Roy and Catarina Dixon are working hard towards Mountain Lodge becoming a pioneer in developing, implementing and then sharing eco-friendly solutions that will in turn, help towards putting Ella and indeed, Sri Lanka on the map regarding a more environmentally sustainable tourism industry. These green technologies and the fact that we are planning to undertake more community development works are some of the main factors in attracting foreign investment to our project here in Ella.
We look forward to continuing our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) work of supporting local community projects. We have already put computers into several schools around the district, levelled two
playing fields, dug a water well and installed a water supply to another nearby school, we painted an orphanage and supplied new mattresses to an orphanage in Bandarawela, refurbished a local sports club and built two volleyball pitches in our nearby communities of Goussa and Newburgh.
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Mountain Lodge will be providing, presently the largest amount of foreign direct investment for the development of tourism infrastructure to the UVA Province. More importantly, we will be helping to attract high-end tourists, bringing in much-needed foreign currency, and we will be providing many good jobs, along with significant socio-economic benefits to our local community.
Located at over 1,100 meters above sea level, guests will be able to relax in the fresh mountain air and watch as the sun rises over the morning mist in the valleys below.
Mountain Lodge is a relatively new concept of ‘Mega-Mansion’ aimed at attracting high-net-worth guests who are looking for an authentic Sri Lankan experience rather than the stereotypical international type of luxury.
Guests will be able to observe the incredible views from the rooftop garden with spectacular 360-degree views of the tea highlands, the Namanucula Mountain Range, Mini Adams Peak, Ella Rock, Lipton’s seat and Rawana waterfalls. This will be the most perfect and peaceful retreat and an opportunity to be grasped by those who are seeking a unique Sri Lankan experience in a truly outstanding setting.
Mountain Lodge will no doubt become a truly iconic landmark and help in positioning Ella as a destination for high-end guests. This will be enduring architecture at its best, incorporating a sense of palatial opulence.
We have successfully worked our way through the complex planning and environmental consent process and have already obtained all of the approvals.
Through creativity and our investment in the development and implementation of exciting, cutting-edge systems for rainwater harvesting, stormwater and wastewater management along with groundwater replenishment, we are aiming for Mountain Lodge, once up and running to have the lowest environmental impact and be as near carbon neutral as possible. We must remember that water is not a resource; it’s a privilege. We hope that Mountain Lodge will be a pioneering project in Sri Lanka and hopefully help to set a new benchmark in water management and sustainability.
The potential for a healthy return on investment is not only derived from the rapid growth in the Sri Lankan tourism industry over the last decade but also added into the Mountain Lodge equation is the additional profit to be derived from catering to the ever-increasing numbers of high-net-worth individuals now coming to Sri Lanka. We believe Mountain Lodge to be a unique two-fold opportunity for investors.
I believe we have designed a laundry that facilitates a very high level of synergy between the amount of investment required, productivity, operating costs, healthy workplace conditions for our staff, and the fundamental issue of looking after our environment.
The project proponents, concept designers, architects, and engineers of the Mountain Lodge project firmly believe that the building should be alive and breathing. Not only have a heart but also a pulse with life going through its veins. It should be functional and intelligent, for example, able to regulate its own temperature and airflow. A building should be creative, unique, and beautiful, an entity you can fall in love with. If you are fortunate enough to have a leading role in a project such as this, then it should excite you and make you emotive; it should be somewhere you want to be, a special place where you are comfortable and want to spend your time.
One of the main drivers in designing Mountain Lodge is the fact that it is a completely new creation. Whenever we start with a blank sheet of paper, the opportunity must be grasped of not only having an incubator for creativity but also a stage for new technologies to be developed, tested, implemented and showcased. This is not only for the furtherance of innovation but also as an important legacy in providing benefits to our future generations. By investing today in new solutions aimed at environmental sustainability, we are confident that the Mountain Lodge project will help put Sri Lanka on the map as a ‘pioneer’ in the development of carbon neutrality within what is becoming a rapidly growing tourism industry.
For an overview of the site, use the Watch button at the top of the page. For a 3-D model design, click the Watch button below. Please keep watching until the end to see the roof garden and infinity pool.
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