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World Tourism Day Celebrations! 2017

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated World Tourism Day 2017 today, by taking initiatives to uplift and give back to the community while contributing towards the enhancement of the tourism and hospitality industry. Recognizing the significance of roles played by all stakeholders in the industry to ensure all tourists have a hassle-free experience during their stay – MLH organised a public awareness campaign. A street drama by the Southern Lanka Training Institute of Performing Arts was held at the Mount Lavinia Railway Station and Mount Lavinia Beach highlighting the importance of treating tourists with respect and integrity at all times. Team MLH also joined hands to refurbish the Mount Lavinia Railway Station, which a regular transit point to local and tourists. This is an annual initiative carried out by MLH under its CSR efforts to coincide with WTD. MLHbelieves that initiatives such as these will be beneficial to the sustainable development of the tourism industry in the long run.IMG_7572 IMG_7563 IMG_7560IMG_7560 IMG_7559 IMG_7548IMG_7544 IMG_7543 IMG_7523IMG_7514 IMG_7501 IMG_7500IMG_7481 IMG_7478 IMG_7467IMG_7456 IMG_7452 IMG_7427IMG_7420 IMG_7404 IMG_7397IMG_7388 IMG_7377 IMG_7370IMG_7652 IMG_7650 IMG_7649IMG_7640 IMG_7639 IMG_7636IMG_7654 IMG_7656 IMG_7660IMG_7688 IMG_7700 IMG_7704IMG_7704 IMG_7706 IMG_7708IMG_7714 IMG_7716 IMG_7717IMG_7801 IMG_7798 IMG_7794IMG_7729 IMG_7728 IMG_7725IMG_7607 IMG_7608 IMG_7592IMG_7729IMG_7728 IMG_7725 IMG_7721IMG_7773 IMG_7788 IMG_7763

Ready to share some cupcake magic with your kids? Guess what is happening this weekend at MLH

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Kids and cupcakes have a lot in common: they’re sweet, petite and rank high on the cuteness scale! says the General Manager of Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mr Anura Dewapura. Hence we created a day for it.

When you’re a wee person in a big world, what’s not to love about delectable little cakes you can hold in your hand? Even grownups can’t resist their diminutive charms; just looking at a cupcake wakes up your inner child and connects you with more innocent times. “We have created a day for turning out these munchkin-sized treats to your fancy.”

KIDS CUPCAKE PARTY ON THE BEACH. They have combined the snack and activity, and on 20th Feb 2011 the Paradise Beach for LKR1500 per kid which includes the buffet, cup cakes and indeed the fun day. You will have a decorate-your-own-cupcake session for kids ages 12 and below and you can certainly take that cupcake home. MLH will simply provide frosting in a variety of colors and flavors, along with candy, toppers, sprinkles, and food coloring gel.

Chef Asanka of MLH states, “Cupcakes are a great way to teach kids kitchen skills. You can get the whole family involved in this lovely party and you have tasty treats when you’re through too. Add in your own sparkly sprinkles, fun toppers, and pretty wrappers–let your imagination run wild! Viola! You have MLH magic!

Other fun activities will be sandcastle making, kite flying, a fabulous children’s buffet, are just a few to mention and guess what the best cupcake all dolled up wins prizes and surprises. So be there on the 20th Feb 2011 or call 2711430 for more details

74th Annual Mount Lavinia Sea Swim to dazzle this weekend at MLH

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

As we can see it Mount Lavinia Hotel has a substantial history covering 200 years and holds a very important place in the historical records and heritage of Sri Lanka, positioned prominently in status along with an event that has gained recognition; the 74th Annual Mount Lavinia Sea Swim organized by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Union will be held on 20th Feb 2011 on shores of Mount Lavinia Hotel.

“We are honored to be a part of this global growth and a sport that indeed needs much recognition in our country and Mount Lavinia Hotel that boasts of a fabulous beach frontage can enable these kind of endurance sports to surface,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of Mount Lavinia Hotel. This year there are over 600 participants which is an encouraging factor that to brave the sea is a must when living in an island.

