Friday, September 28, 2012

Best overall website won by Mount Lavinia Hotel :)

Cajun - Creole goes Slow!

Simply the Best New Years’ Eve celebrations line up at MLH!

Just as Times Square in the US is getting ready for the New Years eve revelers, MLH is gearing up for the Best New Year’s event ever. When asked what is this year’s theme? As last year’s La Fete was a grand success, Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, avers “the theme is all about offering the best that money can buy and literally SIMPLY THE BEST. People pay so much for a new year’s ticket and end up with just the night. So we changed our outlook and surfaced PREMIUM BRANDS, PREMIUM FOODS and EVEN PREMIUM VALUE OFFERINGS for the the price one would pay for the ticket and we have added no doubt the everlasting memories that one can never buy.” The best for the LKR19,000.00 one would pay for the new Year’s eve at the Terrace.” Here are the “Bests” that will be yours to enjoy:

·         Premium Open bar, variety of Cocktails, more premium local brands, Cigar Bar, Shisha Corner, Some of the items in the Gala Buffet - Sushi/Sashimi Bar, Champagne Oyster Bar, Imported Smoke hams/Salamis, Duck Liver Terrine, Smoked and Marinated Baltic imported Salmon, Grand Salad Bar, Ceviche Bar
·         The Lavinia Ice Station :Jumbo Shrimp, Crab claws ,Clamps, Shoe Lobster
·         Edible Martinis
·         Imported French/Australian Cheese
·         Parisian and Hearth Baked bread Bar :Stone Ground loaves
·         Tartar station :  Hand cut Ahi Tuna , Modha, Indian Ocean Wild Snapper, Farmed Negambo Shrimp, Imported Baltic Salmon
·         Chinese Dim Sum Bar : shrimp Ha Gow ,shrimp and vegetable egg roll ,chicken shaw mei, pork pot sticker ,vegetable pot sticker , vegetable spring roll 
·         Chinese style Peking Duck
·         American Style Roast   Station
·         Tuscan Risotto station
·         BBQ seafood
·         Authentic crisp Tempura station
·         Cuban style prime rib of pork
·         Chinese noodle bar : Japanese Somen noodles ,Chinese Lo-Mein noodles, Buckwheat soba ,Vietnam Rice noodles
·         Sicilian  type pasta bar – freshly made spaghetti ,Fettuccini ,Ravioli (with tomato/arabiata/chilli & garlic/basil & capers /anchovy sauce)
·         United Colours of Sri Lanka : Variety of traditional SL dishes of South/North/West/East,
·         South Indian delicatessens –Kebabs , Tikka , Dum Biryani, Wadai, Dhosa station with condiments
·         Hopper station
·         Mount Lavinia Grand Dessert Buffet :
·         Chocolate fondue station
·         Italian Coffee Bar

·         Late night supper : Kottu , Mani pittu with babath
·         Morning breakfast : Kiribath , Katta sambol & Fish ambul thiyal
·         Entertainment  -  Two Bands & DJ: The Band Doctor and C&C
·         DJ Suneth
·         Half Hour Fireworks Display
·         Return Airline Tickets


New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in this year’s New Year celebrations at MLH it intertwines THE BEST IN FOOD AND DRINK amidst the pulse and promise of the fabulous ambience the Terrace generates at night and not forgetting the dazzling display of the fireworks.

Wake up to an American Classic on the weekend at MLH!

Do you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?  A good breakfast provides the nutrients that one would need to start their day off right and yes fuels you up and gets you ready for the day.

Well MLH has taken this into great consideration and made it the most delicious meal ever. And as one guest would say who can miss this Breakfast Classic so well plated by MLH! LKR1100/-nett which includes Two Eggs benedict the way you like it, a bakers basket, seasonal fresh fruit platter, fresh juices and some tea and coffee to go with that. Also the price includes the free usage of the pool and the paradise beach. The Egg promo is Only on Sat and Sun from 7 am to 1100am.

