Clad for Christmas
Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, to make 'grand entrance'
to the season:
The Christmas breeze will sweep into the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
premises surrounded by colonial heritage and festivity bringing in the
joys of the season in an innovative manner. A host of events and
traditional favourites will take over the hotel, adorned by cultural and
stunning décor by Interior Design expert Andre Estefan and team.
Inside the Grand hotel
Entrance to the hotel decorated with Christmas cheer
From the age-old fire places to the archers, pillars and columns, the
Grand Hotel, had been in fact a setting of historic value and beauty.
The former residence of Governor Sir Edward Barnes for 20 years, the
hotel is located in the picture postcard setting of England, just within
reach of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. Situated 170 km East of Colombo in
the Central hills the hotel comprises 156 guest rooms and suites
featuring three presidential suites and three garden view suites. All
the rooms are equipped with modern amenities with 65 of them offering a
view of the Golf Club.
The Christmassy atmosphere takes over your senses even before you
come within the sight of the hotel. A row of flags and small Christmas
trees decorate either side of the pathway of the hotel. Visitors will be
greeted by the sight of a 16 foot Christmas tree at the hotel entrance.
Red and green hues which are synonymous with the season will no doubt
come to play along with gold which will make up the theme colours of
Grand Hotel's Christmas décor.
The tree lighting ceremony will be held on December 13 to start off
the celebrations followed up by a get together for the less fortunate
children which had been a part of the hotel's custom for continuous
years. More then 50 children from nearby orphanages are expected to take
part in the fun filled event which promises to keep them entertained.
"We cannot promise our visitors a white Christmas so the next best
thing we can offer them is a cool Christmas set in the hill station
enveloped with the misty climate in Nuwara Eliya. The group took a bold
step in refurbishing the hotel and after May. Now we wish to offer our
visitors the perfect getaway for the festive season," Managing Director
Nuwara Eliya Hotels Company PLC Gerard Ondaatjie said.
He also said that hotels need to gear up for the season for it is
this final season for festivities in the year which boosts the Sri
Lankan hotel industry. With terrorism eliminated from the island more
tourists are entering the country.
"The leisure industry had always been a peace sensitive industry. We
would be able to reap the results if we plan and get ready to give the
best of what we have to offer to them," he said.
Many surprises will be in store for those who will be spending their
Christmas at the Grand Hotel. Christmas wreaths decked with poinsettias
and holly will enhance the festive atmosphere while soothing tunes will
be played in the backdrop. Special food and beverage promotions will
begin from December 13 till New Year. Carol singing will commence from
December 18 to 23 bringing the guests 'Carols by the Log'.
The choristers are from the local church choirs and guests can join
in as some of the all time favourites will be sung each evening.
The 'Grand Kiddies Party', a much looked forward event in the
calendar, will be held at the Governors' lawn on December 19 from 3 p.m.
while the staff of the hotel will treat the guests an evening of
harmonious tunes as they served a mouthwatering dinner where diners can
pick their choice from a variety of dishes from different countries
along with the traditional Christmas turkey, cranberry sauce and
Christmas pudding topped with brandy butter.
Apart from the feast there will also be competitions, games and a
table draw, room draw, hamper draw and the arrival of Santa Clause
towards midnight. The festive atmosphere will be kept alive till the
dawn of the Christmas, continuing till Boxing Day and well onto the New
Year's Eve where a dinner dance will take to the floor with a variety of
luscious eatables on the side. The entertainment line up will also
include spot dance, baila competition and selecting the 'Grand Queen'.
Elaborating on the new look of the hotel in time for Christmas Grand
Hotel General Manager Palaka Perera said that it is the first time that
a professional decorator had been at work at the hotel for the end of
the year celebrations.
"Everything from the entrance of the hotel to your bedroom will be
given a festive touch. We are spending a substantial amount on the décor
and wish to give all those who visit the hotel a picture of the best way
to celebrate the event with the spirit of the season. Each room will
come along with a Christmas cake and a stuffed Christmas stocking," he
also noted adding that the lawn will be illuminated after dusk for those
who wish to take a night stroll around the hotel's spacious garden.
Beaujolais unveiled at Mount Lavinia
Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in
the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur,
fermented for just a few weeks then officially released last Thursday.
Beaujolais is the 'fun' wine on Mount Lavinia Hotel's wine drinker's
"It's not too heavy, it's very fruity, and it's very approachable
even for non drinkers. It's the only red wine that actually benefits
from being served slightly chilled (this seems to accentuate the
fruitiness in the wine", Mount Lavinia GM Anura Dewapura said.
Yet good Beaujolais is still complex enough to hold interest.
Best of all, there is a quaint requirement by French Law that all
Beaujolais grapes are picked by hand.
The hotel celebrates the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2009 with
a night of Beaujolais Passions with French culinary extraordinaire and
indeed re-creating the French ceremony in the heart of Colombo.
The frenzy the Beaujolais Nouveau's arrival generates is almost as
high as the build up for a major award show.
