as from sitting room
Nakamitchi high-fidelity sound system by Nakamitchi
Movies on an Apple ipod, Complementary Wi-Fi
The ensuite bathroom with twin vanities, a waterfall shower with hot and cold water, and w/c.

casa-colombo Bambalapitiya
In-room spa services at Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo in collaboration with Angsana Spa provide in room spa services to its clients.
In house Facilities at Casa Colombo
While High Tea is served in the afternoon with Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the World at the T-REPUBLIC located on the front lawn, cocktails are served at the lounge bar.
The pink swimming pool has cement and glass sun beds and canopied sun beds are set in the shade of a large tropical tree.

Casa Colombo,Bambalapitiya, Sri Lanka

Half day Excursion off Casa Colombo
Mount Lavinia Beach at Mount Lavinia, 7km south of Casa Colombo
Kelaniya Buddhist Temple at Kelaniya [home to exquisite modern murals depicting landmarks of Sinhalese Buddhist civilization of Sri Lanka], 15km north-east of Casa Colombo
Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya [home to magnificent modern Buddha statues and paintings], 9km south of Casa Colombo, Bambalapitiya
Gangaramaya Temple by the Colombo Beira lake [home to a multitude of Buddha statues], 5km north of Casa Colombo


Weligama Bay Marriott

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa Weligama, a beachfront 5 star 200 room, 11-story property is scheduled to be opened in the year 2014. Marriott International has signed an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of East West Properties PLC on the project. Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road. The seaport city of Galle is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of VOC Galle Duch Fort, the best preserved colonial Dutch For in Asia.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka Holidays


Weligama located 144km from Colombo in the south western coastal belt of Sri Lanka is a pristine beach of golden sand sheltered with groves of coconut palm trees.The images of stilt-fishermen perched on a cross bar of a single pole planted into the sea bed have become iconic reperesentation of the popular beach of  Weligama.
With a flexiable ball room space of some 640 sq meters, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa will be geared to serve Sri Lanka Holidays tourists as well as to the MICE market, i.e. Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort, Weligama, Sri Lanka


Commenting on the project of  Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa at Sri Lanka Holidays Weligama Mr. Nihal Wijesuriya, Chairman of East West Properties PLC, Sri Lanka said: “We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The is being built according to International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-West of the country. The construction is being carried out in-house by East West Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka so we have direct control of every aspect of the construction of the and are confident that it will be of the highest standards and quality.”

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa


Marriott International is a world renowned operator and franchiser of a broad portfolio of hotels and which include Bulgari Hotels and s and The Ritz Carlton. International currently operates over 3,700 hotels in over 73 countries and territories around the globe. Marriott Hotels and Resorts are Marriott International’s signature and most widely distributed brand and is also known for the world’s largest loyalty program, Rewards.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka Holidays


Marriott International, Inc.  is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership s under 17 brands, including Hotels & s, The Ritz-Carlton, JW , Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by , Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Executive Apartments, Vacation Club, Grand Residences by , and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties. is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world.


Bentota Rooms

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bentota Beach located 64km south of Colombo is the prime bay beach resort of Sri Lanka. Though High Range Rooms, Mid Range Rooms and Budget Range Rooms are available all along the stretches of loveliest palm fringed beaches of golden sands, during the high season, the rooms are hard to come by.

Club Bentota, Bentota Beach, SrI lanka Holidays

Club Bentota, Bentota Beach, SrI Lanka Holidays

The next best options are available in the nearby beaches to the north and south of Bentota:
Aluthgama 1km to the north
Beruwala 6km to the north
Induruwa 4km to the south
Kosgoda 10km to the south
Ahungalla 12km to the south

Bentota National Holiday Resort (NHR)

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka Holidays

Some of the finest accommodation options at Bentota are located within the perimeter of the Bentota National Holiday Resort, an enchanting rendezvous of beach, lagoon and river, that spreads over an area of 100 acres. The verdant land of many hues and tones of green is sandwiched between Bentota Beach and A2 Galle – Colombo main motor road. Running through Bentota National Holiday Resort (NHR) and along the coast is Colombo-Galle southern railway line.
The southern railway line of Colombo to Galle that runs via Bentota, parallel to the A2 Colombo-Galle main motor road, has now been extended, with a design speed of 120km/h to Kataragama, the domain of God Skanda via Hambantota and Belliatta, the hometown or rather, the village of the Hero of Modern Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Colombo to Bentota

Colombo to Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Paradise Island, Bentota
The prime block of real estate at Bentota Beach, aptly called “The Paradise Island” is a couple of hundred meters long tongue of land that that stretches from south to north terminating at the spectacular site of the confluence of the Indian Ocean and River Bentara ganga also called Bentota River. Hotels named Bentota Beach, Hotel Ceysands and Club Bentota are located in this well sheltered delightful peninsula of year round tropical vegetation. In terms of the natural location sheltered from the tropical sun, these hotels are second to none other in Bentota or anywhere else in Sri Lanka.

