Dialog voted Year’s TSP and ISP

Dialog voted Year’s TSP and ISP

Sri Lankan consumers once again voted Dialog as the Telecom Service Provider (TSP) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the Year at the prestigious SLIM-Nielsen Peoples Awards 2019. Voted for by the public to recognise brands that have made a profound impression in the minds of the people of Sri Lanka, Dialog won the The Peoples Awards as the preferred TSP for a record eighth year running, and as the preferred ISP of the Year, for the seventh consecutive year; recognising the delivery on its commitment as the number one and fastest network. Dialog continues to strive for excellence on all frontiers, delivering the widest coverage and fastest speed, further solidified by earning the 2018 Speedtest® Award, by Ookla® the global leader in mobile network testing applications, data and analysis. Dialog’s undisputed leadership in the space of connectivity and innovation is capped by the commissioning of South Asia’s first fully functional and standards compliant 5G pilot transmission, and by the introduction of emerging technologies such as the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IOT) and commercial launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoLTE Roaming, Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi), and 4.5G LTE Home Broadband; showcasing Sri Lanka’s dominance as a regional hub in driving digital transformation, developing the digital ecosystem, and new technology standards.

Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are grateful and humbled that Sri Lankans have voted us once again, as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year and the Internet Service Provider of the Year. We will continue to deliver a fully connected, intelligent Sri Lanka and pioneer next generation of digital infrastructure, accessible to every Sri Lankan.” He continued, “This recognition resonates with the sentiments of all Sri Lankans and the value we create and deliver, in line with our vision of empowering and enriching Sri Lankan Lives and Enterprises.”

This year was the thirteenth edition of the Peoples Awards programme, hosted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, with research conducted in association with Nielsen. The nominees and winners for the various categories are identified through research undertaken over a 6-month period encompassing respondents from all 9 provinces, drawn from age segments in the range of 15 – 60 years. The Peoples Awards recognises brands and personalities that personally appeal to the people of the country.

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NDB Fort Branch Revolutionises  Digital Banking

NDB Fort Branch Revolutionises Digital Banking

NDB recently opened its 109th branch, branded as NDB NEOS, at No. 39, Canal Row, Colombo 1 signalling a steady continuation of the Bank’s expansion strategy as well as the bank’s revolutionary steps into the digital world. The new branch was ceremoniously opened by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy, Chairman of NDB Ananda Atukorala, Director/Group CEO Dimantha Seneviratne, and the NDB Senior Management.

With the opening of this branch, NDB became one of the first banks in Sri Lanka to revolutionise its banking journey with a digital transformation by migrating the Bank’s customers to a digital, paperless platform to perform all activities in the branch. This is the Bank’s first “Phygital” proposition which was launched, with a view to provide customers a new paradigm in banking convenience, where the physical presence of bank staff is coupled with a truly digitised experience.

“We have taken steps to re-imagine customer journeys and re-define customer experience by providing truly digital experience with human touch at this branch. We are proud to introduce some of the first time innovations to the local banking industry namely; a comprehensive interactive digital platform connected to multiple devices, pad bot based queue management system, paperless account opening through interactive devices, wide digital screens with all information, to totally paperless transactions processing; most importantly the successful implementation of RPA (Robotic Process Automation) at the NDB NEOS branch,” said NDB Digital Banking AVP Damitha Silva, adding that this state-of-the-art platform stems purely from local talent, the entire concept being brainstormed and developed by the able NDB team. An upcoming local FinTech company provided the technical expertise and know-how to develop this unique, world class platform.

The branch will add value to the service delivered by the Bank by enhancing the quality of information services and customer support, with a fully digital flavour. This will further enable the Bank to reduce operational costs while encouraging the customer base to use self-service devices for day-to-day transactions. NDB NEOS offers the Bank’s customers a unique, convenient experience tailored to today’s fast-moving, digital lifestyles, creating a seamless and integrated “phygital” experience.

Kumarini Munirathna assumed duties as the Manager of the new branch and her team consists of Assistant Branch Manager Lakshan De Silva, Michelle Mendis and Kamendra Premanayake.

NDB Bank which is the first and to date the only corporate in Sri Lanka to officially be certified with EDGE Certification, the leading and only global certification for gender equality at work place, is the parent company of the NDB Group, one of the fastest growing financial services conglomerates in Sri Lanka, with the strategic mission to be the dominant leader in the financial services and banking sector. NDB was felicitated with two of the most coveted global banking awards – the ‘‘Bank of the Year in Sri Lanka 2018’ presented by The Banker UK, which came in the backdrop of NDB being recognized as the Best Bank in Sri Lanka by the coveted awards program of the Global Finance Magazine, USA.

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Impressive ratings for FAIRWAY COLOMBO

Impressive ratings for FAIRWAY COLOMBO

Online tourism sites Booking.com and Expedia.com, honoured The Fairway Colombo – the most happening venue in the heart of the city – with two awards, recently.

The Guest Review Award by Booking.com came with an excellent 8.6/10 rating as did the Loved by Guest Award by Expedia.com. Both ratings were based on guest reviews that were given within a time span of 12 months.

A guest from the Netherlands named Paula posted a review on Expedia.com stating: “The location of this hotel is great. Just opposite the Dutch hospital area. The decor is contemporary, cheerful and colourful. The staff is good, professional and very helpful. The breakfast buffet is great!”

While Sharon from Australia gushed about the hotel on Booking.com saying, “Great location next to the Dutch Hospital. Professional, friendly staff. Good rooftop bar/restaurant.”

Located at the end of Hospital Street, the Fairway Colombo fits in perfectly with the colonial façade. However, upon entry one is greeted by an entirely modern setting, along with the most technologically advanced features, all with the aim of conserving energy and preserving the environment. The Fairway Colombo offers guests comfort, modern luxury, hospitality and privacy.

The hotel has been synonymous with the buzzing Fairway Street events, a variety of cultural and entertainment activities that regularly take place at Hospital Street including the Colombo Street Food Festival, Art & Jazz on the Street, the Fairway Colombo Cultural Show, Jam on the Street and the Street Latin Night.

 

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Subanu Perera, Head of Sales & Marketing - Leisure Sector, Fairway Holdings, Priyanthi Panabokke, Hotels Account Manager, Booking.com, Ritu Mehrotra, Regional Manager Partner Services, Booking.com, Saman Perera, General Manager, Fairway Colombo, Samodya Pallewasala, Assistant Sales Manager E-Commerce, Fairway Colombo, Mohammed Himaz, Manager Reservations & Front Office, Fairway Colombo

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Popular Indian fashion brand“W” arrives at Colombo City Centre

Popular Indian fashion brand“W” arrives at Colombo City Centre

The Colombo City Centre is now the site of a brand new “W” Showroom, brought by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd, a member of the DSI Samson Group. The third in the line of showrooms in Sri Lanka, it was opened on the 28 January 2019. “W” stores are also located in Kandy and Bambalapitiya.

Deshamanya Nandadasa Rajapaksa, the emeritus Chairman of D. Samson and Sons (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Thusitha Rajapaksa, the Managing Director of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd, Mrs. Kaushalya Perera and Mr. Asanka Rajapaksa, the Directors of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd together with other members of the organisation’s management graced the opening ceremony.

“W” is an Indian brand with a strong presence in its native country with over 300 shops and 1500 touch points across India. The brand combines fashion and functionality in women’s clothing and consists of everything ranging from salwar kameez, tunics, work wear, festive wear, and fusion wear compromising skirts and trousers. “W” offers its customers contemporary and fashionable garments that compliment a woman as she seamlessly transits from office to smart casual. “W” clothes are designed with creativity and care.

One of the largest retail networks in the country, D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd serves as the sole distributor of a number of popular international brands such as, Clarks, Florsheim, Redtape, Reebok, Puma, New Balance, Fila, Arrow, U.S Polo Assn., W and Aurelia. The company network spans more than 200 company outlets, 4,000 dealers and 50 sales representatives island wide. All of which are involved in fulfilling the company’s vision of creating a customer-centric
business.

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Uber Eats launches  insurance programme for  delivery partners in Sri Lanka

Uber Eats launches insurance programme for delivery partners in Sri Lanka

Uber Eats, announced a comprehensive insurance programme for delivery partners in Sri Lanka. Launched in partnership with Allianz Insurance Lanka Ltd., one of the leading private sector general insurance companies in Sri Lanka, this insurance program provides a safety net for our growing community of delivery partners, when they are on the road, delivering orders through the Uber Eats platform.

This unique insurance programme insures Uber Eats delivery partners when they are online and on the road providing delivery services through the Uber Eats App for up to LKR 500,000 against accidental death and partial or permanent disability, and up to LKR 200,000 for medical hospitalisation expenses and outpatient cover resulting from an accident.

Delivery partners are covered right from their first order on the Uber Eats App. This unique insurance cover will be offered at no cost to delivery partners, giving them peace of mind, while enjoying the flexibility of independent earning opportunity as Uber Eats delivery partners.

Commenting on the launch, Bhavna Dadlani, Lead – Uber Eats Colombo said, “Since we launched Uber Eats in Colombo in September last year, we’ve seen a great response from all three sides of the marketplace – consumers, restaurant partners and most importantly delivery partners. Our delivery partners are at the heart of our business and we’re excited to be launching this insurance program within the 5 months of launching our operations in Colombo. We are confident that this unique offering, developed in partnership with Allianz Insurance will be beneficial for our growing community of delivery partners in Colombo. We will remain focussed on ensuring that delivery partners see value in partnering with us.”

Mrs. Surekha Alles, Managing Director of Allianz Insurance Lanka Limited stated, “We are pleased to note that the partnership, which we put in place with Uber in December last year for Uber rides, has been extended to the delivery partners of Uber Eats as well. Allianz is an insurer known for providing insurance solutions to the communities exposed to high risks, as such we are confident that our expertise will help us provide an optimum protection to the growing community of Uber Eats delivery partners in Colombo. We look forward to working closely with Uber to develop more innovative protection solutions for Uber’s delivery partners.”

The insurance cover under this programme is LIVE from February 11th, 2019

About Uber Eats: Uber Eats started in 2014 as a small delivery pilot in Los Angeles and launched as a separate application in Toronto in December 2015. Since then, it has grown incredibly fast, and is now a stand-alone app available in 400+ cities around the globe. In Colombo, Uber Eats launched in September 2018.

About Allianz Lanka: Allianz Insurance Lanka and Allianz Life Insurance Lanka, known together as Allianz Lanka, are fully-owned subsidiaries of Allianz SE, Germany, a world

leader in integrated financial services. Having started out as a Greenfield operation in 2005, it has emerged as one of the fastest growing insurance service providers in Sri Lanka. The company prides on supporting its clients’ business strategy by understanding their risk profile and needs, and providing individual solutions from its world class portfolio of products and services.

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Around Sri Lanka in a Motorhome

Around Sri Lanka in a Motorhome

Experiencing Sri Lanka, the Top Destination recommended to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet, can be done in many ways. Motorhoming is a unique and yet to be popularized way to travel around the island, offering both a mode of transport and comfortable accommodation as well as flexibility to plan the trip at one’s convenience.

The UK based Worldwide Motorhoming Holidays, a camping and caravanning club visited Sri Lanka recently on a 15-day long tour across the country on motorhomes by Go Outdoors, the first and only provider of caravans and motorhomes in Sri Lanka and a subsidiary of Fairway Holdings.

Their journey began from Colombo to Wilpattu and continued to Sigiriya via Dambulla and Habarana, where the travellers experienced wildlife, ancient ruins and rustic village life. The historical experience continued as the next stop of the tour was Kandy, where the group enjoyed a taste of heritage, culture and religion and the travellers were charmed by the scenic beauty of the hill country as they proceeded to Nuwara Eliya. On the 11th day the tour progressed southwards to Yala National Park whilst the final stop was a day of relaxation at one of the best, most unspoiled beaches in Talalla. On the 15th and final day, they stopped in Galle en route to Colombo, culminating a half a month long tour that covered the best experiences Sri Lanka had to offer.

Worldwide Motorhoming Holidays is in a partnership with Go Outdoors to promote Sri Lanka as a travel destination and experience it through camping and caravanning. Go Outdoors owns a range of motorhomes that accommodate 2 – 6 passengers in comfort and are equipped with all necessary features and facilities. The company also provides exclusive access to motorhome parks located across the island where users will have facilities such as electricity connections, a water line, chemical toilet dump point, grey water pit along with recreational facilities.

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NDB International Women’s Day Special

NDB International Women’s Day Special

NDB Becomes the First Sri Lankan Company to Obtain Gender Equality Certification

EDGE – Economic Dividends for Gender Equality – is the leading global standard for gender equality and has assessed NDB’s policies, practices, employee’s experience and the organisation’s numbers in five different areas: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible working and company culture. As a result, NDB is the first company in Sri Lanka to obtain EDGE Gender certification joining more than 200 leading companies, in 50 countries and 23 industries.

NDB Group CEO Dimantha Seneviratne says “This exceptional recognition not only positions us as the employer of choice for both women and men, but it also makes us one of the most trusted and reliable partners for our customers, as multiple and diverse teams within our organisation consistently deliver first-rate results.”

“As a Bank, NDB takes every effort to provide constant encouragement to women’s professional development and propel financial guidance for Sri Lankan women with a determination to grow their lives” the Group CEO continued. “At NDB, we are proud that women make up 39 % of our overall workforce and 41 % among our senior management. Obtaining the EDGE Gender certification was a natural next step for us towards further improving and positioning ourselves not only as a ‘Women’s Bank of Choice’, but also as an ‘Employer of Choice’.”

Research shows that banks with a diverse workforce tend to have a better understanding and reach of the women’s consumer market, translating to women’s higher financial inclusion,” said Amena Arif, IFC’s Country Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives. “We are thrilled that NDB, an IFC Banking on Women client and partner, has become the first Sri Lankan company to obtain the EDGE Gender certification, enabling it to deliver greater business impacts and serving as a role model for others to follow.”

Supported by IFC, a licenced partner of EDGE Gender Equality Certification, NDB’s workplace gender equality performance was assessed and evaluated against global and industry benchmarks. This included a review of NDB’s company statistics, HR policies and practices, as well as a survey of the over 2000 strong workforce. Following in-depth interviews, including with NDB’s HR professionals, the corporation has developed a set of follow-up actions that will continue to promote gender parity among NDB’s workforce.

NDB has made continuous efforts to empower women through various initiatives, significantly through SME and micro finance.

NDB Araliya Assists Women to Pursue their Goals

Among others, NDB’s offering includes NDB Araliya, introduced as a proposition to assist all Sri Lankan women from housewives to salaried women in business to receive both financial and non-financial aid to achieve their goals. Araliya is now more than just a women’s savings account. It has become a proposition consisting of specialised bundle offering support to fulfil the dreams, goals and aspirations of all Sri Lankan women.

Women in Sri Lanka form approximately 51% of a total estimated population of 21 million. However, out of the total economically active population of 8.5 million persons, only 33.4% are women. Understanding this need for more women in the workforce, NDB Araliya has become a proposition consisting of specialised product offerings such as Current Accounts, Business Loans, Credit Cards as well as non-financial services offering to fulfil the dreams, goals and aspirations of these women.

NDB Araliya proved itself to be more than just a savings account. Araliya provides all Sri Lankan women from housewives and salaried women to women in business with financial and non-financial assistance to achieve their goals as well guidance to improve their entrepreneurship knowledge and skills if so needed.

At the time of its launch, NDB Araliya was positioned as the strength behind every woman in Sri Lanka, offering a savings account for women and insurance schemes for the account holder and her family. Today, Araliya serves to be the platform in which women entrepreneurs can receive financial and business education including financial literacy and financial budgeting to help them better understand the functioning of the financial services offered by the Bank and to teach them successful strategies regarding the management and marketing of their business.

NDB has made continuous efforts to empower women through various initiatives significantly through SME and Micro Finance. As a Bank NDB takes every effort to provide constant encouragement and propel financial guidance for Sri Lankan women with a determination to grow in their life.

NDB has also joined a select group of leading employers in Sri Lanka who, as part of the IFC-led SheWorks Partnership foster action and learning around a variety of employer-supported strategies, approaches, and policies to boost women’s private sector participation in the country. The SheWorks Sri Lanka initiative aims to demonstrate that corporate performance can improve from closing gaps between women and men in the workplace.

About NDB

NDB Bank is the parent company of the NDB Group, one of the fastest growing financial services conglomerates in Sri Lanka, with the strategic mission to be the dominant leader in the financial services and banking sector. From its inception, the group which includes NDB Bank, NDB Investment Banking, NDB Wealth, NDB Securities, and NDB Capital has been a catalyst in the development of the nation, strengthening and empowering entrepreneurs, corporates and individuals from all strata of the economy. Our customers across all group companies have benefited from the product and service offerings of the NDB group.

About EDGE Gender certification

EDGE Gender Equality Certification is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. The EDGE Gender assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation and launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011. EDGE Gender Certification has been designed to help companies not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also benefit from it. EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality and is distinguished by its rigor and focus on business impact.

The methodology uses a business, rather than theoretical approach that incorporates benchmarking, metrics and accountability into the process. It assesses policies, practices and numbers across five different areas of analysis: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible working and company culture. EDGE Gender Certification has received the endorsement of business, government and academic leaders from around the world. For more information, visit http://edge-cert.org/.

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Marina Square

Marina Square

making history at the heart of tomorrow’s colombo

It is a well-known fact that the world’s emerging cities are formed and reshaped, based on and around major infrastructural developments – just as Colombo city emerged in history, around the then Port of Colombo, which goes back to the colourful Silk Route days. During this time, over 2,000 years, Colombo Port emerged as a major hub in the Silk Route, attracting Indian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab and Chinese traders and creating a vibrant, multicultural dwelling place in areas known today as Colombo North.

The interracial and interreligious fusion over a few millennia has created a unique, vibrant and harmonious culture that is evident to this day in Colombo North, which is now being transformed into Uptown Colombo with the onset of “game-changing” infrastructure developments in this area. The New Kelani Bridge, the Elevated Inner-city Expressway Network and the development of the Port City are certain to change the landscape of tomorrow’s Colombo. The best location to live in tomorrow’s Colombo will be based on how close you are to the Port City and the access points of the Elevated Expressway Network. Three industry giants, who understand this, have come together to bring about a gilded investment opportunity, in the heart of tomorrow’s Colombo. Access Engineering, China Harbour Engineering Company and Mustafa Singapore are regional giants in the industries of construction, infrastructure development and retail. The contributions and value addition brought in by these industry giants is not just their capital contribution: more importantly, their collective experience in building and their collective purchasing power contribute to their ability to develop a technologically-advanced, completely value-engineered and cost-efficient mixed development complex in uptown Colombo. One of the primary concerns of investors in projects such as this, is the transparency, reliability and financial stability of the developer. This is one area that the investors in Marina Square need not be concerned about as the credentials and the industry standing of the developer are impeccable.

The Marina Square Uptown Colombo development embraces and amplifies the concept of urban luxury throughout the residential units, as well as the common facilities made available to homeowners. The expansive, over two acres (0.8 ha) of landscaped walking/jogging tracks, garden spaces, and nooks and corners to hang out with friends and family, add to the experience of urban luxury. The infinity pool, the club house, games room, unprecedented kids play area and the fully equipped gymnasium are all designed with the discerning city dwellers in mind. Even the commercial element situated within the complex is designed, for the convenience of the residents of Marina Square, epitomising the concept of Urban Luxury. The commercial area, consisting of a food court, retail outlets, wellness services and selected office spaces, is there to supplement and complement the needs of the residents in Marina Square Uptown Colombo.

The ocean-front location of Marina Square offers magnificent and breathtakingly captivating views of the ocean, city and mountains from within most of the condos in the complex. Marina Square Uptown Colombo is undoubtedly the best location to watch the future of Colombo City unfolding with the Port City Development taking shape over the next few decades. With the Port City close at hand and access to the Inner-city Elevated Expressway just a mere kilometre away, Marina Square is truly at the heart of tomorrow’s Colombo.

Marina Square Uptown Colombo is designed with five individual towers to provide for optimal natural light and air circulation. It offers 1068 Condo units in 21 different layouts, with 1 to 4 bedroom units to choose from, including some condos with their own private gardens. Each tower consists of 36 floors, and the wide selection of condos is sure to meet the needs of any potential investor. Marina Square offers options for those looking for a city-centre home with all the conveniences at hand, those looking for a city condo as a second home and those simply looking for a rewarding investment.

Marina Square offers an affordable, value-for-money investment opportunity for an Urban Luxury lifestyle in the heart of tomorrow’s Colombo that you should not miss out on. Over 25% of the Condos have already been sold and the investment opportunity is currently offered to Sri Lankan and Sri Lanka-based investors. The company plans to take this investment opportunity to overseas markets in the latter half of this year.

The construction of the project commenced in 2018 and, currently, the project is at the final stages of completing piling and finalising agreements with the main contractor. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.

More information on the project can be obtained through the Hotline 076 305 0000 or by visiting www.marinasquare.lk

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Many, many years ago, an American wag said “Colombo is half the size of New York cemetery, and twice as dead.” If this were ever true, it is no longer. Sri Lanka’s commercial capital provides a varied and multi-faceted range of entertainments, by night and by day.

Bellagio Casino has played a vital part in the growth of Colombo’s burgeoning entertainment scene. Established in 1999, it kept the fires of fun and diversion burning through the lean years of the civil conflict. Today it is firmly established at the summit of the world of gaming in this tropical isle.

With a reputation for upholding a tradition of excellence in taking care of their prestigious clientele, forged over the years by providing unrivalled quality, felicity and reliability in its delivery of service, Bellagio Casino is one of the finest and most vibrant gaming arenas in Colombo. It remains deeply committed to a philosophy of offering high-quality high-tech equipment, complying to the highest international standards, together with a team of experienced and highly competent professionals delivering an exceptional level of service.

Online gaming

For gamers who cannot find the time or the opportunity to visit their casino, Bellagio offers them a live casino experience with the very best in live online casino gaming at their online gaming website at www.win365casiono.com. The site offers players, anywhere and at any time, a selection of tables on which to play alongside the floor players, with live games ranging from Roulette and Baccarat to Andar Bahar. Gamers can watch the actual game progress live over streaming feeds and enjoy a truly live casino experience. Bellagio also offers a 24 – hour online support, with accessibility from any network or device, swift pay – outs and monthly kickbacks.

Essential experience

Today, while it has laid a base for catering to the rapidly increasing regional demand for gaming, Bellagio Casino is set to shape new horizons for their valued clientele, by setting in motion a raft of expansion projects, and stands prepared to offer the perceptive gamer a uniquely exciting genre of entertainment, and the time of their life to the occasional gamer – from arrival to departure.

Included with the Bellagio experience is the finest show-biz line-up, keeping clients entertained while they play, dining, or just relaxing, including Bollywood celebrity performances and seductive belly dancesz or pole dances by young and skilled Ukrainian performers. The casino also hosts a variety of events ranging from international cultural celebrations to theme nights and special draws.

Bellagio offers high-stakes rollers an exclusive first-floor VIP lounge, where gamers can play in the utmost comfort and privacy, at a variety of high-stakes table games. Equipped with its own independent cashier cage, the VIP lounge provides an atmosphere of luxurious relaxation, while the premium players are plied with a variety of food, beverages and guest services.

The new wing was inaugurated in March 2017 for Indian – Flush – Teenpatti, Black Jack and live Poker. Here, high stake tournaments are conducted periodically by independent operators. This separate area on the first floor comprises of a variety of gaming tables, an independent bar and a sit-down restaurant.

Partner hotels

Bellagio Casino provides its clients with a range of luxury hotels from which to choose accommodation. These partner hotels include:

The Kingsbury

The Kingsbury Hotel has been designed in such a way that all 229 rooms of a glorious view of Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean. This 5-star hotel is equipped with fine dining restaurants, a swimming pool, spa, a fitness centre and extensive business amenities. The international facilities and the impeccable service combined to offer the guest superior care during their stay.

Cinnamon Grand

The Cinnamon Grand is a landmark of luxury among all hotels in Colombo. With luxurious rooms and restaurants serving up an eclectic mix of fine cuisine, Cinnamon Grand offers world class facilities, not only for the leisure traveller, but also for the hard-working businessperson. Situated at the heart of Colombo’s business, shopping and entertainment district, it allows guests easy access to fulfilling all their requirements during their stay in Colombo.

Taj Samudra

Facing the peerless vistas of the Indian Ocean, Taj Samudra offers guests the best view of Colombo’s Metro areas. With its 300 well-equipped rooms, the hotel also offers a range of services to meet business, health, travel and leisure needs. Taj Samudra also boasts of 7 different restaurants, specialising in different cuisines around the globe. The hotel’s strategic positioning enables guests to attend to all their requirements within Colombo, as well as to round off the day with a stroll along the iconic seafront Galle Face Green.

Mövenpick

With open spaces, modern designs and cool features, Mövenpick Hotel Colombo has been in operation since January 2017 and is the first 5-star Hotel to open in Colombo in 25 years. Situated in the commercial and cultural heart of Sri Lanka’s capital city, this stunning 24-storey Hotel brings a touch of altitude and attitude to Colombo’s hospitality scene, making it the perfect base from which to explore this capital city.

Shangri – La hotel

Located in the heart of the city’s entertainment district, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo offers the finest collection of guest rooms with stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the cityscape. Six innovative restaurants and bars, Shangri-La’s signature Chi, The Spa, a Health Club and poolside overlooking the sea, make this the social and dining hotspot of Colombo.

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ISSO TURNS THREE

ISSO TURNS THREE

The Prawn Experts, aptly named ‘ISSO’, celebrate their 3rd anniversary on the 23rd of March this year. From humble beginnings at their small and cozy 600 square foot outlet at Sulaiman Terrace, the restaurant has slowly expanded over the years opened their second flagship and outlet at Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha in Colombo 3.

Speaking about their 3 years in operation, co-founder of ISSO Apinash Sivagumaaran, “For us, the ISSO journey is a dream come true, particularly our phenomenal growth and the establishment of our flagship restaurant in Colpetty. We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our prawn-crazy customers, the members of our team, our vendors, partners, families and friends, who have all been supportive and active members of our ISSO journey without them none of this would have been possible.”

“Our 4th year is going to be an exciting one, as we will continue on our journey of expansion both here and abroad. As our next venture, we are preparing to open doors of our ISSO outlet in the Maldives in May. We look forward to growing our brand locally and internationally,’ he added.

Having started with and perfected the art of serving mouthwatering dishes of prawns, ISSO now offers a wide variety of seafood options for people looking for an alternative to prawns. Customers can order lobster tail, baby octopus, blue mussels, red mullet and a vegetarian option containing a trio of mushrooms in addition to the prawn combos. The restaurant chain is known for using only the freshest, high quality ingredients and for making quality their highest priority.

ISSO was conceptualised and founded by the passionate and innovative trio of Apinash Sivagumaaran, Fawaz Fassi and Shuhaib Yusoof. The ISSO concept revolutionised and reignited a passion for prawns amongst the public. They have continued to deliver novel experiences with their reinvention of the traditional biriyani, with the introduction of the Lobster Biriyani, which is not available anywhere else. They have also remained consistent, delivering their popular staples such as “The Northern Twist” (Jaffna Curry), which happens to be their all-time hot seller.

ISSO caters to a wide spectrum of taste palates, using only the best quality ingredients from the region. The core concept is prawn centric, and the simple three – step process allows you to customise your own combo meal by initially selecting the prawn size, followed by the preparation style and the type of carb. Both restaurant outlets are open from 11.am to 11.pm throughout the week and offer dine-in and free delivery services (within the Colombo city limits), along with outdoor seating and reservations. They can also be found on Uber Eats and PickMe Food.

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