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Excel World hosts Snow World 2014 for 12th year running

Excel World will once again host the popular Snow World 2014 commencing on Friday, 5th December running upto the 4th of January 2015. Snow World will be open from 6pm – 10pm daily.

On its 12th year, Snow World, like every year comes complete with a host of exciting prizes and surprises for children and adults as well.

A much-looked forward to event, Snow World 2014 is a huge family favourite. Entertainment, live music, competitions will all take place during this period, while Excel World’s Snow Dome will take on a wintery ambience, complete with lighting and décor befitting the festive season.

Over 275,000 attended Snow World last year. This year, the ticket prices continue to be nominal, with children’s tickets priced at Rs.350/- and adults’ tickets at Rs. 450/-. Excel World also has on offer affordable group packages.

Apart from the Snow Dome, Excel World has a Food Court comprising of 06 outlets serving a range of cuisines. It also has a kids’ amusement rides area as well as the country’s largest inflatable bouncer – the Naughty Castle. Excel World is also home to a 12-lane bowling alley – Strikes, Sri Lanka’s largest token gaming centre – Game Zone, a multi-player gaming area – Ground Zero, pool parlour – Shotz and Excel Cinema.

The Keg is Excel World’s restaurant/pub, while Park Premier has newly upgraded Banquet and Conference facilities, providing the ideal venue for corporate events.

Excel World is owned by Browns Investments, which is a subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC. Its ultimate parent company is Lanka ORIX Leasing Company (LOLC).

The Eden Resort & Spa unveils new logo

Eden Resort & Spa unveiled its new logo today, also revealing an adjustment to its name, now making it ‘The Eden Resort & Spa’.

All properties under the Browns Hotels and Resorts chain will now have a common denominator, ‘THE’, which will be added to their titles.

The five-star luxury hotel, part of the Browns Hotels & Resorts chain is located along the golden mile in Beruwela. Newly refurbished, the 158-room hotel’s structural footprint is unique and takes on the shape of a horseshoe.

Apart from plush, well-furnished rooms, The Eden also offers a variety of dining options and bars, adding to its wide array of services.

Browns Hotels and Resorts is owned by Browns Investments, which is a subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC. Its ultimate parent company is Lanka ORIX Leasing Company (LOLC). Browns Hotels and Resorts’ properties currently in operation include: The Eden Resort & Spa, Dickwella Resort & Spa and The Paradise Resort & Spa. The Company also has exciting new plans on the horizon, with new properties planned for in Beruwela, Passikuda and the Maldives.

Green Paradise changes name; reveals new logo

Green Paradise announced a name change to ‘The Paradise Resort & Spa’ and introduced a fresh logo as well.

All properties under the Browns Hotels and Resorts chain will now have a common denominator, ‘THE’, which will be added to their titles.

The four-star luxury hotel, part of the Browns Hotels & Resorts chain is located amidst the lush jungles of Dambulla. It has 67 luxury eco-villas comprising 40 Superior Duplex, 10 Garden suites, and 17 Deluxe rooms. Two restaurants, two bars and a pizzeria make-up the wine-and-dine facilities at this four-star resort, which also comes complete with a range of the most modern facilities.

Browns Hotels and Resorts is owned by Browns Investments, which is a subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC. Its ultimate parent company is Lanka ORIX Leasing Company (LOLC). Browns Hotels and Resorts’ properties currently in operation include: The Eden Resort & Spa, Dickwella Resort & Spa and The Paradise Resort & Spa. The Company also has exciting new plans on the horizon, with new properties planned for in Beruwela, Passikuda and the Maldives.

Browns Hotels & Resorts ties up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Browns Hotels and Resorts recently signed Definitive Agreements with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The agreement will give Starwood the management rights to five-star Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort, owned by Browns Hotels and Resorts.

Present at the signing were Ishara Nanayakkara, Executive Chairman, Brown & Company PLC; Kamantha Amarasekera, Director, Browns Investments PLC and Dilip Puri, Managing Director - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Set to open next year, the 172 room hotel is set along picturesque Kosgoda, located on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka.

“We believe Sri Lanka has the potential to become a preferred tourist destination for the high-end leisure traveler and are very excited to partner with Browns Hotels and Resorts to grow the Sheraton brand in this exotic location,” said Dilip Puri, Managing Director - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

“We are more than pleased to be working with Starwood Hotels and Resorts on this property. Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort will add to Browns Hotels and Resorts’ already growing portfolio of luxurious properties in Sri Lanka. Our presence in the leisure sector is steadily growing and will soon lead us to be one of the largest hotel operators in Sri Lanka,” commented Rimoe Saldin, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Browns Investments PLC.

The designing of the hotel has been handled by a reputed architectural firm in Thailand and construction by Sierra Construction Limited; it follows an eco-friendly concept modeled against energy saving and organic initiatives.

Adjacent to a turtle hatchery, the resort will feature all its rooms with a beautiful view of the ocean, and will be equipped with the latest features.

