ONYX Hospitality Group, Winil Holdings Tandem on Amari Hotel

HONG KONG—ONYX Hospitality Group is launching a new Amari hotel in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.

Developed in collaboration with Winil Holdings, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka-based Winil Gems Group, Amari Colombo will be located on 254 Galle Road in the Kollupitiya commercial district of the capital, within proximity to the official residence of the prime minister, the U.S. Embassy and the Kollupitiya bus and train stations.

Upon completion in 2019, the 24-story property will offer 180 rooms and suites along with signature Amari features, including the street food market-style Ahara Gourmet Gallery, Breeze Spa and Voyager Lounge. Other highlights will include a rooftop pool, bar and recreation center, a Thai specialty restaurant and dedicated executive floor and lounge.

“Since launching our first hotel in Sri Lanka with the opening of OZO Colombo in 2014, ONYX Hospitality Group has remained committed to this market and has built up a network of three hotels in three unique destinations,” said Douglas Martell, president/CEO. “We are proud to be in partnership with Winil Holdings and its Chairman Walgampala Winil to bring our iconic Amari brand to life at this exceptional location in the Sri Lankan capital.”

Winil added, “Having personally experienced Amari hotels in Thailand and witnessed the expansion of the ONYX Hospitality Group portfolio across Asia and Sri Lanka, I am excited to be working closely with the ONYX team and drawing on their hospitality management expertise as we launch our first hotel in this unmatched location. I look forward to the coming years of successful partnership.”

On hand for the recent signing of the management agreement were Martell; Winil; Russell Cool, area GM of Sri Lanka and Nigel Harris, EVP/chief growth officer, ONYX Hospitality Group; Dinesh Walgampala, director, and Gayan Ranatunga, CEO of Winil Holdings.

Amari Colombo will be the second Amari-branded hotel in Sri Lanka and will complement the recently launched Amari Galle.