The Blue Water
TEN years ago The Blue Water, Wadduwa opened the doors to the public
to appreciate intelligent luxury designed by the most famous Geoffrey
Bawa. This is the last piece of work by the legendary Architect the late
The Blue Water was built on a coconut estate in a little unheard of
village called Thalpitiya close to Wadduwa and now The Blue Water has
become a landmark not only in Sri Lanka but globally.
The design of this lovely hotel has been very minimalistic with a
combination of nature and Architecture.
The cross ventilation keeps you wrapped with a cool breeze all the
time and the vast span in front of you when seated or standing anywhere
gives you the feel of freedom and total relaxation.
The ornamental ponds and the noise of water flowing will mesmerize
and tickle your entire nodal system to make you feel rejuvenated.
The colour combination with light shades and mostly brilliant white
gives you that extra soothing comfort.
A step out of the Hotel gives you a choice of the Village or the
Ocean for the water lovers. Just one hour drive from Colombo to this
recluse will make you feel five hundred miles away from home but still
as close as one hour to drive back.
The Blue Water has completed ten years in the leisure industry with
the signature on the world map of luxury hotels. The Blue Water has 96
luxury rooms and four suites with a sea view from every room.
The palm studded garden adds that extra touch of an ambience of
nature engulfed relaxation. The rooms are bright as a child’s eyes and
feels a sense of freshness. Every room has a balcony or a terrace to
relax at your own time still gazing at the ocean.
The main dining room is Admiral’s room located in the same level as
the ocean. The Sunday Buffet is the most popular luncheon where the
local community patronizes, which includes a dip in the pool, lunch and
evening tea and cakes.
The Sunday lunch is generally on reservations and most of the time it
is sold out. The Saturday night Mongolian and the Barbecue has again
been a sell out due to the spread.
The Food and Beverage Manager Fazil Jamaldeen and the Executive Chef
Nihal Nandasiri say the regular change of dishes of the daily theme
nights has increased the dining crown as well as a good morale booster
for the staff who see changes every day and gets involved in a learning
The Port Hole Bar with its Pool table is certainly a good place to
sit and sip through a beverage or a good cocktail. The Sea Board bar
which is open on the sides makes you feel of a Garden Club.
The entertainment is mostly in the evenings with live bands playing
for listening or dancing. The Sunday Jazz Extempore starts at 2.00 p.m
which helps to relax through the heavy Sunday lunch. The Blue Wave,
Discotheque is open on Fridays and Saturdays for the young at heart.
The Blue Water is also a popular place for Meetings , Conferences and
large weddings or homecomings and even workshops. The ballroom can
easily accommodate up to 300 guests.
The plans are underway to enhance the banqueting department with an
additional hall which would accommodate nearly 600 guests. The SPA is an
addition to the hotel with an unusual building that houses it.
The Chairman/Managing Director of the owning company, Union Resorts
Ltd, Ajith Wijeyesekera says that plans are underway for a new property
to be built in Sigiriya.
The Blue Water team led by the versatile General Manager Roshan
Perera who takes care of the property and a staff strength of nearly 300
says that the most important asset of the hotel is the team who are
loyal and committed to the great success story of the Hotel.
Glenross a plantation bungalow just half an hour away from Kalutara
is also managed by The Blue Water. This beautiful colonial planters
bungalow with it’s Georgian Windows, gables and stone walls was hand
tooled by Ceylonese Artisans over 125 years ago.
The quiet atmosphere is disturbed by the chirping birds who are
nestled among the rubber plantation that surrounds it.
The Blue Water is a property of Union Resorts Ltd., and managed by
Jetwing Hotels, Jetwing House, Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 2.
Kandy Hoteliers’ Association AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Kandy Hoteliers Association was
held at Mahaweli Reach Hotel,Kandy.
The outgoing President - Raju N. Veerasingham of Grand Hotel, Nuwara
Eliya presented his report for the year 2006/2007.
In his report he mentioned about the training programmes which were
conducted for the staff of member hotels and also the meetings held with
Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda, Faizer Mustapha - Deputy Minister
of Tourism and Renton de Alwis - Chairman Sri Lanka Tourist Board.
From left: Lalith Ellepola, Suresh Ratwatte, Hiran
Seneviratne, Cyril Perera, Thusith Samaraweera, Roshan
Perera, at the head table Rodney Armstrong, Timothy Paldano,
Raju N. Veerasingham, Upul Leukebandara, at right Gamunu
Srilal, Bathiya Gunasekara, Srilal Mendis, Stanley
Goonaratne and Gamini Senanayake.
