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Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya unveils US$ 25,000 expensive dessert “Marry Me”!

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

The iconic Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya unveiled the world’s most expensive dessert at an elaborate ceremony held at the hotel yesterday (3) morning.
The exotic dessert named “Marry Me” comes with a price tag of US$ 25,000 and has been crafted using dark chocolate from Madagascar, edible gold, silver and many other exotic ingredients.
Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga witnessed the unveiling of the culinary masterpiece which was served to cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara and his wife Yeheli. 
The dessert is a creation of Chef Viraj Jayaratne, who celebrates 25 years in the culinary industry.
(Tourism Ministry Media)

Room facilities include in-room safe and phone. Bathroom amenities include complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. Entertainment: In-room entertainment options at Grand Hotel include satellite television service. Housekeeping services are also available.

Dining facilities at Grand Hotel include a cafeteria. There is also room service available. Leisure amenities: Guests can also enjoy the following spa/wellness facilities: sauna. Other services: coffee shop/café, laundry facilities, safe-deposit box – front desk and wedding services.

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The Beachside Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Posted on 20 December 2017 by admin


Marriott Hotels, the iconic flagship brand of Marriott International, announced the opening of Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, marking Marriott International’s first hotel in enigmatic Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is fast becoming a top tourist destination given its dramatic landscape ranging from an impressive eight UNESCO World heritage sites dotting the compact island country that vastly ranges from dramatic mountains in the North to picturesque white-sand beaches ideal for water sports lovers and sun-worshippers. Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is situated to the South of the country in Weligama, a charming seaside fishing village famous for its charming local fishing community and world-renowned surf breaks.
“Sri Lanka is a new frontier for Marriott International, and Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is an innovative addition to Marriott Hotels’ growing portfolio of resorts in Asia-Pacific by sparking new ways of thinking,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “The resort is a great base for intrepid travelers who want to experience the wealth of Sri Lanka’s rich culture and natural attractions, meanwhile families can enjoy the beautiful beachfront resort, facilities and F&B offerings. We believe Marriott will lead the way in redefining the resort hotel experience in Sri Lanka.”  

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort Spa – Room

Guests can take in the sweeping beachfront views throughout the hotel, as well as from the privacy of their room or suite. The innovative hotel offers more than 200 well-designed, modern rooms and suites boasting private balconies that look out onto breathtaking views of Weligama Bay. Given its prized beachfront location, it’s also an ideal hotel to host a special occasion. The resort boasts 3,360sqm of combined outdoor and indoor meeting spaces that includes a creative banquet space that can host up to 500 guests, making it the ideal location for themed weddings and socials events.

“The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa was thoughtfully researched and crafted to appeal to the changing lifestyles and expectations of our guests. The resort offers a wide range of entertainment, dining and relaxation options that blend natural beauty and tranquillity with the highest standards of hospitality to create spectacular memories for our guests,” said Elton Hurtis, General Manager, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa.
Guests have the option of dining at four specialty restaurants at the resort. The all-day dining restaurant, Weligama Kitchen spreads across different zones, each with an interactive live kitchen focused on a distinct cuisine that serves authentic local dishes and international flavors. Big Fishis a chef-driven restaurant offering gourmet seafood dining in a relaxed yet elegant setting; Tidesis an integration of the Lobby and Lobby Lounge with a clearly defined bar which transitions from coffee and pastries during the day to cocktails and light bites in the evening; and Mirissa Baking Company provides freshly-baked desserts and snacks, accompanied by a selection of fine coffee, fresh juices and specialty drinks. 

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort Spa – Swimming Pool

The resort caters to families with young children by providing a large, indoor kid’s activity centre with fun-filled game zones and play areas. Adults can find refuge at the resort’s renowned Quan Spa which offers authentic Ayurvedic therapies alongside modern techniques to relax and revitalise the body and mind. The resort also provides a fitness center with three outdoor swimming pools for active guests.
Located in close proximity to a wealth of enticing attractions including the historic 16th century Galle Fort and situated 144 km South of Colombo, the resort allows its guests to experience wonderful tropical sea-side activities while enjoying& partaking off Marriott’s renowned hospitality and culinary inventiveness.

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Bollywood superstar Jacqueline Fernandez opens her own restaurant in Sri Lanka

Posted on 18 December 2017 by admin

The ‘Judwa 2’ star’s first-ever restaurant recently opened its doors in Colombo’s newest five-star hotel, Shangri-La.

