Archive for November, 2010

A GREENER Christmas Tree at MLH and the first in Sri Lanka

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The eventful evening

Voice Print being the highlight and musch loved

Mrs Dewapura and friends

MLH unveil magic, mystery and mirth of the seasons as they commence the iconic yuletide festivities with the symbolic lighting of the first recycled Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day

Approximately 25 million-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the world every year. An acre of living Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen for 18 people. Eighty percent of artificial trees are manufactured in China, and most are made with PVC and other plastics, which do not biodegrade and which contain enough lead to legally require a warning label. While there isn’t much that says Christmas like a decked out tree, every year the world over is saddened by the waste and loss of life that goes into the usual cut-down-and-dress-up trees that most people buy from the streets of Colombo or drive all the way to the hill country to purchase the best tree. Fortunately, there are kinder and greener options for Christmas trees that really aren’t too difficult to implement at all, if one is just willing to rethink antiquated traditions and realize that the holiday spirit doesn’t need to mean going to the tree lot to chop down a tree. Every year one gets frustrated to hear the same old same old ‘plastic tree’ versus ‘cut tree” debate – when the most environmentally friendly option by far is simply to get a living tree instead. Nowadays, most of us recycle. As always, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Some people are just more creative than others, and indeed MLH’s own Engineering Team definitely found a very unique way to celebrate Christmas and in a greener way.

This truly “green” tree was constructed from materials like jute, newspapers, flour and even cement, just a few to mention. This Christmas tree is both environmentally friendly and clever. In fact, it looks pretty cool. Who says sustainable awareness cannot also be attractive?

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated their launch of the season by giving thanks in a special way on Thanksgiving Day, to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Friends and partners from the Business community, very good friends from the media, and guests of the hotel. The greatest part of the evening was when all four religious dignitaries came together with Mr Anura Dewpura and lit the tree, with fireworks and bagpipers exalting the evening. Voice Print did justice too to the evening with their soulful acapella voices brining out their colours in true spirit. Finally, Mr Dewapura’s speech “May the lighting of the Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Christmas tree ablaze the flame in your heart, to spread peace, harmony, happiness, hope, love and abundance to others…was most fit.

Before tossing out your trash, go take a look at MLH’s recycled Christmas Tree and enjoy iconic traditions synonymous to Mount Lavinia Hotel and world over.”

American Chef Indika’s All -American Thanksgiving at MLH

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Chef Indika with turkey

North and South America’s best flavors come together (with a few Spanish accents) in chef Indika’s menu, centered around a glorious turducken and sweet potatoes topped with Chorizo and Corn Hash …..

Chef Indika at Mount Lavinia Hotel who is now known as the “The American Chef in Sri Lanka” has been influenced by the Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Washington Square in the US, his stint at Ecuadorian American Chef Jose Garces’ Nuevo Latino restaurant: El Vez (both in Philadelphia), Chef David Felton at the Pluckemin Inn in New Jersey, gives him the edge over others to bring to Sri Lanka an authentic American Thanksgiving on the 25th of November 2010 for LKR2950/- nett for dinner.

My devotion to experiencing new culinary techniques and pushing those boundaries to surface new and exciting flavours using influences from many cuisines is the foundation of my love and passion for cooking and let me tell you your Thanksgiving meal will be outstanding.”

Indika’s Thanksgiving menu reflects his background as well as the culinary focus of his forte of cooking and indeed his influence from the US.

Thanksgiving is Indika’s favorite holiday, and his expertise will be ignited on the 26th of Nov at the Governor’s restaurant. There’s deep-fried turkey and a potluck of side dishes that reflect the diverse cultures in his cookings and the American delectables that make Thanksgiving the most thankful of times.

On Thanksgiving Day, Indika starts the meal with Fall Spice Pumpkin Soup that’s Chef Indika’s favourite. Chef Indika won’t compete with other food outlets buttery mashed potatoes, so he reimagines and makes a Herbed Mashed Potato and to top it off a Chorizo and Corn Hash. American and South American traditions: Whole Roasted Turkey and Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta shared the table with Green Bean Casserole and Sage and Sausage Stuffing. Indika prefers to incorporate Latin-American and Spanish ingredients into his recipes.

