Monday, August 30, 2010

"Great Hotels of the World" in Sri Lanka

Great Hotels of the World offers an unrivaled collection of the best 5 star luxury hotels and resorts. Each hotel is selected for its dedication to the highest standards of luxury, unique sophistication, surroundings and innovative facilities.
Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions 
Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions is a purpose built health resort set in the unique town of Negombo on Sri Lanka’s west coast known as the Golden Mile and famed for its palm-fringed beaches and picturesque fishing villages. Designed into the existing landscape maintaining a natural harmony with a village like atmosphere, it offers two types of pavilions – King and Queen. All 12, exquisitely furnished with a private treatment room, a walled garden and a courtyard with tropical plants.
With holistic treatments based on the expert knowledge of a trained and experienced doctor, there's Yoga, meditation, music therapy as well as special wellness packages to suit specific needs, complemented by ayurvedic cuisine with cookery demonstrations to learn from. Quiet and intimate this Sri Lanka Ayurveda hotel provides a perfect environment for guests to discover their inner selves through therapy in peace and solitude.
The official website of Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions can be found here.

Taj Exotica, Bentota
This unforgettable resort strikes the perfect balance between natural beauty and top-notch comforts. Sprawling along the south coast of Sri Lanka, this beautiful resort offers 162 rooms and is located 90 km south of the Bandarnaike International airport, three hours away, and 60 km away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, which is approximately an hour and a half drive away. 

Relax, unwind and experience the luxury of Saman Villas; a paradise where emphasis is placed on privacy, comfort & unsurpassable hospitality.

Jetwing Lighthouse Galle
Jetwing Lighthouse Galle sits atop a hillock overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the Dutch influence in Sri Lanka, the hotel exudes a touch of history and class and offers guests exquisite cuisine, first-class service, a rich ambience and stunning locations boasting splendid unmatched views of the sea making it the ultimate retreat for a tranquil experience.
Designed by the world renowned architect and Sri Lanka’s best, Geoffrey Bawa, Jetwing Lighthouse, features wide open spaces combined with magnificent views of the garden and sea. The furniture of this stylish Galle hotel is elegant yet minimalist. Brilliant green grass, pastel skies, azure blue of the swimming pool contrasting with the earthy red of the roof tiles – the Jetwing Lighthouse is an artist’s palate of primary colours.
Sustainable development, recycling, waste reduction and usage of renewable resources is among the primary goals of Jetwing Lighthouse.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hotel Bridge View - Kallady, Batticaloa

One of the finest hotels in Batticaloa, the Bridge View is a truly exceptional and is the best Budget Hotel in Batticaloa with 21 beautifully appointed rooms with AC/NON AC and suites, a big business hall or (party hall with AC), the bar and restaurant. It is only hotel in Batticaloa that we have staff who speaks about three languages English, Tamil and Sinhalese.
All our food preparation is in Double Refined Oil, Mineral Water, Halal Meat, Home made Masalas with natural ingredients by highly experienced Chefs who follow strict quality checks in their cooking process.We have a full fledged central kitchen in Batticaloa with all modern cooking facilities. Our kitchen team takes utmost care in all food preparation for you with high hygiene focus.

Telephone : 065-2223723

           Fax : 065-2223723
    Address : No.63, New Dutch Bar Road Kallady,
                    Batticaloa, Srilanka

Official website of Hotel Bridge View, Kallady, Batticaloa can be found here.

Jaffna Hotels

Following are a list of hotels and hostels in Jaffna Sri Lanka presented by lonely planet.

Anisham Lodge

  • Type: Lodge
  • Neighbourhood: Jaffna
Ultrabasic beds in a rather dusty, if characterful and fairly central, older house. Some fans work. Shared toilets and wash booths in the yard behind. Not a good bet for single women.

APAT Guesthouse

  • Type: Guesthouse
  • Neighbourhood: city centre
The rooms here are acceptable at the front but get increasingly dingy further back. Cheaper options share an off-puttingly grimy bathroom. There's a big communal dining table, but no food is avai…

    Bastian Hotel

    • Type: Hotel
    • Neighbourhood: city centre
    The basic, presentably clean fan rooms share slightly grubby bathrooms. There are no nets. Much better rooms are available in the associated New Bastian Hotel.

    Serendib Inn

    • Type: Hotel
    • Neighbourhood: Jaffna
    The cheaper rooms here are neat but windowless. Somewhat nicer but still underlit doubles are ranged off a pleasant dining area. All rooms have fridge, hot water and optional air-con. No mosquito…

    Rest of the hotels and lodge details can be found here.

    You can buy the lonely-planet country guide can purchase here.

