Monthly Archives: July 2013

Deer Park Hotel

Deer Park Hotel in Sri Lanka is your window to the magnificent past of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilizations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Brace yourself for the legendary tales of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Kandy, as you travel some 2,500 years back in time and unravel the historical tapestry of the Cultural Triangle. It’s as much a spiritual journey as a cultural one. It’s a story of Buddhism, royalty, kinship, war and power – a story of dreams, visions and intrigues.

Amongst the many discoveries you’ll make in the Cultural Triangle is Deer Park Hotel, which emerges in rustic splendor from the lush tropical jungle bordering Minneriya-Giritale National Park. Wild elephants, leopards, sloth bears and crocodiles are just some of the majestic animals you might encounter on a jeep safari, or some of the 160 species of birds making the park a veritable birdwatcher’s paradise.

Wildlife enthusiasts don’t need to venture far though for a taste of nature. Known as the ancient hunting ground of Sri Lankan royalty, the jungle surrounding Deer Park Hotel itself oozes tranquility and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Individual cottages weave intimately around the forest, which echoes cultures past and present. Even the open-air bathrooms embrace the mystique of these grounds.

So, discover the beauty of Sri Lanka. Explore its stunning wildlife, rich cultures and lost civilizations. The royalty of ancient Ceylon never had it so good!

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Set amongst the perfect islands and blue ocean of South Ari Atoll (Alifu Atoll) in the republic of Maldives, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives delivers a unique 5 star resort experience and offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury along with a range of exciting activities that will appeal both to couples and families.

Featuring 112 suites & villas, the resort offers diving enthusiasts outstanding diving opportunities including an excellent house reef complete with a dedicated sunken ship wreck and is within easy reach of the top dive spots in the Maldives. The resort offers all guests a premium all-inclusive vacation experience, along with a perfect white sand beach and the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives offers more than simply daytime sun, sea, and sand. The resort features a variety of dining options, pools, recreation activities, Sports and Fitness facilities, bars and lounges with nightly entertainment, SPA Cenvaree, and a Kids Club.

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives welcomes you to discover a tropical paradise island. Wake up to soothing views of the endless deep blue Indian Ocean. Take a morning plunge in the gentle waters of a turquoise lagoon directly from your over water villa. Kayak to Guli Fushi island at the edge of the lagoon for snorkelling.

Dhigufinolhu Island in the South Malé Atoll, is Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, comprising of some of the most spacious luxury villas in Maldives, some with private plunge pools and just a 35 minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. The tropical lagoon setting creates a Maldivian paradise of breathtaking natural wonders, where the warmest heartfelt welcome leads to journeys that can be deeply relaxing or truly invigorating. From the moment you arrive, peer into the crystal waters below the jetty of our Maldives resort at puffer fish, sting rays and baby reef sharks. Take part in an array of water sports including diving, snorkelling, surfing and island hopping.

Anantara Dhigu’s evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design approach that feels like home away from home while providing you with excellent facilities. Play tennis, hit the gym and swim in the infinity edge pool, or simply unwind at Anantara Spa with a range of renowned signature treatments. Discover your own paradise at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa.

Dalmanuta Gardens Ayurvedic Resorts

Dalmanuta is a small personal hotel with nine spacious bungalows.

Dalmanuta offers a first class Ayurvedic Spa treatment without being dogmatic. Pancha Karma-, detox purification-, weight loss- and palliative treatments are offered as well as a wide range of massage treatments.

There is a free boat service for guests twice a day from Dalmanuta to the beach.

In the large garden one can find many different wild animals such as Monkeys, Varanas, Leguanas, Squirrels, Mungos and a big variety of exotic birds.

Dalmanuta features a rare Herbal Garden with more than 200 different kinds of Herbal medicine plants.

Free Wi Fi covers the entire area.

Colombo Courtyard

Colombo Courtyard is a boutique hotel that offers comfort, refinement and a unique character that will make your stay here unforgettable. It is a place to rest and relax, to indulge in fine food and drink, and enjoy the fabled warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality. We subscribe to the belief that the way to provide our guests with the finest residential experience is to set the highest standards of quality and maintain them with unceasing rigor, treating their requests and desires as absolute necessities at all times.

Nestled in the heart of Colombo City, this urban boutique hotel perfectly captures a fusion of contemporary style with intrinsic elements of environmental design. Crafted around the concept of a series of open spaces, conscious lighting patterns and the use of recycled material in its’ unique sculptures and artful décor, stepping in, you will leave the clutter behind.

The discerning business traveller will appreciate the hotels proximity to key commercial locations and embassies. Colombo Courtyard is a quick stroll away to many of the city’s entertainment and shopping areas too.

Cottage Garden Bungalows

Cottage Garden Bungalows are set in beautiful lush surroundings 50 meters from the Indian Ocean in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka. Mount Lavinia one of the first tourist resorts in Sri Lanka and the beach is one of the best. During the season, from October to April it boasts of calm seas, a wide beach and during the week an “empty” beach. The numerous restaurants along the sea front offer you a choice of meals from local to Chinese to fusion for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cottage Gardens Bungalows consist of 5 bungalows. Each cottage is a private unit, air conditioned/fans and includes a verandah, large bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom (air conditioning is optional) The kitchenette is fully equipped with a refrigerator, gas cooker, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Also included is wi fi.

