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Resort Operator Six Senses Set to Manage a Resort Built on an Islet
on the Northwest Coast of Sri Lanka

The Project – Six Senses Hideaway at Dutch Bay Being Developed by Joint Venture
Between Six Senses and Swarna Dweep, an Investment Vehicle


The Project – Six Senses Hideaway at Dutch Bay

The Concept

The Dutch Bay 6 Star Resort Development is a one of its kind and placed within the most beautiful parts of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The concept of the development is to give substantial, socio-economic and cultural benefits to the country and its communities, by building more than a resort but a future. The Dutch Bay Project is to become a benchmark for other sustainable and echo friendly developments with long-term objectives and action parameters based on:

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental quality
  • Educate travellers to the area in reference to tradition, culture, thus keeping the indigenous culture alive
  • Amplification of the tourist season to diminish the belief that Sri Lanka is a seasonal destination
  • To create income opportunities to benefit the local communities
  • To support and educate the local community to improve their quality of life
  • To create a new tourist products supply based on the natural and cultural resources of the Dutch Bay territory
The Location – Latitude 8.17 / Longitude 79.78 

Climatically the area experiences a dry semi arid climate with a constant sea breeze creating a comfortable maritime climate.

The project is situated on an Island in the Puttalam district in the  Kalpitiya Peninsular on the Western Coast of Sri Lanka. It is 2 hours 30mts North of the International Airport, which is 103 miles (165 kms) from Colombo. 

Kalpitiya is predominantly a fishing community strategically located at the mouth of the Puttalam Lagoon.

The economy of Kalpitiya is largely depended on the fishing industry, 

The Kalpitiya region is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the North-Western Province and it is located in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, where the climate is tropical and temperatures range from 21C° to 34C°. 

The peninsular separates the Puttalam Lagoon from the Indian Ocean and as such is a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches. Nearly twenty-four species of cetaceans are found along the coastal waters and five species of marine turtles nest in its beaches. Dugongs inhabit the lagoon and the coastal habitats provide nesting and feeding grounds for hundreds of species of resident and migrant birds.

This area is earmarked by the government of Sri Lanka for the development of high-end tourism.

The Project location is surrounded by many natural attractions and many locations of historic values. 


Dutch Bay is surrounded by the sea and the second largest lagoon of Sri Lanka forming an estuary which has all four ECO-Systems such as Near Shore, Wetland, Salt Marsh and Terrestrial, thereby providing the perfect environmental atmosphere to implement the concept of this project.

The surrounding area of the project location was acquired by the government, which was named as “Phase 1”. This area covers a total land extent of 772 hectares, which was earmarked as a high-end Resort Development area 

The total extent of “DBR” land is 180 acres expected to be utilized for the project.


It is proposed that the Dutch Bay Resorts project will be mixed-use 6 star Hideaway Retreat that will provide exclusive facilities for both Tourists and Signature Homeowners. The Villas will be sold to high net-worth individuals to retire or lease back the Signature home to its 6 star Hotel Operator


Resort Facilities for VIP’s
Hotel & Administration Building
Premium Leisure and Spa Club
Club House
Housekeeping & Commercial Laundry Facilities
Maintenance Facility Area 
Staff Accommodation
Entertainment Facilities
Floating Restaurants

Wilpattu National Park (WNP)
Located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km North of Colombo). WNP is only a 45 minute boat ride from the Dutch Bay Island.

The Park spans from the West coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (50 km to the East of the park). Covering an impressive 425 sq miles, the park is Sri Lanka’s largest, and having reopened in 2003, is now an increasingly popular tourism destination. 

Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.

Barrier Reef
The largest coral reef in Sri Lanka (‘Bar reef') is only a few minutes boat trip the Dutch Bay Island, this is declared as a Marine Sanctuary in 1992, in accordance with the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance. This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sighting of manta rays, reef sharks and the occasional turtle.  This natural underwater habitat provides a perfect diving spot for tourists.

Dutch Fort
The fort in Kalpitiya was first developed by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later improved by the Dutch. At present the remains of the fort can be seen as a four sided affair with two whole and two half bastions. The walls are about 4 meters high and inside are the remnants of the chapel, a commander’s house, barrack rooms, a prison & several godowns (warehouses). This could be considered as an ideal tourist attraction in the region which stands as a true monument of Dutch influence in the coastal region of Kalpitiya. 

