For travellers eager to explore Sri Lanka in 2020, Aitken Spence Hotels boasts a choice of ten distinctive hotels and resorts in the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’.
From secluded colonial retreats in the mountains to beachfront resorts, each property offers guests world-class service and unique hospitality. Here a just a few of the fabulous offerings but each has so much more on offer.
For Tea Lovers: Heritance Tea Factory
Situated in the mountainous tea picking plantations of Nuwara Eliya, the stately four-star Heritance Tea Factory is a converted tea factory and the world’s only hotel of its kind. The 50-roomed hotel offers stays and meals at the highest elevation in Sri Lanka. Guests can pick their own Ceylon tea and enjoy tea infused menus and tasting sessions or take advantage of the nearby 18-hole golf course. The hotel’s Misty Mountain Spa offers tea themed rituals, as well as massage therapies and body treatments.
For The Ultimate Wellness Retreat:
Situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Heritance Ayurveda allows guests to relax, rejuvenate and detoxify with traditional, tailor-made ayurvedic treatment plans. Ayurveda is a holistic healthcare system that originated in India and is considered one of the oldest healing sciences. Along with qualified resident doctors and treatment rooms, the hotel also includes a spacious yoga and meditation hall plus 64 rooms and a spacious restaurant that overlooks the swimming pool and gardens.
For Wildlife Fans: Heritance Kandalama
The five-star Heritance Kandalama is located on the Kandalama Lake front and has 152 rooms, including a Royal Suite. Since the eco-friendly hotel has been built to blend with its rock face surroundings, visitors with a love for wildlife can marvel at monkeys that climb the hotel’s balcony pillars and the resident swifts, which nest in the corners of corridors as if they were cliffs. Guests can also float in the hotel’s infinity pool while gazing across at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama
For Indian Ocean Excellence: Heritance Ahungalla
The luxurious 152-roomed beachfront resort of Heritance Ahungalla combines style and substance to deliver a sensational holiday experience. Located on the southern coastal line of Sri Lanka, the five-star resort includes an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, plus the on-site Diviyan Spa, two restaurants, a coffee shop, four bars and a karaoke night club. The resort is famed for its ‘endless blues’ since the property has been designed to serenade guests with the blues of the pond, hotel pool, sea and the sky. www.heritancehotels.com/ahungalla
For A Convenient Oceanside Retreat: Heritance Negombo
Just 40 minutes away from Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo and 20 minutes away from Bandaranaike International Airport, the beach resort of Heritance Negombo is a contemporary haven on the south coast of the island. All 139 of the hotel’s rooms face the ocean and each includes a private balcony or terrace for relaxation. The hotel also has two restaurants and a poolside bar, plus a rooftop spa with six treatment rooms and ocean views. It also enjoys the widest beachfront among the hotels and resorts in Negombo.
For Exploring the South of Sri Lanka: Turyaa Kalutara
Sprawled across six acres of ocean-front land, the coconut-palm fringed Turyaa Kalutara features sea view rooms all complete with their own balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. Situated in the south of the island, the hotel is nearby to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort and includes ample dining and drinking spaces, a large pool,
a spa and a gym.
For Snorkelling and Seafood: Amethyst Resort Passikudah
Nestled on the shores of one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world, guests staying at the 38-roomed Amethyst Resort Passikudah can choose to explore the untouched bay and coral reef or simply absorb the tranquillity of the turquoise waters as they relax by the shore. The resort’s Taprobane Restaurant serves a wide range of seafood dishes and the two on-site bars offer a range of drinks.
For Exploring Kandy: Earl’s Regency
The five-star Earl’s Regency is located in the heart of the cultural capital of Kandy, which is where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is located. Encased by incredible views of mountains and the Mahaweli river that surrounds the property, the resort has 126 rooms, two restaurants and three bars, plus a Ayu Spa that offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. www.aitkenspencehotels.com/earlsregency
For A Peaceful Escape: Earl’s Regent
Situated within the lush green surroundings of Kandy, the 87-roomed Earl’s Regent showcases the essence of authentic Kandyan heritage and provides guests with warm hospitality and luxurious creature comforts. The hotel includes a swimming pool, spa, Flavors Restaurant and Mix Bar. www.aitkenspencehotels.com/regentkandy
For Old World Charm: Bandarawela Hotel
Travellers can experience old world charm and a colonial take on hospitality at Bandarawela Hotel, which is situated over 1,230m above sea level and was Sri Lanka’s first mountain resort. The century-old 33-roomed hotel provides guests with breath-taking views and easy access to several historic sites, such as the Demodara railway loop and the Dhowa Rock Temple.