Hence, the hotel will feature French culinary delicacies, and live
music. Dewapura further added that guests will not only be able to taste
the Beaujolais Nouveau 2009, but also explore many other wines, sample
great food, dance, have fun, and enjoy what Mount Lavinia Hotel loves to
boast wine, food and ambiance.
A variety of dishes ranging from Les escargots de la region( Burgundy
Snails with melted butter spiced with garlic), La Darne De Seer la facon
du rhone(Cutlet of Seer, white grapes, fresh cream, shallots, white wine
garnished with fresh asparagus), Les fillets de sole au Beaujolais(lemon
sole fillets cooked in white Beaujolais and cream and shallots
mushrooms, crayfish and quenelle of pike) and desserts like la poire au
vin de Beaujolais(fresh pear cooked in syrup and beaujolais) and much
more will be yours to fancy and it indeed calls for celebration this
week with wine and great food all available from today to the 28 at the
Cinnamon Lakeside shines at World Spice Food festival
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo shone at the recently concluded World Spice
Food Festival 2009 when they were adjudged champions in two categories
of competitions for Best Theme Stall and Best Spiced Ice Cream from all
18 hotels and restaurants participating in the festival.
The hotel, which offered Singaporean food as part of the festival,
was outstanding at the Food Village held at Galle Face Green from 6-8
November. The façade of the Cinnamon Lakeside stall was colourful and
detailed with a dragon as its focal point. It was designed by the highly
talented kitchen artists of the hotel and executed with the help of a
team from the engineering and garden sections.
The team comprised Chaminda Paranagama, W. B. Prasad Buddika, Nalaka
Roshantha, H. S. Boniface Fernando, Sunil Kalupahana, I. G. Krishantha,
D. Rohan and I. H. D. Dayarathna.
Meanwhile, the award-winning best spiced ice cream concoction had
Elephant House Vanilla Dream ice cream as its base combined with
cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg. This unique ice cream, which was
also exquisitely presented, was declared 'flavourful' by the team of
judges from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority who visited the
hotels and restaurants participating in the competition. The team behind
the successful spiced ice cream was H. S. J. Wijesinghe, A. G. Lakshman
De Silva, Cyril Perera, G. A. K. N. Kumarasinghe, Nuwan Thusitha and
Seasonal cheer and joyous atmosphere
Holiday Foods from across the globe, traditions and family-oriented
activities only gets more exciting when the holiday season gets near at
the Mount Lavinia Hotel
The time has come to escape the pace of the holiday season and
celebrate December at Mount Lavinia Hotel in a relaxed, tropical style.
The incomparable location, around the world food, Gospel Sunday brunch
and convenient access makes the Mount Lavinia Hotel a favorite
But the Mount Lavinia Hotel takes on a special luster in December,
with traditional holiday decorations that is highlighted with turquoise
and silver and a program of uniqueness like celebrations on St Lucia's
Day and St Nicholas'Day, festive refreshments and entertaining
activities designed to take away the stress of the holidays and leave
one with only the Spirit of the Holidays.
"Our theme this year is highlighting the worldly delights celebrated
at Christmas. The Governor's Restaurant will feature from the 1st to the
24th food synonymous to countries particularly consumed at Christmas so
you could taste the same", Anura Dewapura said.
The festive sounds of holiday carolers of Voice Print, St. Thomas
College Choir and the Wisemen Choir will fill the night air as they tour
the hotel and highlight special nights with their voices. A relaxing way
to unwind in the afternoon is by the Terrace with Gospel Jazz Sunday
Brunch with Voice Print, Jags Quartet and indeed Jerome Speldewinde that
is set to captivate you. Gluh wine and Saffron Buns will be served at
the Governor's Rooftop on St Lucia's Day, one of Mount Lavinia Hotel's
at the Galadari
The Sheherezade Arabic Restaurant of the Galadari Hotel will be
celebrating the Haj Festival by organizing an Arabic Theme Buffet on
November 28 November for Dinner.
This family concept buffet will consist of dishes from the Arabian
countries with a spread of more than 25 items including hot and cold
Arabic mezzas such as Hammous, Thabouli, Muthable, Kippie, Falafil and
the main dishes will consist of Ozzie Rice, Shish thahouk, Kofta Kebabs,
Lamb Tajine, Shawarma and. Desserts will consist of Arabic Honey Cake,
Mahalabiya, Omali, Basubusa, Turkey Bread, Bakalawa and more.
Special Eid cakes will be available at the Café 64 from the 26
onwards and special orders for takeaway Sahan Buriyani (chicken &
mutton), Sahan Nasi Goreng including of desserts will be accepted for
the Eid festival.
The Taj Samudra hotel got into action
for the Christmas season with their traditional Christmas
cake mixing event recently. Here the Chefs make preparations
with special ingredients to ensure the final product becomes
a connoisseurs delight. Picture by Ruwan de Silva
Mixing of the traditional Christmas
cake took place at a colourful ceremony held at Fingara
Club, Boralesgamuwa amidst a host of distinguished guests.
In the picture mixing the cake are General Manager, Fingara
Club, R.P. Pushpakumara, chef Meththa Ekanayake, Food and
Beverage Manger Roy Bertand and the kitchen brigade.