Eggs Florentine, Eggs Mornay, Huevos Benedict, Irish Benedict replaces the ham with corned beef or  bacon,  Portobello Benedict , Eggs Provençal replaces the Hollandaise sauce with Béarnaise Sauce n much much more varieties of Eggs Benedict will be yours to indulge in..So make a breakfast date at the Terrace and some Eggs Benedict to go with that this weekend.

Drop by for lunch tomorrow and enjoy the best vegetarian specials at the Poya Veggie Buffet!

Mount Lavinia Hotel wins 2012, Gold Award! Thank you for all who voted for us!

Oysters oysters and more oysters!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Photograph of the Mount Lavinia hotel taken during the World War 2

Sent in by Mrs Jean E Handscomb, Widow of Lt Commander Peter Handscomb R.N is a photograph of the Mount Lavinia hotel taken during the World War 2 in 1943-44 in his time served as a pilot in Sri Lanka based in Trincomalee and Colombo.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Club Bentota of the Mount Lavinia Hotel Group were the winners at the 36th Annual Travel Trade Sports Club(TTSC) Softball Cricket sixes 2012 which was sponsored by Aitken Spence & Travel Trade Sports Club. This is for the second consecutive year. Club Bentota Men’s team became champions by defeating Bentota Beach Hotel Bentota of the John Keells Group, which concluded on recently. The Club Bentota team bagged the individual achievements also, namely, Kalum Nishantha was awarded “THE MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT” ,Dunil Darshana was awarded “THE MAN OF THE MATCH”  and Supun Priyanka was awarded “THE BEST BATSMAN”. There were 48 teams that participated in the tournament. The Shalika Grounds and D S Senanayake Grounds were the venues. Club Bentota formed one women’s team and one men’s team for the tournament.

Men’s team of Club Bentota 2012

From Left to Right
D N D Silva, Amal Buddika,  Kalum Nishantha, Roshan Kumara, General Manager Mr. Udeni Perera, Milan Mahesh, Sumith Lalantha(Captain), Dunil Darshana and  Supun priyankara in the photograph.
This adds to their accolades of wins in the sports arena, including the recently concluded 06th Annual TTSC Beach Volleyball Championship 2012 Sponsored by the Mount Lavinia Hotel Group and Club Bentota being the venue sponsor. Club Bentota qualified for the finals in the CUP,BOWL and PLATE divisions.  Club Bentota ended runners up in the Cup event, In the Plate category Club Bentota took home the plate.  And the Bowl division once again Club Bentota took the runners up trophy

Cajun/Creole and Louisiana style cuisine with Anthony Bradley to spice up Sri Lanka

Chef Anthony Bradley hails from the US who is an expert in Cajun/Creole, Caribbean and Southwestern style of cuisine now shows off in Sri Lanka. 4th to 16th Oct Sri Lanka will be filled with the aromas of the great bayou country. “I would fail my heritage not to mention that along with the great cooking that I am ready to offer for Sri Lanka, follows a hotel who loves to share what the world has to offer in the discipline of culinary magic. “Giving” is a way of life in Louisiana and indeed is "expected" in the world of food. If you love to eat, I would love to cook for you! Come to MLH and see what Louisiana has to give and what it really means!” states Chef Bradley.

5th to 7th Oct – World Spice Food Festival – Hawker Street Food style
8th to 13th Oct – Mount Lavinia comes alive with Cajun and Creole food
12th Oct – Slow Food night

His talent for food with the passion to match started to accelerate from great culinary institutions like the Culinary Institute of America, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Widener University. New Orleans Café, The New Orleans, Nippers Seafood and Bar, Darling’s Restaurant and Arroyo Grille are some of the places he has built his career at.

“Among the many things you can count on when you visit Louisiana at MLH, eating well will be at the top,” states Mr Anura Dewapura.  “If you haven't been to Louisiana,   spicy boiled crawfish from Lafayette, seafood gumbo from New Orleans, southern barbecue tastes from Monroe, good old-fashioned pecan pie from Alexandria, meat pie from Natchitoches, are some of the items in the dining menu that you will find at MLH. “It is more than a way to satisfy your hunger; it's a way to enjoy the bounty of Louisiana life. You may hear this saying as you travel around: In other places people eat to live, but in Louisiana we live to eat,” Anura Dewapura of MLH.