Model-turned-actress Jacqueline Fernandez is bringing celebrity glamour to her native Sri Lanka. The leggy beauty, who has starred in a number of Bollywood flicks, has joined the ranks of a number of B-Town celebrities, including Shilpa Shetty-Kundra and Govinda, who have entered the culinary space and opened restaurants.

The ‘Judwa 2’ star’s first-ever restaurant recently opened its doors in Colombo’s newest five-star hotel, Shangri-La Hotel. It is only fitting that the sizzling siren names the eatery Kaema Sutra. While work on the restaurant has been going on for some time now, the menu is a collaborative effort between Jacqueline Fernandez and Sri Lankan celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa. THE CHEF HAS HELMED TWO OF ASIA’S BEST RESTAURANTS — Nihonbashi and The Ministry of Crab.

Going by the images shared on Darshan Munidasa’s Instagram page, the restaurant’s decor has incorporated the popular Sri Lankan masks, which are both iconic and unmatched. The minimalist restaurant decor paves the way for an array of authentic Sri Lankan fare—dominated by fish and seafood dishes, which are an important part of Sri Lankan cuisine and Munidasa’s area of expertise. From Banana Leaf Barramundi to a variety of Sambols, Kaema Sutra sure knows how to put on a show with a Sri Lankan feast.

SIDE NOTE — a little birdie informed that Fernandez is all set to launch a new restaurant in Mumbai soon.

Indeed, Fernandez has added another feather to her cap. After establishing a successful career in the Indian film industry with films like ‘Kick’ and ‘Houseful 3’ to name a few, the actress has now laid her hands in the hotel industry.

The actress took to social media to share the news.

She shared the picture and captioned it, “So excited to announce my first restaurant Kaema Sutra with Dharshan Munidasa is now open in the brand new Shangri-La Colombo bringing you the yummiest Sri Lankan cuisine. See you there.”

The Kaema Sutra restaurant will serve Sri Lankan cuisine. On the work front, Fernandez has two films in her kitty ‘Drive’ and ‘Race 3’. Directed by filmmaker and writer Tarun Mansukhani, ‘Drive’ also stars Sushant Singh Rajput and ‘Race 3’ features Salman Khan, Saqib Salim, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah and Anil Kapoor.

Published in Daily Times, December 18th 2017.


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Best Hotel Architectural Design Award for Jetwing Surf, Pottuvil

Posted on 13 December 2017 by admin

Friday, December 8, 2017 – Courtesy: Daily News.







Jetwing Surf in Pottuvil Point which is built on minimum carbon footprint recently received the award for the Best Hotel Architectural Design at the Asia Property Awards 2017.

A luxury resort dedicated for surfers, Jetwing Surf is located on an unspoilt stretch of beach in Pottuvil Point with magnificent waves gushing onto shore. Only a few minutes away from the surfer’s paradise of Arugam Bay, this property includes 20 beach cabanas that encompasses comfortable amenities inspired by a unique style of architecture with structures made using wood, woven coconut palm leaves and reeds. To heighten the experience by the beach the design elements take the form of seashells allowing guests to wander freely and fully submerge in the tropical environs.

Each of the cabanas has a spacious outdoor deck that opens out to the towering coconut trees and gleaming view of the Indian Ocean in between. Equipped with ceiling fans to complement the sea breeze that circles within the premises, each of the rooms has a bathroom with hot and cold indoor and outdoor showers that allows you to feel closer to nature. With plush king-sized beds and couches, Wi-Fi, electronic power, tea/coffee making facility and even a beach bag with sun block, slippers and wraparounds, Jetwing Surf becomes your luxurious abode by the sea.

Your meals at Jetwing Surf can be savoured at the breezy comforts of our main restaurant set under a thatched roof. The chef here will take you through a world of global favourites and local specialities through our carefully curated à la carte and set menus. The restaurant also houses a bar to serve you with refreshing thirst quenches and also a pool bar for you to laze around while sipping on delicious mocktails and cocktails. Capture picture perfect moments of the coastal line as you take a refreshing dip on our infinity edge pool complete with lily pods bringing out a unique design and style. The electric waves raging on to the shores at Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Point and Whisky Point are a must-catch for surf lovers and are a short distance away from Jetwing Surf.

