Avani opens second resort in Sri Lanka


AVANI Kalutara Resort & Spa

Minor Hotel Group, in partnership with Serendib Leisure, has announced the opening of the second AVANI resort – AVANI Kalutara Resort & Spa, on Sri Lanka’s south west coast.

Formerly known as Kani Lanka, the resort has reopened after a significant renovation and refurbishment representing a USD five million investment. Located an hour south of the island’s capital Colombo and approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, AVANI Kalutara has a remarkable situation, built on the mouth of the River Kalu, facing the lagoon in one direction and the Indian Ocean on the other.

The 105-room resort reflects a modern and stylish ambiance, whilst offering light, airy and open spaces. There are four room types – Standard, Superior Lagoon View, Superior Sea View and Suites – each with a private balcony or patio overlooking either the ocean, river or tropical gardens. The resort’s two restaurants and two bars each offer picturesque views over the ocean or lagoon. Additional facilities include a gym, a tennis court and water sports, whilst at the spa guests can rejuvenate with relaxing massages and facials, or enjoy aromatherapy and ayurvedic treatments. For business guests, the flexible meeting space provides the ideal venue to mix business with pleasure, able to accommodate up to 100 people for a conference, event or social gathering.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel Group, commented, “We are excited to open our second AVANI resort and to once again be working with Serendib Leisure, our partners in Sri Lanka, to bring our newest brand to life. Since its opening last November, AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa has become one of the leading resorts in the south of the island and we are confident that the newest opening in Kalutara will follow suit.”

Abbas Esufally, Chairman, Serendib Leisure Management Ltd., said, “This is a significant milestone in the company’s quest to dominate the hotel market on the island of Sri Lanka, providing superior hospitality options to the discerning traveller, working alongside the renowned expertise of Minor Hotel Group.”

With Sri Lanka poised for a tourism boom, this new-look beachside resort will offer the holiday experience that today’s sophisticated travellers are seeking, whilst introducing them to the country’s rich, natural and cultural beauty.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched by Minor Hotel Group in 2011, with AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa, the new brand’s first property, debuting in Sri Lanka in November 2011. A sister brand to the luxury, award-winning, Anantara brand, AVANI offers relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter. Minor Hotel Group has plans to grow the brand across Asia, India and the Indian Ocean and in the Middle East.

Source = Minor Hotel Group
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