November, 27, 2017
Conveniently and centrally located within the Cultural Triangle and in close proximity to the magnificent Sigirya Rock, SigiriyaJungles opened its doors to the public one year ago with the intention of offering typical Sri Lankan experiences to holiday goers from around the world. It has since then, become a journey of discovery and the epitomy of luxury.
Chairman of SigiriyaJungles and former President of SLAITO Devindre Senaratne said, “It brings us great joy and a sense of fulfillment to have reached this wonderful milestone. During this one year SigiriyaJungles was busy with multiple tasks, among which were marketing it to a rapidly growing international clientele, increasing awareness and creating a distinct demand for the brand.”
“SigiriyaJungles is proud to offer guests a true and a real feeling of living in Sri Lanka with our smiling faces and hospitality, mouth-watering Sri Lankan dishes and international cuisine, natural surroundings, our creative undisturbed architecture and luxurious living. We’re also committed to the region and over 60% of our staff is from the region,” he added.
Committed to protecting nature, the hotel has implemented environmentally-friendly practices throughout its operations - from recycling overflow water, to harnessing natural sunlight, to cutting down on electricity consumption, re-using of waste and using of electronic buggy carts with zero-carbon emissions. In fact only environmentally friendly products are used to preserve and scrub the floors and walls. “This is our commitment towards positive hospitality. The hotel is committed to delivering memorable holidays, exceptional standards of service and journeys that keep the conservation of the planet in mind”, Senaratne elaborated.
A few months ago, the Management of SigiriyaJungles initiated a program showing its commitment towards positive hospitality and sustainable development among the hotel staff. The program was aimed at developing home-grown produce and eliminating waste management. This effort was recognised when SigiriyaJungles was awarded the 2nd Prize in the category of ‘Classified Hotels’ in the Home Garden Competition in the Central Province jointly organised by the Governor’s Office and the Agricultural Department Kandy. This has further motivated the staff to improve on this venture and take it to greater heights.
The nearby Audangawa temple is the main focal point where most of the villagers congregate to fulfill their religious obligations and discuss the progress of the village. During the past one year, SigiriyaJungles built a Sangavasaya for the 250 year old temple and thus nurtured and fostered its bond with the village.
Through its sister company JourneyScapes, it also maintains the Moragaswewa Maha Vidyalaya which is about five kilometres from the hotel and consists of 240 students. The hotel continually supports the development of the school in an effort to raise its standards and this includes focusing on the health and well-being of the children.
SigiriyaJungles continuously offers guests indulgent getaways and remains committed to delivering memorable holidays and exceptional standards of service and hospitality. The hotel features 60 lavishly furnished rooms overlooking the Sigiriya rock fortress, a stunning and unique swimming pool, vibrant outdoor spaces, locally-inspired dining and a 100ft bridge that offers breath-taking views of the Sigirya Rock.
Photo caption: (Above) Devindre Senaratne Chairman of Sigiriya Jungles