UAE hotel brand to open upmarket resort in Sri Lanka

JA Resorts & Hotels, the UAE’s oldest homegrown hotel brand, is expanding into Sri Lanka with a high-end 108-room resort and is in talks to launch a few properties in Thailand.

“The Sri Lanka property will come on stream in the country’s East Coast in November 2017,” David Thomson, COO, JA Resorts & Hotels, told TTG Asia e-Daily on the sidelines of Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

The JA Eclipse Beach Resort Sri Lanka at Kathiraveli will be opened in partnership with the Gravity Resort Group (GRG), which will invest US$30 million in the project.

Thomson said the property is Sri Lanka’s first high-end resort with room rates averaging US$500 per night.

GRG director, Deepal Ahangama, added that a school will be built for the community and the resort’s doctor provide free medical services for the people.

The 30-year old group is the first UAE hospitality company to own and manage an upmarket resort in the Maldives, and runs a boutique hotel in the Seychelles as well as four beachfront properties, a charming mountain retreat and a leisure venue in the UAE.

Asked about other plans in Asia, Thomson said the company is in discussions with a “family” in Thailand but declined to reveal more.

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