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Theme Resorts and Spas builds world’s first hotel on top of tea factory

Theme Resorts, team at their partner appreciation party (Baila Baila) last Friday at Ape Game
Theme Resorts, team at their partner appreciation party (Baila Baila) last Friday at Ape Game

Theme Resorts and Spas will launch world’s first hotel in Kandy built on the top floor of a working tea factory.

Chairman, Theme Resorts and Spas, Chandra Wickramasinghe, told ‘Daily News Business’ that they have already acquired an abandoned tea factory in Kandy for this project. “We will first invest to get the factory running by purchasing machinery,” he said.


Chairman, Theme Resorts, Chandra Wickramasinghe

Chandra Wickramasinghe, who was awarded the ‘Tourism Legend’ title at the recently concluded sixth Tourism awards said that they will offer mixed accommodation and have a dometry and also six rooms under this project,” he said.

“Another unique feature of this project would be that the hotel will give the opportunity for guest to work in the tea factory. For each hour they work Guests would be paid by way of offering factory made ‘tea packs’ and also long hours would be compensated by way of discounts from the total bill.”

A long-standing leader in the hospitality industry he said that they will also introduce luxury tented accommodation for knuckles range. “We will import special tents made in Australia for this purpose and both these projects would get off the ground this year.”

He said that what he always believed in being a pioneer in every project he undertakes and this has been proven by all of his ventures. “We are not just offering hotel rooms but experiences. Whilst keeping our culture and the environment in mind, the development and continuance of his business remains sustainable and eco-friendly.”

His key achievements include the forming of the inbound tour operator Connaissance De Ceylan in the early 1980’s. Thereafter, he ventured into hoteliering by building the Culture Club Kandalama in 1994 (now known as Amaya Lake) and then, Le Kandyan (now known as Amaya Hills). His passion and interest in building unique and authentic properties continued as he embarked on a project in the East, the Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa in Passikudah after a 30-year civil war in the country.

This success inspired him to create: Aliya Resort & Spa – Sigiriya, Kithala Resort – Tissamaharama, Mountbatten Bungalow – Kandy, Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow – Nuwara-Eliya (The Best Bungalow in Sri Lanka, 2018) and Ayurvie – Weligama.

He also heads CDC Events (Connaissance De Ceylan Events) which is one of the most recognized event management companies, in Sri Lanka.


 

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