Share Holders/Board Members of the Project 

Norwich International Consultants (N.I.C) is an award winning Real Estate service provider operating in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1997. 

Over the years, N.I.C has been successful in cherry picking some of the unique developments of the Middle East. The tailor made marketing strategies of N.I.C managed to give some developments capital growths of over 350% in just 5 years. Some of which had gained up to100% capital growth during the construction period

N.I.C has built an extensive data base of over 500,000 potential investors through out the GCC and remains optimistic for Sri Lanka

N.I.C became an early investor for Sri Lanka and has actively invested its time and money since the 2006.

N.I.C works along side world reputed Branding Agents, Hotel Operators, Project Consultants, Signature Architects, Signature Golf course designers, internationally recognised Urban Planners, Environmental Consultants, Well known interior designers, Lighting Engineers and Europe’s biggest Landscape Architect Paghera

Mr. Lars Johansson - Director
PhD in Clinical Embryology
Lars Johansson has more than twenty years experience in Worldwide Consultancy, lecturing, research, accreditation and management in Human Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART). He plans and builds ART clinics, purchase, installs and startup ART equipments, headhunt and educate staff in ART. 

Lars is also an invited Speaker and Chairman of International Meetings and Workshops. 

Mr. Mike Chance - Director
BSc. - Computer Information Systems

Mr. Mike Chance has over 20 years international business development experience gained whilst working in a number of Middle East countries. He was previously employed by one of the largest Development Banks in the Middle East as well as by a number of international computer hardware manufacturers and systems integrators. Mike is resident in the Kingdom of
Bahrain and has property investments in the United Kingdom as well as being owner of a Diplomatic Duty Free business in South Africa which exports wines and spirits to the Middle East and Asia as well as serving clients throughout Southern Africa.

Mr. Neil D’Silva – Chairman

Further to completing a hotel management course in native Sri Lanka, Neil started as Management Trainee with the Taj Group, which firmly instilled a passion for the hospitality industry. He developed a special interest in the field of hospitality marketing. Further to postings in Oman and Bahrain, he joined one of the Gulf’s leading contracting companies as a Sales Engineer, through which he established his unique network of affluent and influential contacts in the gulf region. At 27 he decided to continue his career as an entrepreneur and started his own real estate company, providing his services in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

His business ideas proved to be successful not just for himself, but also for his many customers, providing capital growth opportunities between 60 to 130 percent. Neil was awards INTERNATIONAL QUALITY CROWN AWARD in London in 2005, and later also received the EUROPEAN MERIT AWARD in Frankfurt in February 2007. He established himself as a columnist for Middle East real estate publications, and was featured regularly in US and European publications, such as the Financial Times and Euro Money Magazine. Neil also appeared on German prime time TV as well as BBC Radio. 

Currently, Neil’s focus is on developing a portfolio of environmentally and socio-economically responsible luxury resorts in his native Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean region. Neil has resided in Bahrain for almost 20 years.

Patrick de Groot – Director

Patrick graduated from The Hague Hotel School in the Netherlands in 1995 and subsequently worked in various senior marketing and business development positions for international hotel chains.

During his years with Hyatt International - EMEA, he was involved in the (pre-) opening of hotels and resorts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Oman, and the UAE. His focus has always been on marketing as well as ‘market relevant hotel product development’. For Jumeirah Group, he set up the Development Department, and was involved in developing the Group Development Strategy from late 2004 until May 2007. Furthermore, he was on the Product Innovation Board of Jumeirah Group, exploring and designing future hotel products.

Patrick made his experience available to Norwich International Consultants by becoming a Board Member. He has now also joined the management team of Swarna Dweep. Both Patrick and Neil have strong vision on the final Dutch Bay product and work closely together with architects and interior designers, to develop this resort. 

Patrick’s extensive areas of expertise are

  • Development of Hotel Brand Strategy, Brand Architecture and Brand Identity
  • Development of Hotel Marketing Strategy
  • Management of Hotel Operator Relationships
  • Negotiation of Hotel Management Agreements
  • Development of innovative Hotel products
  • Assessment of acquisition targets
Patrick has lived and worked in the Middle East region since 1995 and currently lives with his family in Dubai, UAE.

