About Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka – Pure luxury overlooking the 8th wonder of the world
Heritance Kandalama Hotel is a spectacular luxury hotel and eco-resort overlooking the 8th wonder of the world – the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Located in the very center of the country’s high lands, the hotel is located near 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in total. Guests access the hotel via an unpaved road through scenic jungle, and the hotel emerges like a cave at one with the landscape. The hotel is a minimalist architectural masterpiece designed by Geoffrey Bawa and sinks unobtrusively into the cliff line despite being 1km in length and 7 floors high.
Stylish bedrooms and suites offer spectacular views, and the cuisine is top notch. Heritance Kandalama has won more than 50 awards for its architecture, environmental policies, food and services.
Our impact on the local community and beyond
Sustainability is a core belief of the hotel, and an integrated sustainable policy is implemented to every conceivable operational process. The hotel adopts best practices in environmental and social policies in harmony with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Millennium Development Goals, and it abides by the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainable Reporting requirements. We have shown how big hotels can be effective eco-tourism players by contributing to natural environment conservation and education, bio diversity protection, empowering local communities, supporting livelihoods dependent on tourism, preserving local traditions, arts and crafts, and mitigating climate change.
We have invested our own funds to provided access to electricity for over 750 families, access to safe drinking water for over 600 families, and built 6.5 km of road access to the village for common public use. This has created tremendous impact in boosting basic services and economic activity in the village.
The conservation and recycling processes of the hotel are also designed to assist the social and economic growth of the villagers who live close to the hotel.
To raise awareness and garner total community commitment, we formed a network of 39 schools (in Dambulla Educational Division). We conduct seminars for teachers and students. We also initiated a number of small environmental projects with school children such as tree planting, bird watching and reporting instances of injuries to wildlife (injured animals are treated by the hotel and released to the wild), preventing soil erosion and also street clean ups. One of the special areas of awareness was on turning waste into resources. A large number of schools were gifted with class rooms, books, desks, chairs and other equipment.
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