Meats

Whole Roasted Turkey

Turducken

Roasted Lamb Leg

Glazed Studded Ham

Bread Station

Country Corn Bread

Herbed Cheese Biscuits

Assorted Breads

Sides

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Green Bean Casserole

Glazed Sweet Potato

Sage and Sausage Stuffing

Traditional Herbed Stuffing

Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Jelly

Turkey Jus

Rosemary Jus

Dessert

Pecan Pie

Caramelized Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Fall Berry Mousse

The official release of the new Beaujolais in Sri Lanka was a resound success at MLH

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Bistro Lavinia

Mr ANura Dewapura with Mr and Mrs Anoop Kundanmal and family

The Lillimarch Jazz quartet sponsored by Qatar

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 with a night French culinary extraordinaire and indeed re-creating the French ceremony in the heart of Colombo: Bistro Lavinia. The frenzy the Beaujolais Nouveau’s arrival generated a guest count of over 300 is almost as high as the build up for a major award show. The hotel featured French culinary delicacies, and live music by Lillimarche and French Connection. Mr Dewapura avers, “Guests were not only able to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010, but also explore great food, dance, have fun, and enjoy what Mount Lavinia Hotel loves to boast wine, food and ambiance.”

A variety of dishes ranging from the Burgundy region will scintillate your senses Les escargots de la region (Burgundy Snails with melted butter spiced with garlic), Le Potage du Vigneron(wine harvesters style vegetable soup), traditional specialties of Bourgogne like Le Boeuf Bourgnignon(Traditional Burgundy beef stew), and even La Charcuterie Montaguard de Bourgogne – Selection of local ham, salami and sausages from the region and much more will be yours to fancy and it indeed calls for celebration with wine and great food.

The wine supplier France Earl Pierre Durdilly was awarded the grande medaille d’or in Lyon on 14th Nov for the wine in domaine les gryphees cuvee 1.

The event partners were Alliance Francaise de kotte and Qatar Airways.

Touring the old world charm and imperial elegance of yesteryear: Mount Lavinia Hotel

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

SLDF renders the epitome of old world luxury, a magnificient retreat with an intimate trysting place of the iconic heritage hotel focused on the green lavinia concept to a high profile delegation…..

SLDF which kicked off from 11th to 16th Nov 2010 with the participation of eminent personalities from Sri Lanka, USA and Europe, had many agendas to promote local creations along with the idea of positioning Sri Lanka as a global leader in sustainable industry practices particularly in the disciplines of design, fashion and apparel.

As MLH is steeped with heritage, the 13th and 14th of Nov, a few delegates and interested parties participated in the walking tour orchestrated by MLH and assisted by the art historian Mr Asoka De Zoysa who gave an insight of the buildings colourful architecture and indeed the historical journey that has survived the colonial era, and forms today the nucleus of the much loved Mount Lavinia Hotel.

MLH has won the Bronze award 2010 in Earth Accounting by the Earth Check organization for their green program. Earthcheck is used by travel and tourism organizations around the world to confirm their carbon claims and guide their sustainability initiatives, and hereby, benchmarking, and certifying themselves to help the cause that Sri Lanka as a progressive destination when it comes to sustainable practices. Even in the MLH mission statement a green business with ethical practices is their nucleus of their existence:

Hospitality
Experience where
Respect and
Integrity are performed by a
Team that has
Accountability and maintains a
Green
Environment

In an interview, award winning architect, inventor and author from the USA Mr Michael McDonough, spoke of the heritage tour and the experience as a house guest of the hotel and of the tour:

Q : What were your expectations prior to the heritage tour?
A: I was hoping to see the nooks and corners of the Legendary hotel, the fabulous history, and maybe a few secrets to be revealed

Q: What was your general experience?
A: Really fabulous. It blew my mind the fabulous architecture, polished wooden floors and large windows that open wide to let in the soft sea breeze, furnished in colonial style is the epitome of old world luxury, while the hotel maintains the same old world charm of an era of elegance from days gone by. The people who worked in the hotel too showed that their hospitality was also way above the rest as they were proud of what they toiled for. And I could see that the green initiatives taken by the hotel was very evident. Particularly the floral décor for the hotel combined with Bitternut project adopted by the hotel: grown on the river banks of Sri Lanka; Bitternut acts as a natural barrier to soil erosion. These seeds are collected by the communities that live along the river banks and Mount Lavinia Hotel in turn purchases them at the hotel and decorates their guest bathrooms and public area instead of flora as this seedling to sprouts an attractive flower. After the seeds give birth to the plants, they sprout a very attractive plant and hence they are ready for planting. The hotel gives the plants back to the same communities and they plant them along the river banks to protect themselves from floods and soil erosion. The income they gain from this project is used to assist their school going children.

