The new Amari Galle Sri Lanka is “progressing on schedule”, according to Onyx, and is on track to welcome its first guests in late 2016.

Upon completion, the hotel will feature 172 rooms and suites, all with direct sea views, plus a multi-tiered pool deck with beach access, a spa, fitness centre, two restaurants and conference and banqueting facilities.

“We are strategically expanding our presence beyond Thailand across the Asia Pacific region, and excited to introduce our flagship Amari brand to Sri Lanka,” said President and CEO of Onyx Peter Henley.

“Tourism in this country is thriving, and there is growing interest amongst international travellers to Galle. We are proud to be in partnership with Sino Lanka Hotels and Bob Kundanmal on their third Onyx property.”

Onyx has identified Sri Lanka as a key area of expansion, and has already opened two midscale Ozo hotels in the country, located in Colombo and Kandy. Both these hotels, as well as the Amari Galle, are owned by Sino Lanka Hotels.

“We are very excited to be launching an established hospitality brand like Amari in Sri Lanka, and that construction is on schedule. This new resort will complement our two other Ozo hotels in Colombo and Kandy, in helping meet the projected demand for new hotel rooms in Sri Lanka, contributing to the country’s ongoing economic growth,” said owner of Sino Lanka Hotels Bob Kundanmal.

Located in the southwest coastal region of Sri Lanka, Amari Galle is set on a beachfront site approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Colombo.