: The inside story
On the Southern coast of Sri Lanka,
just beyond Koggala, a resort formerly known as Hotel
Club Lanka, has been renovated refurbished and launched
with a new look, new identity and an intriguing new
While the property itself and amenities
are of good quality, the beautiful beach one of its
main attractions and the serenity and peace of the surroundings
provide perfect tranquility to soothe a restless mind
and body. Hotel ‘Insight’ offers far more
than one can see at its first glance.
The challenging times the community
had faced especially in the recent past, changed people's
perception of life and their attitudes, making them
aware that nothing can be taken for granted, simply
because nothing in life is certain. But it has also
brought out deep seated values and strength of character
ingrained in the Sri Lankan people. The will to live,
the will to rebuild and be better than we were before
has emerged in every sector, and this is so where "Insight"
too is concerned.
The concept of Insight is simple but
the application is intricate as the hotel facilitates
the interaction of our guests with the local community
of Ahangama through well thought of and structured set
Such activities include a cycle trail
that takes clients through the local village whose main
means of living is farming and wood craft. Taking breaks
at selected areas to observe more closely at this fascinating
way of life and also taking in the scenic marvels Mother
Nature has blessed the southern coast with.
Taking a slower pace of a nature walk
through the rice fields and climbing up through the
low grown Tea plantations rich with bird life. Along
the footpath you come across a workshop that brings
to life the wood carving skills that Sri Lanka is so
famous for. The youth of the locality is also been involved
in encouraging interaction through the medium of sports.
As a part of the hotel's Responsible
Tourism initiative they expect to run a series of anti
drug abuse campaigns. In addition, the clients will
also have an opportunity to interact with the villagers
through different sports activities such as cricket
matches and volleyball matches, which the hotel will
organize on behalf of the groups that stay in the hotel.
This would ensure a good relationship between the hotel,
the clients and the villagers. The clients would also
have the option of getting their own horoscope written
if one could provide the date and time of birth. Other
activities on the menu include Snorkelling, Diving,
Surfing and excursions to wildlife sanctuaries, rainforests
and cultural sites of interest.
Whiles appreciating the tranquil beauty
of Ahangama and the unspoilt lifestyle and attitudes
of the village community, the new concept of the property
gives guests and "Insight" in to the community's
unique lifestyle. We have developed opportunities for
guests to mingle with the local community, learn how
they look after their farms and fields, their expertise
in the culinary field, how village life is conducted,
all the while providing them with an "Insight"
in to the culture of the people of the "Deep South".
The resort is equipped with every
amenity to pamper and relax. It is also a place for
the weary soul and tired body to unwind, and when you
return to your busy life back home, you would discover
that not only are you rested, but your mind too has
opened and cleared, filled with a lightness that an
"Insight" in to a different way of life can
Pix by Nilan Maligaspe