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Five Aitken Spence Hotels Enter TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

25 May

Five Aitken Spence properties from Sri Lanka and the Maldives have entered the prestigious TripAdvisor Hall of Fame having being recognized for its consistent high performance in customer reviews. The world’s largest travel site recognized Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Tea Factory for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year.

Nine Aitken Spence Resorts received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the travel review site. In addition to the hotels recognized in the Hall of Fame, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara were awarded Certificates of Excellence for its ability to continuously deliver on a superior customer service experience.

“We have always strived for excellence and have nurtured a reputation of exceeding guest expectations. The recognition received by the resorts bear testimony to the exceptional service and memorable experiences that guests receive from our iconic properties. I would like to congratulate the resorts on their achievement and encourage them to maintain the standards set and continue to exceed expectations” said, Mr. Susith Jayawickrama, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotels.

TripAdvisor enables travelers to plan and book the perfect trip and offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices. The site’s potential reach is 340 million unique monthly visitors and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Aitken Spence Hotels manage a portfolio of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman. Its premier brand in Sri Lanka, Heritance Hotels & Resorts, operates a portfolio of five unique properties in scenic locations across the island while its award winning properties in the Maldives operate under the brand Adaaran Resorts.Adaaran Prestige Vadoo- Over water villa Heritance Tea Factory- Aerial

Heritance Hotels Achieves Travelife Gold Award

18 Mar

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Heritance Hotels, Sri Lanka’s leading chain of resorts, owned and managed by Aitken Spence Hotels is once again in the forefront of sustainability with all hotels in its portfolio being awarded the Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations Gold award. Travelife – the international sustainability certification scheme – assesses a property’s performance in managing social, environmental and economic impacts. The Gold award achieved by Heritance Tea Factory, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Ahungalla is a testament to the chain’s deep commitment to sustainability.

Travelife is a practical tool which assists properties to monitor and manage their social and environmental impacts. The scheme which is supported by some of the largest tour operators in the industry helps hotels cut costs and increase sales, by improved sustainability. To gain Travelife Gold certification the hotel must meet the 150 sustainability criteria set by the scheme. This includes environmental issues, such as minimising waste and use of energy, water and chemicals, as well as taking positive action on social issues, such as employee welfare, working with the local community, child protection and human rights. Hotels must display how they are helping to support local businesses and protect local traditions and wildlife.

The Heritance Hotels portfolio underwent a stringent audit process which focussed on energy saving practices, waste management, emission and environmental sustainability principles followed by each Hotel. The audit results are scored on Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on the degree of the Hotels commitment towards the environment and locality in which it operates. Achieving Gold status is not an easy feat and it is a remarkable achievement that the entire chain achieved this accolade.

Heritance Hotels, a pioneer in practicing and promoting sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka, has taken numerous initiatives in ensuring that energy consuming assets have been managed effectively and energy conserving technology has been implemented at each resort. Heritance Ahungalla, one of Sri Lanka’s leading beach resorts, was the first hotel in Sri Lanka to receive the ISO 50001:2011 certification. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, was the first net metered hotel in Sri Lanka and Heritance Tea Factory and Heritance Kandalama were the first in the hospitality industry to utilize a biomass gasifier as a renewable energy source. Apart from the significant systems implemented at the resorts, all resorts use Sewage Treated Plant (STP) water for irrigation and have replaced incandescent lighting with CFL and LED lights.

The 7R recycling program practiced by all resorts in the chain strives for zero waste to the environment. All waste produced is recycled or disposed of with no impact to the environment in which each hotel operates. Heritance Ahungalla, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Tea Factory have in-house green pavilions and eco centers where training is provided to guests and the community on the benefits and importance of recycling and reducing the impacts on the environment.

Heritance Kandalama has been identified as a bio diversity hot spot with surveys revealing that the 170 acres of owned and 50 acres of leased land preserved by the Hotel has 43 species of mammals, 173 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians, 82 species of butterflies and 125 floral species including trees and climbers.

