Hong Kong-based hospitality group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will launch its new resort in Sri Lanka — Hambantota Resort and Spa in Ambalantota, on June 1. It will be the first of two Shangri-La properties in Sri Lanka and third in the Indian Ocean. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is operational in the Maldives, and the other Shangri-La property is scheduled to open in 2017 in Colombo.
Greg Dogan, President and CEO, Shangri-La, says, “Sri Lanka is one of the fastest-growing destinations in the Indian Ocean and a beautiful country with incredible natural attractions, wonderful people and more than 2,000 years of culture. We are delighted to be opening the first international luxury resort in Hambantota and look forward to bringing Shangri-La’s hallmark hospitality from the heart to this exciting destination.”
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa is spread across 145 acres. It has 300 beachfront rooms, in addition to an 18-hole golf course. The hotel also includes around 2,525 sqm of multi-purpose event space that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
Presently the Shangri-La group owns and/or operates over 95 properties in Australia, United Kingdom, UAE, Mainland China and India amongst others.