Browns Hotels and Resorts is owned by Browns Investments, which is a subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC. Its ultimate parent company is Lanka ORIX Leasing Company (LOLC). Browns Hotels and Resorts’ properties currently in operation include: Eden Resort & Spa, Dickwella Resort & Spa and Green Paradise. Green Paradise is located amongst the lush jungles of Dambulla while Eden and Dickwella are stretched along the Southern coastline. The Company also has exciting new plans on the horizon, with new properties planned for in Beruwela, Pasikuda and the Maldives.

Ishara Nanayakkara, Executive Chairman, Brown & Company PLC [right] exchanging the agreement with Dilip Puri, Managing Director - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts [left]

L-R: Nikhil Manchharam, Vice President – Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Dilip Puri, Managing Director - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Ishara Nanayakkara, Executive Chairman, Brown & Company PLC; Kamantha Amarasekera, Director, Browns Investments PLC

Browns Leisure Sector now at FLC Tower

A state-of-the-art multi-storied office complex in Borella, constructed by FLC Holdings was opened recently. The commercial building comprises of 13 floors and is located in the heart of Colombo along Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 08.

The event to mark the relocation of the Browns Leisure Sector was attended by the following dignitaries: Mrs. R. Nanayakkara, Chairperson, LOLC Group, Mrs. Kalsha Amarasinghe, Director, Browns Group, Mr. Kapila Jayawardena, Group Managing Director/CEO, LOLC Group, Mr. Rimoe Saldin, Group Chief Operating Officer, MD / Chief Executive Officer, Browns Investments PLC as well as a number of top officials from the Browns Group.

The Browns Leisure Sector, comprising of Browns Tours, BG Air Services, Browns Hotels & Resorts and Ceylon Roots have been relocated here.

Mrs. R. Nanayakkara, Chairperson, LOLC Group ceremoniously declaring the office open

Mrs. Kalsha Amarasinghe, Director, Browns Group lighting the traditional oil lamp

Mr. Kapila Jayawardena, Group Managing Director/CEO, LOLC Group lighting the traditional oil lamp

Sri Lanka and West Indies cricket teams pick Dickwella Resort & Spa

Dickwella Resort & Spa, Browns Hotels & Resorts’ unique property positioned on a peninsula along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, played host to the Sri Lanka and West Indies A cricket teams recently. Cricketing legend, Sir Viv Richards was also present.

Participating in the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka 2014/15, both teams, accompanied by their coaches, managers and officials stayed at Dickwella Resort & Spa during the 1st and 2nd unofficial Tests played at Hambantota and Matara respectively.

Sri Lanka cricket team is pictured here with the Dickwella Resort & Spa team

Upul Tharanga lighting the traditional oil lamp at Dickwella Resort & Spa.

West Indies cricketing legend, Sir Vivian Richards lighting the traditional oil lamp at Dickwella Resort & Spa

West Indies cricket team is pictured here with the Dickwella Resort & Spa team.

Eden Resort & Spa kicks off upcoming festive season

Eden Resort & Spa kicked off the upcoming festive season with the all-important, traditional Christmas cake mixing ceremony. This annual ritual was held in the presence of distinguished repeat in-house guests of Eden along with the hotel’s staff members

Eden’s most long-standing repeat visitor, Kurt Zehnder from Switzerland, who marks his 92nd visit to Browns Hotels & Resorts venues did the honours. Eksath Wijeratne, General Manager, Eden Resort & Spa; Deepal de Alwis, Executive Chef, Eden Resort & Spa and members of the hotel’s staff and culinary team also partook in this celebration.

LOLC Leisure re-branded as Browns Hotels and Resorts

Browns Investments PLC (BI) today, announced the re-branding of LOLC Leisure to Browns Hotels and Resorts.

In March this year, Browns Investments acquired sole shareholder status of LOLC Leisure. BI previously held a minority interest of 30% in LOLC Leisure; the investment into the hotel sector was made jointly along with BI’s parent company, LOLC. As part of its consolidation efforts, LOLC divested its direct exposure in leisure to BI, giving the Company the opportunity to focus on nurturing and growing this sector. LOLC continues to be the holding company for the Browns group.

Hotels under the Group include: Eden Resort & Spa, Dickwella Resort & Spa and Green Paradise, Dambulla. The Company also announced the construction of a 71-room four star hotel in Passikudah, which is scheduled to be opened later this year.

The Company’s current portfolio holds 308 keys, with plans to increase it to around one thousand within the next few years.

“Browns Investments has expanded its footprint in the leisure sector and made a number of significant acquisitions. This increased interest will lead us to soon be one of the largest hotel operators in Sri Lanka. This is extremely timely, considering the country’s increased focus on tourism.” stated Rimoe Saldin, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Browns Investments PLC.

A 363-roomed, 25 acre property located along the golden mile of Beruwala, currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2016, will be included in the portfolio of hotels; as will be a 172-roomed five-star property, already under construction in Kosgoda which will be completed during the first half of 2015. The Company also owns properties in Nilwella and Trincomalee, and is looking at options for a new city hotel.

