Rejuvenate and Relax at Haridra Resort and Spa
1 September 2014 03:01 pm
By Shehara Rizly
Just half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the main Galle Road driving from Colombo, Haridra Resort and Spa is the perfect place to unwind and truly relax in the most perfect private environment. Haridra Resort and Spa is a fully owned subsidiary company of Vendol Venivel Co Pvt Ltd.
Exclusive Experience for the discerning guests
As you drive in two magnificent gates of royalty opens out only to the exclusive clientele that visit the resort to indulge themselves in a luxurious and relaxing stay at the resort. You drive in to the impeccably landscaped garden guiding you straight to the porch where the courteous and friendly staff will be at your side presenting warm towels and handing out authentic Sri Lankan fruit juice to quench your thirst. Parking will be safe and there is ample room to keep your vehicle overnight as the whole property is guarded by well trained security. Haridra is an exclusive all suites boutique hotel situated in an extremely breath taking beach front along the West coast of Sri Lanka. It is especially designed for the up market leisure or business traveler looking forward to relaxation and healing through authentic Sri Lankan healing therapies.
Awards and accolades
There are two notable awards and accolades that have brought prestige and recognition to Haridra Resort and Spa. Trip Advisor and Holiday Check are two world renown platforms where quality and excellence is measured. It is quite note worthy to mention that Haridra has secured top positions in both these review platforms. In recognizing the top performing business on Tripadvisor, Haridra Resort & Spa has been awarded the certificate of excellence. Holidaycheck which is Europe leading review platform with 25 million visits’ Each month has rated Haridra amongst the best rated hotel on Holiday check quality Selection.
The choice is certainly yours to choose as the Haridra Resort has three different types of accommodation that will interest you. There are some garden suites that open out to well manicured lawns at the resort.
The French windows of the living area allows you to just step outside and enjoy the garden or the swimming pool in close proximity as well as the ocean that looks absolutely magnificent. It is just a home away from home kind of feeling that you experience as you could sit on a luxurious sofa either with a book of your choice or have a drink with your friends enjoying the breath taking view.
The bedroom in the suites are just a flight of stairs above the living area. You can wake up to witness an enthralling view of the wondrous ocean and the well kept garden and pool area. The en-suite bathroom offers an amazing bathtub and a shower that is located on either side of the bathroom where you could decide on your mood and either enjoy a fantastic hot tub or a hot shower.
If you wish to enjoy your time as royalty for a day or two the “Mansion Suites” are the best to stay. They are the most luxurious of them all as you have your own plunge pool as you open the French windows of your bedroom. You could immerse yourself in the water where the water will give you a soothing massage and all you need to do is just relax and enjoy. You could even watch the sunset with your loved one by your side in the privacy of your own plunge pool taking in the sights, scents and sounds of the magnificent Indian ocean.
The restaurant offers you dining options either in the luxury of the air conditioned area or outside overlooking the beautiful and breath taking ocean view scenery. All meals are provided by award winning five star Chefs who has taken great care in preparing each meal in the state of the art kitchen. The fine dining restaurant is another experience not to be missed as you will be able to taste the delectable cuisine by expert chefs. Chill out in one of the most comfortable yet luxurious lounge bar with well experienced barmen who will make some of the most interesting cocktails or mocktails of your choice at Haridra and enjoy the music and ambience.
Ownership of the luxurious getaway
Haridra Resort and Spa is a fully owned subsidiary company of Vendol Venivel Company (Pvt) Ltd. During the past 26 years Vendol has become a household name with their quality balm, thereafter they diversified into manufacturing and marketing a beauty soap by the name of “Venivel” that won great regard as a Sri Lankan product. Today their success as a market leader continues as they keep adding on new products to their portfolios which range from the baby range products to toothpaste and washing soap all manufactured with herbal medicinal products. Their latest venture on media is the Channel known as VIP Radio on FM 94. Vendol is a diversified Sri Lankan company that ensures quality in whatever field they undertake. It is a family owned business and the entire family is fully involved in the company.
Chairman – Dr.Godakanda
Dr.Godakanda is a renown Ayurvedic doctor by profession and an Entrepreneur with a voice to speak the truth. He lives a very simple and exemplary life offering his best services to the nation. He believes in speaking the truth and standing up for what is right and just and always offer his services when necessary to the nation.
