The 98 Acres Resort & Spa, a subsidiary of the UHE Group, was recently recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” in the Travelers’ Choice Awards 2022, in the category “Best Romantic Hotels – Asia” by TripAdvisor.
The list included 19 other winners from the Asia region, including luxury properties from the Maldives Thailand [05 – including one property from the Phang Nga Province]Malaysia Singapore  and another property from Sri Lanka.
The luxury resort and spa continues to attract interest from international travelers. The recent addition of ‘Ravana Pool Club’ – Sri Lanka’s first international pool club, together with ‘Flying Ravana’ – the mega zipline and adventure park, to the 98-acre repertoire are part of a Extensive recreation available to both in-house guests of the property as well as visitors to Ella.
The famed property which continues to garner accolades across the globe has played a pivotal role in promoting and expanding Ella’s tourism prowess – making it a remarkable and ambitious vacation region that many believe will soon rival with Bali as a luxury leisure destination.
Speaking to 98 Acres Resort & Spa, the Group’s General Manager – Inthikab Alam, on the recent accolade, said, “98 Acres Resort and Spa has always been committed to leading the way for Sri Lankan tourism by as a beacon of excellence in hospitality. What started as a tea estate turned boutique hotel, has now become a regional phenomenon, with many local and international tourists flocking to 98 Acres, as it is considered a vital part of Ella. [and luxury Sri Lanka] live.”
With the current economic climate in Sri Lanka, tourism has become a vital industry to help the country’s recovery through increased incomes, job creation, infrastructure development, especially for digital nomads and millennial travelers and zoomers.
Thanks to the continued efforts of brands such as 98 Acres Resort & Spa, increased tourist flow is expected to lead to positive economic outcomes for Sri Lanka (both in the short and long term), especially where the gross domestic product (GDP) and employment opportunities are considered.
In conclusion, Alam said, “All of our humble accomplishments have manifested into a driving force for every individual working towards the success of the 98 Acres brand.
Despite the hardships 98 Acres Resort & Spa has experienced, we as a team have grown into something bigger and better over time – overcoming the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns , as well as the current economic climate, with a clear focus and a path to continued success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported us on our journey over the years.
The effort to market both the property and the country has made Ella a popular go-to destination for couples, families, digital nomads and flashpackers. The destination is particularly intriguing to many for its almost mystical nature as a quaint, serene and scenic city, home to lush forests, mountain peaks and quaint villages that have welcomed modern travelers from around the world with open arms.
98 Acres Resort & Spa has received accolades such as the Travellers’ Choice Award in the luxury category from TripAdvisor (2013 – 2021); Traveler’s Choice Award in the Romance category (2016); “World’s Best Luxury Mountain Resort” by World Luxury.