Spa & Wellness

Spas are entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and sprit. (Definition of spa from International SPA Association)

Spa - a business for the promotion of health care and wellness. Its main services consist of massage and water applications, but may include steam, sauna, exercise, nutritional therapy and dietary programmes, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, along with traditional and complementary medicine.

Types of Spa & Treatments

  • Ayurvedic spa, a spa in which all treatments and products are natural and it's often used as alternative medicine.
  • Resort/hotel spa, a spa owned by and located within a resort or hotel providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.
    • Ayurvedic spa
    • Resort/hotel spa
    • Destination spa
    • Club spa
    • Day spa
    • Garden spa
  • Destination spa, a facility with the primary purpose of guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically a seven-day stay, this lifestyle transformation can be accomplished by providing a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthful cuisine and special interest programming.
  • Club spa, a facility whose primary purpose is fitness and which offers a variety of professionally administered spa services on a day-use basis.
  • Day spa, a spa offering a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis.
  • Garden spa, an outdoor spa used for bathing and self cleansing.

Typical treatments include

  • Aromatherapy, is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
  • Bathing or soaking in any of the following:
    • Hot tub
    • Mud bath
    • Peat pulp bath
    • Sauna
    • Steam bath
  • Body wraps, wrapping the body in hot linens, plastic sheets and blankets, or mud wraps, often in combination with herbal compounds.
  • Facials, facial cleansing with a variety of products
  • Massage
  • Nail care such as manicures and pedicures
  • Nutrition and weight guidance
  • Personal training
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Waxing, the removal of body hair with hot wax


“Ayurveda” which comes conjoining two Sanskrit words āyus, meaning "longevity", and veda, meaning "knowledge" or "science", is a science of healthy living and has been practicing for over centuries to preserve health and to cure a body afflicted by disease.

It is not just a form of medication that locals swear by, it is a total way of life known to generations of Sri Lankans for over 3000 years. It is a gentle method of treating the root cause of illness of both mind and body

The authentic & holistic form of Ayurveda therapies utilize the diet, herbs, oils, animal products, yoga and meditation to heal and rejuvenate both the body and mind. Ayurveda believes the life forces, or doshas, of an individual must be balanced for good health and the Ayurvedic practitioners study the patient with the object of restoring balance, getting to the root of the problem and start treating with therapies.

Although Ayurveda can be enjoyed casually for its toning massages and herbal baths, it has a series of intense treatments that take over a period of weeks or even months and produce remarkable results. There are several methods of treatment used. Head to toe massages are said to remove impurities, relax the nerves and invigorate the lymphatic and immune systems. Dripping warm oil on the forehead is said to reduce tension and cure insomnia, while various herbal steam baths open the pores to dispose of toxins for inner harmony. This all-natural experience is truly serene and rejuvenating for both the mind and the body.

It is claimed that many conditions can be alleviated or cured by Ayurveda, including arthritis, migraine, exhaustion, high blood pressure, depression, cystitis, asthma, nicotine and heroin addiction.

Ayurveda makes use of the island's natural resources like herbs, leaves, flowers, barks, roots and berries and uses them to cleanse the blood and the body of impurities.