Luxury Insider, Asia’s leading luxury online magazine announced that the Six Senses Spa at Heritance Kandalama is among the top-5 sustainable spas in Asia.
Heritance Kandalama has been celebrated for its green philosophy and is widely recognized as the five-star resort that put eco tourism on the map in Sri Lanka. “We are committed towards sustaining and further developing our environmental programmes implemented and we are delighted to be recognised for our efforts” said Mr.B.H.R Sariffo’deen, Assistant Vice President, Aitken Spence Hotels.
The Six Senses Spa situated on a rock overlooking the world famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress belongs to a chain of twenty-four award wining, world renowned spas. The philosophy of Six Senses is based on balancing a pyramid of the five senses; sight, sound and touch are the base of the pyramid; taste and small form the center; the apex symbolises the unique sensory experience of the Six Senses Spa.
Geoffrey Bawa’s visionary architectural design has ensured that no lights are required anywhere in the hotel during daytime as all areas of the hotel are designed to receive an adequate amount of natural light. As a result of something as simple as the allowance for lighting, the hotel makes a substantial saving in the energy that is consumed. The hotel was built between two rock formations and none of the trees on the location were destroyed. The entire hotel is built on a raised platform allowing water to flow under the hotel. It also allows the free flow of animals under the hotel, creating minimum impact on the eco system. Other state-of-the-art methods are utilized in every aspect of the hotel to ensure efficient use of energy and resources such as water.
The hotel has a comprehensive energy conservation policy with power cut-off switches, energy efficient lighting (CFL bulbs), photo active garden lights and a Gassification plant which uses biomass in the form of Grilicedia wood which is a renewable source compared with the previous boiler which used diese. The hotel has a comprehensive water conservation policy where no surface water is utilized; water is obtained from 150-200 foot deep tube wells and a maze of gutters that collect rainwater.
“Sri Lanka has particularly strict laws to protect the environment and wildlife. We are proud to say that the Heritance Kandalama not only complies fully with these laws, but we also go well beyond them; we take pleasure in our conservation work. We also respect the social and cultural sensitivities of the neighbouring communities, while assisting them with their livelihoods. We purchase local products and services, and involve these communities in our environmental conservation work” said Mr.Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.
Operating under the Heritance Hotels & Resorts brand, the flagship Heritance Kandalama is the world’s first hotel to obtain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Observer of UK named it as one of the “Icons of Modern Hotel Design” and Travel + Leisure calls it one of the leading green hotels of the world. In keeping with the company’s commitment toward the environment, ‘Greening the Chain’ is the objective of Aitken Spence Hotels.
Media Release – 24 February 2010