The new hotel, which will feature 500 rooms and suites, will be a sister property to Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa on Sri Lanka’s south coast, which opened last year.
The 32-floor Colombo hotel will be located on the Galle Face Green promenade overlooking the Indian Ocean and is part of a wider development, which will include a shopping mall, offices and residential blocks.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will also feature 41 serviced apartments alongside five restaurants, bars and lounges, plus a CHI spa with nine treatment rooms, 24-hour fitness centre and an ocean-view pool with bar.
There will also be a Horizon Club on the top floor while Chinese artist Man Fung-Yi is creating a life-sized baby elephant sculpture for the hotel lobby.
Timothy Wright, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, said: “As tourist arrivals into the island have grown exponentially over the last eight years, Colombo has found its place as the gateway to all this amazing island has to offer.
“We aim to set new luxury hospitality standards in Colombo and seamlessly blend Shangri-La’s personalised hospitality with the much-loved traditional Sri Lankan charm.”
The hotel is located around 40 minutes drive from Colombo’s international airport.