Hotel Sigiriya managed by Serendib Leisure Management a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings Plc, won two awards at the recently concluded Bartenders ABSOLUT Challenge 2009 regional competition organized for the very first time by Periceyl (Pvt) Ltd. The competition was held on the 25th of November 2009 for the members of the Cultural Triangle Hoteliers Association.
The programme held for employees working in the hotel trade, especially in the hospitality industry or the serving stewards of tourist hotels in Sri Lanka, was worked off in two categories – the Classic and Flaring. Mr. Ajith Wickramasinghe was chosen as the 1st Runner-Up in the Classic category while Mr. H.M.G.Jayantha Kumara was selected as the 2nd Runner-Up in the Flaring category. H.M.G.Jayantha Kumara joined the Serendib Group in 2005 from the Village of Thalkote (Sigiriya) and Mr.Ajith Wickramasinghe who came aboard in 2005 hails from Matale. They have been trained by Hotel Sigiriya’s Bar Supervisor Kingsley, a previous winner, and guided by Mr.Sujeewa Basnayake & Chef Zoysa.
Periceyl (Pvt) Ltd is a subsidiary of Group Pernod Ricard which holds similar competitions in various geographical locations around the globe. The main intention in conducting this competition was to encourage and motivate the hotel employees.Â From a total of 6 regional competitions, three have been successfully concluded and the others are scheduled for 2010.
The competition was held for the ‘Negombo Hoteliers Association’ and the ‘Kandy Hoteliers Association’.
Nestled at the foot of the rock fortress, Hotel Sigiriya is a haven for those who want to retreat from the pressures of 21st century living, and would rather spend their days basking in the serenity of nature.
Located from a four and half hour drive from the city of Colombo, Hotel Sigiriya has 34 standard rooms complete with air-conditioning, telephone, piped music, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The 45 superior rooms are additionally equipped with a flat screen TV with DVD, mini bar and an in-room safe.Â The hotel has an open-air lounge bar, where guests are afforded magnificent views of the rock fortress whilst enjoying a traditional Sri Lankan arrack cocktail. The hotel also has one restaurant serving international buffets, table d’hote and a la carte and room service is available for those who want to dine from the comfort of their rooms as well.
Hotel Sigiriya is a member of the Serendib Leisure Group, a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings Plc.
The Award Winning Bartenders with Their Trophies
In the picture from left: Mr. Dadisan Zoysa — Executive Chef, Mr. S. Anandaraj — Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ajith Wickramasinghe — Bartender , Mr. Jayantha Gajanayake — Bartender , Mr. Laksitha Wegodapola — Manager and Mr. Sujeeva Basnayake — Manager Operations Coordination