Minor International, Hemas purchase Kani Lanka
Kani Lanka Resort & Spa was acquired by partner Hemas Holdings PLC,
through its subsidiary Serendib Hotels PLC together with its
international partner Minor International PLC of Thailand.
A spokesman of the company said that all shares of Cyprea Lanka (Pvt)
Ltd, the owner and operator of Kani Lanka Resort and Spa, Kalutara was
purchased by Minor International and Hemas Holdings. The total
investment to purchase and develop the property is estimated at US$ 22
The existing property will be upgraded and developed as a new resort
under the Anantara brand and will consist of approximately 120 luxury
rooms. This will be the first-ever Anantara branded resort in Sri Lanka
and the first international chain of luxury hotels to come into
post-conflict Sri Lanka. Anantara, known around the world for its luxury
resorts, is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Leafing Small
Hotels, Virtuoso and the Kiwi Collection.
Chairman / CEO of the Minor Group William E. Heinecke said that Minor
is delighted to bring its Anantara brand to Sri Lanka. The country has
shown great promise, especially after the conflict.With Sri Lankas
legendary hospitality, vast cultural diversity and infinite variety, I
have no doubt that this partnership will transcend the envisaged goals
and make Sri Lanka one of the top end destinations in the region.
Director Hemas Holdings and Chairman Serendib Leisure Management
Ltd., Abbas Esufally said that the time is ripe to re-define the
boundaries of conventional tourism and explore new and bolder ventures.
With 2011 being declared as Visit Sri Lanka Year, and with the
750,000+ expected tourists, the potential is massive. Now is the time
for all stakeholders to get together and get ready for 2011. Hemas is
proud to partner with an organisation of the calibre of the Minor Group
and its internationally acclaimed Anantara brand. He also added that the
newly acquired property will be managed by Serendib Leisure Management
and plans are in the pipeline to develop the property further, to meet
the demands of guests.