The Asia Capital Group today announced that construction of a 30 room hotel property, Taprobana, has begun in Balapitiya and is expected to be completed in time for summer 2013. Work has also begun on another 30 room property in Wadduwa, situated in a prime beachfront location which will be opened simultaneously.
Asia Leisure owns and operates three properties, The Park Street Hotel – Colombo, The River House – Balapitiya and The Tamarind Hill Hotel – Galle. The River House was the first-ever Sri Lankan property to be featured in Conde Nast Traveller’s exclusive annual Hot List (2005) as one of the ‘Hottest’ new hotels in the world and Robb Report Recommended 100 Ultimate Luxury Escapes for the second consecutive year.
Taprobana, which will be registered under the Tourist Board of Sri Lanka, will be located on a picturesque beachfront property. It is expected to compete with the other quality beach properties in the area.
Using distinctive Asian influences, the hotel will be built on a ‘home away from home’ concept and will provide stylish, comfortable accommodation for discerning guests wanting to experience Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches and hospitality.
The hotel will boast all modern features including a spa, a healing and meditation centre near the beach, business centre, library, music room, swimming pool and meeting facilities conforming to international standards. The main restaurant will serve the best of gourmet specialties in fish and seafood for which the south coast is renowned for.
The 30 room property in Balapitiya will include two luxury suites and due to its unique structure and design the rooms will be in equal style while the suites will have extensive space. All rooms will overlook the beach with a wider view of the sea. Rooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including Wi-Fi, iPod connectors, LED HD TVs, mini bar and a spacious living area with balconies facing the ocean.
Speaking about the company’s investment in these properties, Peter Jansen, Director of Asia Leisure, said, “The leisure industry is expected to be the fourth largest foreign exchange earner for the country, evidenced by 2011 recording the highest ever tourist arrivals of 855,975. Given this rise in demand we feel that this is the ideal time to expand our string of properties, offering visitors a unique hotel experience.”
The Wadduwa property situated on a prime beachfront land will all be suites which will boast of high ceilings and will have balconies with a sea view, among all other international standard amenities. The hotel will boast a large swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, an authentic fine dining restaurant and a gourmet garden restaurant. The spa operations will be conducted from an exclusive wing.