DoubleTree by Hilton debuts in Sri Lanka

The new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel overlooks the picture-perfect Lake Weerawila (Photo: © 2020 Hilton)

A lakeside 78-room property at the heart of the picturesque Weerawila Bird Sanctuary has become the country’s first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort, which is owned by KDU Adventures (Private), is only the third hotel to be managed by Hilton Worldwide in the whole of Sri Lanka.

A sanctuary for business and leisure travellers

DoubleTree by Hilton’s newbuild Weerawila property pairs a setting within this lush bird sanctuary, which is home to over 400 species of bird, and proximity to major wildlife parks with facilities encompassing nature-inspired design that cater to both business and leisure travellers.

The three-storey hotel lies 25 kilometres from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and is just over half an hour’s drive from Hambantota Port district. It’s also a matter of minutes away from several popular tourist sites, such as Yala National Park, Bundala National Park and the sacred city of Kataragama.

“We are thrilled to launch our first DoubleTree by Hilton resort in Sri Lanka with the opening of this stunning property, which joins our Hilton portfolio in the country,” said Paul Hutton, vice president of operations in South East Asia for Hilton. “The unique features of the resort, coupled with its location in the heart of Weerawila, makes it a prime choice for domestic and international travellers alike.

“I am confident DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort will be top of mind for those who are looking for an idyllic getaway while seeking the comfort of a well-recognised hotel brand that consistently delivers service that is authentic, reliable and straight from the heart.”

“DoubleTree by Hilton is one of our fastest growing brands with a presence of more than 600 upscale hotels across 47 countries,” added Shawn McAteer, global brand head of DoubleTree by Hilton. “Over the past decade, the brand has experienced exponential growth, close to quadrupling in size to accommodate the world’s thriving economic and business centres and growing tourism industries. We are delighted to welcome this great new addition to our portfolio, which is ideal for travellers seeking an unrivalled retreat underscored by superior service and hospitality.”

Lakeside lifestyle facilities

Each of the digital key-enabled guest rooms here comes with a terrace or balcony, a rain shower, Crabtree and Evelyn amenities, and a HDTV with entertainment hub. In the resort’s public areas, moreover, facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre with 360-degree views and an inviting 75-metre-long outdoor swimming pool, as well as a rooftop spa and yoga terrace.

The new resort offers a range of dining experiences through two restaurants and three bars overlooking Lake Weerawila. Its all-day restaurant, tea lounge and barbecue grill Spoonbill offers international cuisine made from local and seasonal produce, while rooftop, lake-view restaurant Redshank specialises in seafood dishes – including Sri Lanka’s celebrated lobster, shrimp and crab. These restaurants are joined by the main indoor-outdoor bar Turnstone, pool bar and lounge Hornbill, rooftop cocktail bar Nightjar and a lakeside karaoke lounge.

To cater for both business and celebratory events, the resort features over 10,000 sq ft of event space, including the 7,788 sq ft Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 600 guests. All of this event space is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and benefits from floor-to-ceiling windows providing spectacular views over Lake Weerawila.

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