Shangri-La unveils Colombo property

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has unveiled plans for a new business and leisure hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Set to open in late 2017, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is positioned between Galle Face Green promenade and Beira Lake, and boasts a prime location in Colombo’s thriving business district.

Offering uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, the property comprises 500 guestrooms and 41 serviced apartments, and forms part of the new One Galle Face development project that will see the opening of two residential towers, a high-end shopping centre and modern office space over the next three years.

Singapore based architecture firm Chao Tse Ann & Partners will oversee the design of the tower, whilst LTW Designworks has designed the guestrooms, public areas, meeting rooms and spa in a contemporary style that incorporates Shangri-La’s signature Oriental detailing.

Chao Tse Ann has a longstanding relationship with Shangri-La, most recently designing Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016 on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, whilst LTW Designworks has previously worked with Shangri-La on Shangri-La Diging, Shangri-La Lhasa and the brand’s flagship Villingili Resort in the Maldives.

In keeping with its guiding theme of nature, the hotel has commissioned Chinese artist Man Fung-Yi to create an elephant structure to grace the hotel’s lobby and provide guests a sense of place.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will also boast the largest and most extensive hotel conference and events facility in the region with a 1,500-capacity ballroom showcasing artwork by Bea Valdes. With this facility at its disposal, the property is expected to become a magnet for conferences and events, enabling Sri Lanka to compete globally with MICE hotspots such as Bangkok and Singapore.