Nayantara Fonseka launches Nyne Hotels

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The Muse pool

  • Initiative aimed at redefining hospitality with all-encompassing sensory experience

Nayantara Fonseka 


Nayantara Fonseka (Taru), launches Nyne Hotels, marking a new chapter in hospitality excellence and creativity. 

This transition isn’t merely a name change; it signifies the brand’s commitment to providing unparalleled experiences that engage with all nine senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, intuition, time, and presence).

The significance of the number nine is rooted in completeness and culmination: “At Nyne Hotels, it represents the pinnacle of our dedication to crafting extraordinary moments for our guests, where senses are indulged and experiences are transformative.

“Our journey with Nyne Hotels is a testament to our passion for excellence and innovation in hospitality,” said Nyne Hotels Founder and Chairperson Nayantara Fonseka ‘Taru’. “We believe in going beyond the ordinary to create experiences that leave a lasting impression on our guests.”

The Nyne Hotels brand currently includes Lake Lodge in Colombo, The Muse and Rock Villa in Bentota, Leela Walauwwa in Induruwa, Landesi at the Galle Fort and Mayur Lodge – Yala. 

Nyne Hotels isn’t just about accommodation; it’s about curating sensory journeys that revitalise the soul. From visually captivating designs to the aroma of exotic scents, from the melody of nature’s symphony to the tantalising flavours of culinary delights, Nyne Hotels invites guests on a voyage of discovery. 

“Our goal is to engage not just the traditional senses, but all nine senses. We want our guests to experience their holiday in a way they’ve never imagined, to be fully present and immersed in the moment,” said Fonseka.

“The Nyne Hotels website serves as a portal to this sensory world, inviting guests to explore our unique offerings and tailor their experiences to their preferences. From tranquil retreats to vibrant cultural hubs, each Nyne Hotels property offers a distinct ambience that celebrates local heritage and artistry.”

Lake Lodge in Colombo is a contemporary green oasis, offering guests a quiet neighbourhood escape from the bustling city streets. Meanwhile, Rock Villa in Bentota embodies understated luxury, with its tropical bungalow architecture and sprawling gardens. The Muse, also in Bentota, exudes timeless style, while Leela Walauwwa in Induruwa evokes the charm of a bygone era. Landesi, which means ‘of Dutch origin’ in Sinhala, is a manor house set in the 17th Century Galle Fort, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mayur Lodge – Yala is a hidden gem nestled amidst the ‘Chena’ farming community, and offers a contemporary villa in a jungle environment, on the outskirts of the famed safari destination, Yala National Park. 

“Our properties are more than just hotels; they are reflections of their destination. Each property tells a story, weaving together elements of local history, culture, and art to create an authentic experience for our guests. We are proud to say that we will be adding further properties to our portfolio by the end of 2024, including three in Bentota,” said Fonseka.

At Nyne Hotels, art is more than decoration; it’s an integral part of the guest experience. From paintings and sculptures to installations and performances, art is woven into the fabric of each property, inviting guests to engage with their surroundings in new and unexpected ways. “Being passionate about creating, I understand the power of art to evoke emotion and inspire imagination. That’s why we’re committed to showcasing local talent and supporting the arts in all its forms,” she added.

In addition to its commitment to sensory indulgence and artistic expression, Nyne Hotels is dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility. From eco-friendly practices to community engagement initiatives, Nyne Hotels strives to make a positive impact on the world around it. 

“As stewards of the environment and champions of local communities, we believe in leaving a legacy that extends beyond our boundaries. By embracing sustainability and social responsibility, we can create a brighter future for generations to come,” said Fonseka.

As Nyne Hotels continues to expand its portfolio, with new properties set to open in the coming year, the brand remains committed to its core values of excellence, creativity, and authenticity. From secluded retreats to vibrant urban escapes, Nyne Hotels welcomes guests on a journey of discovery, teaming with opportunities to engage their senses and nourish their souls.