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Posted on 30 November 2017 by admin

Combining modern luxury and legendary hospitality with authentic Sri Lankan charm, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is a place where the city comes alive, and is set to become an icon for the city of Colombo.

Colombo, Sri Lanka,16 November 2017

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts celebrated the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo with an inauguration ceremony that signalled the city’s most highly anticipated hotel launch in nearly 30 years.

The official opening was graced by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, ministers of the government of Sri Lanka, key representatives of Shangri-La’s owners and management, other dignitaries, diplomats, government officials and business partners.

The ceremony entailed the cutting of the ribbon to mark new beginnings and the unveiling of the plaque by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka. To signify the symbolic merging of two countries, China and Sri Lanka, rituals from both cultures to mark prosperity were performed. Dotting of the lion’s eye in Chinese culture is believed to herald good luck and good fortune, whilst the age-old tradition of lighting the oil lamp marks auspicious new beginnings in Sri Lanka.

The ceremony also saw the hotel’s first guest check-ins by Jacqueline Fernandez, the internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan actress, and two of China’s most prominent influencers, Mr. Fan Yi Ren and Ms. Lu Lu.

Located at the exclusive One Galle Face address, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo marks the group’s second foray into Sri Lanka – a year-round destination where beaches, heritage and cultural sites, nature and wildflife viewing are part of the unique island experiences. Offering a new perspective of the city are the hotel’s 500 guestrooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake and the city skyline. 

The modern guestrooms’ colour combination of teal and brown reflect their coastal surroundings. Rooms range in size from 42 square metres to 210 square metres and are luxuriously styled in marble, silk and Sri Lankan touches to complement the magnificent vistas.

Positioned on the top three floors of the hotel are Horizon Club rooms, which include benefits such as in-room check-in and check-out, breakfast, cocktails, dedicated Club Concierge service and access to the Horizon Club Lounge on the 32nd floor – the city’s only exclusive lounge with views of the ocean.

Created to convey a sophisticated residence in the city, the hotel’s 34 suites each come with a personal butler and access to the Horizon Club Lounge. The three, one-bedroom Specialty Suites overlook the Indian Ocean, while the Shangri-La Suite is the largest, at 210 square metres, with three bedrooms and unparalleled sea views.

Long-stay residents can take advantage of 41 one or two-bedroom serviced apartments featuring a fully equipped kitchen and living room.

Set to enhance Colombo’s dining scene and offer guests a multi‐faceted lifestyle hotspot are the hotel’s six restaurants and bars. Table One, named after the hotel’s prestigious address at One Galle Face, showcases interactive cooking stationsuniquely themed around cooking techniques. Appointed with distinctive cinnamon stick detailing on the ceiling and tree inspired features, the dining space is open daily from morning to midnight.

The hotel is also home to Shangri-La’s renowned Shang Palace Chinese restaurant, which is decoratively inspired by China’s traditional Siheyuan houses and featuresold wooden beams that were once part of these historical residences. Taking centre stage in the restaurant is a custom-made duck oven where all duck orders are wood-firedthen carved table-side. In addition to a curated menu of traditional cuisine from Sichuan, Dongbei and Canton, Shang Palacealso boasts an open dim sum kitchen, a market style crab kitchen and private dining room.

Stylish and elegant, the 204-seat Capital Bar &Grill serves steaks, grilled seafoodand the city’s most extensive whisky selection. Guests can expect four ambiences– a buzzing and energetic bar with live jazz performances; “The White Room” for private dining; the vibrant “Blue Room” with a show kitchen; and alfresco dining on the breezy terrace.

Kaema Sutra, a Sri Lankan themed restaurant and bar led by Colombo’s celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa,highlights the evolution of Sri Lankan cuisine using the island’s aromatic spices, rich ingredients, traditional cooking techniques and influences from various regions. The space, dressed with intricately carved elephants and vibrant masks depicting folktales also offers an airy outdoor area framed by tiki torches to create a tropical island feel.

At the Sapphyr Lounge, afternoon tea is meticulously prepared by tea sommeliers and served with jewel shaped treats in celebration of the country’s moniker, ‘Gem Island’.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s facilities continue with the largest event portfolio in Sri Lanka.  Over 3,500 square metres of space including two ballrooms, an outdoor lawn and several function rooms can host up to 3,000 guests. Intended to appeal to large conferences and events, and complement the island’s attraction as one of Asia’s top MICE destinations alongside Bangkok and Singapore, the property is perfect for weddings, social functions and gala dinners, and offers Shangri-La Events Collection expertise and benefits, to create memorable curated experiences and bespoke incentives.

