NITN | @notintownlive | 24 Sep 2022, 04:15 am
Supriyo Hazra takes you on a merry-go-round of some of Sri Lanka's luxury properties spanning across its iconic beaches, hills, rocks, tea plantations and plains
Built in 1864, the hotel is one of the luxurious properties located in the east of Suez. The hotel is a testimony to both Sri Lanka’s colonial past and its independent present.
From strolling on the beach located close to the hotel to enjoying dinner in the evening with the wind whizzing past you, the elegance of the property will leave you overwhelmed. One thing that sets this hotel apart from other new properties is its historic past and this is reflected in every corner of the inn.
The Veranda Restaurant is the main dining venue where you can choose your platter from a wide variety of dishes which the menu offers. If you even want to binge on some Indian food, then the kitchen is ready to serve you dishes from the neighbouring nation as well. The hotel also offers other foods which include Continental and even Mughlai dishes.
As the hotel is located in the heart of the city, hence you can easily find yourself in the best position to go for sightseeing and even shopping.
Speaking to NITN, Daniel Garu, General Manager, Galle Face Hotel: "The Galle Face Hotel is special because it opened in 1864. It has a deep history. It has a lot of stories to tell you. The hotel also provides excellent five-star facilities to its visitors. The hotel is also located in a beautiful location which is so close to the ocean and people can easily visit the tourist spots from here."
Jetwing Lake: Leisure paradise of Dambulla
After spending some splendid time in Colombo, it was time to move forward and cherish the beauty of nature around Dambulla. Jetwing Lake was my next hotel, and unlike Colombo, this time it was located away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Located amid nature, the hotel provides you the best time to spend some quality time amid lush green trees.
One key factor to stay in the hotel is surely the beautifully decorated and designed rooms.
Just like the earlier property, here too you can select your favourite dishes from the wide variety of foods offered in the menu card. However, it was the dessert section which remained my personal favourite. No matter what you choose to eat in the main course, always try to savour the ice-cream at the end to give your dinner a perfect finish.
Jetwing Andrews: Romance in the hills
It was time for me to bid adieu to the plains and move to the beautiful hilly destination of Sri Lanka-Nuwara Eliya. In this land of hills and tea plantations, I stayed in the gorgeous Jetwing St. Andrew’s.
During my stay, I really enjoyed my dinner and breakfast in this beautiful property and it offers a plethora of dishes choose from the menu. However, it was the unique way of beautifully decorated presentation of food in this hotel by the Chef and his team which will make your evening quite unique.
Speaking about Sri Lanka as a tourist venue, he said: "Sri lanka has a wide biodiversity which makes it so much special. Within a small period of time you can travel from the coast to a hilly destination like Nuwara Eliya. It is indeed a special feature of this country."
Ekho Surf: Beach, Fun and Luxury
Before I left Sri Lanka, my final destination was Bentota and Galle. I stayed in Bentota for a day before leaving for my home. Just like a good dessert ends your meal with a smile on your face, Ekho Surf, the property where I stayed in Bentota, was like that scoop of Vanilla ice-cream which leaves you with a happy heart. For more than a week I travelled through various corners of the country and finally I needed to relax myself and this hotel provided me the perfect venue to calm down my nerves.
The first thing that I loved about the hotel was its location just by the sea and the way it was decorated with soothing shades of light. Once you enter the lobby, you will see a dominance of green and yellow, which will give you a perfect tropical vibe that suits the mood of the resort town.
EkhoSurf’s main restaurant L’héritage offers travellers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food lovers can choose between an international buffet and an À la carte menu to quench their gastronomical pleasure.
Apart from the beach experience, you can easily visit the main attraction of the region, Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by taking a car or a taxi from the hotel. After spending a beautiful evening on the beach, you can relax at Ekho Surf with a sundowner or just sit back and think about the fun days you spent in Sri Lanka and take back memories from the Island Nation forever.
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