Colombo Courtyard turns ‘Amber’ for CHOGM

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With CHOGM around the corner the hospitality sector is gearing up in different ways to accommodate the thousands of visitors who will be here in November. In line with this the Colombo Courtyard, the city’s exclusive boutique hotel located on duplication road has also made its own special contribution to service the distinguished arrivals, by launching a one of a kind spa. “We are one of the first boutique hotels in Sri Lanka to have a fully fledged spa which offers a wide range of body therapy treatments and we are certainly leading the way to create new standards for our segment (the boutique hotel) in the hospitality sector,” says Colombo Courtyard Managing Director Arun Thapar. The hotel, which is set on a busy street in the centre of Colombo, is an oasis for relaxation and bespoke treatment in addition to its unique rooms, butler service and specialised restaurants. Its offer of a spa comes as a rare treat to the in-house guests who are looking out for exclusivity and privacy. Named the ‘Amber Spa’ it will offer Balinese massages as its prime product and as a specialty in this area, it has the famed hot stone treatment to enhance deep relaxation and experience the healing powers of this age old detoxifying therapy. Arun Thapar said that they are working towards launching this spa to coincide with the Common Wealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM), as it would be an ideal time to showcase their product. “We need to show the world that Sri Lanka is not second to any of the hospitality products available in other countries. Usually boutique hotels have the concept of concentrating on bread and breakfast formulas; but we are pushing the Colombo Courtyard beyond these parameters and succeeding.” Amber Spa is not only for in-house guests but will be open to clientele from outside and because they have invested in therapists form Bali, it will be the real McCoy. The trained therapists will be a real addition to the serene atmosphere created beside the pool and lounge areas where one could relax with a glass of lemon grass water to help in the detoxification process and even have a range of fresh tropical juices to cool down under a tropical sun. Arun Thapar says that it makes good business sense to keep adding these exotic components in to what may be considered a smaller version of a resort hotel which when we finally bring everything together, would harmonise in to a really exciting experience which is right in the centre of the capital city. “We certainly think that the Colombo Courtyard (CY) experience with its Scarlet Room restaurant, Cloud Cafe and art décor which won us the ‘Best Hotel Interior’ at the prestigious international hotel awards in the Asia Pacific region would attract the discerning business traveller,” says the Managing Director.