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President Maithripala Sirisena last week declared open Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, a US$400 million five-star property located in the Southern port city of Hambantota. The resort is the first of two Shangri-La hotels in Sri Lanka with the second 500-room hotel – Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo – slated to open next year.

The 300-room beachfront resort, which includes an 18-hole golf course and an artisan village, launched with special packages for wild-life enthusiasts, newlyweds and families.
The property is offering a variety of opening packages, including an all-inclusive offer for two, priced at US$247 per night, valid until 22 December 2016.  Room rates start at US$216, single or double occupancy, and include breakfast.

The luxury resort spans 53 hectares, making it the largest resort in Sri Lanka, and boasts 300 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. It is home to an 18-hole golf course, an expansive spa and an artisan village that celebrates local arts and crafts.

“The first upscale resort on the southwest coast of the island, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa’s is set in naturally lush surroundings,” the website said.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000.  The group has upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

In Hambantota, guest rooms will include 26 suites with private butler service and range from 48 to 240 square metres.

Wildlife enthusiasts get national park and boat safaris and access to the golf & country club in a four-day package priced at 246 dollars per night. A “Bride stays for free” package is available for newly weds, while half-board packages start from 192 dollars per night.

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