Staff Correspondent, MOULVIBAZAR, Dec 29: ‘Grand Sultan Tea Resort and Golf’, the first ever 5-star resort in the country with an area of 13.6 acres of attractive land in the backdrop of scenic tea estates and undisturbed wilderness of Srimangal, has been opened.
Khwaja Tipu Sultan, Chairman of Excursion & Resorts Bangladesh Ltd. (Parent company of Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf), formally announced the opening of the resort at the Grand Ballroom of the resort, namely, Rashni Mahal on Wednesday evening (December 25).
Speaking on the occasion, Khwaja Tipu Sultan said the resort is not only an asset of the company on its own rather it has become an asset of the country’s people. “We all should feel proud of the resort that is equipped with the world class amenities,” he said.
Tipu Sultan expressed the hope that the Grand Sultan Tea Resort would help meet the long-cherished demand for such a well-equipped resort in the region.
In an emotion-choked voice, he said the honorable President was supposed to inaugurate the today’s grand opening but later it was cancelled because of the present volatile political situation in the country.
“We had to cut short the mammoth opening program at the time of the critical crisis the country is now facing,” he pointed out.
A Grand Dinner as well as a fantastic musical performance by Souls, the legendary band of Bangladesh, followed this.
Since the date coincides with the Christmas Day, there had plentiful entertaining arrangements for the children throughout the day including wonderfully adorned Christmas Tree besides, fun-fare and gift hampers by the Santa Claus.
The two-day long ceremony ended with another music fest performed by renowned singer Haider Hossain & Brothers on Thursday evening. Besides the invited guests, people of all sects also participated in the festivities of Grand Opening including the concert and the Grand Dinner.
Grand Sultan strives to uplift the tourism industry of Bangladesh to a prestigious international standard. Sole target is to unearth the unending possibilities of the local tourism potential. This venture will bring about diabolic change in the socio-economic feature of Srimangal, as well as Bangladesh.
Present, among others, at the ceremony were Sohel Hossain Ibne Botuta, Managing Director, Excursion & Resorts Bangladesh Ltd., BKS Inan, Technical Director, Excursion & Resorts Bangladesh Ltd., Faruq Rahman, Executive Director, Tony Khan, General Manager, Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf and many distinguished people from different sectors.
It might be mentioned, the 9 storied building spread over an area of 2,00,000 sq-ft space offers 145 rooms with all sorts of state-of-the-art facilities. Out of these rooms, 45 are equipped with King Size and 43 are with Queen Size beds. There is an attractive 9-hole Golf course. Other games include Lawn Tennis and Badminton. There will be billiard and table tennis for them who love indoor games. There is special kids’ zone at the resort for the children. What more, the resort offers three pools including an amoeba shaped colossal swimming pool.
Other facilities of the resort include `Roshni Mahal’ with a capacity of 1200 people and `Naomi Manjil’ a banquette hall with a capacity of 750 people. The resort has three 5-star standard restaurants with the capacity of 330 persons named Fowara Dine, Shahee Dine and Arannya Bilash. The list also includes three cafes named Golf Paharika, Pool Deck and Café Mangal.
Grand Sultan offers facilities of special dimension for the corporate visitors. Needless to mention about the three gigantic meeting rooms located at the resort. Last but not least there will be the Spa, Sauna, Jacuzzi and message parlor in addition to an ultra-modern gymnasium for the fitness lovers as well.