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“The Best Physician is also a Philosopher”

Galen of Pergamon (c.129 –  216 AD )

An institution, a learned society and a body of practitioners, the Ceylon College of Physicians stands at the apex of medical learning and practice in Sri Lanka. For over half a century, the College has fulfilled an integral role in medical education and the maintenance of professional standards. As an institution, it has played a valuable part in the building of our nation. As a scholar, a historian and a Sri Lankan, it is a privilege and an honour to address its 52nd assembly.

In a thought provoking conclusion to the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume, Dr Panduka Karunanayake, President Elect for 2017, explores new horizons. In an increasingly technological age, he underlines the great need to master the human and social aspects of healing. A profession that truly cares for its patients in every sense of the word, must seek to understand and shape the future. This demands that the physician not only advise patients but that he guide society. If as Dr. Karunanayake suggests, the physician is to shape the future, he must endeavor to understand the human being, his society and his environment.

This was a philosophy which was articulated by one of the fathers of western medicine Aelius Galenus better known as Galen of Pergamon. The most celebrated medical authority of the Roman empire, Galen was one of the greatest physicians and surgeons of the ancient world. He has authored more books still in existence than any other ancient Greek. With the exception of Aristotle and Plato, he ranks as one most influential intellectuals in the classical west.

Born into the intellectual and social elite, Galen was son of a wealthy architect with scholarly interests and he received an excellent education. He travelled and studied widely, spending several years at Alexandria in Egypt, the greatest medical centre of the age. Returning home he spent four years tending a troupe of gladiators, eventually become the personal physician to a succession of Roman emperors.

Described by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius as “First among doctors and unique among philosophers,” Galen strongly believed that science and medicine must be practised in the context of human desires and needs. For him, medicine was an interdisciplinary field where science, ethics and the arts were all interwoven He saw himself as both a physician and a philosopher and believed that the study of philosophy would make for a better scientist, hence his short treatise The Best Physician is also a Philosopher.

In an eerie evocation of a contemporary dilemma Galen attacks the medical culture of his day which

“…encourages people to value wealth over virtue. For, “it is impossible to pursue financial gain at the same time as training oneself in so great an art as medicine; someone who is really enthusiastic about one of these aims, money or medicine, will inevitably despise the other.”

Galen advocated the study of arts and letters as an essential component of scientific study. In another work An Exhortation to Study the Arts, he warns against specialized isolation and lists several arts which he categorizes as divine gifts because they are useful to life. Alongside natural science and medicine, he also lists poetry, music, and philosophy. This underlines his belief that physicians must be specialists who were not only technically competent but also humane and morally responsible. According to Galen, proper, precise scientific inquiry was indeed ‘useful for life’. However, it could not be accomplished by scientists who were not properly trained in the other arts, because they would not then possess the humanity, the sensitivity, to do that science properly.

There does not appear to be a great distance between Galen’s creed and the requirements of contemporary medicine. A modern day physician like a philosopher is trained to think, to inquire and to ask questions. It is perhaps one of the foundations of his long and rigorous education. A good physician, like a good philosopher is always asking questions. It is by asking the best possible questions that he can make conclusions and diagnose.

A real philosopher is always open to question. This is even more the case with medicine. The danger is that answers shut down questions. Therefore the physician must always be open to question. As it is a question of wellbeing, of life and death, these questions are always shifting, changing with the time and the moment. If as a physician one must come to a conclusion, one can only do that by becoming a philosopher. To do that the physician must be able to listen, to observe, to think and to question. He must have time and make time. Time to listen, time to ponder, time to think, to analyze and evaluate.

It is a dilemma which still lies at the core of modern medicine. In an age where the internet and artificial intelligence have made vast inroads into the credibility of the physician, what makes him special is that although modern technology can make diagnoses, it cannot take a judgement call. That judgement call still rests on the human element, the physician’s understanding of the social context- on factors such as belief, culture, environment, sustainability and cost. This will determine the success of the cure. As Dr. Karunanayake foresees, if the physician is to play a role in the future, he must endeavor to understand the human being, his society and his setting.

The history of medicine reveals that physicians have occupied a special role in many parts of the world. Classical scholars have always regarded the ancient Greeks as the fathers of western medicine. However recent research suggests that the ancient Egyptians practised medicine long before the Greeks. The Edwin Smith Papyrus, an Egyptian surgical treatise dating from 1600 BC suggests that medical practice was well established in Egypt 1,000 years before Hippocrates. This documents 48 injuries which were described, diagnosed and treated rationally through observation and examination. It is thought to be a copy of a much earlier work dating from the 3rd millenium BC by the Egyptian polymath Imhotep. Chief Minister to the pharaoh, a priest, a sage and an architect, over the ages Imhotep was gradually glorified and became a god of healing.