This ‘can-do’ and ‘get-up-and-go’ ambience enabled many open water events to be borne. While visionary and passionate swimmers like Akhry Ameer and Shehan De Alwis(Smurf) did the heavy leg work, focused on the logistics and Nethru Nanayakkara were instrumental in indirect ways.

The event will commence at 7am on the 20th of Feb 2011 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. This event is conducted under the aegis of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union and hospitality partner is Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union is the governing body of Aquatic Sports in Sri Lanka and it comprises of water polo, diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and now open water swimming.

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated an historic occasion with the unveiling of four blue plaques installed in the main entrance of the hotel on Monday 31st January 2011.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The blue plaque is an iconic symbol seen on many buildings in and around London, which bring buildings to life, indicating places where important people in history have lived and worked.

The 4 blue plaques were acquired by Mount Lavinia Hotel across the seas from Britain to Sri Lanka to celebrate the historic link between the 2 countries and the remarkable significance that Mount Lavinia played as the residence of 4 British Governors; Sir Thomas Maitland, Sir Robert Brownrigg, Sir Edward Paget and Sir Edward Barnes and continues to play uniting the past with the present;

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated this link between person and building and in the words of the Times Correspondent in 1873 in so doing we make ‘our houses their own biographies’.

After the unveiling the guests enjoyed a riveting illustrated lecture on the roles these 4 British Governors played during their Governorship in Ceylon given by Dr SinhaRaja Tammitta–Delgoda. This was followed by a reading from the famous British novelist Louis de Bernieres, who is most well-known for his book ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, read a short extract from his mother’s unpublished work. His mother had been stationed in Ceylon during World War 11 and had written a story set at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

In line with the theme of the blue plaques the hotel was lit up in blue in marking this historic moment in its history.

2nd Winemakers night: and exquisite pairing with Castello Banfi and Chef Rossilli’s Italian cuisine at MLH

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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Castello Banfi General manager

THE wines of Castello Banfi are generally characterised by a strong structure with full body, fruity yet low in sugar content. The grapes used in making the wines are grown along the slopes that lie between the medieval hilltop town of Montalcino in the region of Tuscany, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea, and uniquely carry notes of fruits like lemon, banana and grapefruit that give the wines their aromatic hint.

This is the uniqueness of Banfi wines which we have to retain. Wines are evaluated by the consumers’ senses, not by industry parameters. “Many a time, we drink wines without understanding what wine is and how it is to be approached. “Drinking wine is for pleasure; it is not a must-have like water. The key concept we are investing in, through Castello Banfi wines, is that a wine must be a consumer’s choice,” explained the General Manager of Banfi, Enrico Viglierchio.

Viglierchio will now visit MLH on 27th Feb for an exclusive Castello Banfi winemakers dinner organized jointly with Alpha Orient at the Maitland State Room.

We like to minimize it to 40 guests with a six-course dinner featuring Italian cuisine from the regions of Tuscany and a few dishes synonymous to the Mediterranean Sea Regions especially created to match the selected wines.” The Price is set for LKR4500/-nett which includes food and beverage and an experience of a lifetime.

The creations will be whipped up by our very own Italian Chef Riccardo Rossilli who has more than 10 years’ experience in Italian cuisine, and who is now the Executive Chef in Vakarufalhi: the Mount Lavinia Hotels and Resorts property in the Republic pf Maldives.

As Anura Dewapura, the General Manager says “It is about putting diners in touch with other people, for some light hearted conversation over great food and wine. The first winemakers night was a great success hence we thought to continue is to make people happier. Some people would see it as a more relaxed form of networking accompanied by the chef and wine connoisseur to add some insights into the dining experience. So why not join us for a very special event when Chef Rossilli prepares a masterful, multi-course, gourmet dinner paired with Castello Banfi winning wines with our objective being to establish an unique experience that the discerning public can become involved in”

Special Poya Day Vegan cuisine launched with five chief incumbents at MLH: a great initiative to celebrate the BUDDHA JAYANTHI 2011

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The year 2011 marks 2600 years since Lord Buddha attained enlightenment or Nirvana. Referred to as “Buddha Jayanthi” Buddhists all over the world and particularly in countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet, and Laos – which are predominantly Buddhist countries – are preparing to celebrate this significant event in the religious calendar.

