Haven for retirees by courtesy Ceylinco Life


by Hiran H.Senewiratne

The retirement resort - Pic by Dimuthu Premaratne

Ceylinco Life broke new ground with Sri Lanka’s first retirement resort, which it established at a three acre scenic beach-front land at Uswetakeiyawa, just 14 km north of Colombo, This could be considered a unique concept for retired personnel.

"This is a ground-breaking concept for Sri Lanka, but one that has been quite successful in other parts of the world," Ceylinco Life Managing Director/CEO R. Renganathan told journalists hosted recently to a tour of the facility just days after it opened for public viewing.

He said, "La Serena caters to a segment that is looking for the perfect mix of privacy and companionship in an extremely convenient environment that facilitates an active and healthy retirement."

The resort comprises 28 single bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units, built around common facilities including a swimming pool, mini gym, restaurant, library and reading room, entertainment lounge and beach terrace.

"As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ceylinco Life, the managing company, Serene Resorts Limited has the benefit of the strength and expertise of the country’s biggest and most successful life insurance company, and is intended to be the forerunner of further investments in retirement living, Renganathan said.

Built along the lines of a medium-sized resort hotel, ‘La Serena’ comprises of 44 self-contained, fully furnished, equipped and serviced living units, which will be offered on short or long term rent to active retirees seeking to live independently without the hassles of maintaining and running their own homes.

Each living unit has its own living room, dining area, kitchenette and in-suite bathrooms, one for every bedroom, cleverly designed and furnished for optimal use of space – 535 square feet per single bedroom unit and 680 square feet per two bedroom unit.

Every residential unit is fully furnished with living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, LED TV, refrigerator, induction cooker, microwave oven, electric kettle, telephone, ceiling fans and safe deposit box. All units have air-conditioning.

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