Sitting at the heart of Colombo’s prime Galle Face oceanfront, the ITC One hotel and Sapphire Residences are modern skyscrapers with a futuristic illuminated exterior wrapping around each tower, symbolic of a modern Sri Lanka which remains true to its roots.
In terms of lifestyle, the bar is being raised to new heights that will redefine luxury vertical residential living in the South Asia region. Beyond the spectacular apartments and penthouses (called Sky Mansions, owing to their enormous lateral living areas), Sapphire Residences offers over 40,000 sq. ft. of leisure amenities for the exclusive use of homeowners and their guests.
Conceptualised by world-renowned interior design company YOO working with the legendary Philippe Starck, for their work at Sapphire Residences they drew inspiration from the rich architectural history of Sri Lanka and the serendipitous nature of the island’s unique culture, incorporating elements of local architecture and vernacular practices. “I wanted to create a place that draws people together, that makes them laugh, makes them more in love, more sparkling, more intelligent,” explained Philippe Starck. “A place where we humans are at its heart.”
These world-class private facilities, all of which are located in the Sapphire residential tower, include full-service spa (with steam, sauna and treatment rooms), swimming pools, cinema, outdoor amphitheatre, gymnasium and fitness centre, yoga room, squash court, indoor multi-purpose sports court, function rooms, ‘hobby’ studio and a lawn play area.
“All aspects of the sporting and social amenities have been carefully selected and designed to appeal to an elite group of like-minded individuals who enjoy to the finest things in life,” comments Arun Pathak, Managing Director of developer WelcomHotels Lanka. “This is perhaps best illustrated by the magnificent Sapphire Residents’ Club, which is surely set to become one of Colombo’s most exclusive and elite private clubs.”