Beruwela and the neighbouring Bentota are Sri Lanka’s largest resort already now. Many Beruwela holiday makers will remember the family- and children-friendly 200-bedroom holiday resort “Riverina Hotel”, which was Sri Lanka’s largest holiday resort only one decade ago. This famous 4-star hotel at Aluthgama beach and the two neighbouring hotels, Club Palm Garden and Tropical Villas, do not exist any more.
They will soon be replaced by a 5-star hotel with 500 bedrooms, plus additional 120 serviced apartments and 80 condominiums in a second phase. The complex will be owned by the newly founded hotel chain Browns Hotels and Resort. With an investment of about 120 million US-Sollars (16 billion SL Rupees) this is will be the biggest locally funded hotel project outside Colombo. This mega project has the ambition to create the biggest and the best resort in South Asia, taking Sri Lanka’s tourism sector to a new era. The new project is expected to generate over 1,000 direct employment and more than 4,000 indirect employment opportunities.
Like the former Riverina Hotel the new record-breaking hotel complex, expected to be opened this year or 2016, will be situated in the village Moragala at the Aluthgama beach between Beruwela and Bentota, in the immediate neighbourhood of the elegant Eden Resort and Spa, which is run by the same group. Including the Eden Resort and Spa, Browns Hotels and Resorts have altogether over 10 hectare of prime beach front land, one of the best beach locations in the southern half of the island.
The former Riverina Hotel in its heydays was operated by the Confifa group and then sold to the LOLC. The new hotel group has been rebranded as Browns Hotels and Resorts last year. Browns Investments (BI), the sole shareholder, is a subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC with LOLC (Lanka ORIX Leasing Company) as the ultimate parent company.
Hotels under the new group include the already mentioned Eden Resort and Spa, the 3-star Dickwella Resort near Tangalle and the Spa and Green Paradise, Sri Lanka’s first agro-eco hotel in the jungles near Dambulla. A 71-room 4-star hotel is under construction in Passikudah, Sri Lanka’s newly developed East Coast beach destination. Further properties are planned for in Nilwella and Trincomalee. Browns Hotels and Resorts already signed agreements with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, giving Starwood the management rights to th 5-star Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort. The new hotel group also intends to expand to the Maldives.
Currently, Browns Hotels and Resorts, has a portfolio of more than 300 bedrooms in Sri Lanka. But it is planned to be increased to about 1000 within the next few years.
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