Throughout 2011 there will be festivities and commemorative celebrations arranged in Sri Lanka. However, the celebrations are to reach a crescendo on May 17, when the moon is full, and Buddhists celebrate “Vesak” – the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Passing away to Nirvana of Lord Buddha. And indeed MLH commemorated by initiating the special poya vegan food fare which can be enjoyed every poya day for lunch.

Maybe they think vegetarianism is a fringe interest, but the reality is that a majority of Sri Lankans are vegetarian or nearly so, and the figure is even higher for many other countries as foreign tourists are overwhelming in MLH.  If you’ve traveled as a vegetarian before, you probably know some of the tricks, such as to look for ethnic restaurants.  Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and usually Italian restaurants all offer veggie options.  In a Chinese restaurant, they’ll at least have one vegetarian dish called “Buddha’s Delight”, which is just vegetables and rice. Truly veggie-friendly with a multiple and exceptional vegetarian offerings was no doubt at MLH on Duruthu Poya Day and it is only offered at lunch time for approximately LKR2000.

The Governor’s Restaurant had a generous vegetarian section on their lunch buffet menu. Vegetarians used to having to pick the one veggie item at a restaurant will be overwhelmed with the choices here. The atmosphere was also nice and the food was absolutely satisfying.  Here are just a few to choose from:


Cous Cous Onion Marmalade with Sun Dried Tomato on Tomato Caulis

Char Grilled Marinated Bell Pepper with Stuffed Gorgonzola Cheese with Basil Mix Syrup

Roasted Pumpkin & Fine Nuts with Feta Cheese Timbale and Forest Bee Honey Vinaigrette

Smoked Eggplant Tower with Herb Marinated Feta Cheese Olive Tapenade & Basil Oil

Roast Gratinated Eggplant with Stuffed Mozzarella & Tomato Concasse

Celery Roots with Cream Cheese & Prunes Jelly Terrine

Carrot & Raising Terrine with Orange Manmade

Roasted Beetroot & Grilled Apple Tower with Mint Passion Fruit Horseradish Sauce

Asparagus & Cream Cheese Roulade with Herb Pancake


Sri Lankan Herbal Soup Bar

(Fresh Soups Four Types)

With Condiments


Spinach Timbale / Carrot & Beetroot Timbale / Hommus / Babaganouch Cucumber Curd Pumpkin with Feta Cheese / Bavarian Potato Salad /Celery with Apple

Vegetable Glass Noodle Salad / Japanese Raddish Salad

Vegetable Chop Salad / Greek Salad / Coleslaw & Raising Salad / Kachumber Salad

Cucumber, Grated Carrot, Cabbage, Pineapple, Variety of Lettuce

Cherry Tomato, Vegetarian Sushi, Pate”, Terrines, Timbals

Waldorf Salad / Marinated Fennel with Cherry Tomato Salad / Mutable

Beetroot & Apple Horseradish Salad / Tubule / Hommus / Babaganouch

Cucumber Yoghurt & Mint Salad / Spicy Lotus Yam Salad

Raw Mango Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette / Thai Papaya Salad

Sweet Potato with Coconut Salad / Korean Kimchi / Aloo Chart

Vegetable Summer Roll with Peanut Sauce / Fruit Chart

French Beans with Red Wine Vinegar Dressing / Marinated Olives

Chickpeas with Fried Onion & Curry Leaves Salad / White Cabbage Pickle with Roasted Cumin & Red Raddish Salad

