Randiya - A Sri Lankan Luxury Hotel beyond imagination
By Srimal Fernando Global Editor
Randiya Star class Hotel (meaning Golden Waters) is perfectly situated a few kilometers from Colombo overlooking the Bolgoda Lake in a visually stunning place. The resort captures its high style exotic grandeur, well-manicured gardens to recreate a palatial retreat. Randiya Hotel is set on the banks of Bolgoda Lake, and guests can enjoy the views over waters or the gardens. The Randiya Hotel offers some of the simplest yet most attractive features of Moratuwa and is a fascinating spot for tourists. The Hotel offers twenty luxurious rooms in a range of categories with facilities and amenities which will satisfy all kinds of guests. From the hotel, visitors can look far off and see a beautiful sight of numerous boats floating on the Bolgoda Lake. The Randiya Star class Hotel has grown to nearly 120 employees supported by the Management which is committed to the timeless spirit of hospitality.
In a continuing series of interviews with hotel owners and managers in Asia, Laurence Mendis, Chairman and Founder of Star class Randiya Luxury Hotel of Sri Lanka sat down with Diplomatic Society Global Editor for an exclusive interview to share his insights on his flagship Luxury resort that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary in Sri Lanka.
Photo: Srimal Fernando and Laurence Mendis, Chairman and Founder of Star class Randiya Luxury Hotel of Sri Lanka
What motivated you to go into the hotel industry? Mr Mendis in answering the question said, “In the early eighties under the open market economic policies of the government of Sri Lanka the economy improved significantly. Increased activity in the tourism industry during that time attracted many tourists to the country. Moratuwa was the service centre for the southern part of Sri Lanka. I thought Moratuwa located few kilometers from Colombo connecting southern tourist towns of Kalutara; Bentota and Galle was an ideal location to start a business relating to hospitality. The booming tourism industry was the primary reason why I entered the hotel industry. Secondly, I always wanted to be an owner of a star class hotel. However, I painstakingly built up the hotel over many years. In 1982 Randiya Hotel started as a boat station operating shuttle boat services along the Bolgoda Lake. Seven years later, in 1989, I bought this land in Katukurunda on the banks of the famed Bolgoda Lake, one of the largest inland waters in Sri Lanka and started building this Hotel. Some twenty five years ago there were not many hotels and restaurants in Moratuwa, so mine was always crowded. I spent the next twenty five years developing the Randiya Hotel, through remodeling, and creating a unique environment”.
What were the key moments and changes along the way? “Over more than 25 years in business we had continued refurbishing the hotel from year 2000. Today the twenty luxury rooms surrounded by beautifully tended lawns, offers modern amenities. At Randiya Hotel, the pool area is more than what anyone could think. We host many events in the beautifully tended lawns at the hotel. From weddings to business meetings, you'll find everything you need at Randiya. Our four banquet halls are not limited to weddings as we also host many private parties. The restaurant provides a fabulously relaxed setting. We can provide a taste of Sri Lankan dishes for our guests. Presenting a nice space of Sri Lanka’s culture and a diversity in menu of dozens of dishes from all regions of the country is what makes the reputation of Randiya. The Bolgoda waterways offer the great advantage that the pleasure of enjoying a boat trip can be combined with sightseeing. Randiya Hotel has long been recognized as an environmentally friendly hospitality spot. The Hotel has launched a project to protect mangroves around the water bodies near the hotel.