Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is set to expand its lean luxury brand, Cinnamon Red, to Kandy in Sri Lanka.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of the project’s construction which is scheduled for completion in two years. Cinnamon Red Kandy will be the first and only Leed Gold certified hotel in Kandy, developed at an investment of 6.5 billion Sri Lankan rupees (US$36.1 million).
The project is a partnership between Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and Indra Traders. Indra Traders’ investment of 60 per cent includes a 130-perch plot of land on the Katugastota Road, Kandy. A long-term management contract has been executed between the parties with Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts as the hotel managing partner.
When complete, Cinnamon Red Kandy will feature 210 rooms and public spaces, self-check-in service and a host of facilities including an expansive rooftop bar, 20 interconnecting rooms, wheelchair access throughout, a large swimming pool and a restaurant.
Krishan Balendra – chairman of John Keells Holdings, which owns Cinnamon Hotels stated: “Kandy is a popular leisure destination attracting a majority who arrive in Sri Lanka. The hotel will be strategically located in proximity to the Kandy-Colombo highway and is well-positioned to cater to the demands of the new-age traveller and millennials. Its unique selling proposition will add variety and diversity to the room classifications in Kandy delivering an outstanding lean-luxury experience to its guests.
Indra Kumara Silva – chairman Indra Hotels and Resorts Kandy, added: “Kandy is a destination with a growing leisure segment. It is also the pivotal point of all round-trips in Sri Lanka. It is the most opportune time to introduce this fresh and innovative concept to the city.”