Bentota Beach Hotel at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Bentota Beach Hotel at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Hotels located in the Paradise Island
Bentota Beach Hotel: 139 room luxury hotel [4 star]
Hotel Ceysands: 84 room luxury hotel [4 star]
Club Bentota: 146 room hotel [2 star]

Club Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Club Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Bentota Hotels immediately south of the Paradise Island, Bentota
Vivanta by Taj, Bentota: 162 room beachfront luxury hotel [4 star]
Hotel Serendib: 90 room beachfront luxury hotel [3 star]
The Surf (Formerly Lihiniya Surf Hotel, Lihiniya: Sinhala – Eagle), Bentota: 86 room beachfront luxury hotel [3 star]

Though these High Range Hotels aren’t not located in the peninsula itself, being immediately south of it, they brings great joys to the water sports lovers, the beach lovers holidaying in Sri Lanka Holidays Bentota on the south western coast that is replete with coconut palm sheltered pristine beaches: Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Koggala, Mirissa (off-shore whales during November to April), Dikwella, Tangalla and Hambantota of Deep South of Sri Lanka Holidays. With the on-going projects of Magampura Mahinda Rajapakse Port, Mattala Mahinda Rajapakse Int’l Airport, 300-acre Mirijjawila dry zone botanical garden and completed Sooriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse Int’l Cricket Stadium, Hambantota has become the focal point of the development of Modern Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Sri Lanka’s first E Class highway called the Southern Lanka Express Highway [design speed is 120km/h; operational speed is 100km/h] that runs from Kottawa of Colombo district to Pinnaduwa [95km] of Galle district is scheduled to be extended to Matara [further 35km] in the year 2013 and then on to Mattala International Airport, Hambantota [further 75km] in an accelerated project.

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Bentota Hotels located south of the Bentota Beach
Saman Villas: 26 room luxury boutique hotel located on a headland 3km south of Bentota beach

Saman Villas at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Saman Villas at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Bentota Hotels Inland
Hotel Bentota Village: 16 room hotel, few minutes’ walk to Bentota Beach, 2 star
Hotel Susantha’s: 17 room hotel, few minutes’ walk to Bentota Beach, 1 star
Villa Bentota (formerly Mohotti Walauwa): 15 room hotel [High range Boutique Hotel]
Lunuganga: 6 room boutique hotel on the banks of Lake Dedduwa, 5km inland from Bentota beach
Nisala Arana: 6 room hotel 3km inland from Bentota beach
Sakura Villa Bentota: 5 room hotel 4km inland from Benota Beach 3.5KM
Shangri Lanka Villa Boutique Guest House: 5 suite hotel, few minutes’ walk to Bentota Beach
Villa Sri Pali: 5 room guest house, 5-minutes’ drive from Bentota Beach

Aluthgama Beach hotels north of Bentota Beach
Lanka Princess Hotel, Alutgama: 105 room hotel near the beach budget range
Riverdale Eco Resort, Moragolla, Aluthgama: 10 room villa on the banks of Bentara River at Bentota

Beruwala Beach Hotels north of Bentota beach
Eden Resort and Spa, Kaluwamodera, Beruwala:158 room beachfront hotel [4 star]
Heritance Ayurveda Mahagedara (formerly Neptune Ayurveda Village), Moragalla, Beruwala: 64 room hotel [3 star]
Taparosa Footprints, Moragalla, Beruwala: 58 room beachfront hotel [3 star ]
The Palms, Moragalla, Beruwala; 100 room beach front hotel [3 star ]
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Moragolla, Aluthgama: 75 room beachfront hotel [1 star]
Hotel Sumadai, Beruwala; 19 room hotel on the bank of Sillia Lake [3 star]
Ypsylon Tourist Resort offers beachfront accommodation in Beruwela’s tourist site. [2 star]
Roy Villa Beach Hotel is 20 meters from Bentota Beach [2 star]
Lanka Princess Hotel: 111 room hotel close to the beach, budget range
Hotel Nilwala, Kaluwamodara, Beruwela:10 room villa on the banks of Bentara River at Bentota