An Epicurean haven- An Oyster and Champagne Cove

Nothing says opulence like Oysters and Champagne. Could anything better symbolize the good life? Well MLH has got it right once again and introduced the best oysters to marry with the perfect Champagne from the 24th to 30th September at the their much loved Seafood Cove.

Why is it a must have? Because like sparkling wine, oysters take on the flavor of their home. Eating a fresh oyster is like eating the essence of the ocean. Which is why MLH has perfected the best marriage, really,

Oyster and champagne bar
Seafood Cove
24th to 30th September 2012
Dinner only
A la carte

Here’s how the delectable duo earned their place in the epicurean journey at the Seafood Cove:

Freshly shuck oysters (minimum ½ dozen)
Choose from the followings
Natural - fresh lime and citrus vinaigrette
Natural - vodka and Tabasco
Natural - wasabi, pickled green apple and cucumber broth
Natural - crab salad, caviar and ponzu
Natural – crushed grape and champagne dressing
Natural – essence of king coconut, Malibu and white chocolate
Oyster Kilpatrick
Fresh oyster topped with crispy bacon, Tabasco and smoky worcestershaire sauce
Oyster saganaki
Fresh oyster with spicy tomato, melted goat cheese and lime
Angel hair oyster
Fresh oyster wrapped with kataifi pastry and golden fried with wasabi mayonnaise
Traditional oyster mornay
Fresh oyster topped with brandy, herb cream and baked
Tempura oyster
Fresh oyster tempura with chili aioli
Japanese steam oyster
Fresh oyster steamed with soy, ginger, shallots and ponzu

Mount Lavinia Hotel earns a place among the very best at the National Energy awards 2012!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Five uniquely Sri Lankan flatbreads in an authentic promotion

The best breads of Sri Lanka served with the lipsmacking and tongue igniting sides are the way to go from 14th to 20th September 2012 at Seafood Cove only to Dinner. Starting as lows as LKR220 for the “Maalu Olu Mirisata” either with Roast paan or Theti paan is the best way to enjoy authentic Sri Lankan curries.

These five uniquely Sri Lankan flat breads: Roastpaan, Thetipaan, Achchupaan, Kurakkanpitpaan, Karapincha and Sudulunupaan with the right balance of thick chewy outside and soft inside will be yours to venture with all of Sri Lanka’s authentic and traditional dishes like the walawwe coconut sambol, or at the anytime dahl or the ever famous Fish heads curry.

The following menu is available for the five types of bread to savour with and not forgetting the ever-famous accompaniments..

Authentic Sri Lanka Curries                200gm each
Thora mallu kirata                                     
Balaya mirisata                                 
Modha Pepper curry                         
Thora mallu theldalla                       
Alu gal mallu Stew                            
Isso curry                                         
Mallu olu mirisata                            
Dello kalu carry                                
Hedello kiri malluwa                        
kakuluwo murunga kola curry          
mallu biththara mirisata                   

Have your curry with following Selection of bread:
Roast paan
Achchu paan
Thati paan
Kurakkan piti paan
Karapincha and sudulunu paan

Walawwe  pol sambole
Lunu sambole
Tempered Dhal curry

Monday, September 10, 2012

Legendary International Hotel School wins award at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards

At the recently held Sri Lanka Tourism Awards, The International Hotel School affiliated with the Mount Lavinia Hotel Group won the award for small scale enterprise in the discipline of Tourism Education and Training Efforts. The efforts at the International Hotel School not only provide a launching pad for those interested in taking up careers in the Hospitality Industry. “We also focus on a Holistic Training Programme which will cultivate and nurture Leadership Qualities and Quality Contributors to the Industry.”
The Objective of the training in addition to Hospitality Skills, Life Skills, Grooming and Etiquettes, Moral and Character Building. Their aim is to train Youth from a grass root level enabling them to emerge as an asset to the hotel or hospitality trade in Sri Lanka, and indeed sustaining their livelihood. The curriculum contains a unique blend of Theory and Practical which makes the courses exciting and rewarding at the school. The certificate issued from the International Hotel School is recognized the world over hence the possession of a certificate is a passport to employment, as students require no more further recommendation. The international Hotel School has an alumni of over 500 students who are currently working internationally and locally at Managerial levels and many more other positions.
As the Chairman of Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mr.Sanath Ukwatte’s vision to offer equal opportunities to the Rural Youth in Hospitality Education in the rural villages itself. The concept of “Gama hada rata hadamu.“ : this enables deserving youth to study Hospitality Education without any additional expenses by living out of home. “He strongly believes that hospitality education is not only for the privileged in the main cities but it should be a privilege for rural youth also. It was his opinion that the technology should go to the village and that too at grass root level.”
The International Hotel School’s collective conviction that a truly prospering and humane region requires holistic investments in its youth and their development undoubtedly securing a great future for Sri Lanka, is indeed the ultimate objective of the International Hotel School of the Mount Lavinia Hotel Group.
Mr M N Hulangamuwe – Principal of the Hotel School states, “We are proud to add that the International Hotel School is the only functional hotel school in Sri Lanka with the history of 21 years.”

The International Hotel School - ( IHS ) is situated in the vicinity of Mount Lavinia Hotel and students receive a supervised practical training in hands-on learning activities offered by  Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rotary Beach Handball Festival at the Paradise Beach

The Rotary Club of Mount Lavinia has been organizing many fundraising projects and community development events over the past six decades.

This year their endeavours to promote and develop ethnic harmony between cultural, social and religious backgrounds of children in schools, focused on a sport called Handball. Working the idea with a two-fold objective:
·         Promote Handball in schools and young professional through the Rotary movement all over the island
·         Tournament experience for Beach Handball Teams

All Interact clubs in schools and Rotaract Clubs have been invited to participate in this event. Before the festival a training course has been placed for all the players.

As Anura Dewapura, General Manager of MLH states, “The International World Games Association (IWGA) announced that Beach Handball will be in the official sports programme of the next World Games 2013 in Cali/Colombia. Hence it is only befitting that we support the sport by events as such so it encourages youth to shoot for the stars.”

There will be two open events for Men and Women that will be held on 29th and 30th September 2012 from 9am to 6.30pm at the Paradise Beach of Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Gihan Dalpethado, Project Chairman of the Rotary Beach Handball Festival, said “this is a wonderful opportunity for young Interactors from different social, religious, cultural backgrounds to get to know each other and create a better understanding through sport. He also said this is a good opportunity to promote handball in schools which also gives another opportunity for clubs teams to participate in  much needed tournaments. “The day will also consist of fun activities and food stalls so that it is more of festival rather than just a tournament,” he further states.

The event has been successful due to few organizations. Namely:
·         Venue Sponsor Mount Lavinia Hotel
·         Co Platinum Sponsor – XL Energy Drink of Nicholson Trading Ltd
·         Co Platinum Sponsors - Singer Sri Lanka
·         Sanctioned by the Sri Lanka Handball Federation

Today beach handball is an integral part of the International Handball Federation.

For further information on the Beach Festival at the Paradise Beach please call Gihan on 0728 399257.

The Head table consists of from left:
1.   Mr Janaka Nanayakkara – Group Captain Sri Lanka Handball Federation
2.   Mr Gihan Dalpethado – Project Chairman Rotary Beach Handball Festival
3.   MR Gamini Jayasinghe – Secretary Sri Lanka Handball Federation
4.   Mr Nihal Gunaratne – President of the Rotary Club of Mount Lavinia
5.   Mr Shantha Weerasekera – Director of Sports, Ministry of Sports
6.   Mr Hemasiri Fernando – Sri Lanka Handball Federation
7.   Mr Anura Dewapura – General Manager, Mount Lavinia Hotel – VENUE SPONSORS
8.   Mr Upali Rajapakse – Sri Lanka Handball Federation
9.   Mr Manoj Kulatunga – XL Energy Drink of Nicholson Trading Ltd – CO PLATINUM SPONSORS
10.   Mr Senerath Senanayake – National Coach of the National Team