ONE of Asia's top five-star hotels will be built in Sri Lanka by an American firm with links to the Hilton chain of hotels. The resort will be built in the southern town of Kalurata at a cost of US$33 million, with 250 rooms and will be situated in a land area of about nine hectares. Work on the hotel was expected to begin early next year and architects from the United States were already in Colombo to discuss plans. According to Colombo Hilton general manager Gamini Fernando, the resort will be 'one of the most exclusive in the hotel industry, and would match any Far Eastern hotel'. 'Internationally, $33 million is nothing, but in Sri Lanka it is a lot of money,' he said. Mr Fernando refused to reveal who the other parties involved in the deal were, but he confirmed that the Hilton would be involved in the hotel project and that negotiations were under way. 'We cannot comment right now, but will in about three weeks,' he said.