The last British governor had his residence here, on a mount overlooking the bay and his lady love was called “Lavinia” hence the name Mount Lavinia. The residence still exists as the Mount Lavinia hotel.

The current owner Mrs. Johanna Dias Bandaranayake is German born and bred but has lived in Sri Lanka for over 50 years. The Bungalows have been in operation for the last 30 years and are always highly recommended by all guests for their simplicity and comfort. Ranjith, the manager for 25 years has been praised for his attention to guests and his ability to make them as comfortable as possible.

Cottage gardens bungalows is the ideal place to start and finish a tour of Sri Lanka. Arrive in Sri Lanka, spend a couple of days on the beach, acclimatize and get ready for your tour. It is also ideal if travelling with children. The gardens offer plenty of space and safety for young children.

Coral Sands Hotel

Located on the pristine beaches of Hikkaduwa, Coral Sands Hotel offers you an unmatched stretch of beach, with snorkeling, scuba diving, and a plethora of varieties of tropical fish at your fingertips. Watch the sunset from your balcony as the sound of the paradise comes alive as the sound of the tide crashes against the sand. Experience the wonder of the reef, along with the turtles that frequent the shore every morning. Relax on one of the four private decks or on the lawn that stretches from one end of the hotel to another, or enjoy the themed entertainment and variety of cocktails at the bar. Coral Sands offers you the best of all worlds, with a vibrant, yet relaxing holiday in paradise. We’ll see you soon.

ADAM’S PEAK THE BUTTERFLY MOUNTAIN

The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province – lying about 40 km northeast of the city of Ratnapura. The surrounding region is largely forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby. The region along the mountain is a wildlife reserve housing many species varying from elephants to leopards, and including many endemic species.

Adam’s Peak is important as the main watershed of Sri Lanka. Four of the principal rivers of the island, including the Mahaweli River, the longest, having their source from this mountain, and descend to the sea on the eastern, western and south eastern coasts. The districts to the south and the east of Adam’s Peak yield precious stones-emeralds, rubies and sapphires, for which the island has been famous, and which earned for its ancient name of Ratnadvipa.

 

It is revered as a holy site by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. It has specific qualities that cause it to stand out and be noticed; including its dominant and outstanding profile, and the boulder at the peak that contains an indentation resembling a footprint.

“For a long period Sri Pada was supposed to be the highest mountain in Ceylon, but actual survey makes it only 7353 ft. above sea-level. This elevation is chiefly remarkable as the resort of pilgrims from all parts of the East. The hollow in the lofty rock that crowns the summit is said by the Brahmans to be the footstep of Siva, by the Buddhists of Buddha, by the Muslims of Adam, whilst the Portuguese Christians were divided between the conflicting claims of St Thomas and the eunuch of Candace, queen of Ethiopia. The footstep is covered by a handsome roof, and is guarded by the priests of a rich monastery half-way up the mountain, who maintain a shrine on the summit of the peak.”

It is an important pilgrimage site, especially for Buddhists. Pilgrims walk up the mountain, following a variety of difficult routes up thousands of steps. The journey takes several hours at least. The peak pilgrimage season is in April, and the goal is to be on top of the mountain at sunrise, when the distinctive shape of the mountain casts a triangular shadow on the surrounding plain and can be seen to move quickly downward as the sun rises.

Climbing at night can be a remarkable experience, with the lights of the path leading up and into the stars overhead. There are rest stops along the way.

 

The mountain is most often scaled from December to May. During other months it is hard to climb the mountain due to very heavy rain, extreme wind, and thick mist.

For Buddhists, the footprint mark is the left foot of the Buddha, left behind when Buddha visited Sri Lanka, as a symbol for worship at the invitation of Buddhist God Saman.

Tamil Hindus consider it as the footprint of Lord Shiva. It is also fabled that the mountain is the legendary mount Trikuta the capital of Ravanaduring the Ramayana times from where he ruled Lanka.

Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka ascribe it to where Adam, the first Ancestor, set foot as he was exiled from the Garden of Eden. The legends of Adam are connected to the idea that Sri Lanka was the original Eden, and in the Muslim tradition that Adam was 30 ft tall.

A shrine to Saman, a Buddhist “deity” (People who have spent spiritual life during their life on earth and done pacificism service to regions are deified by Sri Lankan Buddhists) charged with protecting the mountain top, can be found near the footprint.

 

Coral Rock by Amaya

Welcome to Coral Rock by Amaya – a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel where tasteful Asian design blends with unstinting luxury, modern comforts and the genuine warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality. An unforgettable hotel experience awaits guests at Coral Rock by Amaya.

Step outside and gaze out into the ocean as you listen to the melody of the waves crashing gently on to the shore. After a day of exploration, return to the welcoming comforts of Hikkaduwa’s finest luxury boutique resort, where antique detailing and modern amenities merge seamlessly to create a sanctuary of peace and solitude.

Colombo City Hotel

Newest hotel to make it’s mark on the business hub of Colombo, Situated in the heart of the city of Colombo adjoining the world trade Centre and the port of Colombo in close proximity to all Commercial Banks and Government Institutions. Making it the perfect destination for the business traveler. We guarantee your satisfaction with star class accommodations along with our courteous staff.