Villa Palma Beach Resort
For Sun, sea and relaxation:
amidst gently swaying Palm trees at a beautiful location at Pamunugama,
Villa Palma Beach Resort provides undisturbed sunbathing and relaxation
besides the blue waters of the Pamunugama beach adjacent to the resort.
Although a ‚ÄėBoutique‚Äô type resort, it offers all modern facilities to
the discerning traveller. Complemented by lush palm trees, sea breeze
and the sounds of lapping waves, Villa Palma offers the perfect
combination of hospitality and comfort.
Board approved ‚ÄėGrade A‚Äô beach resort, it maintains tradition with
comparable luxury and an individual touch - a perfect recipe for
‚ÄėA Villa holiday is like non other. You are known by name and not by
room number, where you would be treated with true traditional Sri Lankan
hospitality by our friendly staff‚Äô says Manager, Eric Rodrigo.
He adds that under the expert guidance of veteran hotelier, Frigidian
Fernando, Villa Palma has become one of the first class ‚ÄėBoutique‚Äô type
hotels in Sri Lanka.
The resort has 20 luxury rooms with all modern facilities, including
TV, mini-bar, telephone with IDD facilities and roomservice. The hotel
has a business centre and a restaurant which could accommodate over 250
The resort is ideal for family outings, company picnics and in-house
seminars and workshops.
The restaurant offers Western, Chinese, Italian, Indian and spicy Sri
Lankan cuisine prepared by well experienced chefs. The resort has a
beautiful swimming pool too.
Regency shopping arcade at Galle Face Hotel
Giving a new meaning to a ‚ÄúShopaholic‚Äôs Dream...‚ÄĚ:
shopping arcade where you could browse around and pick up a variety of
items, all under one roof?
And just picture the whole arcade located not in a modern chrome and
steel structure, but in a cool and spacious old-world building with an
ambience reminiscent of those wonderful days of wind and roses?
The Piazza Shopping Arcade at the Galle Face Hotel, where each store
has been carefully selected to provide just the right mix of high
quality with exclusivity, blending a diversity of items under one roof.
The museum at The Piazza Shopping Arcade at Galle Face Hotel displays
a wide range of memorabilia dating back to its origin. The main exhibit
at the Museum is the first car owned by Prince Phillip in 1940.
Tourists, in-house guests and visitors could avail themselves of the
quality services offered by ‚Äú7th Avenue,‚ÄĚ Hair and Beauty Salon. Still
on the subject of self-improvement, they could visit the Slimming Centre
conveniently located at this arcade if they feel a need to, and to round
off a perfect session of self-indulgence, ‚ÄúThe Parfumerie‚ÄĚ Perfume Shop
is the ideal spot to pick up an enticing fragrance.
Diamonds are forever, and so are the many precious gemstones mined in
Sri Lanka itself. To provide guests with gems and jewellery of the
highest quality, two of the best jewellery stores - Sifani and Colombo
Jewellers - have been selected to be a part of the Piazza Shopping
Here one could browse around and wonder at the exquisite gems and
sets of jewellery on display, renowned for their high quality and unique
If tourists need to take an authentic piece of Sri Lanka home with
them, then all they need to do is visit ‚ÄúGandhara‚ÄĚ selected as the store
which best showcases the traditional crafts and items typical of Sri
This is done in an elegant manner with an international ambience,
providing shoppers with whole new experience in Sri Lanka‚Äôs arts, crafts
‚ÄúThe Candle Shoppe‚ÄĚ has a range of hand made decorative candles which
light up your life Here you would discover a variety of scented candles
in attractive shapes, colours and sizes - some embossed with one gold
and silver, two tone candles, floating floral candles to light up an
indoor and outdoor pond.
A range of fruit candles such as apples and oranges are appropriately
scented to provide a fruity aroma when lit. With cricket fever now on,
you could check out the ‚ÄúCricket Ball‚ÄĚ candle-extremely realistic and an
ideal gift for a cricket lover.
Vijitha Yapa Book Store provides a range of books to suit the most
fastidious and selective reader. The selection on offer ranges from the
latest novels on bestseller lists and topical issues handled by Sri
Lankan writers to the latest magazines and travel guides.