With a focus on wellbeing, CHI, The Spa offers seven treatment rooms and a selection of traditional Sri Lankan and East Asian therapies. For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind, the warm temperatures on the hotel’s spectacular sun terrace or the large swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean and Galle Face Green are hard to resist. A 24-hour Health Club and recreational activities for kids at the Cool Zone are also available.

For guests, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo unlocks the most vibrant and undiscovered experiences in the city, with a collection of bespoke cultural and historical tours providing privileged access to places that are not on conventional tourist maps, namely front-row seats at cricket matches, specially curated sunset heritage walks, meetings with Sri Lankan artists and even private previews at the city’s top jewellers. For more information and reservations, telephone +960 689 7888, e-mail or visit

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is part of the first phase opening of a 10-acre mixed-use development along Galle Face Promenade. The site incorporates an office tower offering 60,000 square metresof premium office space, two residential towers with 390 apartments,and a high-end shopping mall carrying emerging home-grown and international high-street brands across seven floors of shopping, dining and entertainment.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information, please visit

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President Maithripala Sirisena declares open 101st Hotel for Shangri-La Chain Worldwide

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

President Maithripala Sirisena today opened Shangri-La Hotel constructed in front of Galle Face. This is the 101st hotel of the chain of Shangri-La Hotels world-wide.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers John Amaratunga, Mangala Samaraweera, the Chief Executive Officer of Shangri-La Asia Lim Beng Chee and the Shangri La Sri Lanka Director Sajad Mawzoon were among those participated in this occasion.

2. Mr Lim Beng Chee, Chief Executive Officer of Shangri-La Asia
3. Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
4. Ms. Hui Kuok, Chairman of Shangri-La Asia
5. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
6. Mr. Ean Kuok, Chairman of Kuok, Singapore Ltd
7. Honourable Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Sri Lanka
8. Mr Sajjad Mawzoon, Director of Shangri-La





This is the 101st hotel of the chain of Shangri-La Hotels world-wide. The hotel consists the fine and modern accommodation in the country, with 500 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments.

The President cut the ribbon, unveiled the plaque and opened the hotel.

He put a note in the special guests’ book and observed the surrounding from the observation room on the 32nd floor.

Chairman of Shangri-La Asia Company Mrs. Hui Kuok presented a special souvenir to the President at this occasion.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers John Amaratunga, Mangala Samaraweera, the Chief Executive Officer of Shangri-La Asia Lim Beng Chee and the Shangri La Sri Lanka Director Sajad Mawzoon were among those participated in this occasion. 


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Jetwing first Lankan firm to sign UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Posted on 26 January 2016 by admin





France: Sri Lanka made history once again, with the signing of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) by premier hospitality brand Jetwing. The ceremony took place in Paris, France and Jetwing is the first company in Sri Lanka to sign the Code of Ethics.

Adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisations as a fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) is a comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development.

With the intention of reaching governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, the Code aims to help maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe. 

The Code’s 10 principles amply cover the economic, social, cultural and environmental components of travel and tourism; including tourism’s contribution to mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies, a vehicle for individual and collective fulfillment, obligations of stakeholders in tourism development, and rights of workers and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry amongst others.

Signing on behalf of Jetwing was Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray, in the presence of UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai, and World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) Chairman Pascal Lamy. Hiran Cooray is also the first South Asian representative to be appointed as an alternate member to the WCTE, a position approved by the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in 2013.

“Jetwing is a family that has been deeply ingrained in the inception and development of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, ever since my father began this journey over 40 years ago. We have learnt much from the world around us whilst we were struggling during the war, and today we are on a level playing field – where we go from here rests solely on our shoulders,” said Hiran Cooray.

“Being a signatory of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics now brings us a clear and comprehensive framework, with which I am confident we will see both Jetwing and Sri Lanka rise to new heights internationally,” he continued.

“We at UNWTO very much welcome Jetwing Hotels’ pioneering in signing the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics and fully committing to advancing responsible, sustainable and inclusive tourism in Sri Lanka and beyond. The private sector plays a key role in creating a more ethical tourism sector and I hope more companies in Sri Lanka will follow Jetwing Hotels’ example and leadership,” said UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai.

Jetwing Hotels is family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years.


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