JA Resorts & Hotels, the UAE’s oldest homegrown hotel brand is joining hands with Gravity Resort Group (GRG) to build a high end 108-room beach resort in Kathiraveli, Sri Lanka.
“The Sri Lanka property will come on stream in the country’s East Coast in November 2017, and it will be Sri Lanka’s first resort with room rates averaging $500 per night” David Thomson, JA Resorts & Hotels Chief Operating Officer, announced at the ongoing Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai. He went on to say that he was blown away by the potential that Sri Lanka can offer. “It’s a stunning country, great energy and fantastic beaches,” he added.
The 30-year old group is also the first UAE hospitality company to both own and manage an upmarket resort in the Maldives. It also has a boutique hotel in the Seychelles in addition to four beachfront properties, a charming mountain retreat and a leisure venue in the UAE.
Revealed as the JA Eclipse Beach Resort, the property marks JA Resorts & Hotels’ third premium tropical beach resort in the Indian Ocean. Deepal Ahangama, Director of GRG said that the JA Eclipse Beach Resort Sri Lanka will bring significant social and economic benefits to the local community. “We will be community driven and plan to construct a school for the community in addition to our doctor on site providing free medical services to the people,” he said. GRG will invest US$ 30 million on the project while JA Resorts & Hotels will be responsible for consultation, and ultimately management of the resort.