Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts re-opens revamped hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa
Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts has reportedly re-opened Cinnamon Bentota Beach, a historically important 1967 hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa who helped inspire an architectural style known as tropical modernism, after restoration.
“Bawa was able to create an experience that was completely rooted in place and time using the art skills and crafts available to deliver an experience that was unique to Sri Lanka,” Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts has been quoted as saying.
“Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts decided to restore and conserve the building because of its importance in the architectural history of the world.”
According to reports, Bawa himself designed and contributed to the spread buildings in the style of tropical modernism around South and South East Asia.
Originally Bentota Beach, the hotel is now branded Cinnamon Bentota Beach, under the brand of the John Keells group, which runs a network of 15 hotels in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
“We started this project eighteen months ago, and set ourselves a tight timeline to complete it,” Krishan Balendra, Chairman John Keells Group has been quoted as saying.
“I’m happy to say that what we have today is a hotel restored to the original feel of Geoffrey Bawa’s creation.
“Bentota Beach Hotel as it was known then, has been an icon in Sri Lanka as we all know, and we are eager to share with our guests the history and heritage value of this hotel.”
The hotel features creations by local artists as well as works by Bawa’s associates and paintings by Ismeth Raheem (artist, architect and author) decorate the walls of the lounge, while 16 suites containing art and creations by local artists correspond to the name of each suite.
The hotel is on a 11-acre property facing the Indian Ocean and Bentara River and is a 159-room hotel with 16-suites and 144-suite sized rooms.
Given the continuous growth recorded by Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, the leisure and hospitality sectors have been engaged in revamping the existing facilities around the country, while many international brand names have also entered the country. Tourism arrivals to the country are on a continuous growth path and Sri Lanka continues to be listed as a must visit destination by globally renowned travel publications. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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