Hikkaduwa’s new dawn – the launch of Bansei by Hotel J

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Having created another first in the hospitality industry of Sri Lanka in 2013 with the launch of Hotel J, Negombo, the country’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing, together with Bansei Securities (Japan), now continues the select service accommodation brand in Hikkaduwa as Bansei by Hotel J opens its doors. At the opening Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake was the Chief Guest whilst Japanese Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo was the Guest of Honour. Bansei Securities Chairman Toyohiko Murakami, Bansei Royal Resorts Chairman Tilak de Zoysa, Directors Takashi Igarashi, Viraj Malawana and Jetwing Hotels Chairman Hiran Cooray were also present. Overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the famous coral reefs of Hikkaduwa, Bansei by Hotel J is perfectly situated as it is within walking distance of the Hikkaduwa central bus station and the Southern railway line. The Southern Expressway cuts the distance to Hikkaduwa from the airport, the capital of Colombo or the deep south of the country. The Galle Road is also another possible method of access, thus ensuring the property remains true to the key principles of a Hotel J – central location, comfort, cleanliness, connectivity and security. Hikkaduwa is definitely the budget traveller’s dream destination. Funky ethnic jewellery and beach wear shops jostle side by side with popular Lonely Planet roti kadeys and seafood cuisine. Diving, surfing, kitesurfing and coral reef exploration are just a few ways you can while away your time if you are not planning on hitting the beach for a snooze and a swim. Hikkaduwa also has a reputation for hosting some great parties. Bansei by Hotel J stands out for its unique service at competitive rates. With a total of 30 rooms, there are 14 standard Rooms, 14 deluxe and two super-deluxe rooms. Free Wi-Fi, powerful and versatile showers, superior linen and snug bedding all add to an enjoyable and restful stay within a safe and secure environment. The terrace with its full length swimming pool is the perfect place at which to sip an iced tea and check out the sunset in its brilliant purple and pink hues. Relax in the sea breeze at the lobby bar with both local and foreign wines and beverages or try out the restaurant with its delicious cuisine. “Sri Lanka is doing very well from a tourism standpoint and we are now on a level playing field where innovation and unique experiences will decide success. With Hotel J we wanted to bring forth the concept that a comfortable experience can also be an affordable one. Today we launch Bansei by Hotel J and we look forward to presenting Hikkaduwa in true Jetwing style,” said Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray. Speaking about the concept Bansei Royal Resorts Hikkaduwa Plc Chairman Tilak de Zoysa said: “Bansei by Hotel J has been modeled on the Jetwing concept, a uniquely designed no-frills hotel which we are excited to launch in Sri Lanka with our Japanese partners.” Bansei Royal Resorts Hikkaduwa PLC Deputy Chairman Mr. Murakami said: “We are extremely happy to be launching Bansei by Hotel J, a one-of-a-kind hotel coupling the Japanese spirit of service and hospitality with the famous warmth and cordiality of Sri Lanka. We are delighted to play a role in this project and envision a vibrant and dynamic future for the hotel.” Family-owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries capture the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award-winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Program with energy efficiency, community upliftment and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the program. Pix by Upul Abayasekara