    Jetwing Warwick Gardens - Ambewela

    Located amidst the mountains of Ambewela, on a 6 acre estate, Jetwing Warwick Gardens is one of the century old Nuwara Eliya bungalows that has been brought back to life. If you’re looking for a place of solitude, on mountain tops, a picturesque surrounding wherever the eye can see, this is it. Enjoy a morning head massage or a cool walk through the fruit orchard, pick your own vegetables or perhaps enjoy a fresh garden salad and then in the evening, taste a mouth watering mountain barbeque.
    Jetwing Warwick Gardens is a charming bungalow in Nuwara Eliya located in the hill country of Sri Lanka,
    6182 ft. above sea level 138 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and 168km from Colombo.

    Jetwing Warwick Gardens provides accommodation in Nuwara Eliya that is ideal for blissful relaxation, and sheer tranquility. Discerning guests can choose from a Master Bedroom with a spectacular view of the mountain range and a separate seating area, a White Room with crisp white linen and furniture, or three Deluxe Rooms. Discerning guests of Jetwing Warwick Gardens can indulge in one of the best Nuwara Eliya accommodation that is coupled with unmistakable hill country hospitality to ensure a memorable holiday.
    There is a host of dining experiences at Jetwing Warwick Gardens, a romantic Garden Bar-Be-Que for a couple or small group, a typical English breakfast in bed or on the lawn with fresh eggs from our farm. Fresh salads made from the produce of the garden, taste fresh guava jam with hot crispy toast and a warm glass of milk from Daisy the bungalow cow.
    Dining Facilities
    • Indoor and outdoor dinning facilities
    • Camp fire dining 
    • A collection of wines and spirits 
    • Factory fresh tea at lawn or lounge 
    • High tea 
    The official website of Jetwing Warwick Gardens can be found here.

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Taniya Hotel - Kalpitiya

    Kalpitiya which is in an area skirted by sea on one side and lagoon on the other is the new unique tourism destination in south Asia.We at Taniya Hotel provides you all the facilities to explore this different type of area rich with many attractions and activities while providing a luxury and complete accommodation options.

    It is about 165 KM from the Capital City Colombo. A relaxed leisurely drive will take you there in 3.5 hours. Public Transport is readily available to Puttlam and from there to Kalpitya . The journey from the Bandaranaike International Airport takes a little over two hours.
    2 Cabanas -Each with a double room, verandah, and private garden space. Each cabana can sleep up to four people. Rooms have comfortable double beds dressed in linen and fitted with mosquito netting and overhead fan. An open-sided verandah is there for each cabana facing the sand dunes and palm trees.

    Rooms - 14 Rooms are there where 2 are Air-conditioned. There are double rooms and family rooms.

    All of them have individual open verandah.
    Food and Dining 
    The Hotel offers delicious food as per your choice whether it is a Western, Eastern or Indian menu.Guests can sit around wherever they please and enjoy delicious rice and curries cooked with freshly available seafood and vegetables while enjoying the spectacular view of the garden suit, the mini forest in front of the hotel and the sand dunes beyond.

    The marine sanctuary here extended to about 307 sq km. This includes the exixtence of tropical exotic fish and the coral formations found in shallow waters in varied colours and forms. There are many islands - small and large formed within both sea and lagoon.

    Most of these islands, especially the ones by the lagoon, are covered with green mangroves. These islands and other wetlands around have been habitats for local and migratory birds of different species. There about 22 species of core mangroves found in Sri Lanka. According to botanists, out of the 22, some very rare species are found in habitats in these islands.

    Kalpitiya is very popular for the dolphins, which can be spotted without sailing into deep seas.  In addition, sea turtles and whales also frequent the sea. There is a great amount of bio diversity in the area.

    The official website of Taniya Hotel can be found here.

    Hotel Flower Garden - Unawatuna

    Our twenty five chalet style cabanas are set in a magnificent tropical garden, the garden is carefully tended and appears to grow more beautiful every day.

    The cabanas have ceiling fans, air conditioning and nets, all our rooms are maintained to a high standard of cleanliness and our bathrooms are equipped with facilities to European standards.
    For those with more of an energetic disposition we've an excellent swimming pool available for the exclusive use of our guests.Our well maintained swimming pool is the biggest of its kind in Unawatuna. Of course you don't have to exercise too hard, a swimming pool can be the best form of relaxation after a hard day sightseeing.

    The airy, clean, well equipped and decorated Restaurant serves European and Sri Lankan food. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and we will happily provide you with a snack at any time of the day, you may feel free to inspect our kitchen which is kept in pristine condition at all times.

    Wella Dewalaya Road - Unawatuna - Galle - Sri Lanka
    tel: +94 (0) 912 225 286 or +94 (0) 91 4381 991
    fax: +94 (0) 91 4384 311

    for more details you can check the official web site of Hotel Flower Garden from here.

