Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts celebrated the grand opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo last week. The launch signalled Colombo’s highly anticipated hotel launch in nearly 30 years, and presented the best of Sri Lankan and Chinese culture through entertainment, gastronomy and a gala dinner at the hotel’s Shangri-La Ballroom – the largest pillar-less ballroom in the region.
The opening was attended by more than 500 esteemed guests including Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, and saw actor Jacqueline Fernandez check-in as the hotel’s first guest.
Located on the One Galle Face address, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo marks the group’s second foray into Sri Lanka. The hotel offers 500 guestrooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments with views of the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake and the city skyline.
Positioned on the top three floors of the hotel are Horizon Club rooms, which include benefits such as in-room check-in and check-out, breakfast, cocktails, dedicated Club Concierge service and access to the Horizon Club Lounge on the 32nd floor – the city’s only exclusive lounge with views of the ocean.
The hotel’s 34 suites each come with a personal butler and access to the Horizon Club Lounge. The three, one-bedroom Specialty Suites overlook the Indian Ocean, while the Shangri-La Suite is the largest, at 210 square metres, with three bedrooms and unparalleled sea views. Long-stay residents can take advantage of 41 one or two-bedroom serviced apartments featuring a fully equipped kitchen and living room.
he hotel is also home to Shangri-La’s renowned Shang Palace Chinese restaurant, the 204-seat Capital Bar & Grill, The White Room for private dining, the Blue Room with a show kitchen, alfresco dining on the breezy terrace, and Kaema Sutra, a Sri Lankan themed restaurant and bar led by celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo offers the largest event space in Sri Lanka. Over 3,500 square metres of space including two ballrooms, an outdoor lawn and several function rooms can host up to 3,000 guests. With a focus on wellbeing, CHI, The Spa offers seven treatment rooms and a selection of traditional Sri Lankan and East Asian therapies.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is part of the first phase opening of a 10-acre mixed-use development along Galle Face Promenade. The site incorporates an office tower offering 60,000 square metres of premium office space, two residential towers with 390 apartments, and a high-end shopping mall carrying emerging home-grown and international high-street brands across seven floors of shopping, dining and entertainment.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000 in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.