Guests were treated to a spectacular display of lights, decorations and fabulous array of foods from all over the world. Party goers feasted whilst the multi-talented band, 16 by Four played songs from the pantheon of classic pop. And the fabulous Navy drummers, dressed in shimmering Shalwar Kamese and golden turbans, treated the crowd, assembled on the beach side deck, with the heart stirring beat of their drums.
Two clowns complimented the fire eaters, devil dancers and Kandyian drummers. The masters of ceremony, Mr. Sampath and Ms. Erandi lead the guests from dinner to dancing to competing in light hearted competitions, which included the famous Queen of the Night catwalk.
First prize was awarded to a Sri Lankan beauty. First prize for the raffle draw was a fabulous opportunity to stay in Calamander Unawatuna Beach and Calamander Lake Gregory, with transport provided between the two hotels.
At one minute to midnight the countdown was announced and the guests and staff gathered by the beach to witness a spectacular display of fireworks with the crowning event for all the staff and guests, the launching of hot air lanterns into the inky blackness of the night sky.
Hundred of lanterns, silhouetted against the moonlight, sailed towards the full moon. It was indeed a magical sight. The bubbly flowed and the guests danced until dawn. And guests were overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of the staff. In 2018, Calamander Unawatuna Beach, looks forward to another year of change and development and continued success, ensuring its future as the best beach resort down south.