    Kosgoda Beach Resort - Kosgoda

    We dream of our own personal freedom in harmony with nature and her natural law. It is a quest for adventure and discovery, a search for natural beauty and serenity and a need for personal validation, accomplishment and fulfillment. This is the spirit of travel and Kosgoda Beach Resort is its Home.
    The Resort atmosphere is a silent and elegant calm, uncluttered yet luxurious, gracious in its simple homely graciousness.One comes here to relax, to unwind and spend time in quiet contemplation of the slow and silent beauty of unhurried days spent in the company of a good book or revelling in the rare luxury of time without a schedule.

    Set in a secluded coconut grove overlooking the Indian Ocean, Kosgoda Beach Resort is located seventy five kilometers south of Colombo, at Nape a two and a half hours drive from the Colombo International Airport, twenty two miles away from the main tourist destination of Galle and ten miles from Bentota.
    The resort abuts the main Colombo / Galle highway – The Galle Road, and extends inwards towards an unspoilt beach situated within the resort.

    There is a river lagoon at the back of the resort providing natural characteristics, and immensely attractive. The resort accommodation of 42 villas are interspersed with the natural beauty of the original coconut plantation and connected by outdoor garden courtyards.
    Climate – The dry season in Kosgoda extends from mid October to mid May while there are frequent showers during the rainy season. These often last only a short time and are followed by sun shine.
    Temperature’s year round range from 21C to 35C (70F to 90F)
    Water temperatures are always a pleasant 25C to 28C.

    Language – The official language is Sinhala, however English is fluently spoken and understood
    For a deeper kind of relaxation, guests should visit the Ayurveda centre located in a traditional house, in the compound where spa treatments offer an original and global approach to indulge, detoxify and rejuvenate body and spirit. Age old traditional methods have been adopted and redesigned ensuring the ultimate Asian spa experience.

    The massage uses a combination of tapotement, smooth flowing strokes and kneading to help relax the body and brings relief to weary muscles.

    The official website of Kosgoda Beach Resort can be found here.

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    Aditya Resort - Galle

    There are twelve suites at Aditya, and they are not numbered. Instead, each is named after one the solar deities of Hindu mythology. This is because each suite is unique in layout and d├ęcor, each individually appointed with authentic art and antiques drawn from the region.
    All are equipped with large-screen TVs, DVD/CD players, minibars, safes, hairdryers, tea & coffee service, his & her sinks, vanity mirrors, and most spectacularly, private plunge pools.

    Our Garden Suites have spacious verandas that open onto intimate private gardens.
    The Ocean Suites have expansive balconies that provide breathtaking ocean vistas.

    Our grand Surya Suite is the ultimate in luxury accommodation - a two-story penthouse with a vast open air terrace overlooking the sea.

    More information can be found at official website of "Aditya Resort" from here.

    The Dutch House - Galle

    High on a hill, yet within minutes of the city centre, and with magnificent views of the UN World Heritage listed fort of Galle, Doornberg or The Dutch House has set the pace in redefining luxury accommodation for the individual traveller in Sri Lanka.
    Highly exclusive with only 4 suites this country house built in 1712 ensures complete privacy for its guests.

    Spacious living areas, an English tropical garden complete with croquet lawn and treetop infinity pool provides ample space for guests to find a quiet area in which to truly unwind. Period Dutch antiques reflect its early 18th century origins but blend in well with its contemporary collection of art.
    Voted as one of the top 20 hip hotels of the world, The Dutch House is the ultimate indulgence in space & privacy in one of Ceylon’s most well preserved historic mansions.

    The discreet and friendly staff ensure your privacy yet provide a very relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.
    Perfect for those looking for idle splendour, as doing nothing is the order of the day!

    A great place for either beginning or ending your travels in Sri Lanka.
    The official web site of "The Dutch House" hotel can be found here.

    The Sun House - Galle

    Once the home of a Scottish spice merchant, this colonial house built in the 1860’s has been converted into a small hotel which exudes a country house atmosphere. With 7 highly individual bedrooms, it is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, its eclectic collection of artwork, books and furniture. Perched high on a hill yet only a 5 minute stroll away from the centre of the seaside town of Galle, The Sun House offers panoramic views of the Galle and the world heritage site of Fort Galle.
    At The Sun House we offer our guests the ideal chance of being transported back to the relaxed life styles of the planters, when a day began with a hearty breakfast and finished with a cocktail at sunset.

