Serene Holdings invests in super luxury 5-star hotel in Kandy, ‘with a gut feeling’


The Golden Crown Hotel in Kandy announced its upcoming opening in the festive season, at a media briefing held in Colombo recently. From left: Ms. Hansani Wijekoon, director finance and administration, Chanuka Wijekoon, managing director and Roshan Fernando, general manager of the Hotel pose for a
photograph after the briefing. - Pic by Saman Abeysiriwardena

by Sanath Nanayakkare

Serene Holdings has invested more than US$ 15 million for the newest addition to their hospitality portfolio – the super luxury Golden Crown Hotel in Ampitiya, Kandy – with a gut feeling that Kandy would become an international tourist destination city on the world's tourism map, pretty soon.

When Sriyananda Wijekoon, chairman of the Golden Crown Hotel who started his entrepreneurial career as a vegetable farmer relies on his gut feeling to build the Group's first 5-star hotel property in Kandy; that must have been something more than a 'mere' gut feeling.

This is because the Wijekoon family already owns and operates Serene Grand Hotel in Kandy, Serene Grand Villa in Kandy, Serene Kings Villa in Nuwara Eliya, Serene Villa in Nuwara Eliya and the Tea Village in Nuwara Eliya, which is currently under construction,

The son and the daughter of Sriyananda Wijekoon – Chanuka Wijekoon, managing director and Hansani Wijekoon, director finance of their family's 5-star hotel property – announced to the media recently in Colombo – the upcoming opening of the Hotel for the festive season, describing it as 'The Jewel in Kandy's Crown'.

The Hotel is built on a two-acre land, designed by famed architect Dr. Upendra Rajapakse. It is equipped to offer an extensive range of deluxe accommodation as well as banqueting facilities that can cater to over 2,000 persons, at any given time.

"The Golden Crown Hotel is set amidst verdant paddy fields, surrounded by lush greenery and is a sanctuary to those seeking peace and luxury. 90 rooms including 72 deluxe rooms, 10 junior suites, 6 premium suites, a Crown Suite and a Presidential Suite complete with a private elevator for both the Presidential and Crown suites," the media was briefed.

Veteran hospitality industry expert Roshan Fernando has been appointed as general manager to head the team at The Golden Crown. Possessing almost 40 years of experience in the hospitality sector, Fernando is keen to incorporate his leadership skills as a manager to ensure that The Golden Crown stays true to its name. The veteran hotelier has made his mark in South East Asia and proved his competence as one of the finest hospitality industry personnel produced by Sri Lanka.

Chanuka Wijekoon said that the design and the structure of the hotel has been well thought-through and tastefully designed to provide the guests a memorable experience.


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