Spa Ceylon gives Ceylon Tea a new dimesion
and Shalin Balasuriya
Entrepreneurial brothers, Shiwantha Dias and Shalin Balasuriya, who
singlehandedly infused glitz and glamour into our age old Ayurveda
traditions and rituals with their Spa Ceylon range of luxury bath and
wellness products, not to mention their luxury spas, have once again
broken ground, in fact have created a world first with the introduction
of a complete range of spa formulae, bath & body care, as well as
treatment products infused with 100% Pure Ceylon Tea!
“The world’s finest tea comes from Ceylon, and tea is proven to be
rich in natural anti oxidants, chlorophylls and polyphenols which offer
potent therapeutic as well as soothing benefits when applied externally.
Spa Ceylon being a producer of fine luxury Ayurveda products for the
world, it was only fitting that we blend pure Ceylon Tea [organically
grown], with Ayurveda herbs and oils to create this unique range of tea
based products”, said Managing Director, Spa Ceylon, Shiwantha Dias.
Spa Ceylon’s totally natural Ceylon Tea range is infused with
organically grown & processed White Tea, Green Tea and Black Ceylon Tea
blended to a proprietary formula. Manufactured according to Ayurvedic
principles of health and well being, the range includes Ceylon Tea &
Citron Massage & Bath Oil, Ceylon Tea & Spice Body Scrub, Ceylon Tea &
Lemongrass Bath Tea, Ceylon Tea & Ylang Hand & Body Lotion, Ceylon Tea &
Tuberose Body Butter, Ceylon Tea & Aloe Soothing Body Mist, and a range
of aromatic Ceylon Tea Cleansing Bars. “Our teas are sourced from
organically certified pure Ceylon tea producers and we are extremely
particular about the quality of the tea we use and its source”, said
He went on to say that the new Ceylon Tea range was manufactured
using highly concentrated tea extracts and tea infusions which were
processed using traditional Ayurveda manufacturing procedures as
prescribed in the ancient texts. “This process ensures that the natural
soothing and anti oxidant properties of the tea are present in the final
Spa Ceylon products are manufactured within their Group companies, at
their modern 75,000 sq ft manufacturing facility which is a BOI project.
It is GMP certified to the latest EU manufacturing standards and is a
licensed Ayurveda manufacturing laboratory, registered under the
department of Ayurveda of the government of Sri Lanka.
Simultaneously, Spa Ceylon has also introduced a range of Ceylon Tea
based soothing and protective spa rituals which are practiced
exclusively at their signature spas across the country. The Ritual
includes a detoxing and purifying body scrub with tea leaves, tea seeds
as well as exotic Ceylon spices, followed by a relaxing Royal Kandyan
massage with Citrus and Ceylon Tea infused aromatic Ayurveda oils.
The Spa Ceylon brand is one that is uniquely Sri Lankan;
incorporating age old traditions and rituals, yet catering to the modern
sophisticated traveler who seeks to be pampered and indulged.
It cleverly caters to an ever growing niche market, one that promises
a big return on investment for both the country as well as the
manufacturers themselves. “Today’s traveler, the kind Sri Lanka needs to
attract, requires first to be enticed and then pampered and indulged; it
is this particular segment that Spa Ceylon has endeavoured to cultivate
and cater to”, said Spa Ceylon’s Marketing Director, Shalin Balasuriya.
“Our Ceylon Tea range, which capitalizes on the country’s most famed
export, coupled with age old Ayurveda recipes and traditions, will
without a doubt put Sri Lanka on the map, alongside countries such as
Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, which are famed internationally and
are much sought out for their luxurious spas and spa treatments”.
The company numbers over 300 staff, while indirect employment is
generated to approximately a further 300.
The Spa Ceylon brand which was first launched in May 2009 has
developed in a short span of three years to encompass luxury bath and
wellness products, spas, as well as up market retail outlets.
The first stylish yet traditional boutique was opened at Crescat,
while their latest outlet is at the legendary Dutch Hospital.
Both Balasuriya and Dias are extremely selective when it comes to the
image and positioning of their brand and guard it’s hallmark luxurious
exclusivity. From advertising to packaging to the staffing at their
spas, the luxurious exclusivity of Spa Ceylon is closely adhered to and
The brand which is strongly and proudly Sri Lankan is currently
exported to India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Seychelles, Russia
and the Maldives.
“Our intention is to enter 10 to 15 EU markets starting with the UK
by the end of the year. We also plan to set up our own retail operations
in India around the same time; as you can see, we intend taking Spa
Ceylon and our age old Ayurveda traditions across the globe”, said the