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Heritance Kandalama, One of the Top 15 Green Hotels of the World
Raising Sri Lanka’s profile as an eco-tourism destination, Heritance Kandalama was yet again recognized for its environmental commitment by the popular US-based Travel & Leisure magazine, as one of the top 15 green hotels in the world.
The magazine in collaboration with Conservation International of USA has developed a green-hotel assessment questionnaire about water and energy conservation, elimination of wastage, and supporting local habitats and communities to come up with a list of 15 favourite environmentally friendly hotels. A complete list of hotels with the highest environmental standards appears in the November 2007 issue of the magazine that is published by American Express Publishing Corporation.
Heritance Kandalama, the flagship property of Sri Lanka’s leading resort operator Aitken Spence is adored by many a Sri Lankan as well as foreign leisure seekers alike. Arguably the most enticing piece of architecture conceptualized by the late Jeoffery Bawa, the most prolific and respected architect from Sri Lankan, Heritance Kandalama is a masterpiece in its own right.
Heritance Kandalama’s environmental approach is renowned world over and is to be admired and upheld. It has been internationally acclaimed time and time again. The hotel strictly adheres to its environmental policies and the highest degree of commitment is evident in the state of its surroundings which speaks for itself. Not a piece of paper or polythene mars the pristine beauty of the gardens and the jungle.
Heritance Kandalama is a lush oasis hidden away amidst flowers & fauna depicting the coming together of man made structures and the natural world. The Hotel committed to environmental sustainability is befittingly surrounded by two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the2000 year-old cave temple at Dambulla and the Sigiriya rock fortress. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the ancient cities that form the Cultural Triangle, as well as the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary are also situated close by, making the Heritance Kandalama an ideal base to explore both Sri Lanka”s ancient heritage and its rich bio-diversity.
The Heritance Kandalama has over 150 luxurious rooms, built on two separate wings, which blend perfectly with the natural environment. Each room has a breathtaking view. The Dambulla Wing has vistas of the surrounding mountains, the forest and Kandalama reservoir; whilst the Sigiriya Wing captures picturesque views of Sigiriya Rock.
Whether you are an avid bird watcher, a biking enthusiast or an elephant lover, the Heritance Kandalama offers both spirited and relaxed leisure activities – from table tennis and billiards, to volleyball, and elephant rides and a varied selection of excursions.
Heritance Kandalama is probably Sri Lanka’s most awarded resort. Recently the United Nations Global Compact Network Sri Lanka recognized Kandalama as one of the corporate sector’s top five best practices.
Some of the global awards won by the Hotel for its environmental commitment and service excellence include; The first green globe 21 certified hotel in Asia (1999), first hotel in the world to be awarded the prestigious ‘Leeds’ green building certification (2000), first hotel in Sri Lanka to receive the Gold award for PATA green leaf environmental award, first hotel in the world to receive the Thomson’s Gold award for environmental commitment, PATA international green tourism award in 2000, INTACH- SATTE heritage award 2001, Ultimate service award 2001 for the Indian sub continent and Indian ocean region, SAGA good food award in 2005, ISO 14001 environmental certification, President’s environmental award in 2005, Community Leader award in 2005, ISO 22000 HACCP certifications and Heritance Kandalama also boasts been the first super brand hotel in Sri Lanka.