Even the Slow food movement adopted by the hotel which rides on the farm to table motto, offering the freshest organic dishes prepared from local ingredients found within the destination creatively presented, and enjoyed in a casual ambiance. This concept of eco-gastronomy which totally endorses that there is a strong link between plate and planet shows the hotel is concerned about leaving a small environmental footprint while working closely with local growers endorsing the hotel’s commitment to the planet. Slow Food Nights are celebrated every last Sat of the month unfortunately I will not be in the country for the French slow food night next week but I had a taste of the Slow Food a la carte menu in the Governor’s Restaurant.
What impressed me most was their initiative as they have taken with their meetings and conferences. With the growing number of environmentally educated consumers and indeed the expectations are high of both leisure travelers and corporate meeting guests. MLH has developed a Green Meeting Package for conferences and even small and medium meeting sessions . The Going Green experience tends to cover three main points of discussion – conserving energy and resources, recycling and reusing of products, and utilizing local and organic opportunities. The new package has been formatted to touch all three of these key points. It is encouraging to see that MLH has introduced many innovative ways that host communities, team members and guests are being educated about the benefits of treading lightly on the planet.

Q: Would you expect to find a heritage hotel with a vast history, maintained to the old world charm, like this in Sri Lanka?
A: I had no expectations as it was my first trip to Sri Lanka. Yet in one sense to learn of the Mount Lavinia as one of the oldest and most important surviving colonial buildings in Sri Lanka; and it is one of the few remaining buildings that bear a testimony to the legacy left by the British during their period of rule. Also a substantial history covering 200 years and holding a very important place in the historical records and heritage of Sri Lanka, positioned prominently in status along with the two other former Governor’s Residences, the President’s House in Colombo and the Pavilion in Kandy. So I was awed by the distinctive records of the specific periods. And certainly I was not expecting it to be so grand, with an unusually extensive beach frontage, a generous terrace overlooking a stunning panorama of the Colombo skyline which is magnificent for the eye, an incredible atmosphere and it certainly felt as if I was walking into a governor’s palace.

Iconic traditions celebrated with a bang by MLH with the tallest Christmas Tree

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season is based on iconic traditions it is no wonder that the celebration of St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, is an important part of their festivities. As Anura Dewapura, General Manager stated, “While St Lucia’s Day is celebrated differently in different countries, its message of light and hope resound with all who participate in the day’s festivities.”

With regards to seasonal offerings the Mount Lavinia Hotel is packed with many forms of entertainment and sensational festive menus that will add on the true meaning of Christmas. The hotel’s Christmas celebrations are scheduled to kick off from the 26th of November which is the day after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the Christmas tree and an evening dedicated to iconic traditions, with Sri Lanka’s best in celebrity voices by Soul Sounds and Voice Print, will echo in the Christmas season. This year’s Christmas tree is estimated to be the tallest ever tree to be lit in the country. The Christmas tree will be around 30 feet tall and will be made with environmentally friendly recycled materials. The hotel will also be offering the traditional Christmas drinks such as eggnog, Glüh wine and Kokito as well as other festive beverages from the around the world.

1st of December the hotel will take on the theme of ‘Christmas around the World’ which will be the focal point of all its seasonal celebrations and which will be depicted in all its restaurants. This year Santa Claus will make his visit to the hotel by boat and every Saturday the hotel will come alive with Christmas carols which will be sung in different locations of the hotel’s properties with the voices of Voice Print and Vocal Essence from 4th to 18th Dec, respectively. On the 13th of December the hotel will celebrate St. Lucia’s Day, which is a popular festival mostly celebrated in Northern Europe proclaiming the message of light and hope. This festival will be celebrated in style with traditional music and other delicacies at the Governor’s Roof Top. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also offer the very best menus and celebrations all conjured up by the European Food specialist: Chef Mats. Following Christmas Day the hotel will host a gospel jazz brunch with traditional gospel music by the Soul Sounds. The hotel is also gearing up to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration where the well known band ‘Misty’ will be performing at the Empire Ballroom. Also a special party will take place at the Governor’s Terrace which will include a musical entertainment mix of jazz and blues and will take on a mardi gras like ambience typifying New Orleans: non-stop party, night does not end till daylight, not just steeped in history but sautéed in it, etc. In addition to this the hotel’s Seafood Cove will offer a five course seafood dinner where the night will come alive with classical music and the seafood Experience will be nothing but the best.