Ms Susan Clark - Director

Sue graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1981 with a BSc in Biology followed by a MSc. in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde,Scotland. In 1982 she joined a Middle East investment bank and has been involved for over 25 years in real estate investment and financing across all assets classes based both in the Middle East and London. Her last banking role was as a Director, Head of Real Estate for a Middle East Investment Bank. She was responsible for the management of a portfolio in excess of US $ 1 billion consisting of properties in the UK, Continental Europe, US and China. In 2007 she established her own Real Estate Consultancy firm in Bahrain. She has lived in the Middle East for over 30 years.

THE 6 STAR HOTEL OPERATOR Six Senses Resorts and Spa Group

Core Rationale 

“To create innovative and enlightening experiences that rejuvenate our guests’ love of SLOW LIFE*”
*Sustainable - Local - Organic - Wholesome Learning - Inspiring - Fun – Experiences

SLOW LIFE is pivotal to “Six Senses” philosophy. It expresses a commitment to our guests to provide complete and unique experiences, while at the same time improving the lives of our hosts and our communities. It is about being at the forefront of environmental sustainability and offering the support, knowledge and simple message on how to rediscover a holistic lifestyle.

Corporate Philosophy

Six Senses strive to deliver attractive financial returns plus superior resort and spa products of which our owners will be proud. Six Senses achieve this by bringing obsessive attention to detail in design, a discipline during development and a hands-on approach to implementation during pre-opening; right up until and beyond practical completion. Six Senses believe that, in light of this  development and operating experience gained over more than a decade, and that given the quality awards that Six Senses have won, the team continue to build and grow through experience, that there is no better time than now to work with Six Senses as our operating partner. Last, but not least, Six Senses are a private company comprising highly talented and experienced individuals who are all passionate about what they do. At Six Senses, it is not just a job for us and our almost 3,700 employees, covering more than 40 nationalities; it is a vocation to deliver and to serve.


Six Senses Group is a resort and spa management and development company, established in 1995, which manages resorts under the brand names Soneva, Six Senses Hideaway, Six Senses Latitude, Six Senses Private Residences, and Evason; plus Six Senses Spas and Six Senses Destination Spas. Six Senses is committed to remain innovative and at the forefront of creativity in the hospitality industry.

Brand Value

“Six Senses Hideaway” will be the interpretation of Six Senses brand at DBR.

“Six Senses Hideaway” is about attention to detail and focus on the reality of the destination is the driving force, together with an unwavering commitment to the environment. Service levels at Six Senses Hideaway are very high, with butlers exemplifying the personal attention offered to every guest. Dining and refreshment alternatives cover international and locally-inspired cuisine and an impressive selection of vintages from around the world. A Six Senses Spa is a key component of a Six Senses Hideaway.

Accommodation at a Six Senses Hideaway is exclusively a private pool villa, which provides generous personal space and presents an uncompromised standard of luxury. Offering elegantly designed architecture and natural furnishings, they are positioned with an image supporting the Six Senses Hideaway theme – Redefining Experiences.

Currently there are Six Senses Hideaway properties in Thailand (Samui, Hua Hin and Yao Noi), Vietnam (Ninh Van Bay near Nha Trang and Con Dao), and Zighy Bay in Musandam Peninsula, Sultanate of Oman. 

Social Responsibility & Environment

Six Senses core values include a commitment to contribute resources, both financial and human, to help better the environment and the communities in which we operate; and to remain in harmony with the environment and cultural surroundings. 

Six Senses is an acknowledged industry leader in environmental responsibility. Through careful consideration of the effects that operating systems, materials, and purchasing policies have on the environment, Six Senses are continually developing new initiatives and procedures to minimize our ecological impact.


Swarna Dweep is a Public Limited Company established by Norwich International Consultants together with a team of highly qualified Europeans and a Sri Lankan Entrepreneur currently operating in Europe and the Middle East. 

Swarna Dweep has been established in Sri Lanka under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 with the aim of capitalizing on the opportunities anticipated in Sri Lanka in the years ahead as a direct result of the end of the long running civil conflict. Swarna Dweep will focus on the development of world-class, 21st Century sustainable Tourism, Real Estate and Transportation portfolios with a target Internal Rate of Return (IRR) in excess of 23% over the 7 year term of the equity fund in the current market conditions.

The Dutch Bay Resorts is a Six star sustainable development, which is the first project initiated by Swarna Dweep. 


