Mirror Business reports that Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels “will set a new standard for luxury hospitality in Sri Lanka with the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.

“The hotel [artist’s impression above] will be the most luxurious to open in Colombo in 35 years and will complement the group’s 300-room Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa.”

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is expanding into Sri Lanka at a time when the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) forecasts the country’s travel and tourism GDP will grow 6.3 percent per year over the coming decade.

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Tried and tested: Hotel Riu Sri Lanka, Ahungalla

TTG Asia’s correspondent Feizal Samath “dives in for free-flow food, drinks and fun” at Hotel Riu Sri Lanka, the 501-room, five-star hotel located in southern Ahungalla, 130km from Colombo International Airport.

The only international branded resort in the area, the 5.3ha beachfront property is close to Kosgoda Village, famous for its turtle nesting beaches and hatcheries, with easy access to popular watersports like diving and snorkelling.

Reports Feizal: “The range of facilities is what makes this resort a standout. The all-inclusive package entitles guests to unlimited food, soft beverages and alcohol (local and imported) at any time of day and night. Feeling the munchies past midnight? Just walk down to the after-hours bar, show your ID wristbrand (given on arrival) and you’ll get a beer and snack.”

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Sri Lanka reveals luxury hideaway the Owl and the Pussycat

The Toronto Star reports that “the Owl and the Pussycat is Sri Lanka’s newest boutique hotel, offering guests a luxury hideaway in the southern coastal town of Thalpe, just a short tuk-tuk ride from historic Galle Fort and its surrounding Buddhist temples.

“Vibrant décor, lavish amenities and a lively seaside restaurant work together to create a sophisticated yet playful paradise that delivers an authentic Sri Lankan experience.

“The hotel’s waterfront restaurant, The Runcible Spoon, serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with an imaginative Mediterranean twist. Dazzling dishes are created using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.”

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Asia Capital and Belluna of Japan builds $54m Colombo hotel

EconomyNext reports that Sri Lanka’s Asia Capital and Belluna Company of Japan has started building a $54 million four-star hotel on the capital Colombo’s Marine Drive overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Says managing director Hiroshi Yasuno: “Belluna Co.’s offshore expansion focuses strongly on emerging markets, and we are pleased to be a part of Sri Lanka’s development drive.

” With Sri Lanka’s tourism and real estate sectors growing exponentially, we foresee many more such high-value investments in the years ahead.”

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Theme Resorts invests Rs450m in Ayurvie Retreat

Hospitality.lk reports that Theme Resorts and Spa will soon be opening Rs. The Rs450 million Ayurvie Retreat hotel in Weligama, a luxury boutique retreat offering authentic Sri Lankan Ayurvedic experience.

It has 22 deluxe rooms and two suites equipped with large balconies, rain showers, wifi, and mini herbal bars. Suites offer Jacuzzi, private dining and a home theatre system.

Theme Resorts and Spa also owns and operates Kithula Tissamaharama, Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa, Passekudah, Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya, Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy, WildTrails, Yal and Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow.

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Nine Jetwing Hotels certified for minimum carbon footprint

YouTravel reports that the Sri Lanka Climate Fund (SLCF) has awarded nine Jetwing hotels the Carbon Footprint Certification. A total of 162 countries in the world are currently the members of the International Organization for Standardization.

The nine Jetwing hotels that received the award are St. Andrew’s, Ayurveda Pavilions, Beach, Blue, Lagoon, Lighthouse, Sea, Vil Uyana, and Yala.

Fossil fuel electricity is one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions in the world. The Jetwing Hotels have adopted a non-fossil fuel based energy usage and other energy-efficient improvements to reduce their grid electricity consumption.

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