Heritance Hotels is closely linked to each community it operates in with over 40% of its staff being employed from the local communities. In addition facilities such as the Arts and Crafts center at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara are provided for local craftsmen to showcase their talents and keep traditional crafts alive. This also adds to the local economy by ways of added profits to the community and promotion of local culture.

“We are extremely passionate about practicing social and environmental strategies and it is indeed motivating to be recognised for our achievements in this area. Our team constantly strives to ensure that we keep challenging ourselves and having gone through the stringent audit process it is encouraging to note that we have been benchmarked against other international star performers and have been awarded the highest accolade in the scheme”, said Mr.Susith Jayawickrama, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Heritance Hotels and Resorts, the premier brand of Aitken Spence Hotels operate a portfolio of four unique properties in scenic locations across Sri Lanka. Heritance Kandalama was named by The Observer of UK as one of the “Icons of Modern Hotel Design” and Travel + Leisure calls it one of the leading green hotels of the world.  Heritance Tea Factory was voted amongst the “100 Best Places to Stay in the World” by Sunday Times UK and was nominated in the list of “Top 5 Factory Hotels in the World” by The Independent, UK. The chain of hotels has been continuously recognized as a pioneer in sustainable tourism and continuously strives to sustain and innovate processes that reduce the impact of its operation on its surroundings.

Heritance Tea Factory Secures the First Organic Tea Certification in Sri Lanka by SLSI

25 Jan

Heritance Tea Factory was recently awarded the first organic certification in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) for the cultivation and processing of tea. After eight years of refining the processes used to cultivate and process organic black tea, green tea and herbal tea, the hotel emerged pioneers in achieving the organic certification.

Heritance Tea Factory is surrounded by lush tea plantations that stretch over an expanse of twenty five acres. The mini tea factory in the hotel serves as a processing plant that produces different flavours of tea that are consumed by guests at the hotel and can be purchased as souvenirs. The mission to achieve 100% organic status was first realised in the year 2005 when the hotel discontinued the use of all forms of chemical fertilizer, pesticides or weedicides in the tea plantation. Artificial material was replaced with greener substitutes such as compost manure that is produced at the Hotel’s in-house composting project; replaced fertilizer. The growth of gotukola as an underlayer in the tea plantation was encouraged to prevent the growth of weeds and help in nourish the soil. 

The process of obtaining the organic certification involved a significant amount of hard work and dedication from the team at Heritance Tea Factory. The initial stages called for several tests that were carried out to analyze the condition of the soil and compost manure of the plantation. The tests were conducted at the Agricultural Research Centre in Kundasale and at the Tea Research Institute in Thalawakelle. Experimental samples were also collected from the tea leaves at the Heritance Tea Factory plantation, in order to analyze if the samples of tissues of tea leaves cultivated at the plantation met the specified criteria.  The process also involved three site visits at different stages by the auditors from the Sri Lanka Standards Institute. The first audit was conducted to verify whether the standards met the criteria set by SLSI, the second audit was to measure the progress the Hotel made and to recommend further improvements where applicable and the third and final audit was to confirm the hotel’s suitability for certification.

“Heritance Tea Factory has experienced a positive impact with the achievement of being 100% organic. Guests at the hotel can witness the return of a myriad of birds and insects that once deserted the plantation. We are indeed proud of our achievement and promise to strive to sustain our green initiatives. It is with sincere admiration that I applaud the efforts of those involved in making this dream a reality” commented Mr. Roshanlal Perera, General Manager of Heritance Tea Factory, upon the achievement of the certification.

Heritance Hotels and Resorts operate a portfolio of five unique properties in scenic locations across Sri Lanka. The chain of hotels has been continuously recognized as a pioneer in sustainable tourism and continuously strives to sustain and innovate processes that reduce the impact of its operation on its surroundings.

