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A new dimension to Sri Lanka’s luxury hospitality

22nd September 2009 Print

A new collection of exclusive, highly personalised pavilions are to open in Sri Lanka. Serene Pavilions Ltd will launch 12 highly styled, luxurious pavilions positioned on the West coast offering a new dimension to luxury hospitality on the island.

Serene Pavilions will be opening on October 1st, 2009. This new boutique hotel will accommodate up to 30 guests and will welcome young adults over 16 years. Conveniently located on the west coast in Wadduwa, just a 45 minute drive from the capital city of Colombo, this beachside luxury hideaway will make an ideal Sri Lankan holiday experience, an incentive add-on to business trips, and perfect for honeymoons or for pure luxury escapism and indulgence.

At a cost of $US5.5 million, construction on Serene Pavilions commenced in November 2007, with an emphasis on space, tranquillity and peace of mind, using Balinese and Sri-Lankan architecture interlaced with walkways and water channels, pavilion-style accommodation, landscaped gardens, and outdoor decked living areas.

The Serene Pavilions offers the Amritha Bar and The Pavilions Restaurant enjoying uninterrupted ocean views and a Club House reception area housing a library, spa, gym and jacuzzi swimming pool. A tennis court amidst the gardens is also available.

This new venture in luxury hospitality in Sri Lanka is owned and controlled by British entrepreneur, Clive Leach CBE, Chairman of Serene Pavilions (Pvt) Ltd. Sri Lankan hotelier Anura Lokuhetty is a major shareholder and holds the position as Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive. He is presently also the Vice President of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and Director of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management.

On this investment in Sri Lanka, Clive Leach comments, “With renewed stability in the country, comes growth in tourism and a healthy outlook. Sri Lanka offers a range of diversity all in close proximity – beaches, archaeology, city, culture and natural environment as well as the warmth of the people. The demand for boutique hotels offering fine hospitality has always remained and we have designed and built on this premise, but with the added uniqueness of privacy and space in the form of Pavilions and butler service.

“Serene Pavilions offers lavishly appointed and spacious “homes” to provide unrestrained luxury, total privacy with a highly personalised service. Each Pavilion has been designed to meet exacting criteria and loving christened with a Sanskrit name. Thus we have blended Sri Lankan culture with the highest levels of service and hospitality to showcase this area of the country”.

With over 30 years of experience in Sri Lankan hospitality and tourism, Anura Lokuhetty is optimistic for increased growth in this sector of the market: “There is demand for a high quality product. We aim to capture new niche markets which have been created through pro-active marketing in key markets such as post recessionary incentive programmes, corporate R&Rs, renewals of marriage vows celebrations and by maintaining high levels of service and privacy for our guests”

Set amidst a 7-acre coconut grove with direct access to its sandy beach facing the Indian Ocean, all pavilions have their own private plunge pools surrounded by a large ground floor pool decking area with Bali designed sun protection cover with outside shower and facilities as well as 24 hour private butler service.

Each pavilion consists of either one or two elegant bedrooms with attached dressing room, a spacious sitting room and dining area, a furnished kitchenette, a butler’s pantry, a private bar and a large bathroom featuring 2 vanity units, separate shower room and Jacuzzi. They are equipped with flat TV, DVD/CD player, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee makers and other items to pamper the most sophisticated of guests.

Eight of the one-bedroom pavilions are two storeyed and positioned on the ocean front with spacious first floor balconies offering unrivalled views. The four garden and central pool pavilions (one with one-bedroom and three with two-bedrooms) are spread across 225 square metres on the same level, wrapped around by a private garden and decking. All have been built 12 feet above sea-level.

The Serene Pavilions’ signature centrepiece is its Amritha Bar and The Pavilions’ Restaurant, which links the garden and pool area to the beachfront. The bar is situated on the ground floor overlooking the ocean, surrounded by a timber deck stretching onto lush gardens and the beach.

The Pavilions Restaurant, on the first floor, offers a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean, and provides an á la carte menu including Eastern, Asian, International and Western cuisine. A wine cellar with a range of fine wines is also available for the discerning palate. The gourmet Executive Chef offers world-wide experience and will create a choice of menu at the guests’ choice of location.

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