    This glorious house has been renovated to maintain its colonial charm and elegance.
    The large central living area is the heart of the house. A place where, at the end of the day, our guests can browse through the eclectic selection of books, sink into a relaxing sofa, listen to whatever music takes their fancy while enjoying a pot of up-country tea or perhaps something a little stronger like the famous “Sun House Sour” or let our barman mix up a surprise cocktail at Dick’s Bar, nominated as one of the best cocktail bars in the world and now Galle’s meeting point of choice..
    There are two beautiful tropical gardens; The fragrant frangipani (“temple tree”) garden, leading to the swimming pool, and the mango garden which faces a stunning view of Galle harbour. The gardens are an idyllic and serene place for guests to relax, read, write or sunbathe.

    Delicious fusion cuisine is served and meals can be taken in either the dining room, on one of the house’s airy verandahs or in the garden under the mango tree. Dick’s bar offers a more simple menu of salads, soups and pies.
    The Sun House is a peaceful retreat offering a friendly and relaxed environment with service that is discreet yet efficient.

    It is the perfect spot to explore the area and most importantly relax, unwind and eat well!
    The official "The Sun House" hotel website can be found here.

    Elephant Corridor - Sigiriya

    The Elephant Corridor is Strategically located in the middle of the country. Elephant Corridor hotel is a fine base to explore the ruins of the ancient and medieval cities of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Kandy. You could also visit the National Parks to watch elephants. This designer lifestyle hotel is without doubt one of the best small boutique hotels in the area!
    "Elephant Corridor" hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka is a 21 suite, small, luxury, designer - lifestyle hotel with individual plunge pools (a swimming pool for two) in every suite.
    "An ideal base to discover the ancient kingdom.. or simply relax and unwind ..."
    The Elephant Corridor Hotel, set on two hundred acres of unfenced jungle land, borders a teak forest and a lake. You have a breathtaking view of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the background.
    The official website of Elephant Corridor can be found here.

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Wasgamuwa Holiday Bungalow - Wasgamuwa

    The Bungalow is located in a serene natural setting bordering the main access road to the park and in close proximity to the Park Entrance. (In fact the Park Gate can be seen from the Bungalow).It is a 3 double roomed eco friendly holiday bungalow where open type accommodation is also possible.It makes the bungalow to accommodate a group of 20-25 using both indoor and open type facilities. The approach to the bungalow can be done from 3 main routes but comming through Riverston from Matale side is the best one for a nature traveller to explore the magnificient scheneries of nature.

    - 3 double rooms
    - 2 seperate bathroms which are well maintained
    - Open Dining
    - Open varandah with comfortable chairs
    - The Bungalow has facilities to accommodate around 20-25 visitors at a time using both indoor and open type facilities.
    - It has wide verandahs with both indoor and open type sleeping facilities
    - An experienced cook who is specialized in Sri Lankan type village food is avaiable with the bungalow who will prepare foods of your choice.Food will be served on request from the ‘Food Hut’ and will be separately charged.
    - If desired, visitors can bring the food stuff of their own choice and cooking facilities are available at the Bungalow.
    - BBQ facility is available

    Safari Wild life safaris can be organized to the Wasgamauwa National Park which is just 200 m to its entrance from the Bungalow.
    1Garden The bungalow is surrounded by a garden with huge trees which shelters the whole surrounding of the bungalow.Behind the bungalow is a mini jugle of its own where a path of elephants is located.
    Tree House A tree house is there just above the path of elephants and is purposely made for exploring the elephant walks in the night.
    You can find more details from here.
    You can find more details about sri lanka by reading Lonely planet booklets available from here.

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Hotel Sigiriya - Sigiriya

    The official web site of Hotel Sigiriya can be found here.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Sri Lankan Drums Improvisations @ Harvard Univ

    Yala Village - Yala

    Yala Village houses 6 beach chalets and 50 jungle chalets. The rooms are designed and furnished to provide the best comfort and all the modern facilities despite being lost in the jungle.

    Beach Bungalows at Yala Village
    The beach chalets are equipped with a private veranda that opens out to a view of the Indian ocean. These rooms are furnished with a large queen sized bed, Cable TV, telephone with IDD, well stocked mini bar, electric kettle, tea and coffee making facilities, spacious bathrooms, hot and cold water, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.
       Beach Chalets at Yala Village
    Air conditioned
    Telephone with IDD
    Cable TV
    Tea and coffee making facilities
    Mini bar
    Hair dryer
    Complimentary toiletries
    Shower cubicle
    Hot and cold water

    Jungle Cabanas at Yala Village
    The Jungle chalets are situated inland; walk out to the veranda and spot the wild visitors that would be roaming the back yard.

      Jungle Chalets at Yala Village
    Air conditioned
    Telephone with IDD
    Cable TV
    Tea and coffee making facilities
    Mini bar
    Hair dryer
    Complimentary toiletries
    Hot and cold water

     The official website of Yala Village can be found here.
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