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Heritance Tea Factory Only Hotel to Win a PATA Grand Award in 2012

25 Feb

Heritance Tea Factory will be in the limelight once again at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards 2012 ceremony, taking place on 21st of April inKuala Lumpur,Malaysia accepting the Grand Award in the Heritage and Culture category.  PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: marketing; education and training; environment; and heritage and culture.  Heritance Tea Factory is the only hotel to be presented with a Grand Award, the other winners being the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, for Education and Training; Tourism Authority of Thailand for Environment; and Tourism New Zealand for Marketing. Heritance Tea Factory is the only hotel to be recognised as a Grand Award winner amongst 180 entries from 79 organisations world wide at the PATA Gold Awards 2012.

 

The award lauds Heritance Tea Factory for successfully transforming an abandoned tea factory building into an eco-friendly, world-class hotel while incorporating the culture of the locality into its operations.

 

Heritance Tea Factory the highest elevated hotel in Sri Lanka,  situated 2 km above sea level  was re-branded as a ‘Heritance’ property, Aitken Spence Hotels’ premier brand of resorts in late 2009 after a complete refurbishment. Recognising that a hotel does not stand in isolation but is part of its social and ecological environment, the group wanted a name that conveyed its commitment to the local community as well as to the expectations of discerning guests. Thus: Heritance – a merging of heritage and inheritance. The embracing of inheritance in the name acknowledges an appreciation for the inherited locality and environment of every Heritance property. It signifies a responsibility to safeguard and enhance for the future all that is inherited. The essence of Heritance is expressed in the service excellence and the local flavour, warmth and involvement that are hallmarks of a Heritance Hotel. It conveys a sense of duty for sustaining the natural resources of the locality of each property.

 

The idea of turning the tea factory on a hilltop towering over Hethersett village into a hotel was that of Aitken Spence director G C Wickremsinghe. Since it opened in 1996 it has become one of the world’s most unusual places for a holiday where one can truly experience life as it were on a tea estate during the colonial era. This depicts the true essence of a Heritance property where guests are able to experience the locality and community that surrounds the hotel.

 

“We are delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award.  Heritance Tea Factory has been able to very successfully project its historical and novel charm while still providing exquisite service and a world-class product to the discerning traveler.  Receiving this award from PATA reaffirms our stance”, said Mr. Roshalal Perera, Executive General Manager, Heritance Tea Factory.

 

At Heritance Tea Factory addressing guests’ concern for conserving the environment is paramount. Hot water and central heating are provided by biomass from locally farmed gliricidia wood instead of from atmosphere-polluting, imported diesel while waste and water management is based on sustainable recycling processes; vegetables are organically grown or sourced locally, generating income for the area. Through its Welfare Society, the Hotel sponsors community development projects.

 

In order for the guests to experience the locality many excursions have been designed incorporating the local culture and environment. Guests can stroll on their own eco walks to explore the locality or join in organised trekking three times a day through the nearby Kudawatte jungle watching for birds and wild animals. The Heritance Tea Factory experience invites guests to take part in tea plucking and see the tea they have plucked being processed in the hotel’s Micro Tea Factory and have it presented to them in a packet the next morning.  Other activities include mountain biking; mini golf; cultural events with the village community; and being pampered in a spa with a stunning view of the lush tea plantations.

 

“The essence of the Heritance brand is to incorporate service excellence and the local flavour and warmth in every one of our properties. It is overwhelming to be recognized by PATA for practicing what we truly believe in. We have once again putSri Lankaon the map by being the only hotel  to be recognised as a Grand Award winner amongst a multitude of world wide applicants”, said Mr.Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Aitken Spence Hotels operates a chain of 25 hotels and resorts inSri Lanka,Maldives,IndiaandOman. The group has set precedence to other hotels on how they too can be effective responsible  tourism  players by contributing  in terms of conserving the natural environment, protecting bio diversity, empowering local communities, supporting livelihoods dependent on tourism, preserving local traditions, arts and crafts and mitigating climate change especially by using bio mass as renewable energy.

