Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced that it broke ground for a resort on 145 acres on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka will complement Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, which is currently under construction in the capital. The resort is due to open in 2014 and the two properties mark the entry of the hotel group into Sri Lanka.
Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka will be surrounded by an 18-hole golf course, coconut plantations and sand dunes to the south. Built along the shoreline, the resort will offer 315 rooms including 24 suites ranging in size from 538 square feet to 2,691 square feet. All rooms will offer balconies.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La will feature 10 treatment rooms, a beauty salon and health club. A dive center, a kids' club, a 98-foot lap pool plus additional freeform pool, two tennis court and retail facilities will offer recreational opportunities.
Food and beverage outlets will include a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant, Asian specialty and North Indian restaurants, as well as two pool bars and a golf clubhouse lounge. Multi-purpose function space at over 8,284 square-feet and various pavilions will also be offered.
Hambantota Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be located between the Galle Face green promenade and Beira Lake, with views of the Indian Ocean. The Hong Kong-based group announced the purchase of 10 acres of government land in 2011 and is targeting to open the property in mid-2015.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be built according to sustainability guidelines, with 661 rooms offering some of the largest accommodation in town at 484 square feet to 592 square feet. This also includes 43 suites ranging in size from 968 square feet to 2,421 square feet.
A range of restaurant concepts features a sushi bar, steakhouse, seafood market, Indian restaurant, Islamic restaurant as well as a sky lounge on the top floor. Meeting facilities will be among the largest in Colombo, with over 50,598 square feet of function space spread over three floors.
A health club, spa with eight treatment rooms, an outdoor junior Olympic-size lap pool at 82 by 39 feet, and two outdoor tennis courts will complete the recreational facilities.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo