Jetwing Symphony PLC’s latest project is a 26-room hotel in the historic city of Kandy. The Jetwing Kandy Gallery, part of the company’s luxury portfolio, is due to open by the end of 2019.
The hotel will feature 26 rooms and suites ranging from 52 sqm to 81 sqm. Built across 1.9 acres, the four-storey hotel has been designed in collaboration with the renowned architectural firm, Philip Weeraratne Associates.
The building is formed by two wings on either side, connected by a semi-public “Gallery Walk” dedicated to the arts and crafts of Kandy. In a statement, the company said every element of this contemporary and elegant hotel has been exquisitely designed to complement the location’s natural surroundings.
The hotel is situated with sweeping views of the Mahaweli River and hill country. Rooms include a secluded balcony or terrace affording a sense of privacy. The hotel will offer private butler service and ‘elegant design with a local touch’.
This will be the sixth hotel for Jetwing Symphony, who already has properties across the island, including Jetwing Yala, Surf (Pottuvil Point), Lake (Dambulla) and Colombo Seven, the group’s first city hotel.
Jetwing Kandy Gallery will be managed by Jetwing Hotels, along with 40 other resorts and villas across the island.
Jetwing Symphony was established in 2007 as the investments arm of the Jetwing and a way of separating the emotional attachment of Jetwing’s original hotels, developed by Jetwing’s founder, Herbert Cooray, from new ventures that could take the business into the future. In Q1 2019 Jetwing Symphony posted its first quarterly profits since going public in December 2017.
“As the last royal kingdom of our nation, Kandy has many stories to tell with cultural, religious and architectural significance. Launching in such a unique destination certainly complements Jetwing’s spirit, where we continuously aim to create novel luxury experiences for guests to immerse in our rich culture. We are looking forward to welcoming discerning travellers with the genuinely warming, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality synonymous with the Jetwing brand.” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman, Jetwing Symphony PLC.