The company’s premier resorts operate under Heritance Hotels & Resorts. The award-winning Heritance Hotels & Resorts portfolio consists of Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Tea Factory and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

 

 

Heritance Hotels Wins Big at the National Green Awards

24 Aug

The Heritance brand was once again in the spot light when Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Tea Factory emerged winners at the National Green Awards held last evening at the BMICH. Heritance Kandalama, no doubt the greenest hotel in Sri Lanka and one of the greenest hotels on the planet was awarded the Gold Award in the Large Scale Hotel category. This prestigious award won by Heritance Kandalama was one of four Gold Awards presented at the award ceremony which three hundred applicants vied for. The recent recipient of the Sri Lanka Travel and Tourism award for the island’s Best 4 Star Hotel, Heritance Tea Factory, walked away with the Silver Award in the Medium Scale Hotel category.
Sri Lanka’s entrepreneurs, industrialists, and other stakeholders who contribute their share for environmental conservation and anti pollution were recognized for their excellence in green practice, strategy and products at the award ceremony which was held for the first time this year. Organized by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), The National Green Awards scheme was initiated in order to provide an alternative system to controlling pollution and greening the environment instead of the existing command and control approaches and education & awareness programmes. The main aim of the all island programme is to promote sustainable management of the environment in order to achieve a green country through a clean green environment.
Hon. President Mahinda Rajapaksa graced the occasion which was organized to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the CEA. Twenty seven Green Awards were presented in fourteen sectors including textile, hotel, food and beverage, waste management and healthcare sectors.
“This is reaping the harvest of what was sown starting from 1994 by the pioneers. The philosophies practiced by them are still vigorously carried out by our present team. Through strategies planning, dedication, hard work and commitment and through passionate and pragmatic approaches we were able to be in the forefront of practicing sustainability even before the advent of the triple bottom line approach. This is clear evidence of foresight and planning”, said Mr.Ravi de Silva, Environmental Consultant, Aitken Spence Hotels.
Heritance Kandalama, a hotel committed to sustainable practices from conceptualisation to construction to its day-to-day operations has won a large number of awards as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world. It has set precedence to other hotels on how they too can be effective responsible tourism players by contributing in terms of conserving the natural environment, protecting bio diversity, empowering local communities, supporting livelihoods dependent on tourism, preserving local traditions, arts and crafts and mitigating climate change especially by using bio mass as renewable energy.

The Heritance Tea Factory, Sri Lanka’s first theme hotel is a unique hotel concept, where a tea factory built several decades ago has been converted into a plush hotel. Retaining its traditional character, this most unusual hotel is situated 6800 feet above sea level amidst the misty mountains and the lush plantations of the hill country. The hotel has been recognized by one of Britain’s widely read ‘Sunday Times’ as one of the 100 best places to stay in the world and ‘The Independent’ selected Heritance Tea Factory as one of the 5 best factory hotels in the world.
“Ecotourism, responsible tourism and sustainable tourism have become the buzz words in the tourism industry, and with the effects of global warming and climate change influencing travelers worldwide towards a more a more sustainable way of traveling. We recognized many years ago that sustainable development is an absolute necessity in today’s world while believing that it is equally important that our heritage is preserved. Heritance Hotels have struck a perfect balance of practicing sustainable tourism while preserving and protecting our heritage for future generations”, said Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.
Aitken Spence Hotels manages a portfolio of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman. The company’s expertise in hotel design, building and management is complimented by its dedication and commitment to excellence. Located in some of the key tourist locations, each of the properties cater to a diverse client base. Aitken Spence Hotels has set precedence to other hotels on how they too can be effective responsible tourism players by contributing in terms of conserving the natural environment, protecting bio diversity, empowering local communities, supporting livelihoods dependent on tourism, preserving local traditions, arts and crafts and mitigating climate change especially by using bio mass as renewable energy.

The company’s premier resorts operate under Heritance Hotels & Resorts. Its latest Heritance property Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara commenced operations in July 2011. It has joined the award-winning Heritance Hotels & Resorts portfolio consisting of Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Tea Factory.

