May 20, Colombo: Centara Hotels & Resorts of Thailand will officially open its newest resort in Sri Lanka this month.
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka in Bentota will open on 29 May 2014 at a grand opening ceremony under the patronage of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The resort is located on the, at the southwest of the island, with the Bentota River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other.
The resort is accessed by a short boat ride across the lagoon from the resort's arrival lounge at Aluthgama, on the inland side of the river. The guests travel across the water by barge, a journey that would take only a few minutes.
"The opening of this beautiful new resort, set in one of Sri Lanka's most outstanding tourism destinations, is a proud moment for us," chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts Thirayuth Chirathivat said.
"We view Sri Lanka as being of great potential for us, and the island is part of our strategy for developing our market in the Indian Ocean region."
The resort has 165 rooms and suites, including family residences, with all the accommodations featuring views across the river, or across the beach and the ocean.
Restaurant facilities will include Café Bem, serving Sri Lankan and international cuisines along with buffets; 360 Seafood, which specialises in locally sourced seafood; and Ceylon Club, which will have a gourmet selection of Ceylon teas.
Spa Cenvaree will offer traditional Sri Lankan and Indian treatments along with its range of signature Thai therapies, there is a fitness centre, an oceanfront swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a children's pool, a water sports centre, and a Kids' Club with separate zones for the youngsters and the teens.
Alexandre Glauser, area general manager of Centara Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka, says that the hotel is ready with a full complement of staff to welcome its first guests.
The resort's versatile events space can accommodate a wide-ranging number of functions including meetings, incentives groups, weddings and outdoor receptions, all supported by state of the art audiovisual equipment and the facilities available at the business center.
Centara Hotels & Resorts also manages Centara Passikudah Resort & Spa in Passikudah in Batticaloa.