Ceylon Hotels Corporation (CHC) of neighbouring Sir Lanka announced they have commenced development of a Rs 50 billion (MVR 523 million / USD 34 million) resort in the Maldives, with plans to develop a second property.
Sri Lanka’s Daily News quoted CHC’s chairman Sanjeev Gardiner that the corporation has already commenced construction. He noted that the 50-room resort will feature only water bungalows. The property is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2017.
The resort is being developed in the island of Ambara in Vaavu atoll, which is a 30 minute flight from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
The resort’s managing director Chethiya Perera disclosed that a second stage of development is planned upon opening the resort, which will see the addition of another 50 rooms.
Shedding light on CHC’s plans to develop a second property in the Maldives, Perera stated that the corporation intends to develop a 40 roomed hotel.
“This would be built in an island situated further away from the Male capital,” he said.
“Both the Galle Face Hotels and Hotels Corporation have very good hotels spread all over Sri Lanka and we can also offer this to Maldivian bound guests, and also our Maldives property to guests who patronise Galle Face and Hotels Corporation hotels.”
Ceylon Hotels Corporation is part of the Galle Face Hotel Group, the operator of Sri Lanka’s oldest hotel chain, Galle Face hotels. CHC also individually operates tourist hotels across Sri Lanka and currently manages one property in the Maldives.
Several Sri Lankan companies have invested in the Maldives’ tourism sector, notably the Adaaran brands. Other large conglomerates of Sri Lanka, such as Hayleys, also operate properties in the archipelago.