Adrian Jansz, Head of Sales & Marketing, Browns Hotels and Resorts also added, “This is an exciting year for us, with our current properties being upgraded to suit the demands of the modern tourist. Our current portfolio includes a number of landmark properties, with the promise of more exquisite properties earmarked. The changes taking effect have made us step back and re-evaluate our offerings, and has led us to draw parallels between the emotional connect of our customers and their satisfaction. This is the promise of Browns Hotels and Resorts.”

Browns Investments PLC is a subsidiary of the legendary 135+ year old Brown & Company PLC, with its ultimate parent company being LOLC. Browns Investments operates in fast-growing sectors of the economy such as leisure, agriculture and plantations, construction, marine and manufacturing and power generation

Eden Resort and Spa is a five star resort on the golden beaches of the Southern Coastline in Beruwela. The resort offers its guests 158 recently renovated luxury rooms and suites, an Ayurveda spa, signature restaurants, cafes and bars to indulge themselves in.

Nestled away within the jungles of the Cultural Triangle adjacent to world heritage sites, Green Paradise offers luxury to all its guests whether it’s by dining above the trees, relaxing by the padded pool or in the comfort of your Italian crafted villa.

Dickwella Resort and Spa is located on a peninsula on the golden sands of the Southern Coastline in Dickwella, and offers its guests a very relaxing experience where simple pleasures like breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and tucking into the catch of the day can be enjoyed by everyone.

Eden Resort & Spa lays foundation stone for new school building at Moragalla Junior School

Eden Resort & Spa of LOLC Leisure Ltd laid the foundation stone for a new building at the Moragalla Junior School in Beruwala. Upon completion, the new school building will comprise of 08 additional classrooms, which would be constructed at a total investment of approx Rs. 16 Mn.

This project is part of Eden’s CSR initiative to uplift and develop the Beruwala community at large, by focusing on fulfilling its immediate requirements in areas such as education, youth employment, health, community wellbeing and other.

The construction project of the two-storey new school building is expected to be completed in two stages. The 1st phase would be completed with the initial financial assistance provided by Miss Chris McGrail, a frequent visitor to the Eden hotel hailing from West Midlands, UK. She is affiliated to the Redhill School of England as the Deputy Head Teacher, and funding for the new building in Moragalla Junior School has been raised through various fund raising activities conducted by the students of Redhill, UK. The 2nd phase of the project would be completed with fund raising activities which Eden Resort & Spa is aiming to initiate in the coming months.

A formal ceremony was organized by the Hotel to lay the foundation stone to this new school building. The auspicious activities were presided over by General Manager, Mr. Eksath Wijeratne together with Religious Leaders; Key officials from the Kalutara Zonal Education Office, Beruwala Divisional Secretariat and Sanasa Development Bank; Principal of Moragalla Junior School together with teachers and students; Hoteliers from Bentota-Beruwela area; Community Members; Management and Staff members of Eden Resort & Spa.

Commenting, Mr. Eksath Wijeratne said, “It is with deep gratitude that I commend the generosity of our honoured guest, Miss Chris McGrail and the students and staff of the Redhill School. Ms. McGrail expressed her keen interest to partner Eden’s CSR initiatives, and together we identified that the Moragalla Junior School was immediately in need of financial assistance. With her school’s contribution, we will complete the first phase of the project and look at other possibilities of partnering with well-wishers, aiming at an early completion of the new school building.”

Moragalla Junior School at present provides education to 210 students, with 20 teachers and staff members on its cadre. In previous years too, Eden Resort & Spa has provided financial assistance and held educational programs aimed at providing greater educational facilities and development opportunities for the children of this school.

In the picture : Mr. Eksath Wijeratne, General Manager - Eden Resort & Spa ; Mrs. C. D. Kumarasiri, Principal - Moragalla Junior School ; Ms. Inosha Anuradhi Edirisinghe, Secretary – School Development Society ; Ms. Inoka de Silva, Development Director - Kalutara Zonal Education Office ; Ven. Moragalle Chandawimala Thero from Purana Sri Gangaramaya Temple of Moragalla ; Mr. Upali Jayaratne, Director - Sanasa Development Bank; Ms. Mary Nolan – visiting English Development Teacher from UK; students; well-wishers and officials participating in auspicious activities.

Eden Resort & Spa Celebrates New Year with 41 Nationalities

With the dawn of peace in the country and spread of good news across the globe that Sri Lanka is a safe haven to all including tourists visiting this beautiful island, Eden Resort & Spa of LOLC Leisure Ltd - the newly renovated 5-star resort on the Golden Mile of Beruwela - was privileged with the opportunity and honour of accommodating guests from 41 nations worldwide.

These guests belonging to vibrant and diverse nationalities and ethnic backgrounds visited the hotel during the festive period and are scheduled to stay over until the end of the peak season.

They were hosted to a special New Year celebration on the topmost deck of the hotel - the “7th Heaven” - where they were served with Tea and Cakes during morning hours of 1st January 2014. The occasion was also graced by the Management Team and Executives of Eden – where both parties exchanged pleasantries.

Mr. Eksath Wijeratne, General Manager of Eden Resort & Spa and staff members together with the guests.

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