Bentota Hotels at Induruwa Beach 6km south of Bentota Beach
Oasey Beach Hotel, Galboda, Induruwa: 14 room beachfront hotel [3 star]
Induruwa Beach Resort, Kaikawala, Induruwa: 84 room beachfront hotel [3 star]
Emerald Bay, Induruwa, 50 room beachfront hotel [3 star]
Sign of Life Resort Athuruwella Induruwa: 8 room beachfront Ayurvedic retreat [2 star]
Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Induruwa: 10 room beachfront hotel
Royal Beach Resort, Induruwa: 15 room beachfront hotel
Sea Rock Villa, Induruwa: 5 suit beachfront villa
Shunyata Villa, Induruwa: 5 room beachfront hotel
Hotels at Kosgoda Beach 10km south of Bentota
Ayurveda Kuma Villa, Talgahapitiya Road, Kosgoda: 4 room beachfront Ayurvedic retreat
Kosgoda Beach Resort, 2, Nape, Kosgoda: 42 room beachfront hotel
Hotels at Ahungalla Beach 12km south of Bentota
Heriance Ahungalle: 152 room beachfront luxury hotel [4 star]

Sri Lanka Hotels at Balapitiya Beach 14km south of Bentota
Niroga in Maduganga Villa, Samagi Mawatha, Mahalduwa, Balapitiya: 5 room villa in the island of River Madu Ganga
[River Maduganga affords opportunities for boat safaris in River Madu Ganga, rambling around the18 islets rich with birdlife lined with mangroves]
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Amethyst Passikudah

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Location of Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda)
Amethyst Resort Passikudah of eastern coast of Sri Lanka is located about 28km North of Batticaloa town. It’s an approximately 5 hour drive from the Capital of Colombo.

Setting of Amethyst Resort Passikudah
Pasikudah is an absolutely stunning, exotic beach: it’s calm with no waves at all; it’s shallow allowing all to wade 30-50 meters into the sea that appears as if it’s a lagoon. The stretches of beaches are of sand exceedingly soft to the feet and dotted with palm and Palmyra trees.

Amethyst resort, Passikudah, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amethyst resort, Passikudah, Sri Lanka Holidays

The beachfront Amethyst Resort Passikudahsits prettily on the a crescent-moon shaped inlet of shallow water bay, which Google Maps refers to as one of the prettiest beaches in the world, under the cooling Kohomba (Sinhala: Margosa) trees with a lovely flowing stream bisecting the lush tropical greenery and the mangroves of the property.

Passikudah By Beach, Sri Lanka

Passikudah By Beach, Sri Lanka

Passikudah Bay beach
The reef that runs across Passikudah (Pasikuda) bay makes it one of the calmest and safest stretches of eastern coastline of Sri Lanka. Snorkeling at Passikudah (Pasikuda) bay brings in the endless joys of the marine life in view of the shallow fringing reef system that is home to lovely coral formations and schools of reef fish. Such is the beauty and importance in terms of marine life at Passikudah (Pasikuda), NARA has proposed the lovely bay of be listed as a Marine Sanctuary.

Passikudah (Pasikuda) Development Plan
Passikudah (Pasikuda), which has been in decades of torpor, is now awakening to the development plans of the tropical island of Sri Lanka. 156 acres of land have been earmarked for rapid development to provide more than 900 star class hotel rooms supported by common infrastructure as in Bentota beach of South Western Coast, the prime beach resort of Sri Lanka.

 Passikudha Beach, Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka Holidays

Passikudha Beach, Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amethyst Resort Passikudah(Pasikuda) Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

Architectural concept of Amethyst Resort Passikudah(Pasikuda)
With the concept of conservation of lush tropical greenery of the land being paramount, the chalets are designed to present a rustic charm that blends into the nature of the property.

