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Heritance Ahungalla accoladed as TUI Environmental Champion 2019 Also wins TUI Top Quality award 2019

7 Jan

Aitken Spence Hotels’ premier five-star property in the coastal belt, Heritance Ahungalla received the double honour of being listed as the TUI Environmental Champions of 2019 for its excellent performance in sustainable hotel management as well as a winner of the TUI Top Quality 2019.

The hotel was selected among many worthy contenders from around the globe to receive the TUI Environmental Champion of 2019 award. In order to qualify for the environmental champion awards, hotels and resorts must rate more than eight out of 10 by TUI Germany guests and must hold a Global Sustainable Tourism Council recognised certificate, such as Travelife. The recognition further reiterates the hotel’s excellent performance in sustainable hotel management as evaluated by TUI guests and auditors.

The hotel was also listed as a winner of the TUI Top Quality 2019 which is reserved for the very best TUI hotels – the absolute favourites as declared by their guests. With an excellence rating on the TUI guest survey exceeding 8.7 out of 10 possible points, the hotel successfully convinced guests across the board.

TUI Germany is the world’s leading tourism group which covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof.

Heritance Ahungalla, designed by legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa is a 152-room property located on 12 acres of beachfront in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. With award winning chefs at the helm, the hotel is well known for its delectable cuisine available at Jute restaurant, Mustard coffee shop and upper room restaurant, whilst also offering a plethora of bespoke dining options to suit the guests’ needs. Catering to a cross section of travellers, the hotel also offers a range of facilities, from a fully equipped gymnasium, two pools – an infinity pool and residents’ pool, a library, business centre and ample sporting activities. Heritance Ahungalla also stringently follows internationally accepted practices of sustainability and is certified with ISO 14001:2004, ISO 22000:2005/HACCP and ISO 50001:2011.

For more information, log on to www.heritancehotels.com/ahungalla

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Aitken Spence Hotels collects 12 awards in a week

20 Dec


Sri Lanka’s leading hospitality chain, Aitken Spence Hotels was recognised at multiple award ceremonies held last week in Colombo, bringing home a total of 12 awards at the 54th Annual Report Awards 2018, National Business Excellence Awards and Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018.

The hotel chain, part of the blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC, started its winning streak on 4 December at the 54th Annual Report Awards 2018 organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka. The company took home the Silver for ‘Hotel Companies’ whilst Browns Beach Hotels PLC, also part of the Group’s subsidiaries was accoladed with the ‘Hotel Companies Compliance Award’. Held under the theme of ‘epitome of brilliance’ the award ceremony celebrates commitment of corporates towards best practices in annual corporate reporting through transparency, accountability and good governance.

At the National Business Excellence Awards held on 5 December, organised by the National Chamber of Commerce. Aitken Spence Hotels received eight awards in total including the ‘Silver Award in the Overall category’ along with three golds and four silvers. From the Sector Awards, the Company was awarded with the Gold for ‘Hospitality and Tourism’ in recognition of the distinct trailblazing innovations in products and services in the industry, and the First Runners Up in the ‘Extra Large Category’ companies.

Among the category wins were Golds in ‘Excellence in Environmental Sustainability’ and ‘Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility’ and Silver in ‘Excellence in Capacity Building’, ‘Excellence in Performance Management’ and ‘Excellence in Global Market Reach’. The Excellence Awards was organised to recognise business enterprises, which have demonstrated excellence in business, whilst contributing to the economic progress of the country.

The following day, on 6 December, the Company was rewarded yet again at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 held after a lapse of six years. Heritance Kandalama, a Hall of Fame winner at the Presidential Awards (which was rebranded as Sri Lanka Tourism Awards this year) after three consecutive wins, was applauded as the Winner of the ‘Best Hotel-Sustainable and Green Practices’. Company’s most awarded individual with three Culinary Olympic wins under his belt (and the only chef in the world to have received the honour) Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe was recognised for ‘The Most Outstanding Culinary Contribution’.

Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism & Leisure, and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotels Management Stasshani Jayawardena speaking on the recent wins, stated that the manifold recognition was a testament to the superior product and service offerings of the chain. “As a hospitality chain that is constantly looking at challenging the status quo and innovating our way forward, these awards further reinforce our role as a leader in the industry. Our Sri Lankan hotels have certainly carved a name for themselves both here and abroad, and we are truly privileged to be recognised in so many fields”.

“It is hard work and perseverance that has helped us succeed thus far, along with the sheer passion of the team and their dedication to serve. In working together, I believe, we will be able to add more to our successes whilst simultaneously, promoting our island home as a vibrant destination, catering to diverse needs and wants of the global traveller,” she added.

Earlier this year, Aitken Spence Hotels was recognised at the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) held in India with Sri Lankan and South Asia awards for Leading Eco Hotel/Resort; and Heritance Negombo and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara securing destination-specific awards as Leading Beach Hotel/Resort and Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort respectively. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara also won the Silver at the National Green Awards 2018.

Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 star-class properties, with 11 owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, four in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. The hotel chain will introduce the ‘Heritance’ brand of hotels to Maldives early next year with the opening of premium all-inclusive all-villa property, Heritance Aarah.

A perfectly crafted season with Aitken Spence Hotels

28 Nov

The magic of the month of December comes wrapped in a nip in the air, the familiar aromas of Christmas trees and gingerbread, the clatter of pans in the kitchen, in the deep red of mulled wine and the sparkles of décor that line every nook and corner. It is a time of rejoicing, of celebrating loved ones and happiness and the memories of a year gone by.

Amidst the beloved chaos of the season, Aitken Spence Hotels presents a carefully curated season for you – our treasured guests –  to make your holiday a special one. The hotels will unfold a spectacular season with exceptional culinary treats, generous gifting options, bespoke accommodation packages and an impressive heralding of a new year.

 

Heritance Negombo

Closest to Colombo, the bustling city of Negombo will be lit up in festive splendour with the array of events hosted at Heritance Negombo. A Goodie Hut featuring freshly baked cakes, cookies and seasonal treats that will open its gingerbread doors on 16 December at the Swiss Bakery at The Banyan, located across the hotel will set the tone for a tummy-full season. From 15-30 December, a festive afternoon tea session will be hosted at the See Lounge, promising an incredible start to the year.

Among the celebrations set for guests, one can enjoy a festive evening by the street at the Banyan and a celebratory dinner buffet at Bluetan on Christmas eve. On December 25th, guests can enjoy a sumptuous Christmas lunch buffet and a Santalicious dinner at Bluetan, and mini lunch buffet at Mad Dogs. Continuing the festivities, the hotel will host gourmet dinners from 26th to 30th of this month at the Bluetan.

To bid adieu to a year gone by, the hotel will host a new year’s feast at Mad Dog followed by a gala dinner at the Bluetan lawn. A new year’s bash is in store at the Rouge in Banyan to begin the year with a memorable celebration.

 

Heritance Kandalama

The eco-hotel, Heritance Kandalama has a bunch of exciting deals for the season including cocktail deals, seasonal high tea at the Sun Deck and rejuvenating treatments at the Coco spa.

The hotel will also host a goodie hut from 15th December onwards along with ‘gold hamper’, a seasonal basket of deliciousness. The hotel will host a Kiddies Fun Camp on the 24th  and 31st which would free the parents to have a relaxing time whilst the kids are kept busy with interactive activities.

Guests can enjoy a widespread gala dinner on Christmas Eve and both lunch and dinner buffets on Christmas Day at the Kanchana Lounge. A grand dinner spread also awaits those who choose to celebrate New Year at Kandalama.

 

Heritance Tea Factory

The hotel in the hills has a number of seasonal events planned for the month. A goodie hut along with a champagne toast at all outlets from the 20 onwards, seasonal concoction and cheese and wine promotions from 22nd onwards, are but a few! A six-course menu can be enjoyed on the eve of Christmas followed by a Christmas lunch for families to enjoy and a Christmas Day dinner buffet on the 25. The most awaited 31st Night Countdown Dinner shouldn’t be missed as well!