Manioc with Turmeric Coconut Sambol

Tempura Fried Vegetable with Sweet Chili Sauce


Orange Dressing / Asian Dressing / Passion Fruit Dressing

Curry Leaves Dressing / Mustard Dressing / Vinaigrette Dressing



Organic Red Rice / Yellow Rice

Soya Meat Curry / Polos Anama / Long Beans Tempered / Cadju & Baby Brinjal Curry

Innala Kirata / Gotukola Sambol / Katurumurunga Leaves Malluma / Karankoku Sambol

Dambala Tempered fried & cooked, Mukunuwenna Mallum, Kankun Breadfrouit curry, Manioc with Chillies & onions tempered


Seeni Sambol / Lunumiris / Mango Chutney / Pol Sambol / Lime Pickle / Papadam


Kottu Roti (Vegetable / Cheese)

Naan, Parata,Godamba, Vegetable filling


Vegetable & Bean Chillie

Mushroom sauté with Fresh Herbs

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable Au Gratin

Mixed Butter Vegetable

Potato Frasier


Two Kinds of Pasta with

Creamy Cheese Sauce / Fresh Tomato Sauce /Pesto


Jeera Pillau

Paneer Tikka Masala

Bhindi Dopiaza

Aloo Gobi

Dhal Tadakwala


Ulundu Wadai / Dosai (Masala / Plain)


Singapore Wok Fried Noodles

Tofu Steak with Teriyaki Sauce

Hot Garlic Aubergine

Pok Choy & Stir Fried Napa


Vegetable Tempura

Vegetable Spring Roll


Mixed Fruit Pudding (Hot)


Summer Berry Pudding

Fruit in Agar Agar

Semolina Flammary

Gulab Jamung

Mango Rice Pudding

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Yoghurt Delight

Biscuit Pudding

Sago Melon

Butter Scotch Pudding

Carrot Halwa

Pineapple Crumble

Bus Boosa

Rice Keer

Swiss Apple Cream

Cuban Coconut Custard

Swedish Apple Cake

Fresh Fruits

Curd & Treacle

The day was indeed special as five chief incumbents namely: The five chief incumbents who launched the Duruthu Poya celebrations at MLH, UK based the chief incumbent of the Kingsbury Buddhist Centre Ven. Galayaye Piyadassa Thero, The Cheif Incumbent to the Maligakande Pirivena and the Editor of the Sinhala Dictionary and the Chief Incumbent of the Western Province Ven Akuratiya Nanda Thero, Chief Incumbent of the College of Buddhism in Maradana Ven Nagoda Amarawansa Thero, Kelaniya University Galgiriyagama Wimalananda Thero and from Nepal Tissa Thero, graced the occasion and was overwhelmed of the great initiative that was launched in a memorable year.

One of the Worlds Best Gathering Places now surfaces THE GOVERNOR’s BRUNCH on Sundays amidst Jazz to soothe your Sunday Blues

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Great British food means unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour, rather than disguise it.

Historically, British cuisine has had something of a shocking reputation worldwide – for soggy vegetables, slap-dash sauces and over-cooked murky meat. Yet MLH our is now recognized as among the best in the world and their influence seems to be spreading to other hotels aswell. An exciting feature of British cuisine is its ability to absorb the cultural influence of those that settle in Britain. Now-national dishes such as chicken tikka masala, lasagne and spag bol come from this openness to accept and adapt, as does the innovative dishes as Kedgrec, etc. The most important meal of the week in a traditional British household is Sunday lunch. Served around 1pm-3pm, this family meal consists of a large joint of meat (typically Roast beef or a leg of lamb) roasted along with Birmingham Style meatloaf with creamy mustard sauce, Oxtail Soup /Haggis /Irish stew/Steak & Kidney Pie potatoes and served with boiled vegetables and the appropriate sauce – strictly apple with pork, horseradish with beef, and mint with lamb. There has been a recent revival in old and rare breeds such as Roast Wellington with jus and Bearnaise sauce, Traditional Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding and Sunday Roast of the Day with Roast potato and Gravy – these are perfect for a succulent and tender roast, and indeed MLH has it all.

