Ulagalla Resort ideal for nature lovers
Unique boutique hotel in Anuradhapura:
The recently opened Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura is one of the
most luxurious holiday retreats in the country.
The resort is successful with high occupancy from foreign and local
In side the Ulagalla Resort
The pool side view
This unique Boutique Hotel in set amidst 58 acres of lush woodland,
paddy fields and ancient reservoirs.
The Anuradhapura ruins and must see historical sites of the entire
cultural triangle are in close proximity, making it an ideal base from
which to explore.
Ulagalla Resort has 25 luxurious individual chalets scattered across
woodlands and overlooking paddy fields and two reservoirs.
Each chalet with its own plunge pool provides complete privacy and
has scenic views.
This aristocratic country estate has a long history and was the abode
of many a village chieftain.
The very first luxurious property to be commissioned in the post war
era with an investment in excess of Rs 700 million is owned and managed
by International Construction Consortium (ICC), which is a part of the
The company will soon add two more lifestyle Boutique hotels in
Trincomalee and Kalpitiya to their leisure arm.
Ulagalla Resort General Manager, Ranjan Dissabandara said “The most
important contributing factor to Ulagalla Resort’s eco friendly policy
is the solar farm. It is the largest solar farm in Sri Lanka and
supplies 50 percent of the hotel’s energy requirement and the solar
panels are designed in a manner to channel rain water for harvesting.
The Ulagalla Resort front view
“Waste matter is collected to make compost manure for the organic
fruit and vegetable garden. Chalets are constructed largely using fire
proof and eco friendly building material Durra which is sound proof, 100
percent recyclable and 10 times stronger than dry wall. The LED bulbs
used in chalets reduces the carbon footprint by 80 percent and the A/C
utilizes an environmentally friendly gas and the heat recovery system
provides the entire requirement of hot water,” he said.
“The property has every creature comfort within one’s reach. Though
each chalet has a private plunge pool, additionally there is also a 30
meter swimming pool built in close proximity to the mansion.The fitness
centre is furnished with a wide range of exercise equipment and the
business centre includes internet, computer and fax among other
necessities. The hotel’s dome shaped spa specializes in treatment that
will relax and revitalize one’s mind, body and soul like never before.
Treatment can be done anywhere in the hotel premises,” he said.
Ulagalla Resort Marketing General Manager Ranjaka De Mel said “the
Ulagalla Resort concept is unique as it’s so close to nature, and it is
different to the conventional type of hotels.
It has a go green eco concept in the truest sense of the word.”
It’s the brainchild of Group Vice Chairman Harsha De Saram. There are
many ways to explore the surroundings, a trek with the hotel’s
naturalists, horse riding, kayaking, and archery to name a few.
Each chalet has two mountain bicycles for guests to pedal around the
“Nature lovers could get on the observation deck and identify
different species of birds and butterflies,” he said.
SriLankan Catering to manage Serenediva Transit Hotel
SriLankan Catering has been appointed to manage the new Serenediva
Transit Hotel at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), in a further
diversification of services by the SriLankan Airlines Group.
SriLankan launches laundry
SriLankan Catering launched a
state of the art laundry service in Katunayake, a new venture
which will serve all types of industries in the area including
airlines, hotels and factories.
SriLankan Airlines Group Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe
opened the new facility on August 19 together with SriLankan
Catering CEO Sarath Fernando.
SriLankan Catering CEO Sarath Fernando said this is the first of
many ventures to diversify SriLankan Caterings products and
services, and to further strengthen SriLankan Airlines.
“We launched this laundry service specifically for the
The new laundry service
requirements of dozens of
airlines that operate to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA)
including SriLankan Airlines, plus hotels in the Negombo area
and factories in the Katunayake Exports Processing Zone.”
With state of the art machines from the United States, United
Kingdom and Italy, the laundry is located at SriLankan Caterings
sophisticated flight kitchen at the airport.
All types of services are available, including washing / drying,
dry cleaning and pressing.
“Ours is a 24-hour operation with dedicated staff, so we
guarantee rapid service. We have a dedicated a large separate
area in the building for the laundry, and also installed
sufficient machine capacity to meet demand from prospective
customers in surrounding areas for quite some time,” Fernando
The in-flight catering subsidiary of SriLankan Airlines,
SriLankan Catering recently won the Gold Award in National
Energy Efficiency in the large scale state sector category.
The 24-roomed hotel on the upper floor of the BIA terminal is already
in operation. It is designed to provide rest and relaxation for
passengers in transit through BIA as they await their onward flight.
Facilities include four types of rooms, a full-fledged Business Centre
and a fabulous Spa equipped with sauna and Jacuzzi.
SriLankan Catering CEO Sarath Fernando said the transit hotel is a
showcase of the country to transit visitors. Sri Lanka with her rich
history, culture and natural beauty has many stories to tell to enchant
Serenediva will provide travelers with a first glimpse of Sri Lanka,
giving them a chance to experience the country without having to step
outside the airport. The name Serenediva itself is intended to evoke a
vision of the isle of Serendib, to subtly persuade visitors to return
for a longer visit,” he said.
The rooms include eight top of the range Super Deluxe with kumbuk
flooring, mahogany furniture, and a bathtub for a long relaxing soak.
There are also four Deluxe Rooms which are double rooms intended for
The eight Deluxe-A rooms contain double beds, while the eight
Deluxe-B rooms are equipped with single beds for lone travellers. Each
type of room has an attached bathroom with sophisticated fittings.
Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, which has among its many
channels a Flight Information Screen, so guests can see the status of
their onward flight at the touch of a button, instead of having to call
and find out.
Serenediva further strengthens BIAs position as the finest airport in
the South Asian region, already possessing a well-stocked Duty Free
Complex, many types of luxurious Lounges, a modern Aerobridge, and
sophisticated Arrival and Departure Terminals.
BIA is currently undergoing another phase in its continuing expansion
Goa ordered to remove wrecked ship from tourist beach
An Indian court recently gave the Government in the resort state of
Goa two months to begin removing the rusting hulk of a ship that ran
aground on a popular tourist beach a decade ago. Two judges at the Goa
bench of the Bombay High Court told the authorities they had until June
to tow away the MV River Princess, which hit the coast of north Goa
during storms in 2000. The giant iron ore carrier, grounded just off
Calangute beach, has become a familiar sight to tourists who flock to
the former Portuguese colony’s white sands every year.
Local people frustrated by previous failed attempts to remove the
ship filed a petition to the court demanding its removal, expressing
concern about potential damage to the coastline.