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Santon Resort and Spa Ranna opens with Rs. 180 mn investment

Pinning another three star plus property to the Deep South Tourism catalogue, Santon Resort and Spa was opened recently in Ranna, Tangalle recently.

Managing Director of the hotel, Sanjaya Gamage said that since qualifying for his BSc, MBA (UK), he wished to move out from the insurance field and start his own business. His first enterprise was Santon Cleaning Service (Santon Gleam Service) which is now among the top ten in the industry in Sri Lanka.

“The success of Santon Gleam Service prompted me to invest over Rs. 180 million to build Santon Resort and Spa in a two acre land which I owned.” Gamage said that he wanted to create a nontraditional hotel which resulted in Santon Resort and Spa offering accommodation in a mixture of suites, Villas and luxurious family cottages. “We have two luxurious villas with

Jacuzzi, Cable TV, Mini Bar, Hair Drier, Safety Deposit Box, Free Wifi, Coffee and Tea Maker, twice daily housekeeping and private parking adjoining the Villa.

The next three storied block of the hotel has six individual luxury rooms in two floors with each floor having a kitchen and a large TV room. The open area on the roof has a scenic view of the Lake and Sea and is used to host cooperate meetings/functions, yoga and meditation.

In addition, the hotel also offers a three room bungalow built separately, mainly catering to families.

“In a bid to cater to the growing MICE market, we would invest a further Rs. 80 million to add two conference and banquet halls on top of the reception to cater to 350 guests.”

The biggest draw of the hotel is the underground night club with modern furniture, lighting and sound set up, which would cater to around 60 guests. In addition, the swimming pool with night and fiber optic lighting, pool beds, large kid’s pool and club house, adds value to the hotel.

The hotel with a 24-hour front desk, is popular among corporates and family get-togethers for day excursions and also to cater to this market, we have built a separate hut. Santon Resort and Spa also offers a traditional Sri Lankan Spa, manned by local quailified staff.

The Manager of the hotel Chaminda Jayarathne, said that they were maintaining an average 90% occupancy during the last four months, dominated by the Russian market. “But at present, we have a string of cancellations due to the Easter Sunday Bomb attacks.”

He said that the hotel has many card promotions and special offers including a unique 24 hour hotel check out.

“We also have arranged Airport pick up and drop and excursions to Yala, Uda Walawa and other places of interest.”



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