All this and more will be offered by the hotel this festive season, so if you are looking at celebrating a culmination of Christmas festivities with a difference and hosting a potpourri of flavours from around the world then Mount Lavinia Hotel should be your number one choice this season.

Eco-Kids of MLH spread the wealth with a Green Initiative idea

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The EcoKids showing off their works

Green program at MLH helps make budding green dreams a reality…


‘Tis the season when our thoughts turn to gathering with our friends and family and celebrating the time of year. That doesn’t mean it’s time to throw out your ‘green’ sensibilities for the sake of togetherness. Well Mount Lavinia Hotel is certainly got their senses intact and is taking measures to make Going Green more than just a trend.

One such initiative is the Eco Kids art and essay competition that was held recently with all participants being the kids of MLH. “We believe all great ideas begin at home and for certain no green idea is too big or too small for consideration by the Mount Lavinia Hotel’s green team,” states Mr Ruwan Punchihewa, Director HR of MLH

Educate students! This is a school’s number one role in going green: change the mindset and behavior of the next generation. Schools are now teaching students about global warming, climate change, renewable resources and all of the exciting technologies utilizing these, about recycling of solid wastes and water, and about green building.

More than 20 eco-experts – aged 15 and under – gathered at the hotel to share an exciting green message. Either by way of an art competition or essay competition and the topics were: Let us create a green planet, Are humans destroying planet earth? and The world in another 25 years. The Community development arm of the Go Green Team at MLH announced this Green program that put into perspective of how kids view “Green the planet is” and in turn help make their green dreams a reality. The winners will be announced at the Team Member’s Day that is scheduled for 28th Nov 2010.


“Kids are just as likely to be leading the green charge as they are to be following green examples,” says Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager. “We believe that the greatest actions often grow from small ideas, so we wanted to give our MLH families kids an opportunity to put green ideas into action and to inspire other kids, parents and communities to make a positive environmental difference.” He further stated.


No green idea is too big or too small for consideration by the Mount Lavinia Hotel’s green team. Other eco-worthy efforts done in hotel are:

  • The Kaduru project
  • Community clean-up programs on the beach
  • Waste/energy reduction programs in the hotel

The winners will receive cash prizes that have been released from the welfare fund of the hotel.

Iconic Mount Lavinia Hotel wins Gold: Best Web 2010

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Web developing team at MLH'-Anura Sisil and Vajira

MLH announced that they have achieved a corporate recognition and achieved GOLD by competing in the corporate criteria in the BEST WEB competition. “Though we are not a corporate hotel, Mount Lavinia Hotel has proved to be the best in the corporate criteria and it also proves that if we believe that we can do it, the sky is the limit!”, states Mr Anura Dewapura, the General Manager, after their big win was announced just moments ago.

This unique and innovative competition organized by the LK Domain registry has culminated numerous accolades by the sponsors, winners and the participants and much enthusiasm and exuberance as the most popular event of the year. This web based competition provides an exclusive opportunity to promote and popularize the Sri Lankan websites ad showcase the Sri Lankan web identity online.

This is not the first achievement for this year, they were awarded Bronze in Earth Accounting by the Earth Check organization for their green program. Earthcheck is used by travel and tourism organisations around the world to confirm their carbon claims and guide their sustainability initiatives.

It is encouraging to see that MLH has introduced many innovative ways that host communities, team members and guests are being educated about the benefits of treading lightly on the planet.

Mount Lavinia Hotel position as preferred venue for MICE market in India

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The outbound MICE(Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibition) market in India position Mount Lavinia Hotel as the most promising MICE destination in Sri Lanka,’ statement quoted from a representative from Polaris, as saying.

To utilize the full potential of Sri Lanka as a tourist destination, it is necessary to identify, develop and promote new and innovative tourism products that attract the consumer with sun sea and sand taken into perspective,” states Mr Savio Mendonza – Manager Sales for Indian Market at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. A fully fledged Indian national who knows what the market requires in terms of facilities and venue location.