His counterpart in the Greek world was Asklepios, the son of Apollo. The legend goes that Asclepius become so skilled that Zeus, the king of the gods, feared that he might render men immortal. To prevent this Zeus slew him with a thunderbolt and over time like Imhotep, he too became a God. His shrine at the sanctuary of Epidaurus became known as the Asklepieion and it grew into the most important centre of healing in the Greek world. The legacy of Asklepios looms large in the Greek tradition of healing. Hippocrates formal name was Hippocrates Asclepiades, “the “descendant of Asclepios.” Galen too, we are told was not destined to become a physician and only took up medicine after the God Asklepios appeared to his father in a dream.

In Ayurveda, the system of medicine and lifestyle developed in Ancient India, the pre- eminent figures are Sushruta and Charuka. Sushruta is thought to have lived near Varanisi during the 6th-7th century BC. Regarded as the father of Indian medicine, he was the main author of the Sushruta Samhita, one of the most important surviving ancient treatises on medicine. The other medical text to have survived from ancient India, the Charaka Samhita, was authored by Charaka, who is thought to have practised throughout the Punjab between the 2nd -3rd century BC.

One of the oldest medical systems in the world is traditional Chinese medicine. This tradition has produced many leading figures. In the 5th century BC Bian Que (Pien Ch’iao) was the first to rely primarily on pulse and physical examination for the diagnosis of disease. He was followed by Hua Tuo (Yuanhua) the greatest surgeon in Chinese history. In 2nd century AD he became the first person in China to use anesthesia during surgery.

Throughout the ancient world the practice of medicine was associated with learning and skill, over time it become a divine gift. The physician was the incarnation of Imhotep, Asklepios, Hippocrates, Galen; he was a god, a seer, a sage, a skilled and deeply learned practitioner, a guide and a philosopher. Only in Sri Lanka however, was the physician a king.

The place of the physician in Sri Lanka’s society is documented in the island’s great historical chronicle, the Mahavamsa. Compiled in Pali by Buddhist monks, the Mahāvaṃsa and its successor, the Cūlavaṃsa, charts the history of Lanka from the 5th century BC to the 18th century AD. It is a remarkably accurate record, of seminal value for the history of India and Sri Lanka.

King Buddhadasa reigned between 341 – 370 AD. The Culavamsa recounts how he diagnosed, treated and cured patients from all walks of life. The chronicle devotes several whole sections to the practice and establishment of medicine and documents at least seven detailed case studies. This suggests that the physician had a very special place in this society and that his story was as important as the great warriors, builders, saints and the monks who shaped the history of Lanka. Each of these case studies tells us different things. Each concerns a different situation and elicits a deeply and carefully thought out remedy, based on reasoned analysis and evaluation.

In one case, it tells of how a man drinking water swallowed the eggs of a watersnake. The egg gradually grew into a snake. As it grew sucked at the man’s intestines, torturing the victim with pain. The man sought out the king, who questioned him. When he described the pain and related what had happened the king realized that a reptile must have formed inside the man. However as the reptile was lodged deep inside the intestines, the king refrained from cutting it out.

Instead he made the man fast for a week, starving the reptile within him. He then had the patient, bathed and rubbed with oil. This calmed and soothed him and he eventually fell asleep. The king knew that when he was asleep that his mouth would open. He tied a piece of meat to a string and dangled it over his mouth. Lured by the smell and driven by hunger, the watersnake reached for the meat. The king however, held the string fast and drew on it, gradually pulling the reptile out.

Another case concerned a Bhikku or Buddhist priest, the most venerated member of society. The bhikku had gone begging for alms and was given milk which had worms in it. The worms grew and fed on his bowels, causing agonizing pain. The king then asked leading questions. At what meal did the pain arise? What kind of meal was it and what was the nature of the pain? When the bhikku told him that it was a meal that he took with milk, the king recognized the symptoms.

Taking the blood from a horse, he gave it to the monk to drink. He then waited until he had drunk it all. Then he told him that was horse’s blood. The reaction was what he had anticipated. On hearing that he had drunk the blood of a horse, the monk vomited, spitting out the blood. The worms which had caused him such pain, came up with the blood.

Compassion and feeling made up an essential part of the King’s healing skills. There is a deep feeling for life in all its forms. This applied even to the most dangerous animals. Galen had concluded that even dumb animals are not entirely devoid of reason. In Buddhadasa’s most wellknown case, the king cobra, one of Sri Lanka’s most venomous reptiles, becomes a willing patient. As the king passed by, the cobra turned over onto his back to expose his underbelly so that the king could see the tumour growing on it. After observing the growth, the king reasoned with the reptile. Although he understood its pain, he dared not touch it. Understanding the king’s dilemma, the snake stuck his whole neck into anthill so that he could not hurt the king. Whilst the cobra was immobilized, the king slit open his belly, removed the diseased growth and applied a healing remedy.

