SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, COLOMBO receives prestigious accolade as part of the Best New Hotels in the World on the Travel + Leisure’s “IT LIST” 2018


Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo has been selected by Travel + Leisure, amongst thousands of hotel openings around the globe, into the “IT LIST” of hospitality game changers.

sha2Every year, editors of Travel + Leisure (T&L), the one-stop resource for sophisticated travellers who crave information about the most exciting destinations in the world, look at thousands of hotel openings and renovations around the globe, with the mission of selecting the most unique game changers. Whilst a great location, thoughtful design, and intuitive service are expected, what’s harder to define is what T&L describes as the ‘buzz-factor’. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo sits amongst just 56 properties worldwide on the ‘IT LIST’ and stands out as opening an entirely new dimension to hospitality in Colombo and for Sri Lanka destination as a whole; the hotel being described as “an epitome of the optimism and energy of this island nation”.

sha3With the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo on 16 November 2017, the hotel brought the brand’s legendary heartfelt hospitality to the city of Colombo. Set in the most prominent address overlooking the landmark Galle Face Green promenade with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo was the most highly anticipated hotel launch in Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years.

Timothy Wright, Vice President and General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo commented “We are honoured to have been selected for this prestigious listing by Travel + Leisure. Given that this listing is debated and deliberated at length by the editors of T&L and further includes first-hand accounts of T&L’s global network of contributors, we know every aspect of the hotel’s offerings from the signature dishes at our restaurants to the design features, personalised service and softness of our sheets has been considered.”

sha1He further elaborated that global interest in Sri Lanka has never been higher, with the country recently having been named as Asia’s leading emerging destination for tourism. He added, “In the words of T&L, Sri Lanka has leap-frogged to the top of every travellers bucket list, and for my team and I to be a part of this journey to meet the high expectations of today’s savvy global traveller is truly exciting.”

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo boasts stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake and city skyline, and offers the finest collection of guest rooms, suites and serviced apartments in the city. The hotel’s six innovative restaurants and bars make Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo the city’s dining destination and social hotspot.

The hotels unique lifestyle experiences include Shangri-La’s signature CHI, The Spa, an elevated swimming pool on the fourth floor with spectacular views of the ocean, and a 24-hour Health Club. The hotel also offers the region’s largest event portfolio including the Shangri-La Ballroom that seats up to 1500 guests in banquet style.

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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.  For more information, please visit