Out of Sri Lanka’s half a million tourist arrivals each year, about 15 percent are in the MICE sector. India with an outbound MICE market of one million a year is the islands biggest customer, with 15,000 to 20,000 MICE arrivals each year, states Savio Mendonza

We want as an industry to increase the MICE visits from India to 90,000 from the annual 20,000, during the next three years. And at MLH we are helping the cause tremendously to gain that leading edge by being the preferred venue and trying to achieve this target.”

“So far MLH have had Indian groups come and indulge in what Mount Lavinia Hotel has to offer.” Here are some of the companies that experienced what MLH has to offer:

POLARIS
Nokia
Intel
Style,Spa and Furniture
GE Health care
Alcatel
Citizen
Firstsource
Hensel
Pearson Education
New Airways Travels
Vectra – Aviation company – 52 guests from across the globe were housed in the hotel.
Micronutrient Initiative
L’Oreal

HSBC Bank

The immediate post war period gave rise to a dramatic increase in arrivals in Sri Lanka, confirming the fact that the tourism industry is a front-end industry – first to fall heavily when there are problems, and the first to recover once problems are over. The market mix is still heavily weighted towards the Western Europe region, which amounts to almost 40 percent of the entire market share (with UK accounting for about 45 percent of this segment), confirming that Sri Lanka is still predominantly dependant on the Western traveler, contrary to what is being talked about. However, South Asia is now taking on a major share of almost 26 percent of the total market, indeed, India, as expected, accounts for 70 percent of that share, confirming the fact that it is fast becoming an important market for Sri Lanka.

MLH has also successfully attracted new Indian MICE groups like IDG Media. This marks the first time that the event is held in Asia. “Sri Lanka was selected for the conference because of its excellent business location, geographical accessibility, originality in approach to scientific content, and exceptional conference facilities and why they chose Mount Lavinia Hotel, was for the exotic location and the iconic heritage site it is.”With a substantial history covering 200 years and holding a very important place in the historical records and heritage of Sri Lanka, positioned prominently in status along with the two other former Governor’s Residences, the President’s House in Colombo and the Pavilion in Kandy, Mount Lavinia is one of the oldest and most important surviving colonial buildings in Sri Lanka; it is one of the few remaining buildings that bear a testimony to the legacy left by the British during their period of rule, which may be the reason for it to be the preferred choice.

At the same time, MLH continues to grow and build on the success of signature wedding bashes which showcases MLH’s exotic venues such as the Governor’s Rooftop and Tropical Hut on the beach. One notable event in the MLH events in the pipeline is the Indian Wedding that will occur in the hotel in Jan 2011 that will house 200 guests and the whole house transformed to a manor by the sea. The event will welcome Indian guests and other guests from over five different countries.

With the growing number of environmentally educated consumers, expectations are higher of both leisure travelers and corporate meeting guests. To assist in this cause, MLH has also developed a Green Meeting Package for conferences and even small and medium meeting sessions. The Going Green experience tends to cover three main points of discussion – conserving energy and resources, recycling and reusing of products, and utilizing local and organic opportunities. The new package has been formatted to touch all three of these key points. A spin-off of the original conference and meeting package, it includes all of the same standard features – overnight guest room, conference dining, break stations, and audio visual. This package, unlike the rest, adds an environmental advantage with a few significant features and a charitable partnership.

Iconic traditions to Glamouratti with a Mardi Gras ambience to end the season at MLH

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Misty

As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season is based on iconic traditions it is no wonder that the celebration of St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, is an important part of their festivities. As Anura Dewapura, General Manager stated, “While St Lucia’s Day is celebrated differently in different countries, its message of light and hope resound with all who participate in the day’s festivities.”

With regards to seasonal offerings the Mount Lavinia Hotel is packed with many forms of entertainment and sensational festive menus that will add on the true meaning of Christmas. The hotel’s Christmas celebrations are scheduled to kick off from the 26th of November which is the day after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the Christmas tree and an evening dedicated to iconic traditions, with Sri Lanka’s best in celebrity voices by Soul Sounds and Voice Print, will echo in the Christmas season. This year’s Christmas tree is estimated to be the tallest ever tree to be lit in the country. The Christmas tree will be around 30 feet tall and will be made with environmentally friendly recycled materials. The hotel will also be offering the traditional Christmas drinks such as eggnog, Glüh wine and Kokito as well as other festive beverages from the around the world.

