Amagi Aria

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All you need to see in the Negambo Lagoon!

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Amagi Aria

The infamous 1980s movie titled “Blue Lagoon” put a lot of focus on the beauty of an island and the simplicities of island life. Although it was controversial in its depiction and story line, the landscapes created quite an interest in the world to travel to tropical islands on holiday. So much the better for an island nation like Sri Lanka, blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, and relying on tourism for our sustenance.

 

Although Negambo has been one of the areas that have caught the eye of tourists from around the globe, it has mostly been for the sandy beaches and the proximity to the country’s only international airport. However, Amagi Aria is transforming that interest towards the many wonders of the Negambo lagoon.

 

The property in Kurana is the closest to the BIA and provides a very different experience to travelers both local and international. With 68 keys, including two lagoon and city view suites, Amagi Aria also houses one of the most sought after fine-dining seafood restaurants in the area.

 

In keeping with the many hues of blue that the lagoon waters turn depending on the positioning of the tropical sun overhead, the interiors of Aria are adorned with subtle blue shades on the walls, blue and aquamarine accessories and paintings of the wonders of the seas. The word “aria” itself has many connotations from the long solo in an opera to Italian for air. Using the conch shell as its emblem probably indicates the best of all meanings.

 

Greeted by wonderful guest relations staff, and shown to our room overlooking the lagoon, the first thing that meet your eye is the continuation of the blue. A well-stocked fruit basket, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room Wi-Fi, cable TV and other amenities make the rooms airy and comfortable. And then there’s the breathtaking view. We however were disgruntled about the lack of professionalism shown by the staff especially during the buffet times. This was one of the only downsides for us.

 

The view however, is greatest at the 7th floor fine-dining restaurant “Moya”. Amagi Aria’s remarkable fine dining restaurant serves up the best selection of fresh, local seafood that is transformed in to some of the most beautiful dishes. A show-kitchen gives guests the unique experience of watching their food being prepared by the master chefs led by Executive Chef Kumara. As if that wasn’t enough the restaurant is surrounded by the lagoon and glass windows ensure that you catch a glimpse of every side while dining on perfectly executed seafood dishes from around the world.

 

The menu also introduces one’s palette to traditional Negambo recipes that are distinctive in their preparation and presentation. Moya is the local term for where the lagoon meets the sea and the menu is likewise where East meets West. Alfresco dining is also an option especially as the sun sets over the horizon.

If romance is on your mind, then Aria also invites you to dine on the deck, at the tree-house or the private dining enclave hidden among the mangroves. The deck opening up in to a large lawn is also perfect for destination weddings and sundown gatherings. Weddings and corporate functions can also be held at Aria’s 200 seater ballroom.

 

Relaxing by the pool, enjoying a gentle breeze while sipping on a cocktail off the Lawn Bar menu is the best way to relax and unwind, unless the adrenaline junkie within would rather prefer to take a jet ski out in to the waters or go water skiing with trained professionals. If you are more of a history buff, Negambo is a haven for undiscovered colonial heritage as well.

 

With a plethora of things to do and delectable food to enjoy, Aria also has the advantage of being just a 45 minutes drive away from Colombo making it ideal for when you need a quick break from the tedious city life. Whether it be for family, friends, colleagues or guests from overseas Aria has an experience for even the most discerning traveler.

 

So here’s our rating…

 

Location         ****   (Conveniently located to both the airport and Colombo City!)

Ambiance       ****   (We like the hues of blue!)

Service                       ***     (Guests relations were nice but wait staff not so much!)

Food               ****   (Loved the seafood combinations!)

Overall                       *** ¾

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