Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will ceremonially open 15th November 2013 at Colombo and most of the Heads of participating countries have already visited Sri Lanka at the moment. While all the Heads of Government scheduled to be accommodated at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel Colombo, a ‘Boutique Hotel’ with historical value is being arranged for a special distinguished delegate. Prince Charles, who will be representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), has decided to stay in at the Bandaranaike Mansion (Tintagel) at Rosmead Place, Colombo. The Bandaranaike Mansion holds the World record for brought up three Prime Ministers and One Speaker of Parliament which cannot be found in any other country. Prince Charles definitely may have correctly studied the historical background of this world renowned mansion in choosing his stay at Colombo while other facts of being situated in a very safe and private location may preferred by his security personnel. The age old mansion of Bandaranaike generation was converted into a World Class Luxury boutique hotel in 2005. Tintagel Castle, off the coast of Cornwall in southeast England, was the home of King Arthur, the name “Tintagel” was also given for the residence for Dr. Lucien de Zilwa which was completed in 1930. In the mid 1940’s de Zilwa was given a week to vacate the property by the British Military to house one hundred soldiers. The military occupation saw the house wrecked and de Zilwa sold Tintagel for Rs.160,000 to Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike for his son, Solomon West Ridgeway Bandaranaike who became Prime Minister in 1956. It is from this point in time that the house gained recognition as a structure of national importance. In 1959 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was shot dead at the verandah of Tintagel. In 1960, his widow, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, became the world’s first female Prime Minister. Mrs. Bandaranaike resided at Tintagel right up until her demise in 2000. In 1983, their only son, Anura Bandaranaike became leader of the Opposition, Speaker of the House of Parliament in 2000. The younger daughter of S.W.R.D. and Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga progressively became a Chief Minister, Prime Minister and then Sri Lanka’s first female President in 1994. The family home of the Bandaranaike’s was leased to Udayshanth Fernando by the family to become Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo, a unique private hotel in 2005.
Front view of the Hotel
The Boutique Hotel concept came into industry to full fill the needs of traveler preferences that are unpredictable and keep changing every day. Boutique hotels have become popular because they offer an intimate and memorable experience for the holiday maker. The main characteristics of Boutique hotels are their size, service and individuality with which they could differentiate from other normal accommodation facilities. Individuality is the most prominent factor in the Boutique concept with many other features like unique location, architecture, artwork in lobbies, designed equipment in bathrooms, plus the service focuses on providing a unique experience with the staff providing exceptional levels of service tailored to satisfy the individual needs.
There are well over 100 properties in Sri Lanka claiming 'Boutique' status. With the current boom in tourism industry, Sri Lanka has quite an advantage in the Boutique concept for the future because of her diverse locations.
Sandun joined Lanka Help Magazine as a contributor in June, 2011. He has been consistently writing articles to our magazine. Many useful articles of this site are under Sandun's name.
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