Heritance Sweeps Top Resort Awards

1 Jun

Heritance Hotels and Resorts were the dominant winners at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards, held recently. Heritance Ahungalla, was awarded the Best 5-Star Resort in the island successfully taking over the baton from Heritance Kandalama who won the coveted award for the last three consecutive years, securing the resort a position in the prestigious Hall of Fame last year. Heritance Tea Factory emerged winners in the Best 4-Star Resort category for a second year, demonstrating the dominant position maintained by Heritance Hotels & Resorts in Sri Lanka, ,.  The Best Host Hotel for Eco Tourism was awarded to Heritance Kandalama, once again reaffirming the Heritance Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental commitment towards the environment wherever it operates.

 

The objective of this prestigious awards ceremony is to recognize and reward excellence among industry stakeholders of past and present and to encourage and ensure an even greater contribution in the future. The awards criteria is designed to motivate industry stakeholders to work towards the primary goal of sustainable development of the tourism industry.

 

“We are thrilled and honoured that our three Heritance properties have been recognized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards. This is a remarkable feat which we are very proud of, having all our properties being recognized as the country’s best will certainly invigorate our commitment of delivering exceptional experiences to our guests”, said Mr. B H R Sariffodeen, Assistant Vice President, Aitken Spence Hotels.

 

With its endless pristine white beaches and ultramarine expanse of the Indian Ocean, Heritance Ahungalla is a creation of the legendary architect Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa. Heritance Tea Factory has been recognised by The Independent, UK as one of the ‘Top Five Factory Hotels in the World’ and as “one of the best 100 places to stay in the world” by the Sunday Times, UK. Heritance Kandalama has been routinesly recognized as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world, setting industry benchmarks recognised and applied globally.

 

“Our employees represent the Company’s most important asset and, as such, are vital to its success.  It is only thorough the strength of our team that we have been able to win accolades such as the awards won at this years Sri Lanka Tourism Awards. We also have the added advantage of capitalizing on our presence in the region by utilizing our team resources available in our hotels in India, Oman and the Maldives. We have definitely reaped benefits by working together as a team, cooperating and supporting each other at all times”, said Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

 

Aitken Spence Hotels’ premier resorts operate under the brand Heritance Hotels & Resorts. Famed for its distinctive properties, exquisite food, culinary art and exceptional service, Heritance Hotels & Resorts has over a period of time gained the reputation of being one of the best hospitality chains in the region.

 

With an unrivalled portfolio of international award-winning resorts Aitken Spence chain boasts of exotic properties located in some of the key tourist locations. Barefoot at Havelock, India located on the “The Best Beach in Asia” as rated by the Time Magazine; Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka’s most awarded hotel and “an icon of modern hotel design” as rated by the Observer UK; and Desert Nights Camp, Al Wasil, Oman, rated as one of the top ten desert retreats in the world are some of the properties operated by Aitken Spence Hotels.

 

Heritance Tea Factory Greening All The Way This Season

23 Dec

A visitor to the Heritance Tea Factory this season will be able to enjoy a unique set of environmentally friendly Xmas trees made out of recycled material.  These Xmas trees that adorn the public areas of Heritance Tea Factory hotel have been made with waste and used material supporting the 7R environment policy internally developed and widely used by the Aitken Spence Hotels. The twigs of tea bushes that are pruned during the year had been dried and saved to create the tress in the reception area greeting the guests.  Each Tree has its own story to tell with Heritance Tea Factory staff being given an opportunity to display their artistic talents making and decorating the trees.  Hethersett Cigar Bar has the attraction of a tree made with empty wine and beer bottles and the main   Kenmare Restaurant a beautiful tree   made with wax of leftover candles that were burnt during the year.

Heritance Tea   Factory in lush green tea estate 6,850 feet above sea level maintains the authentic atmosphere of living in a tea factory. The hotel began as a factory built in the days of the British Raj and has now been converted while preserving much of the original style and machinery; reminiscent of the past yet perfectly blending in the innovations of the present. The view from the rooms at the front of the hotel is a wonderful panorama of tea; at its sides, a peaceful pastoral scene of hamlets, hills and forest and more tea greets you.

Tourists in an effort to gain an insight into the tea plucking culture often pick their own tea leaves when staying at the Heritance Tea Factory. The fresh Tea leaves that the tourists pick go through the Organic Mini Tea Factory are then presented to guests before they check out of the hotel.