He detailed the matters raised with the above dignitaries in the
Tourism Industry pertaining to the problems encountered in the Kandy &
Nuwara Eliya Regions. He also detailed the matters taken up with the
Governor of the Central Province.
He said that only some form of relief had been obtained on the
closure of Bars in the Tourist Hotels especially on Excise holidays and
also on the closure of Bars in Tourist hotels during the Kandy Perahera
He expressed his disappointment that despite a Cabinet Paper to apply
the same Electricity Tariff applicable for Industries to the Hotel
Industry, this had not been complied with by the CEB. He thanked the
member hotels for the support and the strength provided for a successful
year in office.
He also thanked the Secretary of the Kandy Hoteliers Association
Suraj Perera and Treasurer Rodney Armstrong for a wonderful job done and
for being live wires in the Association.
He then invited Senior Past President Timothy Paldano to be the
pro-tem Chairman to conduct the Election of office-bearers for
Timothy Paldano who was the senior most Past President of the Kandy
Hoteliers Association present at the meeting, thanked Raju N.
Veerasingham for being a proactive President especially during a
turbulent period when Tourism was at a very low ebb.
His constant dialogue with the tourism authorities deserved special
mention, Paldano said.
The Election of the Office Bearers followed and the following were
elected to office. President - Cyril Perera - Hotel Hill Top, Kandy
Immediate past President - Raju N. Veerasingham, Grand Hotel, Nuwara
Eliya Vice Presidents - Thusith Samaraweera - Earls Regency, Kandy &
Stanley Gooneratne - Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya Secretary - Upul
Leukebandara - Amaya Hills, Kandy Treasurer - Rodney Armstrong -
Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy The AGM was followed by fellowship and
dinner hosted by Mahaweli Reach Hotel Kandy.
Royal River Resort
In a lush wilderness:
Set in lush wilderness with four guest rooms around a pool fed by a
gushing mountain steam, is the Royal River Resort, Kitulgala.
It lies at the end of a road that leads off the A 7 between Kitulgala
Rest House and the Plantation Hotel, inland from the river close to the
38 km post.
It is part of the group that includes Plantation Hotel and Hans
Chandra in Mount Lavinia, but is so original in style it is unlike any
other hotel in Sri Lanka.
The road to Royal River Resort, called Beli Lena Road, passes through
a small settlement with a furniture workshop before narrowing and
winding uphill through rubber and tea plantations.
Only someone with imagination and a flair for defying conversion
could have thought of taming nature to build such a thrilling, unusual
It is amazing that this small, isolated and defiantly inaccessible
hotel, with a cottage of two bedrooms, each with shower, and balcony
overlooking the river, and two other beautifully designed guest rooms,
functions with an alacrity rarely found in mainstream properties.
Perhaps Royal River Resort is called Royal because the guest is king.
“Sea Spray” Seafood Ensemble Galle Face Hotel
Seafood from the catch of the day from the Indian Ocean, prepared
exactly the way you like, by expert chefs of Galle Face Hotel.
Its a “Sea Spray” Seafood fiesta at the Galle Face Hotel from August
21 - September 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A complimentary beverage for
every table of 10, is one of the many attractions at the Seafood Fiesta.
Galle Face Hotel has created an “on the beach” atmosphere to make you
feel you are part of the catch, at this unique “Seafood Ensemble.”
Its a treat for all seafood lovers, lobsters, jumbo prawns, cuttle
fish, crabs, marinated and prepared to your own taste, at the “Seafood
Ensemble” at the “Sea Spray” restaurant of the Galle Face Hotel from
August 21 to September 3.
Pie Promotion at Ceylon Continental
A Pie Promotion an unforgettable feast will be held at the Pastry
Shop - La Patisserie de Paris of Ceylon Continental Hotel Colombo from
August 24-31. Savour an array of mouth watering delicious Pies at the
Pastry Shop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the fiesta.
“This will be a sensational treat with mouth-watering fillings to
suit your taste buds,” says Public Relations Executive, Onitha Gurugalla.
Fresh juices such as Orange juice, Lime, Avocado, Pineapple, Mango
and mixed fruit juices will also be available to quench your thirst at
the feast at - “La Patisserie de Paris” during the promotion.