Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Sri Lanka opens the doors to its hottest new retreat this October
Friday 21, September 2012
Cinnamon Bey Beruwala set on the golden sands of the south west coast of Sri Lanka will impress style savvy guests with a tropical paradise offering a new experience for the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka and some exciting firsts for the region.
Guests at Cinnamon Bey will enjoy an idyllic retreat complete with its diverse dining outlets ranging from hot rock cuisine to spa cuisine, Azmaara Spa, two swimming pools, and gym. On the property’s doorstep, guests can explore ‘Sinharaja’ Sri Lanka’s largest rain forest, home to 830 endemic species of flora and fauna and the 17th century Galle Fort, the most impeccably preserved colonial sea fortress in the whole of Asia.
Paying homage to the area’s Arabic roots, with Beruwala being the first permanent Arab settlement in Sri Lanka dating back to the 10th century, Cinnamon Bey is named with reference to this history and the term used to address provincial noblemen of the Turkish Empire. This rich heritage has influenced the architecture and design at the new Sri Lankan outpost, evident throughout its 200 rooms and suites and incredible choice of eight restaurant and bar areas.
The design, curated by renowned Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte, celebrates a fusion of central Asian and Islamic references. Colours in the public areas are inspired by central Asian mosques together with Daswatte’s memories of a magnificent woven silk sari from Bengal worn by his mother. This vibrant styling blends with architectural lines of Arabic architectural history and décor most significantly influenced by the dramatic and intricately carved Mashrabiyas windows and screens of the Arabic world.
Rooms and suites are also decorated with Mashrabiya inspired latticework and splashes of colour evoking the heady spirit of the Arab empire – translucent blues, bright turquoises, vivid reds and oranges create spacious and alluring cocoons in which to relax and sleep. Tiled walls create a graphic contrast with a nod to the glazed and brightly coloured tiling trends of the 9th century.
Flanked by a broad golden beach to the south and a contrasting calm lagoon setting to the north, Cinnamon Bey’s architecture and design centres around its jaw-dropping views. A first floor arrival ensures welcoming ocean vistas as a backdrop to its crystal blue pools and the property’s restaurants and bars are stylishly and socially placed to create buzz and optimise its idyllic setting. In addition, all 200 rooms and suites offer direct sea views.
Cinnamon Bey will also offer a truly VIP experience with an exclusive wing featuring 28 deluxe rooms and two suites. This wing features a dedicated lounge, check-in facilities, swimming pool and restaurant. At 1440 square foot the suites exude luxury living with dining and living areas opening directly out to sea and balconies complete with cooling plunge pools and invigorating Jacuzzis with the most awesome Indian Ocean views.
The in-house spa at Cinnamon Bey will indulge with its serene treatment menu. Six treatment rooms each with their own outdoor deck will sit within a maze of tranquil streams and walkways for the ultimate pampering retreat. For fitness, the hotel also offers a sports complex complete with a tennis court and high-tech gym.
When it comes to dining, the zest of the east combines with the best of the west at Cinnamon Bey offering the ultimate in fusion food throughout its eight restaurants, ranging from homemade ice-cream to the hottest, hot rock cuisine with a choice of somewhere different to dine each day.
A first for Sri Lanka in terms of its roof-top setting and Arabic fusion cuisine, Mezz2 offers a Shisha terrace, floor seating and individual private Arabic tents for dining each complete with its own charcoal grills to enable dishes to be finished at the table.
Rock Salt and Raw are located next door to each other offering combinable cuisine. Rock Salt delivers food that is either cooked on a hot slab of stone, himalayan rock salt, on wood or in a Shabu Shabu pot. Rock Salt will also serve cold dishes such as caramel ice-cream served in a chilled rock-salt bowl. An Asian style of cooking and presentation but a step away from Asian flavours, a live cooking station is also in place. In contrast, Raw is a slick sushi bar leading into GRAIN Vodka Bar and Lounge where the perfect combination of oysters and vodka await guests. With a unique glass ‘Vodka Wall’ behind the bar filled almost entirely with select vodkas and fine wines, GRAIN is a new concept for Sri Lanka.
From the poached to the steamed, Tranquility offers spa cuisine – low in fat and low in salt. The Spa Bar will feature healthy drinks including wheatgrass juices with home grown wheat seeds.
FIRE is a wood-fired restaurant serving stir-fry, grills and steamed fish on its stone decked open flame oven complete with a 1.5 metre parille grill and a 1.5 metre Teppanyaki Plate. The oven has an impressive viewing window at the back which can be seen from its entrance.
BUFE is the hotel’s main restaurant serving innovative buffet treats and a live cooking station. Guests will also enjoy a coffee shop and I.C.E pool bar featuring the only rotating ice-cream freezer in Sri Lanka and a 16 metre long wooden bar serving ice-cream and frozen yoghurt to order. 800 Degrees is Cinnamon Bey’s exclusive wing private eatery. With a wood-fired oven, the restaurant will serve Mediterranean treats from pizzas, calzone, baked fish to hot sandwiches.
With experiential travel at the heart of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, Cinnamon Bey will also offer guests a rich window of local culture and activities. The idyllic town of Beruwala is home to local markets bursting with precious finds and trinkets and Sri Lanka’s famed gemstones. The Brief Gardens; the house and garden of landscape architect Bevis Bawa offers an artistic adventure and Cinnamon Bey is at hand to organise fascinating river safaris through the hidden mangroves of the area. The nearby Sinharaja rain forest is both a UNESCO world heritage site and protected Biosphere reserve that is home to many incredible endemic species, and the home of the arts and crafts tradition of masks can be found in Ambalangoda.
Conservation is at the heart of Cinnamon Hotels and Cinnamon Bey fully supports the nearby turtle conservation project where guests are encouraged to help and are welcomed to support the release of baby turtles in to the oceans. The location of Beruwala also ensures central access to Hikkaduwa and Galle as well as Bentota and Colombo.
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