September, 20, 2014
Restored to its former elegant grandeur, Galle Face Hotel is set to introduce another novel concept with the opening of its dedicated wedding salon. The first of its kind purpose built wedding salon will bring together all aspects of a perfect wedding to one convenient location. The unique and refreshing new style and experience namely ‘The Galle Face Wedding’ will have its initial kick off from the 1st of March 2015. The plan was initially developed by the management, especially General Manager Tony Fleming and Director of Operations Carlos S Vizan. Armed with the product knowledge of creating luxury wedding experiences from across many destinations they have now brought to the Galle Face Hotel an ultimate luxury wedding planning experience – the Wedding Salon.
Over the years, many couples have chosen Galle Face Hotel to make their special day extraordinary. The property offers a unique location that couples beauty and convenience with the backdrop of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in the heart of a bustling city. The current restoration project will ultimately give the weddings a modern vintage look and feel at the venue, with dramatic windows that flood the space with natural light standing as the essence of the two halls. At the moment all the weddings are on hold until next year as the completion of this restoration project is slowly making its way to elegance and grandeur that will sit as the epitome of the wedding halls. There will be few architecture and structural changes, but the facilities and the services will certainly have a complete new facelift. As the hotel is located in the heart of the Colombo city, it can be labeled as the best hotel in the scene of photography. The Galle Face Hotel is an award winning heritage hotel with a setting of a sea front city Hotel combined with the features of a beachside resort together with grandeur and elegance of the bygone era of Sri Lanka, no wonder it is a picturesque marvel.
The old world charm of the hotel and the historical stories that are part and parcel of the Galle Face Hotel’s nostalgia add to the allure of a memorable wedding that every couple dreams of. Charmed by its eclectic mix of imperial tradition, romance, vintage architecture and unique flavour that still lingers at every corner of the bespoke heritage property The Galle Face Wedding will be the perfect day at the newly restored and modernized Grand Ballroom and Jubilee Room.
Director Banquets Thakshila Galappaththy and his team are ready to welcome couples to experience the Galle Face Wedding. Commenting on the latest addition to the iconic hotel he notes, “Why are people attracted to the Galle Face Hotel? What’s the reason? They come here because of its characteristics, the bespoke and nostalgia that lingers at every point of the hotel. We were established in 1864. And we want all to experience the days of yon and indeed give all our customers a unique and memorable experience. Not only when it is focused on weddings and banquets but services and other facilities related to accommodation and dining alternatives that are being offered, as well.”
Charmed by its eclectic mix of imperial tradition, romance, vintage architecture and flavour, that still lingers in this bespoke heritage property, the Galle Face Wedding will be the perfect day at the newly built and designed Grand Ballroom and Jubilee Hall.
The Vintage Ballroom will comprise of a system that will create the mood and tone of the venue where our guests could choose from over 16,000 colours to glamourize the venue. Some of the features of the Wedding Salon which will be established in front of the hotel starting from October of this year are a conversation room to plan your wedding with a screen to display images and a studio room for photographers and wedding related vendors like photographers, floral designers, plush seating options or even beauty experts etc. Couples who choose to have their wedding at Galle Face Hotel will also have a dedicated wedding concierge from the start to the end to tie up the loose ends. The wedding menus are also extensive with many options to choose from. Additional menu item apart from the regulars will also be accommodated. All menus are prepared by experienced chefs and specialized experts who have worked around the world, so the food experience will also be different.
One of the unique offerings of the Galle Face Hotel wedding experience is the Galle Face Destination Wedding catering specifically to foreign couples who want to tie the knot in true Sri Lankan style. The package offers everything from the traditional poruwa, to customary attire for the bride and groom, Kandyan dancers and drummers, and traditional Sri Lankan meals. The hotel will also handle marriage registrar booking, diplomatic approvals, and personalized services to ensure that the most important day of a couple’s life is hassle free.
Reservations for weddings at Galle Face Hotel are now open and more information can be obtained on 011-2-541010 or o www.gallefachotel.com
About the Galle Face Hotel: The Galle Face Hotel is an award winning heritage hotel located at the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka, which is steeped in the unique history of Sri Lanka amidst tradition and family values. It is probably the only Hotel in the world which has a setting of a sea front city Hotel combined with the features of a beachside resort together grandeur and elegance of the bygone era of Sri Lanka. Celebrating 150 years, the Galle Face Hotel is one of the landmarks in Asia with a historical past that speaks of the historical significance of Sri Lanka.
Today, the Galle Face Hotel is acclaimed as one of the best heritage Hotels in Sri Lanka and in 2012 it became the first Hotel in the country to be featured on a postage stamp.
The old world charm of the Hotel harks back to a vintage when Aristocracy and celebrities spent their days in pampered luxury, and sipped their tea while enjoying the magnificent sunset over the Indian Ocean. Over the years, many Heads of State and celebrities have graced the Hotel, charmed by its eclectic mix of imperial tradition, architecture and flavor.
“The hotel is currently undertaking an ambitious restoration project restoring the Hotel’s rooms, restaurants and the ballrooms to their former glory with subtle modernization to enhance the quality of The Galle Face Hotel experience. The Hotel is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of Sri Lanka, and the project is guided by an uncompromising commitment to preserve the unique ambience for guests to enjoy.”
About the Galle Face Hotel Group: The Galle Face Hotel Group manages the hotel and leisure interest of Galle Face Hotel, Kandy Hotels PLC & Ceylon Hotels Corporation PLC.
Under this banner are 3 distinct portfolios of businesses.
The Deluxe Heritage Hotels Collection
Galle Face Hotel in Colombo & Hotel Suisse & Queens Hotel in Kandy.
Each hotel is a connected to Sri Lankas history, imbibed with the splendor of yesteryear while continuing to serve visitors, foreign and domestic is gracious surrounds.
The Resorts Collection
4 hotels routed in some of Sri Lankas most special areas offer a modern facility with outstanding vista & access to experience this great country.
The Lake Hotel Polonnaruwa, The Surf Hotel Bentota, The Safari Hotel Thissamaharama and The Lake House Polonnaruwa
Each of these recently refurbished hotels offers traditional Sri Lankian hospitality to visitors.
The Heritage Rest House Collection
The quaint surroundings steeped with the enchantment of Sri Lanka’s colonial heritage are the key elements of the Heritage Rest Houses that comprise of 12 properties around the island.
Ambepussa, Pussellawa, Kitulgala, Belihuloya, Ella, Hanwella, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Habarana, Mihintale, Medawachchiya, and Weligama.
Intimate traditional accommodation, in colonial bungalows, all with outstanding local cuisine is ideal bases from which to travel and explore Sri Lanka.
Top photo caption:Jubilee couple and (below) the Banquet Hall