Top post for Lankan hotelier in Vietnam
Fernando, one of Sri Lanka‚Äôs most versatile hoteliers,
Director/Operations Aitken Spence Hotel Management left for Saigon,
Vietnam on Saturday. Roshan has been selected to head a 350-room,
five-star hotel in Vietnam.
He commenced duties as the General Manager of Amara Saigon Hotel, a
5-star property in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam yesterday.
This is the first time that a Sri Lankan hotelier has been selected
to the top of General Manager of an International hotel chain, ‚ÄėAmara‚Äô.
although Roshan has no experience of working as a General Manager in a
foreign country, but has wide overseas experience in junior capacities.
This is a unique achievement.
Roshan will lead a staff of 500 employees at Amara Saigon Hotel,
which has eight banquet halls, five restaurants five expatriate staff
and 350 deluxe rooms. Amara Saigon Hotel is owned and managed by Amara
International Hotels and Resorts (Pvt) Ltd. a Singaporean registered
Roshan‚Äôs professional accomplishments include a Management Diploma in
Hotel and Catering Operations with specialisation in Food and Beverage
His overseas experience includes Taj Hotels Ltd. India (Five Star)
Management Trainee, Taj Mahal Inter-Continental, Bombay (5-star), Taj
Mahal Hotel (5-star), and Taj Hotel Ltd. India (5-star).
From 1983 to 1985 Roshan was the Assistant Manager, F&B Department,
Coffee Shop and Lobby at the Taj Samudra, Colombo, where he was promoted
to the post of Assistant Manager, Banquets.
On April 1, 1989, Roshan reached his goal in life when he assumed
duties as Resident Manager, Triton Hotel, Ahungalla (now Heritance). In
recognising Roshan‚Äôs good and honest work, Aitken Spence promoted Roshan
as the General Manager of Triton Hotel, Ahungalla in April 1995.
In 2000, Roshan took up duties as General Manager, Tea Factory Hotel,
Nuwara Eliya, one of Aitken Spence‚Äôs flagship hotels. In June 2003 he
was appointed General Manager, Earl‚Äôs Regence Hotel, Kandy.
From April 2005, Roshan was the Director, Operations, Aitken Spence
With his wide experience in the Hospitality Industry, here and
abroad, Roshan is sure to convert Amara Saigan Hotel, to one of the most
prestigious and shining 5-star properties in Vietnam.
Building Contractor turns hotelier
After completing his studies at Highlands College, Hatton and St.
John Bosco College, Hatton in 1982 B. W. Harrison Silva became a leading
Government Building Contractor in Hatton.
He was responsible for the construction of some of the prestigious
commercial buildings and residences in hatton.
Although a building contracter, Harrison was very interested in the
hotel industry and his ambition was to someday build a star class hotel
In 1955, Harrison became a partner of the Tea Garden Hotel Complex,
Watawala. At the end of 2006, Harrison‚Äôs dram came true when he opened
Dine ‚ÄėN‚Äô Rest Hotel, Hatton. This hotel was opened at the top of one of
Hatton‚Äôs prestigious buildings, D.K.W. Shopping Complex.
Following the tremendous success of this hotel complex, Harrison
embarked on his second hotel, Hill Side Inn, on Nuwara-Eliya Hatton
This star class hotel built at a scenic location, overlooking lush
tea plantations, and beautiful waterfalls, has become a popular
stop-over for tourists travelling from Colombo and Hatton, to Nuwara
From 1985 upto 1994, Harrison was a Director of the Hatton-Dikoya
Cooperative Society. He was awarded a scholarship from this society and
attended a workshop in Israel.
He was a member of the Hatton-Dikoya Urban Council for 12 years.
Being a sports enthusiast, Harrison is the President of the Hatton
Football League which was placed first out of 47 leagues, by the Sri
Lanka Football Federation for the year 2006-2007.
Harrison is also the President of the Hatton YMBA, Central Provinces.
A unique feature here is that the Elders Home run by the YMBA Hatton won
the first place at a competition organised by the Department of Social
Services, on the International Elders‚Äô Day - 2006.
Harrison renders financial assistance to all sports clubs in Hatton,
and has donated a new office building in Hatton for the Hatton Football
Kotthu Promotion at Raja Bojun
Are you a ‚ÄėKotthu
Lover‚Äô. Then drop in at Raja Bojun, Colombo 3 and be treated to Royalty.
