Negombo Lagoon, one of the most attractive lagoons in the island, draws large numbers of tourists to the destination. Apart from having the best beach stretch on the West coast, Negombo Lagoon is a picturesque landmark, which was one of the main supply routes during the Dutch era.
According to industry statistics, Negombo attracts, nearly 80% of the tourists visiting Sri Lanka as the first stay of the tour or as the last lap of the tour. Being situated close to the Airport, Negombo Lagoon is getting more attention from industry investors, than the traditional beach fronts.
‘Grandeeza Luxury Hotel and Banquets’, the latest addition to the rural landscape by the lagoon, started its operations in December 2015.
Located in the heart of Kurana, Negombo, Grandeeza Hotel, in four-star plus category boasts a total of 40 modern guest rooms including six executive rooms. It is already one of the most sought after resorts in ‘Little Rome’. Landscaped garden of the hotel stretched from the main Negombo road to the edge of the lagoon, the Resort offers the facilities of one of the largest banquet halls in Sri Lanka, which can accommodate from 150 to 1200 guests in three sections of the hall, the biggest venue close to the BIA.
‘Being the biggest and the most luxurious hotel close to the Airport, Gandeeza is the top attraction for MICE tourism and an ideal location for weddings, corporate events, holiday getaways and layovers’ said Amila Alvis, the General Manager of the Hotel.
With its majestic hall, Grandeeza offers a super luxury banqueting experience with the highest standards of service, hospitality and dining. The additional VIP Lounge will provide elite spaces to hold corporate conferences, cocktails and ‘Fine Dining’ parties.
With its frontage showcasing Roman architecture and the interior designed with the prestigious contemporary ambiance balanced by sophisticated and stylish furnishing,
Grandeeza Hotel provides well-appointed accommodation together with all the modern amenities to make its guests stay in lap of luxury. It provides 18 deluxe rooms, 7 standard rooms, 9 superior lagoon rooms and 6 executive rooms.
‘Grandeeza’s three main restaurants offer a wide variety of exquisite cuisine. Guests can enjoy a selection of Sri Lankan, Chinese, Indian and other Asian cuisines along with Western dishes’, GM Alvis said.
‘The Crave’ all day dining Restaurant, Seafood Club-Asian Fusion Restaurant and Healthy dining restaurant along with 24 hours in-room dining offer Executive Chef Samantha Abeysekara’s lifelong experience on guests plate.
‘At the seafood Club, our chefs select freshly caught seafood straight from the lagoon, to be cooked just the way the guest wants it’ added the GM.
The kitchen team headed by Chef Samantha is capable of preparing grilled, sautéed,deviled, poached or fried cuisine in various international styles (Chinese, Thai, Singaporean, Western, Oriental etc.) to bring the culinary heaven in guests platter.
‘Dine under the stars’ by the pool is a romantic dinner, on special occasions. Lagoon pavilion or at the restaurant with commanding views of the sunset is the top attraction. The infinity pool is an enchanting way to spend your evening watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean’ said Thyagi Fernando, the Sales and Marketing Executive of Grandeeza.
Grandeeza is centrally located for excursions and activities for travellers and adventure lovers.
‘Tours and excursions could be arranged through the Hotel. Scenic boat rides in the lagoon, fishing, and cycling are popular activities’ said Danu Widanagamage, the Manager Sales, and Marketing.
‘Negombo is reminiscent of the Dutch Colonial era with Dutch churches and the Dutch Fort still visible. City tours and boat rides along the Dutch Canal and a ride around Sri Lanka`s first wetland reserve Muthurajawela Marshland, visits to Angurukaramulla Temple, a visit to the bustling Lellema fish markets and the large fishing harbour are some of the popular attractions’ she added.
The room rates at Grandeeza range from Rs 21,700/- (deluxe FBD) to 29,000/- (Ex. Suites FBD).
Call 0312228500, 702888999, 0719453838, 0715330817 or log onto www.grandeeza.com
By: Sanath Weerasuriya