The Heritance Tea Factory is the first hotel in Sri Lanka to introduce bio mass renewable energy to the hospitality industry in 2007.  The bio mass plant helps the hotel to reduce the carbon footprint as it saves a substantial amount of carbon emissions. Heritance Tea Factory has been recognized by Britain’s leading newspapers ‘Sunday Times’ as one of the 100 best places to stay in the world and ‘The Independent’ selected The Tea Factory as one of the 5 best factory hotels in the world. The Heritance Tea Factory mission is to enable guests to experience a unique interaction with nature and the tea culture, while leaving a minimum impact on the environment.

A Dining Experience on Wheels at the Highest Elevation in Sri Lanka

18 Aug


The majestic compartment of yester years, TCK 6685 is most probably the last of the compartments of the glorious past. The refurbished to its former glory, carriage TCK 6685 is a fine dining restaurant consisting of only 16 covers, a dining experience limited to a few  on wheels at the highest elevation in Sri Lanka.

Hethersett Tea Factory which is now the Heritance Tea Factory was the highest located tea factory in Sri Lanka and Kandapola railway station was the highest located railway station in the country served by the Ceylon Government Railway when it was first commissioned in 1903.

Tea and railway went hand in hand in this region in the first part of the last century as tea was transported via the railway. Vestiges of the line still remain in a stout iron railway bridge near the race-course, the railway station at Nuwara Eliya and the stops at Brookside and Ragala now converted into shops.

At the Heritance Tea Factory TCK 6685 restaurant, the menu is a fusion of Western class and eastern aromas complimented with a variety of vegetables and herbs grown on the slopes of Kandapola village emphasizing on freshness and on quality.  The six course menu is served elegantly by white -gloved railway guard.

The HeritanceTea Factory has been recognized by the Britain’s leading newspapers ‘Sunday Times’ as one of the 100 best places to stay in the world and ‘The Independent’ selected The Tea Factory as one of the 5 best factory hotels in the world. The Heritance Tea Factory mission is to enable guests to experience a unique interaction with nature and the tea culture, while leaving a minimum impact on the environment.

Media Release – 18 August 2010

Heritance Tea Factory Triumphs at the Asia Pacific Property Awards

22 Apr

The results of the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2010 in association with Bloomberg Television have been revealed and Heritance Tea Factory is rightly proud to be amongst the winners. Successful entrants were announced at a high profile gala dinner held at the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong on April 16th and Heritance Tea Factory was delighted to be presented with an award in the category of Best Hotel, Construction and Design. Presenter for the evening was Paul Gordon, news broadcaster for Bloomberg Television.

The event is part of the International Property Awards, the world’s most prestigious competition dedicated to identifying the best real estate professionals across the globe. Scooping one of these coveted awards is proof that Heritance Tea Factory is not only able to compete at this level but also win within the highly competitive Asia Pacific property arena.

Later this year, the highest scoring winners from the Asia Pacific Property Awards will compete against other winning companies from Europe, the UK, Europe & Africa, the Americas and Arabia to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category. Last year, the Asia Pacific region scooped no less than seven World’s Best awards – two more than the year before and an amazing feat. No doubt the property industry will be watching and waiting to see if this record number of international wins can be matched or even beaten in 2010.

The judging panel is formed by a large group of professionals whose collective knowledge of the property industry is unsurpassed by any other property awards. This year’s judges include Ben Wood, industry head property markets of Google UK; Peter Bolton King, group chief executive of the National Federation of Property Professionals; Christopher Hall, president elect of FIABCI; Patrick Grove, executive chairman of i.Property.com Group Asia Ltd; Thijis Stoffer, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes magazine and Iris Dunbar, British Institute of Interior Design.

Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels said of the award,

“Heritance Tea Factory is the result of the successful development of an abandoned tea factory into an eco-friendly world class hotel and we are delighted that the recently re-branded Heritance Tea Factory has won this prestigious accolade. ”

Media Release – 22 April 2010

Heritance Tea Factory

21 Dec