Heritance Ahungalla , the reigning recipient of the Best Culinary Team and Hotel Team in the country as awarded by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka, is one of the legendary Geoffrey Bawa’s architectural fantasies come to life. The Hotels designed to portray the uninterrupted line of sky merging with the sea, gives the illusion of continuous flow right into the azure waters of the main swimming pool. This gives way to slender white columns rising majestically from the courtyard into the elegant marbled lobby where a warm welcome awaits, with a larger than life ‘pun kalas’* frieze on the wall providing the auspicious touch, reminiscent of our proud Sri Lankan heritage.
The culinary brigade at Heritance Ahungalla having won numerous awards over the years has been recognized both locally and internationally in the culinary arena. At the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards held in September 2012, Chef Lalith Gunasekera of Heritance Ahungalla was awarded the coveted Best Chef of the Year award, while Kumara Karunarathne from Heritance Ahungalla was named the Best Employee of the Year and Best Restaurant Manager of the Year award went to Thushara Gnanaratne also of Heritance Ahungalla. Culinary maestro, Chef Dimuthu Kumarsinghe, Group Skills Development Chef for Aitken Spence Hotels, is world renowned for being the only Chef to have bagged 5 individual Gold medals at the Culinary Olympics and 4 Gold Medals at the Culinary World Cup. Chef Dimuthu, once again created history at the World Culinary Olympics which concluded last week in Germany as the Captain of the Sri Lankan team which comprised of top chefs in Sri Lanka, including members of the Heritance Ahungalla culinary team. Captained by Chef Dimuthu the team walked away with 15 Gold Medals, 14 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal and the Culinary Olympic 2012 National Pastry Team award after competing against culinary giants from around the world.
It is a must for gourmets seeking the finest culinary experience to include Heritance Ahungalla in their itinerary. The Hotel delivers the finest in international cuisine as well as traditional cuisine incorporating local ingredients to evolve a truly unique culinary tradition, an experience only on offer at Heritance Hotels and Resorts.
The Heritance brand is based on the development of an authentic and sustainable heritage, where the word “Heritance” is a conjoined brand name, developed from the two words “Heritage” and “Inheritance”. Heritance recognises the individuality of the properties and delivers an authentic experience at each Heritance Resort. Keeping with the brand essence Heritance Cuisine showcases a very unique gastronomy. It is built on unique Sri Lankan cuisine developed not only through generations of tradition but using latest scientific advancements and outstanding skills of our internationally acclaimed chefs. Heritance Cuisine has revived Sri Lanka’s heritage in gastronomy in a way that uses modern knowledge to identify and sustain optimal nutritional value. In addition to taste and presentation, Heritance cuisine has introduced nutritional value as the third dimension to cuisine. In addition to the international cuisine available at Heritance Ahungalla, Heritance cuisine is showcased at all its F&B outlets, exposing the true essence of local culture, cuisine and taste to both local and international patrons.
The company’s premier resorts operate under Heritance Hotels & Resorts. Its latest Heritance property Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara commenced operations in July 2011. It has joined the award-winning Heritance Hotels & Resorts portfolio consisting of Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Tea Factory.
Chef Dimuthu with his pastry creation
Chef Dimuthu selecting fresh ingredients at the market