1st of December the hotel will take on the theme of ‘Christmas around the World’ which will be the focal point of all its seasonal celebrations and which will be depicted in all its restaurants. This year Santa Claus will make his visit to the hotel by boat and every Saturday the hotel will come alive with Christmas carols which will be sung in different locations of the hotel’s properties with the voices of Voice Print and Vocal Essence from 4th to 18th Dec, respectively. On the 13th of December the hotel will celebrate St. Lucia’s Day, which is a popular festival mostly celebrated in Northern Europe proclaiming the message of light and hope. This festival will be celebrated in style with traditional music and other delicacies at the Governor’s Roof Top. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also offer the very best menus and celebrations all conjured up by the European Food specialist: Chef Mats. Following Christmas Day the hotel will host a gospel jazz brunch with traditional gospel music by the Soul Sounds. The hotel is also gearing up to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration where the well known band ‘Misty’ will be performing at the Empire Ballroom. Also a special party will take place at the Governor’s Terrace which will include a musical entertainment mix of jazz and blues and will take on a mardi gras like ambience typifying New Orleans: non-stop party, night does not end till daylight, not just steeped in history but sautéed in it, etc. In addition to this the hotel’s Seafood Cove will offer a five course seafood dinner where the night will come alive with classical music and the seafood Experience will be nothing but the best.

All this and more will be offered by the hotel this festive season, so if you are looking at celebrating a culmination of Christmas festivities with a difference and hosting a potpourri of flavours from around the world then Mount Lavinia Hotel should be your number one choice this season.

Iconic traditions for the Christmas season begins with Soul Sounds and Voice Print at MLH

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Soul Sounds2xxxxVoice Print2xxx

Exceptional amidst traditional entertainment is an iconic tradition in the Mount Lavinia Hotel and one of the defining characteristics of the MLH known to be one of the oldest and most important surviving colonial buildings in Sri Lanka. As a Governor’s Residence it formed the heart of where much entertainment and conviviality was celebrated by the former British Governors and their guests and thus it is not surprising that the same spirit is enjoyed by the many guests and travellers this Christmas season at the hotel. Ranked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world, SOUL SOUNDS a much loved all girls who have enthralled many an audience both in Sri Lanka and abroad will team up with VOICE PRINT, a choral musical ensemble or very much known to be an all male acapella choir consisting of past choristers of St Benedicts College who will ring in the seasonal cheer on 26th Nov 2010, with the evening beginning with the lighting of the Christmas Tree and followed by an evening of soulful voices at the Sky Shack, for LKR1500/-nett(includes the show and an assortment of seasonal delicacies and Gluh Wine).

The iconic traditions begin with the choirs and will ignite further towards the end of the night with Chef Indika sprucing up the hotel with his specialties for the American Thanksgiving spread, which happens at the Governor’s Restaurant on the 25th Nov 2010.

Then from 1st to 24th Dec – Christmas around the world will be the journey to experience at the Governor’s Restaurant: each night dedicated to the countries that celebrate Christmas. 13th Dec – St Lucia’s Day will be lit with SOUL SOUNDS, 26th Dec – the Gospel Jazz Sunday Brunch will also showcase their Games repertoires that brought them fame at the Choir Games. 4th and 11th Dec – VOICE PRINT will showcase their acapella versions at the Terrace. And all the Christmas splendours for eve and Christmas Day amongst a spread of Scandinavian and European traditions, will be showcased by our European food specialist Chef Mats

Soul Sounds choir won two silver medals at the 4th World Choir Games 2006. The medals were based on the points awarded by an international jury, in the Gospel & Spiritual and Scenic Folklore categories. At the 5th Games in Graz, Austria, in July 2008, Soul Sounds were delighted to surpass their previous performance winning three Golds, in the all three categories, Gospel and Spiritual Open, Open Popular Choral Music and Open Folklore in which they participated.

VOICE PRINT are a much sought after acapella group, and perform with a beat-boxer as well. They have also recorded tracks with numerous local artistes, doing acapella versions of some of these artistes’ popular songs. In addition, they have also re-recorded their own version of various popular songs which have received considerable airplay on Sri Lankan English radio. The unique feature of the choir is the complicated 9 part arrangements which they work into their TTBB selections. All parts and music are composed and arranged by the two immensely talented music directors of the choir. The ten-member choir, fresh from their success at the World Choir Games (WCG) 2010 where they picked up a silver medal in the Pop category and a bronze in the Gospel category will showcase seasonal repertoires and maybe a few of their Games repertoires so that the local audience can have the pleasure of seeing them perform the songs that helped them hit the headlines.