Amethyst Resort Passikudha Sri Lanka Holidays

Amethyst Resort Passikudha Sri Lanka Holidays

Accommodation at Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda)
The resort has 40 rooms in operation which comprise of 18 Sea view Chalets and Stream View Chalets. All the rooms are spacious and fully equipped with luxury amenities.
Luxury Beach cabanas
Facing the bay of Passikudah (Pasikuda) are the luxury cabanas with spectacular views of the beach. All luxury beach cabanas are set up with its own private verandah opening out to the beach. There is no better spot in Passikudha (Pasikuda) to enjoy the spectacular scene of setting sun.
Water-View cabanas
Facing the lovely stream are spacious water-view cabanas. The verandah facing the stream creates a serene setting to enjoy the soft whispers of the flowing water.
Deluxe Rooms
Deluxe Rooms at Amethyst Resort Passikudah are spectacularly sandwiched between the beach and the stream. All Deluxe Rooms are fully equipped with all amenities.
Luxury Suites
Luxury Suites brings in panoramic views of the Bay of Passikudah. Luxury rooms are spacious with ample living and relaxing space; spectacular with ample living and relaxing space; comfortable with all conceivable amenities

Amethyst Resort, Passikudha

Amethyst Resort, Passikudha

Beach Bungalow at Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda)
The two-storey beach bungalow at Amethyst Resort Passikudah nestled under the cooling Margosa (Kohomba) trees is an ideal hideaway that has picturesque views of both the ocean and stream.

The Barrel – Pub
The pub aptly named “The Barrel” alluding to the idiom “Barrel of fun” is a bar set up in Mediterranean style. The Barrel serves beer, a range of Cocktails and spirits. The barrel also serves delicious dishes of seafood in addition to the snacks to enjoy with your poison on the deck that opens up a scenic view of a fountain of water emerging from the river. The Karaoke music at The Barrel brings in entertainment to keep you in high spirits in the evening.

The “Kool” Pool Bar
The pool bar at the swimming pool set up close to the ocean is perfectly located to bring in views of the seascape to your heart’s content.

Taprobane – restaurant with seafood specialties
Taprobane – restaurant sitting pretty overlooking the stream serves a wide range of delicious dishes of seafood prepared from the catch of the day: straight from deep sea to the hands of the master-chefs.

Batticaloa Lagoon of the Eastern Coast
Batticaloa Lagoon, one of the largest coastal lagoons in Sri Lanka has several islands within it such as Puliayantheevu, Buffalo Island and Bone Island connected by a number of bridges. The largest bridge called Lady Manning Bridge, located in the Kallady is home to the famous “Singing fish of Batticaloa”. During the months of April and September on moonlit nights, the lagoon emanates a musical vibrations believed to be created by a certain species of fish. The singing is heard by way of placing an oar dipped into the water of the lagoon while floating in a boat.

Whale watching off shore Trincomalee also of the Eastern Coast
Trincomalee of Eastern coast and Mirissa and Dondre head of southern coast are hot spots of whale watching in Sri Lanka. The season for whale watching at Trincomalee is Between March to August when the whales return to Arabian Sea from their migration to Bay of Bengal in December-January. Trincomalee has high rates of sightings of for Blue Whales and Sperm Whales and even higher for Dolphins, mainly Spinner Dolphins.

Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda) has taken its name after the gemstone called Amethyst that is found in Sri Lanka and can be bought in Colombo as well as in the world renowned city of Ratnapura (Sinhala: the city of gems). Amethyst is a healing stone: it balances and soothes the mind. The one who wear Amethyst or drink a bowl of spring water in which it was immersed (8 hours) with a teaspoon of sea salt on daily basis become aware of an increase imagination and a superior ability to visualize clearly.



Ulagalla Walawwa

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Location of Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort is located in the heart of Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle at Thirappane (off Dambulla- Anuradhapura road), 23 kilometres south of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura north-central plains of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of  Ulagalla Walawwa Resort:
The solar farm which provides125KVA, i.e. 50% of their energy requirements when the resort is in full operation. While the hotel is built on already utilized land nearly a 1000 (root balled) trees were planted in the property. The Ulagalla Resort at Anuradhapura has been awarded the LEEDv2009®-NC: SILVER (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka to receive the LEED certification, recognizing Ulagalla Resort’s commitment to sustainable development.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Setting of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
20 luxurious chalets are built on eight rectangular man-made earth mounds (ten feet high and sloped at 45 degrees) so that panoramic views of water bodies and luxuriant woodlands are brought to the tourists over the high embankments surrounding the restored ancient irrigation reservoirs of Ulagalla and Wannanmaduwa. The chalets are accessed by an earthen ramp. The total area of the eco-friendly hotel and its garden spread 52 acres.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Architectural concept of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, a Sri Lanka Holidays Boutique Hotel is built with a walauwa (Sinhala: manor house) being set up as the central feature. Walauwa is the Sinhalese name given to a feudal or colonial manor house in Sri Lanka built by native headmen as well as the feudal lords of the late medieval era and the Portuguese (1505- 1658), Dutch (1658-1796) and British colonial era ( 1796-1948) of Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka). Ulagalla Walawwa manor house built in the year 1885 is restored and rehabilitated, maintaining most of its original design elements to house the resort’s reception area.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura. Road

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura. Road

Privacy and solitude at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
The chalets of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort are placed across 58 acres of natural woodlands in a such a way as to assure ultimate privacy and solitude assure to all the Sri Lanka Holidays tourists.

