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The Story of Elegance Rewritten at Taj Samudra
The hotel re-opens after extensive renovation; introduces iconic Taj Club Rooms in Colombo

Mumbai, December 1, 2013 - Taj Samudra, Colombo re-opened its doors after a spectacular and extensive renovation of USD 20 million. Overlooking the historic Galle Face Green and offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, the hotel is strategically located in the city's business hub, just a minute away from the vibrant city center. Taj Samudra has introduced brand new Taj Club Rooms as well as painstakingly renovated suites, including an all new Presidential Suite.

Renowned interior designer, David Edwards showcases a perfect blend of stylish design elements and heightened comfort. Nestled amidst 11 acres of breathtaking landscapes carved with lush gardens, each of the new Taj Club rooms provides guests the pleasures of amplified spaciousness coupled with contemporary yet elegant décor. Antique wooden floors and fluid tapestry in dual tones recreate the earthy image of the shimmering ocean against the backdrop of a flaming sunset. While all the rooms are equipped with state of the art technology and contemporary luxury amenities, Taj Club guests can enjoy exclusive access to the swank Taj Club Lounge - a private sanctuary with a range of features that includes lavish breakfast spreads, business facilities, conference rooms and even a small library.

Amidst lush gardens and swinging palms, the hotel offers varied dining experiences serving both traditional and contemporary flavours. Influenced by Sri Lankan culture and traditions, the new lobby lounge Lattice offers guests some of Sri Lanka's finest blends of teas and coffees, while YUMI, a chic resto-bar with a live Teppanyaki counter and authentic Japanese food, is perfect for a vibrant soiree. Be it authentic North Indian delicacies at Navratna, Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine at Golden Dragon or exquisite continental food coupled with fine wine at Steak & Grill House, the hotel has offerings to suit every palette.

For guests looking to pass the day indoors, Taj Samudra boasts of a shopping arcade, beauty salon, pool bar, state of the art fitness centre, floodlit tennis courts, an air-conditioned squash court and a trendy nightclub.

The grand re-launch party at the hotel saw the crème-de-la-crème of Colombo in attendance, welcomed by Mr. Abhijit Mukerji (ex Director, IHCL Board). Post a champagne reception in the tastefully redesigned lobby adorned with fragrant flowers, beautiful girls in traditional crimson Benarasi saris escorted guests a special tour of the swank new Taj Club rooms as well as the refurbished luxurious grand presidential Tata Suite.

At YUMI, the new high energy bar with a Japanese accent, celebrity flare bartender Attila expertly juggled an array of bottles and whipped up refreshing cocktails for the enthralled crowd. While DJ Angelica from Ukraine built up the tempo for evening, the highlight was a captivating dance - "Life is Art", performed by the Terence Lewis Dance Company from Mumbai. Depicting the many facets of life's journey, the performance illustrated the confluence of precision and artistry with dance as the medium.

Commenting on the re-opening of the hotel, Mr. Rohit Khosla, General Manager, said, "Following a year of ambitious renovation, Taj Samudra reopens as one of Colombo's finest luxury hotels. We proudly welcome Sri Lankans and international travelers back to their favourite hotel with enhanced experiences and legendary Taj hospitality."

TajSamudra, Colombo is a 75 minutes' drive from the airport (35 kilometers). For reservations email samudra.colombo@tajhotels.com or call Tel No. : (94 - 11) 2446622

For further information visit www.tajhotels.com

About Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces
Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 106 hotels in 63 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.  From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, The TajMahalPalace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.

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