ole lady of Negombo
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Browns Beach Hotel in Negombo is
this week’s feature in the TV Times - Aitken Spence Travel
Quiz. This Travel competition now stepped in to the sixth week,
exclusively in the TV Times. Triton, Neptune, Earl’s Regency,
Kandalama and Tea Factory Hotels were featured during the past weeks.
Times & Entertainment in collaboration with Aitken Spence Hotels
bring this exciting weekly Travel Competition specially for the
readers of TV Times. All you have to do is to answer the simple
question on the coupon given below. Each week TV Times will feature
an Aitken Spence Hotel and the question will be based on the particular
duly answered coupon should be pasted on a post card and should
be sent to TV Times - Aitken Spence Travel Quiz No.6, C/o TV Times,
No 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road , Colombo 2. The entries for the fifth
Travel Quiz will be closed September 27. The post cards should reach
us on or before this date.
lucky winner will get a gift voucher from the Aitken Spence Hotels.
This voucher enables the winner to dine at any of the Aitken Spence
Hotels at any time with a partner of his or her choice. After eight
weeks run on the first round, the grand winner will get an weekend
package for two to be spent on any of the Aitken Spence Hotels.
lucky winner of the fourth Travel Quiz (Kandalama) is Kuraishini
Herath of Ceytea Factory, Agrapathana. Congrats Kuraishini Herath
. Aitken Spence head office will get in touch with you soon.
only overseas visitors, but Sri Lankans too, always link Negombo
with its grand lady ‘Browns Beach Hotel’. When it comes
to Negombo, the Browns is the flagship hotel.
Beach Hotel started three decades ago to cater to the beach loving
tourist flow in the seventies. Though the concept in Sri Lankan
Tourism has changed after 30 years to the Culture, Nature and Wilderness,
the demand for Sun, Sand Sea, has not changed.
owned by Brown & Co., the hotel has now come under the umbrella
of Aitken Spence Hotel chain. The hotel has 140 air-conditioned
rooms with direct sea view frontage, which include four suites,
ten villas and 25 beach rooms. The hotel has one Penthouse. All
rooms have attached bath or shower, hot/cold water, telephone, radio
with balcony or terrace.
Beach has become very small due to the sea erosion in late eighties,
but the authorities had done a good job by creating this artificial
beach. There is no beach boys menace and the visitors can enjoy
their holiday to the maximum”, said Felix Rodrigo, the Director
General Manager of the Hotel.
most significant place in the hotel is Sun Set Night Club which
is one of the oldest night clubs in Sri Lanka. The hotel has two
restaurants ‘Orchid’ and ‘Carnation’ offering
guests a set menu, buffet, and a-la carte menus. The menus of the
hotel is always filled with the mouthwatering seafood delights straight
from the famous Negombo lagoon.
to the Executive Chef Thuresh Weeraratne, the man behind the cuisine
carnival at the hotel, there are theme nights spread throughout
the week. Lobster Night, Prawn Night, Bon Fire Night, Sri Lankan
Night, BBQ Night and Around the World are some of the theme nights
come alive at the hotel.
Lankan Night is very popular amongst locals as well as foreigners
and our Sunday Buffet is one of the best and most popular in the
region”, said Chef Shirley, who is in charge of the pastry
and Leisure activities include Outdoor Swimming at the Mini Olympic
Style Pool, Floodlit Tennis Court, Indoor Games, Boating, two Squash
Courts, Table Tennis, number of Water Sports and Beach Volley ball.
There is a special section for kiddies at the swimming pool area.
Bar and Beach Bar, Karaoke Bar, Night Club, 24-Hour Laundry and
Room Service, Beauty Salon, Conference and Banquet Facilities, Shopping
Arcade, Kiddies Corner, Health Club with Sauna and Massage are some
of the other attractions at the hotel.
large Jasmine Conference hall and the Orchid Banquet hall caters
to the large scale conferences and meetings, which Sri Lanka is
now gaining popularity as a MICE destination.