Architectural features of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla  Walawwa, Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla Walawwa, Cultural Triangle

The old mansion house
The enclosing walls of the original closed courtyards of Ulagalla Walawwa have been removed thereby merging the indoor with outdoors. In the absence of the walls, the roofs are held by steel columns camouflaged in wooden casings.

The new chalets
The roofs of chalets are made of welded steel. Once again the steel is encased in hollow wooden beams. From the floor to the ceiling are the glass walls that bring about spectacular views of reservoirs, paddy fields and luxuriant woodlands. The glass walls are protected from heat and rain by the making the eaves, that projects from the roofs, wide and low.

Ulagalla Walawwa Resort’s targeted clientele
The luxury boutique hotels targets high-end exclusive Sri Lanka Holidays tourists.

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle

Accommodation at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
All 20 luxurious chalets at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort are set up with a living room area, a bedroom, dressing area, bathroom and individual plunge pool and private terrace The whole 800 sq. ft of chalet is elegantly furnished and state-of –the-art amenities.

Ulagalla Resort, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Ulagalla Resort, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

In-room Facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
All Chalets at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura are well furnished and equipped with all modern conveniences:
Air-conditioning, overhead fan, electronic safe, IDD, Wi-Fi, minibar, tea/coffee facility, cable TV- 42” LCD, DVD player, music and DVD library, hair dryer, his and her bathrobe and slippers, 24 hour room service, and two bicycles for each chalet to explore the estate.
Baby cots and high chairs, and babysitting service with prior notice.
The butler assigned to each chalet to ensure all the guests are serviced at all times.

Ulagalla Boutique Hotel, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Boutique Hotel, Anuradhapura

In-house facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Fitness center, business center, indoor games, billiards, souvenir shop, laundry service, and doctor on call
Swimming pool: 30 meter swimming pool by the old mansion house

Wellness at Ulagalla Walawwa
The spa at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort is so well hidden by the wattle walls and lush foliage, so well screened from the world outside, it brings in the feeling of being in underground. A slow flowing waterfall that cascades over the roof of the spa meet the pools below dotted with floating water lilies.
The expert spa therapist at the Ayurvedic spa of the boutique hotel is ready to avail himself for a range of treatments: from simple massage or beauty treatment to a full course of therapeutic treatments.

Ulagalla Walawaa Luxury Resort- at  Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Ulagalla Walawaa Luxury Resort-

Dining facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and an international a la carte menu. No matter it is haute cuisine, spicy rice and curry or a simple salad, the kitchen of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort prepared all dishes from the vegetables and fruits from the garden and farm to the hotel. Most of the fruits and vegetables are grown in the farm garden of the hotel. The rice served is from the paddy threshed from the own fields of rice cultivation. The rest is from the surrounding farms and gardens.
While there are not fixed timings for main meals, the guest are free to have their meals any hour of the day or night: the kitchen is open round the clock.
Meals are served at in the privacy of your own chalet and on the terrace overlooking the reservoir as well as in Ulagalla’s fine dining restaurant.
Ulagalla resort welcomes children and has special children’s menus.

Ulagalla-Resort- 23km south of Anuradhapura

Ulagalla-Resort- 23km south of Anuradhapura

Recreational facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort has set up a range of recreational facilities:
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort has its own riding stables so that Sri Lanka Holidays tourists may enjoy horse riding in the surrounding.
Archery, kayaking, nature trails and bird watching with the in-house naturalist.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Ulagalla Walawwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Exploring the surroundings Ulagalla Walawwa Resort on horseback.
Go bird watching or kayaking on the Ulagalla reservoir.
Touring UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura, home to vast irrigation reservoirs, colossal stupas, Buddhist temples and restored ruins of ancient buildings
Touring Mihintale, Aukana, Tantirimale, Ritigala and Yapahuwa. All these Sri Lanka Holidays cultural attractions are located in less than one and a half hour’s drive away from Ulagalla Walawwa Resort.
Safari tour Wilpattu National Park which is home to elephants, sloth bear and leopard. Wilpattu National Park is only about one hour’s drive away.


