Serendib Leisure ventures into boutique hotels and villas

Serendib Hotels Plc, a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings Plc (Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka’s parent company) and a part of the Leisure, Travel and Aviation Group, has announced the acquisition of a 51.15% stake of the Lantern Group for an investment of Rs. 309.5 million, signifying its first steps into the Luxury Villa space in Sri Lanka.


The three properties located in Mirissa under the Lantern Group will be managed by Serendib Leisure Management Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Serendib Hotels Plc.


Identifying that there is a visibly increasing trend towards the emerging traveller exploring varying options of accommodation, Serendib Hotels strategically directed its course to invest in a leading chain of luxury villas in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka to its diverse portfolio.


Commenting on the acquisition, Managing Director of the Leisure, Travel and Aviation Group of Hemas Holdings Plc Malinga Arsakularatne said, “We are excited to venture into our very first villa project, as this is a significant milestone in Serendib Leisure’s quest to grow in the segment of Luxury Villas in Sri Lanka, enabling us to provide superior and diverse hospitality options to the discerning traveller. We believe in providing the ultimate getaway and an authentic travel experience to our clientele both local and from across the world and will therefore continue to cater to their constantly evolving needs.”


The Lantern collection was conceptualised with the desire to create a beach getaway for travellers who appreciate an intimate vacation that captures the essence of Sri Lanka’s renowned beaches. The team at Lantern consists of a diverse and extensive group of world citizens who seek to create a touching, unique and personalised experience for both individuals and families alike. From design to service, the villa chain including the Lantern Boutique Hotel, Ubuntu by Lantern and Luxury Villas, Riso and Amour contain 23 rooms in total, all within a short stroll along Mirissa beach.


From the golden sands of Bentota and Waikkal, to the unique beauty of the Kalutara peninsula and the exotic jungle retreat of Sigiriya, Serendib Leisure’s portfolio of four unique hotels – AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa, AVANI Kalutara Resort, Club Hotel Dolphin and Hotel Sigiriya – capture the essence of Sri Lankan hospitality.


The holding company of Serendib Leisure, Hemas is one of Sri Lanka’s top diversified listed conglomerates, with a focus on four key sectors, namely Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Transportation and Leisure, as well as a shareholder in Diethelm Travel Group.