Luxury resort celebrates successful 12 months
Jungle Beach Kuchchaveli the unique luxury beach resort of Uga Escapes celebrated its first year in operation. Declared open by the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, it was the 2nd hotel by Uga Escapes and the first hotel to be built in Kuchchaveli under the Tourist Development Area.
Jungle Beach’s unique concept, location and indulgences have fast made it a popular choice amongst both locals and foreigners. It is located in the innocuous hamlet of Kuchchaveli in the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka nestled within a 10-acre estate, sandwiched between the vast Indian Ocean and a lagoon filled with colourful birds, this luxury beach resort offers pristine sandy beaches, tropical mangroves and endless pursuits.
Looking back at the first year of operations, Priyanjith Weerasooriya, Managing Director of Uga Escapes stated “It has been a year of great achievements by Jungle Beach. The resort was also recently selected to the prestigious “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” portfolio, which comprises some of the world’s finest small luxury independent hotels. In addition, Jungle Beach was invited to participate at the “Pure Life Experiences 2013” the world’s defining Experiential Travel Trade Show. These accolades further exemplify our commitment towards enhancing the tourism standards in Sri Lanka. When we opened Jungle Beach, we didn’t want to open just another beach resort since there are plenty of those around. Our aim was for guests to have a unique experience with the same level of service and F&B standard that Ulagalla is renowned for, in a totally different setting”.
Commenting further, Weerasooriya added that a notable statistic of the resort was that 45% of the staff of Jungle Beach is from the local areas surrounding the hotel. “This is the highest amongst similar hotels in the North Eastern province,” he claimed. “We are proud to have contributed positively to the local community by having rural youth trained, employed and their lifestyles uplifted,” he added.
Marking its first anniversary the management team and associates planted 150 trees around the property as part of the UGA Escapes Green Initiative. Guests and associates at the Resort all participated in anniversary celebrations including traditional religious ceremonies and almsgiving.
The beach resort comprises 48 luxurious cabins of modern design that are crafted from indigenous materials as to appear born of the jungle and fused in harmony with the natural surroundings while also offering spectacular views of the ocean or the lagoon. Each cabin is tucked deeply within luscious foliage and offers utmost privacy and seclusion. The cabins provide 650 square feet of spacious elegance with each cabin luxuriously furnished with king sized beds, high-end entertainment systems, private decks and outdoor rain showers. The resort also offers a spa, gym and an open-air restaurant with many elegant Private-dining options on open decks on the beach and in the trees.
Uga Escapes also owns Ulagalla Resort, an eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel that consists of 20 chalets over a 58 acre property in Anuradhapura. In addition, they also own Uga Bay in Passekudah, a 48-roomed hotel that offers a tropical beach experience.