 

Heritance Ahungalla

Heritance Ahungalla celebrates the holiday season with Christmas carols and events to capture the best moments. The hotel caters to the youngsters this season with a Kids party on 22nd December at the Kiddies club and a Junior Chefs’ seasonal workshop on 23rd December at the Mirror Lounge. Guests can witness firework displays on Christmas eve and 31st night while enjoying the fabulous feasts. The hotel gives a celebration for everyone with a beach carnival for those looking for a fun evening by the beach and a cheese and wine evening for the ones looking for a relaxing time.

 

Turyaa Kalutara

Turyaa Kalutara will host an array of seasonal events from 15th December. A traditional Christmas Eve dinner buffet, an outstanding brunch on Christmas day and a Bye, Bye 2018 Sundown Cocktail evening by the beach. The new year will end with a gala dinner celebration at the North Wing Lobby.

 

Earl’s Regency

The most loved hotel in Kandy has a seasonal calendar that includes events for everyone! The goodie hut will be up and running from 20th onwards, alongside a seasonal high tea in the evenings. Guests can have an enjoyable time on the Christmas day at the lunch buffet and BBQ night. Regency Blitz 2018 will be held at the Regency ballroom on the last night of the year to complete the year in grand style!

 

Earl’s Regent

With Christmas high teas starting on 1st December, the hotel, known for its culinary prowess will offer seasonal treats for pre-order during the month, a sumptuous dinner buffet on Christmas eve and Christmas day festivities with a five-course lunch and an incredible dinner buffet. New Year’s eve is also set to be a memorable affair, if spent at the Regent!

 

Amethyst Resort, Passikudah

Amethyst Resort will host a special Christmas Eve dinner while the next day will feature a seasonal feast for lunch and a movie by the beach. Specialties for the season will include cocktail promotions, happy hour on 24th December and Christmas Mass in the morning of Christmas day. The end of a wonderful year will be celebrated at Amethyst Resort with an international gala dinner and a fireworks display!

 

Bandarawela Hotel

In the cool climate by the hills, the seasonal cheer will begin with a festive Sri Lankan and Western lunch buffet from the 20th to the 23rd of December and a traditional planter’s barbeque dinner on the 23rd. The hotel will host a special Santa’s Coffee Counter on 23rd, followed by a festive dinner buffet on 24th  a traditional breakfast, family lunch and carvery dinner buffet; treats for all three meals on 25th, Boxing day flambe dinner on 26th and a magical open-air BBQ and bonfire dinner on the 31st to welcome the new year.

 

Reservations

For reservations for any of the events mentioned or for stay inquiries, contact the Aitken Spence Hotels head office on 0112 308408.

Aitken Spence Hotels win big at South Asia Travel Awards 2018

28 Oct

Aitken Spence Hotels secured several awards at the recently held South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 in Mumbai, India.

Launched in 2016, the prestigious awards for travel and tourism stakeholders in the region has affiliations from regional associations. The awards were held for the third consecutive year recently at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace. With over 500 entries from Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan under 36 categories, the recognitions thus received further reiterates Aitken Spence’s lead in the region, as an innovative hospitality provider.

Among the wins are three Heritance properties from Sri Lanka with Heritance Kandalama winning both Sri Lankan and South Asia awards for Leading Eco Hotel/Resort; and Heritance Negombo and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara securing destination-specific awards as Leading Beach Hotel/Resort and Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort respectively. Group’s Indian property, Turyaa Chennai won Leading Design Hotel in South India. Adaaran Resorts, under which Aitken Spence currently manage properties in Maldives was accoladed as the Most Marketed Hotel Chain in South Asia. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, won the Leading Dive Resort title for both Maldives and South Asia, while Adaaran Prestige Vadoo secured Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Maldives title.

Speaking of the recognition, Aitken Spence PLC Director and Head of Tourism and Leisure and Aitken Spence Hotels Management (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Stasshani Jayawardena said; “As a hospitality chain that promotes the local culture and heritage whilst contributing to the growth and development of the regional tourism industry, these awards further reinforces our role as a leader in the field.”

“Ever since we began our journey in the hospitality sector we have pioneered change, challenged the status quo and innovated our way forward. No matter where we are located, we have worked hard to offer our guests an experiential holiday that celebrates the locality. We are focused on where we want to be, and this has made our journey a successful one thus far; and we will strive to be better,” she said. She thanked the management teams, the hotel General Managers and the employees for their dedication which has undeniably been vital for the growth of the company.

Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 star-classed properties, with 11 owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, four in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. The hotel chain will introduce the ‘Heritance’ brand of hotels to Maldives next year with the opening of premium all-inclusive all-villa property, Heritance Aarah.

 

Heritance Kandalama

Leading Eco Hotel/ Resort – Asia Pacific

Leading Eco Hotel/ Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Heritance Negombo

Leading Beach Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara

Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Turyaa Chennai

Leading Design Hotel – South India

 

Adaaran Resorts

Most Marketed Hotel Chain – South Asia

 

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Leading Dive Resort – South Asia

Leading Dive Resort – Maldives

 

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Leading All Inclusive Resort – Maldives

Aitken Spence’s Turyaa Chennai, the best five-star deluxe in Tamil Nadu

25 Apr

Turyaa Chennai, owned and operated by the local hospitality chain Aitken Spence Hotels was conferred the ‘best five-star deluxe hotel’ in Tamil Nadu at the recently held Tamil Nadu Tourism Awards 2018.

The award ceremony, held with support from India Tourism, Government of India aims at identifying industry leaders who have actively promoted to maintain Tamil Nadu’s position as a premier tourism destination in India. In its third edition, this award is a testament to the quality and standards upheld by Turyaa Chennai who obtained the ‘five-star deluxe’ classification early last year. With this classification, Turyaa Chennai became one of five hotels in Chennai to have obtained this highly sought-after accreditation.

“We are pleased to have received this award, just a year after obtaining the five-star classification. The award is a reflection of the hard work and service excellence that is upheld by the team. Being the first Sri Lankan company to own and operate a five-star deluxe property in India, we are committed to spreading our unique message of hospitality through world-class offerings and service from the heart,” Aitken Spence Hotels Joint Managing Director Susith Jayawickrama said.

“Our hotel is ideal for local businessmen travelling to Chennai, or for local companies looking at MICE necessities in India,” he added, “With special business traveller packages, long stay packages and early bird offers, Turyaa Chennai is well positioned to lead the MICE industry in India.”

The 140-room property situated in the IT corridor of Chennai, just minutes away from the bustling city centre is perhaps the perfect amalgamation of business and leisure. Situated 20 minutes away from the international airport, the hotel is the ideal location for the business travellers, the ardent shopper or cultural holiday seeker.

Heritance Ayurveda receives ‘Best Partner’ certification from German operator at ITB

27 Mar

Aitken Spence Hotels’ wellness resort, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was commended for its product and service excellence by German health and wellness operator Neue Wege as the ‘Best Partner Ayurveda Resort 2018’ at the world’s leading travel trade show Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, better known as ITB 2018.

With Germany listed as a key market for Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, the recognition, awarded for the fifth consecutive year further promotes it as a forerunner in the niche wellness tourism front of Sri Lanka. The resort, offering a range of curated ayurvedic experiences conducted by qualified specialists is well-known in the international market for the superior services provided.

Set against the dazzling blues of Beruwala, the 64-roomed hotel is uniquely designed to offer holistic wellness treatments for guests. With the focus on mental, spiritual and physical balance, the resort offers specialised treatments inspired by traditional healing practices, organic food to detox and rejuvenate, alongside exceptional service.

Neue Wege is a German organisation that promotes health and mindfulness based travel. With over 400 travel offers in 20 countries around Europe and Asia, Neue Wege is among the first German tour operators to receive EU-sponsored CSR seal of approval for sustainable travel and has been certified since 2009.

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Recognized by Fit Reisen for Quality

23 Mar

Aitken Spence Hotels’ wellness resort Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was recently commended for their excellence in quality and standards by Fit Reisen Germany leading provider of health and wellness travel, with the Quality Certificate in the category of ‘ayurveda and yoga’. This is the fourth consecutive year the resort has received this recognition.

The certification which highlights the property as one of the highest quality and best rated hotels further confirms Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara’s position as the ultimate in spiritual, physical and mental harmony through customised healing rituals following the ancient traditions of Ayurveda.

