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A groundbreaking ceremony was held marking the official reopening of Avani Bentota Resort to the public and heralding a new era in post-pandemic travel. He was followed by Kapila Jayawardena, Group Director/CEO of LOLC Holdings PLC and Chairman of Serendib Hotels PLC; Eksath Wijeratne, group general manager of Browns Hotels & Resorts; Adrian Jansz, General Manager of Sales and Marketing at Browns Hotels and Resorts and Channa Ekanayake, General Manager, Avani Bentota Resort.
Located along the west coast of Sri Lanka, originally designed by world renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, the refurbished Avani Bentota Resort is now fully adapted to accommodate travelers from all over the world. Led by a Rs 300 million investment by Browns Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Browns Investments PLC; a complete renovation has been carried out to meet the needs of today’s travelers.
The renovated resort includes 75 chic rooms and suites, 03 restaurants, gymnasium, spa, as well as 02 conference and event rooms, in addition to modernized facilities, guest assistance service area and kitchen , hoping to provide customers with superior and efficient service. Although the recently refurbished resort boasts a contemporary and sophisticated design, it retains Bawa’s signature style and an unmistakable Dutch colonial charm.
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Guests will be spoiled for choice with one of the most extravagant breakfast buffets on the West Coast, which also includes Sri Lankan specialties. For a more intimate setting, guests can indulge in exquisite dining experiences right on the beach with carefully curated menus, simply sip poolside sunsets, or order in. Culinary adventures enhanced by dreamy ocean views are assured at Avani Bentota Resort.
The LOLC Group’s investments in the leisure sector are grouped under Browns Investments, which retains a majority stake in a number of properties located in iconic locations around the country. The portfolio currently includes Avani Bentota Resort, Club Hotel Dolphin, Dickwella Resort & Spa, Hotel Sigiriya, The Calm Resort & Spa, 5 boutique properties under Reveal The Collection, Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort, Occidental Paradise Dambulla and Occidental Eden Beruwala. 2 other projects; comprising a 5-star resort in Beruwala, and the Port City Mega Leisure development comprising a 5-star city hotel is expected to be unveiled in the near future. A series of offshore investments in the Maldives, including 4 resorts and 1 hotel/urban condominium, as well as a 5-star resort in Mauritius, have also been added to the development pipeline.
Commenting on the recent acquisitions, Kapila Jayawardena said, “With a constant approach to innovation and bold strategies, Browns Investments will continue to invest in the leisure and hospitality sector in both Sri Lanka and India. overseas, as we believe there will be an upsurge in worldwide travel.
from left to right; Channa Ekanayake, Managing Director Avani Bentota; Kapila Jayawardena, Group Director/CEO of LOLC Holdings PLC and Chairman of Serendib Hotels PLC; Adrian Jansz, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing at Browns Hotels and Resorts and Eksath Wijeratne, Managing Director of Browns Hotels & Resorts Group.
Eksath Wijeratne added: “As the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the hospitality industry worldwide, global vaccination campaigns have been instrumental in regenerating and boosting tourist arrivals to the country. Most tourists currently gravitate towards the informal sector. Nevertheless, we hope that a steady increase in the total number of tourist arrivals in the country will translate into positive occupancy levels in the formal and informal sectors by the end of 2022.”
Browns Hotels & Resorts’ unwavering efforts to boost tourism, even during the most challenging times, make it one of the region’s most sought-after hotel brands and a testament to the company’s optimistic view on post-pandemic travel. , as they prepare to welcome travelers from around the world.