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Youngest MD at newest star hotel

LALITHA Hotel, built in a scenic location at Pamburana, Matara on the Galle Road, is another milestone in Lanka’s Hotel Industry.

Although not yet classified, this luxurious hotel has all the modern features of a star class property.

When I visited Matara last week, I was amazed to see this beautiful hotel standing majestically at Matara.

It can certainly be classified as second to none of the star class city hotels.

The project is the brainchild of small entrepreneur, ‘Timber mill owner turned hotelier”, H. L. Lionel. The marvellous architecture of the hotel is the combined efforts of Lionel and Architect, Anura Siriwardena.

Lalitha Hotel has four suites and 24 deluxe rooms with all modern facilities of a star hotel, including hot-cold water, A/C, TV, telephone with IDD facilities, a 24-hour room service, laundry service etc.

All rooms have been built with balconies in order that guests could enjoy the natural cool breeze of the golden beaches of Devundara and Mirissa. All rooms have been designed with beautiful interior decor.

The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool, built at the entrance. Another unique feature is the three banquet halls, ‘Emerald’ which is fully air conditioned and carpeted and could accommodate over 300 guests.

The ‘Sapphire’ banquet hall, air conditioned and carpeted, could accommodate over 200 guests while the ‘Ruby’ - non A/C, banquet hall can accommodate over 300 guests.

With a capacity of over 500 guests, it is the largest in the Southern Region, and within a short period of the opening of the hotel, it has become extremely popular for large scale weddings, banquets and other functions.

It is the ideal venue for in-house workshops, seminars and conferences for which the hotel offers all modern facilities.

The two restaurants at the hotel offer the very best in Western, Eastern, Chinese and International cuisine prepared by Executive Chef, Pushpakumara Pathinayaka and his kitchen brigade of expert cooks.

The spicy Sri Lankan cuisine with delicious seafood specialities from the ‘catch of the day’ from the Devundara and Mirissa beaches, and the Saturday night BBQ have become big hits not only among Sri Lankans but foreign tourists.

‘We are planning to add seven more guest rooms in the near future’ said young and charming Sumudu Maduranga, probably the youngest female Managing Director of a star class hotel in Sri Lanka’s hotel industry.

Lalitha Hotel is owned and managed by Lalitha Hotel (Pvt) Ltd Pamburana, Matara. Its Directors are H. L. Lionel (Chairman) Sumudu Maduranga (Managing Director), Anula Weeratunga (Director), and Samadhi Ruchiranga (Director).

Lalitha Hotel can be reached via email. lalithahotel@yahoo.com

“Breakers” opens with a bang

The formal opening of the “Breakers” night club took place at Hotel Sea Breeze, Mt. Lavinia last week.

Special Projects Minister, Mahinda Wijesekera and Mrs. Ajantha Wijesekera being welcomed by Managing Director, Hotel Sea Breeze, Ranjith Balasuriya and Director Ms Zuhaira Balasuriya. Also in the picture is Sneha Wasundara of Ratna Ranga Kala Ayathanaya who entertained guests with a colourful dance item. Pic by Beverley Jansz

A host of VIPs, and leading personalities in Sri Lanka’s Hospitality Industry were present along with leading film idols.

Special Projects Minister, Mahinda Wijesekera and Mrs. Ajantha Wijesekera were the chief guests.

Guests were enthralled by the dance items presented by Sneha Wasundara of Ratna Ranga Kala Ayathanaya and pupils of Shine Star Dancing Academy and “Model Bank” of Nugegoda.

The opening of the “Breakers” Night Club was followed by a BBQ night at the Sunset. Beach Restaurant which is a part of Hotel Sea Breeze owned and managed by Z. & R Leisure Management Services.

Onitha-Charming livewire of Ceylon Continental

Be it a hotel or any other business establishment, public relations play a vital role in the success of its business. Ceylon Continental could not have made a better choice than the selection of charming, ever-smiling Onitha Gurugalla as the hotel’s Public Relations Executive.

Whenever I visit the Ceylon Continental Hotel I receive a VIP greeting with a warm charming smile from Onitha.

After completing her studies at Bishop’s College in 1995 Onitha joined Air Lanka (now Sri Lankan Airlines) as a Ground Handling Agent. In 1998 she joined Inter Continental Hotel (now Ceylon Continental) as its Guest Relations Officer.

