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Sky-high star hotel:

Hotel Tanosa

Blessed with a salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery, it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 km from the hot and humid Colombo.

Front view of the hotel

Discovered by a hunting party led by Dr. John Davy in 1818, Nuwara Eliya was established as a summer retreat in 1828 by Sir Edward Barnes, the Governor of Ceylon.

Built on a breathtaking misty mountain, on Unique View Road, in Nuwara Eliya Hotel Tanosa is the latest star in Little England. The unique feature at Hotel Tanosa is that the hotel has been built in such a manner that guests get a breathtaking view of the entire city of Nuwara Eliya, specially the lit up city at night.

Hotel Tanosa has seven deluxe, luxury rooms, named as ‘View Rooms’ and seven standard rooms. All guest rooms are equipped with modern star class facilities, including hot/cold water, cable TV, telephone with IDD facilities, Internet facilities, room service, laundry service, baby sitting facilities, Doctor on call and ‘Customer Insured’ facilities.

The restaurant is located in such a manner that guests get a panoramic view of the city of Nuwara Eliya, while dining.

The restaurant serves the very best in Western, Eastern, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Arabian and spicy Sri Lankan cuisine, prepared by Executive Chef, Nandana Premaratne who counts over 14 years of star class experience in food and beverage.

The hotel has a beautiful terrace where guests are offered BBQ and buffets. A unique feature here is that guests get a view of

Elisabeth and Andrea from Italy, on their first visit  to Sri Lanka, relax in a deluxe room

 the beautiful Nuwara Eliya city and misty mountains which surround the hotel. The restaurant which can cater to 65 guests also offers an A-la-carte menu.

Managing Director, Hotel Tanesa, Jagath Wijesekera and his staff work round the clock to see that every guest is treated as VIPs. The friendly and courteous service provided by Jagath and his staff has made many a guest a ‘Repeater’ to Hotel Tanosa.

The MD is a versatile hotelier with over 24 years European experience. He holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from Lesan Hotel School in Switzerland and has worked with leading travel agents around the world. Jagath is fluent in German, French, Italian and Maldivian languages.

Chairman Hotel Tanosa Namal Leitan is also a versatile and experienced hotelier and a leading personality in Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry.

Hotel Tanosa can be reached via E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.go-Lanka.com.

Grandeur of the Galle Face Hotel Ball Room

The Galle Face Hotel which was built in 1864, as the first purpose built hotel in the city of Colombo has its Grand Ball Room in the Lobby Level.

This unique banqueting facility with all its old world charm has been the host to a wide ranging variety of functions, from the Colonial to Sri Lankan heritage of hospitality which has been maintained over the years.

Royalty, Colonial Governors Elitist Weddings upto present day sought after - corporate functions have been held with great acceptance and praise in this Ball Room.

There are also two other banquet facilities, the Jubilee Room that could accommodate upto 250 guests. Jubilee Room was built to commemorate the 60th year of the ascension to the Throne of Queen Victoria of England.

This Banquet Room too has been part of the pride of the Galle Face Hotel since 1897. Very few banquet facilities in any part of the world can boast of such heritage in hospitality.

The other Banquet/Conference room is the Palm Lounge, which can accommodate 150 guests at a sitting.

The Victorian architecture and the layout of these halls add to the stature and class of the functions held.

With its heritage a frequently heard comment is that two or three generations of each family have had their weddings at this venue. The nostalgia culture and grandeur are unparalleled.

The present management team of the Galle Face Hotel F & B Department headed by Nihal Perera and the Banquet Manager Prasantha de Silva have continued in these traditions.

They have re-vitalized on a continuous basis the popularity and standards of the banquets held in the Galle Face Hotel to be the market leader of banqueting in the city of Colombo.

The first choice of most fastidious clients still varying from family weddings to corporate cocktail parties and dinners still continue to be the Galle Face Hotel banquet facility.

Prasantha de Silva who heads the Banquet Team is meticulous in his attention to detail.

The F & B Team at the Galle Face Hotel realizes that banqueting is the area which will give image to their hotel and they are flexible enough to accommodate the most demanding request.


Passion for cookery bears fruit

Wijesiri Delthalawage began his hotel career in 1984 by following a one-year course in basic cookery.

When he joined Dolphin Beach Hotel, Negombo in 1985 as a Trainee Cook, Delthalawage’s ambition was to someday become an Executive Chef.