The certification is awarded after a careful assessment process where Fit Reisen’s experts only accept and select partner hotels with strong service and quality orientation and a clear focus on spa and health. Customer reviews also play a vital role in this process.

The evaluation takes note of the state and cleanliness of the hotel, service staff, hotel room and atmosphere; taste, variety and balance of food and; health factors such as quality of treatment, pool, spa, treatment rooms, leisure activities and nature and surroundings.

An ayurvedic treatment destination, the 64-roomed property is located in Beruwala and caters to the niche segment of wellness-seekers. Uplifting treatments by professional ayurvedic specialists, extraordinary cuisine and outstanding hospitality is what guests checking-in at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara receive. Formally known as The Neptune Hotel Beruwala, the property underwent a complete refurbishment and commenced a journey as a wellness resort in late 2011. The resort also acts as a responsible tourism institution, uplifting indigenous arts & crafts of Sri Lanka and takes to the world a message on authentic healing through organic produce and holistic well-being.

With partners in over 50 countries, Fit Reisen has for over 40 years offered guests from around the world high quality travel, focused on health and well-being holidays.

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Achieves Prestigious Travelife Gold Certification

10 Oct

 

The ayurvedic wellness resort, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was accoladed with the internationally recommended Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations Gold Certification last week for the hotel’s commitment to sustainability and ethical business practices.

Travelife, the sustainable tourism certification system awarded the prestigious title after carefully assessing the performance of the hotel against 163 sustainability criteria which included environmental issues, such as minimising the amount of energy, waste and water, positive social actions for employee welfare, working with the local community and businesses, child protection and human rights; and protecting local traditions, among others.

Results of the independent audit carried by Travelife showed that Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, which prides itself for having created a holistic framework aimed at creating a balanced lifestyle experience, have managed to fashion a similar balance in responsibly managing its socio-economic and environmental impacts.

The 64-roomed hotel has long since made a name for itself promoting the importance of wellness in ones’ life and curating a tourism product to cater to this growing trend in the world market. The Travelife certification as such adds immense value to the resort and the very essence of the business model it follows. The certification scheme works in partnership with tour operators, both in the UK and internationally, who use the system to increase sustainability in the industry and communicate achievements to customers.

Among the hotels’ many sustainability exercises, the net metered solar PV in electricity generation takes precedence. Recognised as the first hotel in Sri Lanka to adapt to this system, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara has benefited immensely from this system which produces energy to cover the majority of its consumption needs. The biogas plant at the hotel also successfully contribute to the hotel kitchen as a supplementary to LNG.

While continuous monthly beach clean ups are conducted in support of the environment, the arts and crafts centre located within the premises aims at creating an awareness on local culture and inherent crafts that have been passed on from one generation to another. Uplifting the indigenous arts culture of the country, the hotel encourages local artisans to demonstrate their art at the centre. The hotel also practices the 7R principles followed by all Aitken Spence Hotels with the aim of reaching zero waste to land fill status and possess the certification of ISO 50001:2011.

This is the second consecutive recertification of Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara as a Travelife Gold member.

Other Aitken Spence Hotels in Sri Lanka – Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Tea Factory, Heritance Ahungalla – were also Travelife Gold certified and are awaiting the recertification for the second time.

TUI CEO Visits Heritance Negombo

4 Mar

DHS Jayawardena with Fritz Joussen at Heritance Negombo

TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen accompanied by other TUI top-level executives visited Heritance Negombo on Thursday. The 139-room hotel is the latest hotel investment by Aitken Spence in Sri Lanka, which is to open in April 2016.

The high profile team from TUI, the world’s largest integrated tourism group, included the CEO of TUI Germany, Managing Director of Product and Purchasing, CEO of TUI Nordic and Managing Director of TUI UK and Ireland . The TUI executives were welcomed by Aitken Spence Chairman Deshamanya D H S Jayawardena, Deputy Chairman J M S Brito and Head of Leisure/Director Stasshani Jayawardena.

The historic visit is organized by TUI’s joint venture partner in Sri Lanka Aitken Spence Travels.

Visiting Heritance Negombo

 

Turyaa by Heritance launches at WTM today!

3 Nov

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