The idea behind Haridra Resort and Spa by Chairman
“Ayurvedic medicines are one of the oldest practices in the world. It has found cures for many complicated sicknesses. We need to promote and propagate this practice so that many will benefit. I wanted to ensure that we can provide this treatment through this medical centre and spa so that they can enjoy while treating their ailments. This is the reason why we named this company as “Vendol Ayurvedic Healing Resort and Co. Ltd.” “We would like to promote our Ayurvedic Medical Centre and the “Haridra Signature one day treatment” at the hotel and would like to request whoever interested in getting a full body service done at this centre with experienced professional therapists while relaxing and enjoying the facilities and serenity surrounding the hotel. Our Medical centre is fully equipped with qualified doctors and attendants. It has customized therapy facilities to treat an individual .It is very similar to servicing your vehicle regularly. So do indulge and see the difference you will feel after a quality treatment.”
Ranjith Balasuriya – General Manager
A personality that has been in the hospitality trade for over three decades in the hospitality Industry in Sri Lanka and abroad and held positions such as General Manager, Group General Manager (Hotel Operations) and Head of Sales & Marketing in well established star class properties in Sri Lanka as well as Republic of Maldives is the captain that steers the ship in the right course.
He was the Director in the Touristic Bureau for Southern Provincial Council for three years. Ranjith hopes to enhance the productivity of the resort and obtain back to back business from charter operators, high commissions, embassies, schools, corporate, banks and even small scale travel agents and tour operators. “The resort is ideal for all day outings, beach carnivals, rugby, volleyball, horse riding and many other interesting events and he hopes to conduct some very interesting events such as live cookery programmes, fashion shows, birthday and valentine celebrations as well as new year and Christmas parties where many could enjoy and celebrate. There are many corporate and even embassies that have booked the premises for various functions. I’m also hoping to have some activities even for Halloween and have various theme nights. We have received many good comments and reviews from our guests and most of them are repeat guests that include locals as well as foreigners,” stated Ranjith.
Tranquility combined with Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Healing Therapies
At Haridra Resort and Spa you can combine your holiday to make it a healing experience. Godakanda Herbals (Pvt) Ltd was established as the manufacturing arm of Vendol Lanka Company (Pvt) Ltd. which has been manufacturing and distributing herbal products under the Brand name of VENDOL since 1982. The Spa has a range of treatments that could cure you of various ailments that you might have in your body. The doctor is available from morning till evening and it is their policy that they close by 5pm in accordance to the treatment plans. It is an ideal place for a relaxing spa break with a true difference as they have some of the best masseurs in town with an exotic view of the incredible Indian ocean which is just five steps away from the spa.
If you would like to keep fit whilst relaxing the state of the art well equipped gym located on the first floor will help you to tone your muscles.
Haridra Ayurveda Spa provides the unique experience of a range of Ayurveda treatments that have been developed over 4000 years in Sri Lanka. The treatments are prescribed and supervised by Dr. Prasad Wijesekera who advises on the need and the duration of the treatment programme. Their procedure is male to male and female to female therapists and all of them are qualified with over 8 to 10 years of experience. Every treatment is commenced after the consultation and instructions of the ayurveda medical officer. Dr.Prasad Wijesekara is a qualified ayurvedic medical graduate from the University of Colombo. Haridra also offers many other beauty and spa treatments ranging from full body treatments to facials, scrubs and clean ups. The Haridra Resort Ayurvedic Spa today offers five treatment rooms for individual or group treatment and has a traditional sauna, and a special area for beauty treatment.
Expert Medical Officer of the Spa
Dr.Prasad Wijesekara is a qualified ayurvedic physician With B.A.M.S degree from Colombo University (bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery). It was a six year degree program with an internship. His family has been traditional ayurvedic doctors and he uses that knowledge in his practice for his patients and treatments. Hailing from Kurunegala, he is old boy of Maliyadeva College. He has been working at Haridra since opening as a Chief Ayurvedic Physician. “This is not a general spa. We are functioning as an ayurvedic spa and our speciality is genuine ayurvedic treatment packages for the guests according their requirements. The signature treatment we offer at our spa is the blood purification treatment which is a two day package that will eliminate the impurities in the blood from your body and refresh and rejuvenate the polluted blood which in turn will provide you a smooth and youthful skin.
Haridra Resort and Spa is a must visit if you believe in Sri Lankan hospitality !
Photographs by Jagath Dharmakeerthi