Cinnamon Lodge, the first resort property of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, the John Keells Group’s premiere hospitality brand, was unveiled recently, a spokesman for the hotel said.
He said the re-launch saw a US$ 2.5 million refurbishment and service upgrade to the former Habarana Lodge, which was started in 1978 as a 150-bedroom hotel project during the office of the then Chairman of John Keells, the late Mark Bostock.
This is the second hotel in the Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts chain, which was re-branded with a new look and feel in keeping with the Cinnamon promise of affordable indulgence for all ages, and is expected to add a new dimension to the country’s resorts hospitality option.
The chain envisages 20 hotels across South Asia and the Gulf within its portfolio, over the next seven years. The first hotel in the chain, Cinnamon Grand Colombo, a city hotel, was unveiled in November 2005.
Nestled in the heart of the Cultural Triangle 180 kilometres from Colombo, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a time halting destination for discerning travellers seeking the pleasures of affordable indulgence. Set on a 28-acre site, Cinnamon Lodge guarantees legendary Sri Lankan hospitality through an offering of luxury, comfort and discovery.
The property boasts of 68 superior rooms, 40 deluxe rooms complete with elegant timber floors and stylish four fixture bathrooms. Spa treatments in rooms and butler service is also available on request.
The four newly created suites – Ebony, Ivy, Cedar and Satin – offers a Master bedroom a nanny cum children’s room, an exquisite lounge and special dining area with breathtaking views of the lake, garden and the lawns. Butler service and in-villa spa treatment add that extra touch of pampering for those who prefer to unwind in luxury.
Cinnamon Lodge also offers a wide array of dining options with the hotel geared to indulge a guest’s every request through a choice of restaurants and services, in keeping with the brand promise of indulgence…Whatever you want, whenever you want it.”
The options range from fun barbeques in the jungle, gourmet dinners on the islands to a healthy sunrise breakfast on the lake shore, whatever the preference guests can choose how they indulge.
This is in addition to the hotel’s three restaurants and two bars which add more enticing options to unwind.
The Ahala which is an open air traditionally designed restaurant is surrounded by frangipane trees overlooking the garden on one side and the swimming pool on the other. It offers an exquisite array of dishes which includes a sumptuous international a la carte menu, and an option of themed dining pavilions.
There is also a roof top restaurant serving an international a la carte menu. Modern decor, a great selection of cuisine and stunning views complements the food of tranquil dining at its best.
The hotel offers a range of excursion for cultural and history buffs as well as healthy ways of unwinding in harmony, merging new age luxury with the ancient therapeutic wisdom of the region at the hotel’s ayurvedic spa, offering rejuvenation to the mind and body.