Uswetakeiyawa popularly known as Uk, is the closest and the most beautiful beach stretch close to the city of Colombo.
Palm Village Hotel in Uswetakeiyawa is the popular place in the area and it lies close to the popular Hamilton Dutch canal, which was once the sole route from Colombo to Negombo and beyond.
Being very close to the city, the Palm village Hotel has managed to attract the corporate conferences and seminars, since lately. ‘Conferences, seminars and company outing have become the number one revenue for us apart from the traditional holiday and Sunday revelers. Mainly because the hotel has the capabilities in hosting conferences and seminars for larger numbers’ said the Manager Vithanage
Palm Village Hotel is just 25 minutes drive away from the hazzle and dazzle of the commercial capital.
Amidst the palm groves, lounging under swaying palms, shaded from the tropical heat and fanned by the ocean breeze, Palm Village is located in four acre landscaped gardens with all modern star class facilities.
This 23 year old hotel was re-opened on 1 August 2005 after a major refurbishment programma. The Hotel is now owned and managed by McLarens Hotel Management Company.
‘It is in a holiday atmosphere yet close to business in Colombo. More and more corporate clientele and
NGOs are getting attracted to this place’ Mr. Vithana said.
The hotel offers fifty air conditioned rooms with balcony or terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean. ‘Palm Village Hotel is one of the very few beach hotels that have escaped from the December 2004 tsunami.
Hot and cold water, telephone, mini bar, cable TV, piped music and new décor are some of the facilities included in all 50 rooms. Services at the hotel include restaurant / bar facility, evening entertainment, business centre, beach snack bar overlooking the Indian Ocean.
‘We have theme nights spread across the week - Italian, Chinese, Eastern, Sri Lankan, Indian, Mongolian and BBQ are the top attractions at the hotel’ said Premila Samarakoon, the Manager operations.
According to her, more and more corporate clientele and NGOs are getting attracted to this place. Apart from the MICE market, overseas travellers and Sri Lankan clientele make the place livelier.
‘Especially Sri Lanka guests for weekends and on Sunday keep the hotel a hive of activity. Our Sunday buffet is one of the most popular attractions in the area. Also the hotel is very popular with honeymooners’ she said.
Sports and leisure are the other attractions. Outdoor swimming pool, badminton, table tennis, indoor games, soft animation, tennis, volleyball are favourites among Sri Lankans. ‘Excursions are too on the cards and it could be arranged for groups on request.’ Vithrana said.
‘Muturajawela Bird Sanctuary - a guided boat tour through different ecological settings of a marsh, bird sanctuary and lagoon is a popular excursion among overseas travellers. Experience the rustle of the wind in one of the widest natural environments of tropical bird life and a rare mangrove eco-system’ he added.