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‘The Palms’: A Beach haven

By Sanath Weerasuriya, Pix by Neil Siriweera

The Palms’ is one of the oldest hotels in the famous Golden Mile stretch and was popularly known as ‘Warnels Reef Hotel’. It was rebranded and refurbished in the year 2004 and was destroyed by tsunami just two days before the grand launch.

The Resort, now up graded and branded after a fully refurbishment programme, is one of the most sought after hotels in the region. ‘The Palms’, owned and managed by Colombo Fort Hotels Ltd, is one of the pioneer four star properties in Beruwala.

The property is situated in a sprawling area of eight acres, with 106 well appointed rooms including 8 beautiful spacious suites with all modern amenities. - the unique feature being that every room in the resort has a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.

‘As guests’ enter the hotel, each one of them will be personally escorted through fascinating water cascades and gardens, and treated to a courteous welcome and hospitality’ said Rohan Gamage, the General Manager of the Palms.

‘This Palms’ offers an oasis of tranquillity and is perfect for those looking for peace and relaxation. ‘Surrounded by gardens and water cascades, and located along the beach, the guests will most certainly have the opportunity to recharge and refresh themselves in this stunning environment.

Apart from the environmental attraction, the Resort offers an array of entertainment to its guests. Live band operated from Thursday to Saturday and magic shows, games, beach activitie and water sports are the major attraction of the hotel.

The Palms offers 24-hour Coffee Shop, Lobby Bar, Specialty Sea Food Restaurant (a la carte menu), Main Restaurant, Beer Garden and Open Air Theatre. Most of the overseas visitors to the hotel are long staying guests and repeaters.

‘Repeaters are coming as ‘free individuals’ and they have the faith in not only the beach and the environment, but the service and the cusine. Our ‘staff and the service’ is one of the best in the region’ Rohan said.

‘Apart from the Sri Lankan cuisine and specialities, the Resort offers dishes found everywhere in the world. Depending on the tour groups and guests at the hotel, our Chef arranges the menu. Chinese, Indian, traditional English and Continental along with bar-be–que are some of the popuar attractions’ Manager Rohan said.

Water sports, Beach Volley Ball, Table-Tennis and Water Polo are some of the much sought after recreations. ‘Apart from the overseas clientele, we are very keen in attracting Sri Lankan holiday makers’ Rohan said.

‘Being a Four star property, we keep our rate as Rs 14000/- per double full board. We want to attract the affluent crowd and that will perfectly blend with the foreign clientele’ he explained. The Palms is popular venue for weddings, private functions, conferences and seminars.

‘We do lot of foreign weddings too. That will certainly attract a bigger visitor base. We offer the full Sri Lankan style wedding package for them’ he explained. The other attraction of the Palms is fully equipped Ayurvedha Centre.

The Resort also offers excursion facilities to its guests. ‘Brief Garden’, Bentara River Boat Cruise, Beruwala Lighthouse and Fishing Harbour, Turtle Hacheries and Deep sea diving are some of the popular tours.

‘We get expertise help in deep sea diving and other water sports. The Palms has a PADI licensed agent to help the guests. But most of these excursions are used by overseas guests. Sri Lankans generally go for soft tours’ Rohan said.

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