Raja Bojun is offering a kotthu promotion, specially for Kotthu lovers
at special rates. Beef, chicken, fish or ‚Äúpolos‚ÄĚ kotthu at it best
prepared by expert chefs of Raja Bojun, are on offer.
Taste a delicious meal of kotthu of your choice, which includes a
Raja Bojun also offers a ‚ÄúHappy Hour‚ÄĚ from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with
special discounts on all beverages. Daily lunch and dinner buffets of
delicious and spicy Sri Lankan cuisine at nominal rates are also
offered,‚ÄĚ Director, Ceylinco Hotels, Niromi Thambapillai said.
A wide spread of authentic spicy Sri Lankan food, including hoppers,
pittu with crabs, prawns, cuttle fish with a variety of garden fresh
traditional vegetables. Drop in to Raja Bojun, Galle Road, Colombo 3 and
be treated like a ‚Äúking‚ÄĚ, says Thambapillai.
Galadari‚Äôs ‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ has become one of Colombo‚Äôs popular pastry shops due to the
quality, moderate prices and location.
Kamal Amarasinghe, Supervisor ‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ said that savouries and
pastries are offered to guests throughout the day at very reasonable
prices. At lunch time, the Chicken Buriyani and fried rice offered by
‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ are big hits‚ÄĚ among office workers.
Kotthu and buriyani at dinner time are also popular among foreign
guests and Sri Lankans. Kotthu and Buriyani takeaways are extremely
popular among Sri Lankans, Amarasinghe said. ‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ offers delicious
Shawarina, Nasi Goreng and fish and chips at dinner time.
Friday and Saturday nights are special for ‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ as it offers a
wide spread of delicious BBQ items at night. Takeaways for special
occasions from ‚ÄúCafe 64‚ÄĚ are offered with complimentary desserts.
North Indian delights at Tandoor
a range of delicious & mouth watering Indian delicacies at ‚ÄúTandoor‚ÄĚ the
authentic North Indian Restaurant - at the Ceylon Continental Hotel
On offer are some of the popular Indian dishes made by Indian Chefs
Rakesh Singh & Ratan Singh at the Tandoor Restaurant. Chicken Sukha fry
- Tender muscles of chicken marinated with fresh spices from India,
Jhinga Ajwan Wala - Cumin flavoured deep fried prawns & Mutton or
A variety of salads including Cucumber salad, Tandoor chicken salad,
Chef‚Äôs special mixed salad and Onion salads, will be offered to gusts.
Try out the main Balti dishes - Balti Continental - Boneless Mutton,
Balti Chicken, Balti Paneer and Balti Prawns at the Tandoor restaurant
which is open daily for lunch and dinner from 12 noon to midnight.
Special Continental Biriyani, Mutton & Chicken Biriyani with a variety
of Indian Breads, Popular Butter Chicken dish, Palak Mutton and
vegetable specialities will be on offer for Indian food lovers, say
Onitha Gurugalla, Public Relations Executive, Ceylon Continental.
Strawberry Promo at Cinnamon Grand
A selection of
luscious treats featuring juicy strawberries - the food of the tennis
season awaits at the Cinnamon Grand‚Äôs Coffee Stop this month.
Everything from fresh strawberries and cream, to strawberry based
desserts, drinks and cakes are part of this special promotion. Ideals as
a snack or treat any time of the day, the promotion is on till July 8.
Treats can be savoured any time between 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m., so
indulge that sweet tooth!
‚ÄúFlip flop‚ÄĚ Crepe Promotion at Hilton
Crepe is a French word for a thin, delicate pancake. Crepes are
consumed as a dessert all around the world.
Hilton Colombo will have a crepe promotion from the July 1 to 10 at
Spices, Thorana Lounge, Echelon Pub, Emperor‚Äôs Wok and Spoons. The
famous of all is the crepe suzette.
‚ÄúThere will be an action station daily during lunch and dinner at
Spices from 3.00 pm to 11.00 pm at the Thorana Lounge.‚ÄĚ said the hotel‚Äôs
Marketing Communications Manager, Gigi De Silva.
Executive Pastry Chef Gerard Mendis has created a special a la carte
menu for this promotion.