Steamed puddings are a traditional choice for dessert – Mud Cake/Pancakes with raspberry jam/Apple and Cinnamon Crumpets/Country Style Fruit Flan/Summer Pudding/Chocolate Trio/Caramel Bread are among the favourites. Crumbles make a more popular choice these days. Try Rhubarb and Apple Crumble, has a deliciously delicate flavour; Apple Black Berry Pie/Short Cake/Mini Tartlets/Apple Charlotte/Dundee Cake, and much more.

The action stations that take a stance to English food Egg Benedictine and Egg Florentine with the hot corner spicing it up with Scottish Eggs/Welsh Rarebit, are just a few to mention.

Brunch has become such a permanent fixture in British life that, precisely at 1100hrs AM every Sunday MLH, will transform it’s best gathering place with not only the ambience but also the food to British people’s delicacies. An international buffet spread with a leaning towards classic British cuisine is yours to journey through.

Here are a few items to journey through:


Beetroot salad with horseradish /Egg boats with shrimps and chives dressing

Waldorf Salad/Chicken liver terrine with Black Currant drizzle

Cole slaw with Colmans mustard/Rabbit Terrine with Pickled carrots

Chicken salad with Gherkins/Smoked fish salad with tomato and Mayonnaise

Winter Cress Salad/Pickled herrings /Pickled Mixed Vegetable/Pickled eggs

Traditional Ham egg pie/Cabbage and raisin salad with orange

Egg Benedictine (Action)

Egg Florentine (Action)

Scottish Eggs/Welsh Rarebit


Devonshire Crab Soup /Shropshire Pea Soup /Cock & Leek Soup

Oxtail Soup /Haggis /Irish stew/Steak & Kidney Pie

Chicken & Mushroom Pie /Cheese & Onion Pie

Lancashire Hot Pot /Cornish Pastries /Roast Cornish Hen

Shepherd pie /Sunday Roast of the Day with Roast potato and Gravy (Carving)

Prime Rib Of Beef /Chicken in Cherry Sauce

Chicken Tika Masala /Tandoori Butter Chicken

Lamb Ragenjosh /Lamb Vindaloo/Pepper Steaks/Spice Silver Side /Sausage Station

English Sausages (Variety of 1foot long on the Grill)

Cottage Pie /Grilled Liver & Bacon/Roast Pork with Apples

Traditional Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding (Carving)

Roasted Chicken Balmoral Style (Carving)

Birmingham Style meatloaf with creamy mustard sauce

Roast Wellington with jus and Bearnaise sauce (Carving)

Fish and chip (Action)

Potato and Bacon Gratin /Pan fried filet of fish with capers and beetroot

Poached white Fish with hollandaise /Kedgerec /Baked Trout

Minted Broccoli with Almonds /Mushy peas/Cauliflower Gratin

Baked Beans /Black Pudding /English Muffins


Cottage Loaf

Sage Onion Bread/Selection of Muffins & English Muffins


English Cheeses


Pickle Lillie /Pickle Gherkins /Pickled Red Cabbage


Apple Black Berry Pie/Short Cake/Mini Tartlets/Banana Cake

Apple Charlotte/Dundee Cake/Fruit Trifle /Queens Cake

Carrot Cake/Pound Cake/Coffee Fudge/Honey Cake

Mud Cake/Pancakes with raspberry jam/Apple and Cinnamon Crumpets

Country Style Fruit Flan/Summer Pudding/Chocolate Trio

Caramel Bread and Butter Pudding/Baked Cheese cake

Rhubarb And Apple Crumble/Fruit Pavlova/Juggery Pudding

English Trifle / Date Pudding

And for all who still crave for the New Orleans food. Saturday nights with Jazz under the stars, New Orleans food will be the soul.

New years eve party – Mardi Gras

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

New years eve party – Glamour

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

New Year Evening Party at Hotel – Glamour

Saturday, January 1st, 2011