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Shangri-La, Colombo in Sri Lanka launches urban safari experiences for guests

The luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo in Sri Lanka has announced the launch of its urban safari experiences. The unique bespoke experiences have been created to take guests off the beaten path, and include tuk-tuk rides through Colombo, gemstone sessions with a local expert, a tour of four Buddhist temples, and walking tours of the city at sunset.

Shangri-La, Colombo in Sri Lanka launches urban safari experiences for guests

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo has announced a series of new bespoke experiences for guests.

The luxury hotel is offering urban safari experiences for guests who are looking to go off the beaten track and explore the city’s hidden cultural delights.

During their stay at the luxury hotel in Sri Lanka, guests can choose from a variety of bespoke experiences.

These include tuk-tuk tours of the city, gemstone sessions with an expert, walking tours at sunset, and tours of the temples.

  • Tuk-tuk Safari

    Travelling in colourful tuk-tuks, guests will be transported around the city of Colombo, where they can soak up the atmosphere and culture of the city. They will visit local sites including the outdoor bazaar of Pettah, colonial buildings, and army barracks and military lookouts from the civil war.

  • The Gem Aficionado

    Sri Lanka is knowns as “Gem Island” due to its precious gems found on the island. This experience allows guests to meet with a local gemstone expert, and learn about the precious stones, and the history of its trade and mining. The hotel can also organise visits to gem shops and workshops, and guests will have the chance to choose gems and have them transformed into bespoke pieces of jewellery in the city.

  • Temple Trail

    The hotel’s dedicated concierge will help arrange a special tour of Colombo’s historic temples. This includes a visit to four Buddhist temples: Gangaramaya, Abhayasinharamaya, Vidyodaya Pirivena and Paramananda Purana Viharaya. Along the way, guests will have a chance to see examples of Asian architecture, and religious statues and historic artefacts. They can also see the Buddha statues at the Seema Malakaya which are set against a beautiful lake and were created by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.

  • Sunset Colombo City Walks

    This two-hour walking tour allows guests to explore the city at sunset, visiting some of its famous historical spots, as well as hidden gems. They’ll pass colonial landmarks including the Old Colombo Lighthouse, and Grand Buildings that are lit up by the glowing sun, and tour guides will reveal their history and stories.

  • The Art Lover

    Colombo is bursting with art galleries and spaces, and the city’s famous “Art Street” sits next to the scenically landscaped Viharamadevi Park. Guests can visit this thriving street which comes alive at the weekend with artists showcasing their traditional and contemporary works. The hotel’s concierge will also help arrange trips to current exhibitions and art displays in the city.

Located on the Galle Face Green promenade, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo opened to guests in November 2017. The luxury hotel has 500 guest rooms and suites, and 41 apartments that boast views of the city and the Indian Ocean. Facilities at the hotel include five restaurants, bars and lounge, a swimming pool and bar that overlooks the sea, 24-hour fitness centre, and CHI, The Spa, which has seven treatment rooms and an array of rejuvenating treatments.

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