The Vision of Swarna Dweep is to create a billion dollar asset portfolio within the first 10 years of its operation by tapping in to the missed opportunities of the Indian Ocean. By doing so, we shall enable the rural areas to access education and training through government and private sector stake holders


The Company’s Mission is to maximize the investment returns while performing within the parameters of our development fundamentals and corporate governance


Our business is simple and it is based on People. We jointly invest with other investors in developments where poor people are being integrated for long term sustainability.


The wealth of Sri Lanka is its people who have the ability to bounce back with pride, dignity and colors. The diversified culture and the ability to adaptation in deed will make Sri Lanka the Next Big Thing Asia 

The country’s incomparable pristine environment is second to non and a creation of God that every one must visit at least once in their life time 

The uninterrupted Budhist History and the longest running history of the world “The Great Cronicals of Sri Lanka” is in no doubt the real attraction of the high-end tourists who have long waited for the opportunity.


N.I.C is the holding Company of Swarna Dweep. N.I.C is an award winning Real Estate service provider operating in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1997. 

Chairman’s message - Neil D’Silva

We combine our capital with your investment and jointly bring to life unique developments in the tourism, wellness and housing sectors. 

Swarna Dweep is set up to become a multi-component profit generator. Revenues differ from project to project, with time and location being important factors.

At these important cross roads, at which Sri Lanka finds itself at the very beginning of whole new era of its development as a nation, Swarna Dweep is focused on building long-term income generating, sustainable assets, which support Sri Lanka’s need to further develop its tourism, housing and wellness sectors.

Swarna Dweep has set itself clear objectives in terms of how it develops its business, and recognizes its ecologocical and socio-economic responsibilities. It aims to bring healthcare, education and commerce to less developed, rural parts of the nation.

At Swarna Dweep, we bring dreams to reality while multiplying prosperity 

Our first project is the development of an eco-resort in Dutch Bay on the North-Western shores of Sri Lanka. Negotiations have been successfully started with 6-star luxury resort Management Company and internationally renowned brand Six Senses Hideaway Resorts. This is where our journey begins. 

CMO’s Message - Patrick De Groot

Dutch Bay was first brought to my attention back in 2007, when I was scouting for luxury resort and hotel opportunities for Dubai-based Jumeirah Group. Although my team and I realized that the excellent location and natural beauty of the Dutch Bay site would be key to its future success, unfortunately Sri Lanka as a destination was not in a position to capitalize on the opportunity at the time. 

However, as I believed in the potential of  the DutchBay development, I joined Neil’s efforts to make the Dutch Bay dream come true. Now - two years later – DutchBay is about to come to life. With the coming on board of Hotel Operator Six Senses, this first development under the Swarna Deep banner, has everything going for it. It is my intention to ensure that the resort introduces an innovative, state-of-the-art hotel product to the untouched tropical shores of North-West Sri-Lanka.

Steeped in history as a lagoon in which early traders sought refuge from the ocean, to take in fresh water and an abundance of food for the remainder of their voyage, DutchBay will once more inspire its visitors. The resort will allow its guests to drink in the centuries old mystique of tall ships, tropical locales, and rituals of the Orient.

Sri Lanka Waiting to Take Off 

Sri Lanka has caught the attention of the world intermittently, though more often than not for the wrong reasons – its ethnic conflict.??A closer look reveals an economy with substantial growth potential given a resilient and hard-working populace, geographical advantage and increasing private sector investment.  Unfortunately to release this potential the country needs to
overcome a number of challenges – infrastructure bottlenecks, ethnic conflict and fiscal consolidation.


There is no future without a past

Sri Lanka was the ideal stop over of the Ancient Sea farers sailing in the Indian Ocean to East Asia and pacific. The Archeological evidences prove that Sri Lanka had even has diplomatic relationships with Rome before BC. The Chinese, Arabian, Persian, South and North Indian, Malay was the first traders followed by Portuguese, Dutch and British. 




Mohammed Abdulla
Vice President, Technical Affairs
Norwich International Consultants
Tel:          (+973) 17-587-222
P.O.Box 15080
Almoayed Tower, 19th floor
Kingdom of Bahrain

Also See: Tourism Essential to Help Sri Lanka Rebuild After the Tsunami: Peter Hill, CEO of SriLankan Airlines / February 2005



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