Shangri-La Colombo

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Shangri-La Colombo
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Open a New Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2014
4 Jan 2011
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Asia Limited announced the purchase of six acres of government land facing the Galle Face green promenade, a prominent landmark in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The development will be a multi-use complex with high-end retail facilities, deluxe apartments and a 700-key luxury hotel to open in early 2014. The purchase marks the entry of the hotel group into Sri Lanka, often referred to as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”
Shangri-La is also planning to develop a second property, a 161 rooms and 20 villas beach side resort on the southern coast of  Sri Lanka Holidays Hambantota  , to open in 2013.
“Sri Lanka is a country of unsurpassed natural beauty, rich in cultural heritage, and above all it is well recognized for its warm and hospitable population. The local government is fully committed to rebuilding the economy following the end of three decades of conflict and we believe that Shangri-La will be able to assist in positioning the country as a prime global tourist destination. Both Shangri-La hotels strategically fit into the group’s ongoing expansion plans to link the Indian subcontinent and our South East Asia developments,” said Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.

To Open A New Hotel In Colombo, Sri Lanka In 2014
‘The entry of the Shangri-La global network is an endorsement of the economic prospects that Sri Lanka has gained since His Excellency the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa ending the long drawn conflict, and accelerating long term infrastructure development, through the creation of a stable economic environment while promoting a rural-centric development strategy. It also marks the beginning of a new journey of a high level of Foreign Direct Investment that Sri Lanka needs in order to accelerate an economic growth in excess of eight percent and position Sri Lanka as an emerging middle income country in Asia’, commented the Secretary to the Treasury. The Secretary also confirmed that several of the world’s leading investors have expressed interest to undertake a wide range of investment activities in 2011.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages 72 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands, with a room inventory of over 30,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with projects in Canada, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and United Kingdom.




Sheraton Colombo

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Sheraton Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays
COLOMBO Nov 6 (Reuters) – Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, the largest Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide brand, will build a hotel in the Sri Lankan capital on land originally offered to a Chinese firm, a government official said on Sunday.
The island nation’s junior economic minister said the government has completed negotiations with Sheraton to allocate the land, earlier offered to China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC).
“The negotiations with Sheraton are successfully over and we have agreed to give (the) CATIC land,” Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene told Reuters.
However, he declined to comment on the amount of the investment or extent of land the government had agreed to offer Sheraton under a 99-year lease.
Last month, Sri Lanka annulled a $500 million investment deal with CATIC after it refused to sell the beach front land outright to the state-run Chinese conglomerate as agreed earlier.
The CATIC deal was among the largest foreign investments since Sri Lanka won a quarter-century civil war in 2009, and analysts say its cancellation has created concerns among potential investors.
The land deal was cancelled after the main opposition United National Party (UNP) questioned it in a parliament dominated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling party.
Officially, Rajapaksa questioned why the land for the hotel on the colonial-era Galle Face seafront grounds was being sold instead of given on a long-term lease. CATIC balked at the change in terms, having already paid $54.5 million.
The government says it is negotiating to give CATIC another property, and is in talks to lease the land in front of Galle Face Green it offered earlier to another party, which it declined to name, to build a hotel.
However, the government has not changed the terms of a similar $500 million hotel, shopping and apartment project with Shangri-La Asia Ltd , which paid $125 million to buy 10 acres next to the 6 acres CATIC wanted.
CATIC is primarily a weapons manufacturer, but has other interests, including in hotels.



Chaaya Bey

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Chaaya Bey hotel, a 200-room four-star property on 11 acres of beachfront land strong>Golden Mile’ on the Beruwela
Chaaya Bey with 200 rooms and an array of restaurants will be a benchmark for quality and class in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry,’’ he promised. “It will play a significant part in bridging the deficit (of quality accommodation) on the Southern coast.
Chaaya Bey is coming up on what was previously the location of Hotel Bayroo that was flattened by the December 2004 tsunami. JKH acquired the adjoining five acres too to build the new hotel whose Rs. 3 billion price tag includes the cost of land acquisition.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa later visited the site and examined plans for the luxury property due to be completed in 20 months as its owners, the John Keells Holdings Group (Chaaya Hotels & Resorts), the country’s biggest conglomerate, gears to take advantage of the anticipated tourism boom. 30 August 2010


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