Centara Hotels & Resorts will open Centara Ceysands Resort& Spa, its second resort in Sri Lanka in the spring of 2014. The resort is owned by Softlogic Properties (PVT) Ltd., but will be operated by Centara under a management contract.
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa is located on the Bentota Peninsula at the south side of the island with the Bentota River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. This new resort’s arrival lounge is located at Aluthgama and guests arrive at the resort after traveling across the water by barge, a trip of about five minutes.
“Bentota is one of the most exciting new destinations in Sri Lanka, and our two resorts give us a very significant profile in this strong, growing market,” said Chris Bailey, Centara Hotels& Resorts’ senior vice president for sales and marketing.
“The Indian Ocean is a highly important part of our development strategy. Centara Ceysands Resort& Spa is an outstanding property that will have both a romantic appeal for couples and lots of leisure attractions for families. Our Centara Passikudah Resort & Spa was our first property in Sri Lanka. It is located on the east coast of the island and opened early in 2013.”Centara’s area general manager for Sri Lanka Alexandre Glauser said, “The Bentota Peninsula offers a unique holiday experience. There is the unspoiled charm of the river with its mangroves and wildlife; the classic golden tropical beach with calm seas and all kinds of water sports to enjoy, and of course, there is all the color and history of Sri Lanka.”
“For guests to Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, the scene is set with the charming ride across the river on board our ferry, and no matter which room or suite they have, the view for guests will be stunning,” Glauser added.
The resort has 165 rooms and suites, including family residences with bunk beds for the children and all the accommodations feature 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 specializes 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 center, an oceanfront swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a children’s pool, a water sports center, and a Kids’ Club with separate zones for the youngsters and teens.
With its own pleasure launch Wayz, the resort will also offer dinner cruises along the Bentota River.
The resort is just a few minutes from Aluthgama railway station. Colombo is reached in less than two hours by road and Colombo Bendaranaike International Airport is 100 kilometers away from the resort.