He once again followed a four year course in Basic Cookery at the National Industrial Training Authority. He also followed a basic training course in ‘Food Handling’ at the Hazzard Analysis Critical Controlling Point (HACCP), conducted by the Ceylon Tourist Board and was awarded a diploma.

In 1988, Delthalawage joined the Airport Garden Hotel as a 1st Commi Cook, and in 1989 joined the Colombo Swimming Club as a Chief Cook.

In 1990 he left for Oman and joined the Royal Airforce of Oman, Ministry of Defence as Charge Hand Chef and worked there for six years, during the Gulf war. He also worked for the US Airforce during the Gulf War.

In 1987, Delthalawage returned to Sri Lanka and joined the Club Palm Bay, Marawila as a Chef de Partie, and in 1998, he joined Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya as Sous Chef.

Delthalawage reached the zenith of his hotel career when he was promoted as Executive Chef, Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya.


Mother’s Day Experience a range of Theme Nights at Continental

The Ceylon Continental Hotel has come out with a culinary spread to offer diversity and variety at its best with a seven day buffet specials at its different restaurants.

International buffet takes pride of place on Sunday with a variety of Salads, Soups, Meat dishes and desserts at the Cafe Emerald, while Monday is the Chinese/Thai Night offering a variety of authentic Chinese and Thai dishes at the buffet.

Surf the ocean at the Coffee Shop - Cafe Emerald with a Seafood Buffet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with a fabulous spread of Crabs, Prawns, Cuttlefish and fish will be laid out.

The Cafe Emerald brings you a scrumptious seafood buffet that’s bound to satisfy your taste buds, says Public Relations Executive, Onitha Gurugalla.

Experience the rich flavours of Authentic North Indian cuisine at the Sri Lanka’s finest venue “The Tandoor”. An exquisite presentation of cuisine flavoured with authentic ingredients from India will be on every Friday in the form of a buffet.

An Italian dinner buffet will be available on Fridays at the Cafe Emerald from 7 pm to midnight for all Italian food lovers. Guests could savour a variety of Pastas during dinner.at Ceylon Continental

“I hold the memories in my heart, you are my Mom and my best friend....I love you Mom” “Mother” a word that means the world to me.

Make your mother feel extra special on Mother’s Day May 13, at the warmest heart in Sri Lanka - Ceylon Continental Hotel Colombo. A great lunch buffet will be offered to all Moms at the Coffee Shop - Cafe Emerald on May 13.

Show your mom how much you love and appreciate her. Come along to the Cafe Emerald for lunch.

A sumptuous lunch buffet with a variety of fresh green salads, mouth-watering meat dishes, exciting flavours of rice, tempting dessert buffet and an action station will be available.

That’s not all. There will be an array of delicious cakes like Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Chip, Black Forest specially made for Mother’s day and Sweet Chocolates from the Pastry Shop - La Patisserie de Paris.

You could also treat her with a special lunch or dinner voucher from any of the restaurants, at Ceylon Continental Hotel.

Galadari specials for mom

The Galadari Hotel is the place to be this Mother’s Day May 13. The Galadari Hotel offers you the opportunity to show your mom you care and she is thought of on this special day. Pamper her with Cakes, Chocolates, Flowers or Dinner.

The Coffee Shop offers a fabulous dinner buffet with a complimentary piece of cake to all dinners and complimentary dinner for Mum for every table of four;.

California Grill Rooftop Restaurant - The restaurant with the most stunning view, cozy atmosphere, offers a delicious four course menu. Every table of four will receive a complimentary dinner for “Mum”. An opportunity not to be missed!

Cafe 64, the Galadari Hotel’s popular pastry shop offers Mother’s Day Cakes, Chocolates, and many more items from May, 10-13.

Join the celebrations; Share your words of gratitude to your mother at the Galadari Hotel.

Tribute to mothers at Galle Face Hotel

The Galle Face Hotel has planned a delightful “Brunch” Buffet between 11 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on ‘Mothers Day’ May 13.

The venue would be the Verandah Restaurant which has been for years the family restaurant in the city.

With the beautiful view of the Indian Ocean at the edge of the garden and the excellent spread planned for the buffet - It will be special day for mothers, on May 13.

Gifts of Mazipan and Chocolates for the mothers will be with compliments of the hotel.


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