In 2000 Onitha left for Dubai for greener pastures and joined her husband at Dubai Hilton as its Customer Relations Officer. After a stint of three year in Dubai, Onitha returned to Sri Lanka and joined Ceylon Continental Hotel as its Public Relations Executive.

Onitha has successfully completed an IATA Airline Course and also obtained a Diploma in Computer.

Onitha paid a tribute to General Manager, Ceylon Continental Hotel, Anil Jayemanne for all the cooperation and help given to her to make her stay at Ceylon Continental most pleasant. “It’s a pleasure working at Ceylon Continental with to its ever-smiling staff, Onitha said.

Olympus Plaza Hotel

Another milestone in Hotel Industry:

Built on a hillock at Haputall surrounded by lush green mountains overlooking the world famous “Fox Hill” is Olympus Plaza Hotel, another milestone in Lanka’s Hotel Industry.

The opening of this star class hotel took place recently at a glittering ceremony attended by Health Minister, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Chief Minister for Uva Province Vijith Wijayamuni Zoyza VIPs and a host of leading personalities in Sri Lanka’s Hospitality Industry.

Invitees were welcomed by Chairman, Olympus Plaza Hotel, M. H. Sumith Samayadasa, Managing Director, Ms. Chandrani Samayadasa and General Manager, Gladwin A. Wille. (BJ)

Chivas night at Galadari

Enjoy a fabulous offer “Buy one - get one free” at the “Chivas” Night at Nightingale Karaoke Lounge of the Galadari Hotel. Special cocktails and complimentary Canapes will be offered today, with the “Happy Hour” being extended from 10.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.

Nightingale Karaoke Lounge offers a wide selection of CD’s consisting of over 1000 songs from the popular hits of yesteryear and the latest chart toppers. The music range comes in many international languages.

Father’s Day

Galle Face Hotel

Galle Face Hotel has made elaborate plans to celebrate Father’s Day tomorrow, Sunday June 17, on a grand scale.

The Sea Spray restaurant will offer a scrumptious dinner buffet to celebrate Father’s Day.

Treat your father to an evening of great fun and a fabulous spread of delicious food at the “Sea Spray” overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and show him how much you love him. All fathers will receive valuable gifts, with a complimentary glass of wine for all.

It will be a treat for the entire family on Father’s Day at the Sea Spray restaurant of Galle Face Hotel tomorrow Sunday, June 17, as the hotel in planning to treat all fathers as VIPs on this great day, a spokesman for Galle Face Hotel said.

Hilton Colombo

Hilton Colombo has something special for the whole family on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17. IL Ponte, will offer a “Family Sunday Brunch” a day of fun and entertainment with a puppet show, face painting, magic show and many more attractions. Spice up Father’s Day at the “Spices” spend your morning with dad at the biggest Sunday Brunch in town and make dad feel special.

A complimentary glass of beer and a gift for dad. Make your dad feel special by treating him to a scrumptious four-course dinner at Hilton Colombo’s “Stylishly Casual” restaurant. A complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a gift for every father.

Drop by at the “Fine Things” and pick up something to let your dad know how much your care for him. Personalised cakes, chocolates, wines, champagne and gifts are just a few of the many delights, offered from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mount Lavinia Hotel

This father’s day pamper your father to an extravagant father’s day lunch at the Governor’s restaurant, Mount Lavinia Hotel. Take a dip with him in the pool or simply spend some quality time by the Indian Ocean on Sunday 17th June.

Enjoy, dinner vouchers, a chance to win original Polaroid sunglasses, raffles, glasses of special wine and many surprises. Take time to show him your love, gratitude and admiration this Father’s Day at the legendary Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Ceylon Continental Hotel

“Cafe Emerald” Coffee Shop of the Ceylon Continental Hotel is dishing out a special treat to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday June, 17. Bring your dad to this special dinner buffet at the Cafe Emerald from 7 p.m. to midnight. An array of delicious salads, soups, flavours of rice and mouth watering meat dishes will be available with a tempting dessert buffet.

Do not miss this treat. Take Dad and the whole family to the warmest heart in Sri Lanka, Ceylon Continental Hotel.


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