This episode suggest a high level of surgical skill. It is underlined by another. A young man had drunk water which was full of frog’s eggs. Through his nostrils an egg had penetrated into his skull and evolved into a frog. As the monsoon approached the frog became more and more agitated, causing unbearable headaches. In this case the king appears to have resorted to immediate surgery. Performing a complicated and dangerous operation, he split the skull and removed the frog and then put the parts of the skull back together.

Ancient Indic society was dominated by caste and social taboos. Despite this and ignoring own his royal status, Buddhadasa cut across every social barrier and boundary to serve the suffering. In Indian society the lowest and most menial of tasks were performed by the Caṇḍālas, outcastes who worked as sweepers and scavengers. A Candala woman who had already had seven children, became pregnant for the eighth time. This time however, her unborn child was facing the wrong way in the womb. When Buddhadasa learned that this, he intervened to save the woman’s life. In the ancient world, birth and reproduction were the preserve of women and midwives. Socially this is a unique case. It is also a complex gynecological procedure.

The understanding of the human mind is an integral part of the physician’s craft. More often than not it holds the key to the patient’s condition and his recovery. In ancient times leprosy was a common condition. Lepers were shunned and regarded with horror and leprosy deemed a curse of the Gods.

The king noticed a leper, who upon seeing him, became enraged, striking the ground with his staff. In a previous birth the king had been the leper’s slave, it maddened him to see him riding his elephant and all he wanted to do was to kill him. Learning of this, Buddhadasa set his mind to winning him over. He sent one of his men to befriend the leper and share his anger. Pretending that he too was against the king, he invited the leper to stay at his house and help him destroy his enemy. The leper was bathed, fed and given beautiful clothes and a comfortable bed to sleep. One day, when he had become happy, contented and calm, Buddhadasa’s man served him food and drink, saying, “This is the gift from the king.” At first the leper refused and then refused again. Finally he accepted. Reaching out to the most diseased and most deeply troubled member of his community, the king was able to heal his mind. It is a clear demonstration of the power of empathy, feeling for and feeling with. It is from empathy that re assurance comes. So much of healing is in the mind. If the physician can take the time and make the effort, he has the power to do great good.

All these cases make one point. The physician truly cares and feels for all his patients, no matter who they are or where they are from. In his posthumous work Galen and Galenism (2002) the Spanish historian and Physician, Luis García Ballester (1936-2000) quotes Galen as saying: “In order to diagnose, one must observe and reason.” This is the dictum which King Buddhadasa embodies. He observes closely, listens carefully and questions keenly, making every attempt to form a picture of the condition. It is then he makes his diagnosis and decides on course of action. A demonstration of the power of the mind, sustained thought and inquiry, it is characterized by understanding and feeling.

The Cūlavaṃsa praises King Buddhadasa as a “Mine of Virtue and a Sea of jewels.” This perception is based on the king’s understanding of the human and social aspects of healing, his ability to care and feel. It is probably this tradition which lies at the roots of the well known Sri Lankan saying “If you cannot be a king, become a healer.”

This is the challenge which western science and learning faces in one of the world’s oldest living cultures. This context demands that the physician be conscious of the rhythms of a society, whose needs, values and way of life are often quite distinct from western norms and practices, often very much older. If as an invited guest, I can make one suggestion, it is that Sri Lanka’s physicians begin to study their past. For it is through comparative traditions that we learn deeply about ourselves.

If he is to truly guide as well as “Cure, Relieve And Comfort,” the Physician must also strive be a Philosopher.

He must not only ask the best possible questions, most of all like King Buddhadasa, he must care, be concerned and compassionate. For that he must have time.

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By Zanita Careem

Walk into “Arwa Studio” at One Galle Face Mall and you cannot help but notice the exclusive collection of abayas, shawls, bags and other silhouettes – a beautiful blend between the modern and tradition clothing, Born out of passion, her abaya collection infuses colour, elegance and style. Khalida Jameel, a young entrepreneur, started her eponymous luxury clothing label recently. Her signature label has become renowned for its exquisite abayas and shawls. Hailing from a conservative Muslim family, she had her first Abaya studio at home, but with the growing demand for her creations, she decided to move out. Subsequently the Arwa Studio was born. ” My journey was one of inspiration and aspiration and we decided to give “Arwa Studio” a permanent home on the 9th floor at One Galle Face .

The elegant and sophisticated designs at Arwa Studio make them a wardrobe staple for those seeking a touch of glamour and modesty.

The intricate embroidery, beadwork, and sequin embellishments further enhance their beauty, adding a touch of opulence to all of her ensembles, Whether you opt for a classic black abaya or explore vibrant colours and patterns, the result is her creations exude grace and elegance.

.Her Abaya Studio was born out of labour of love between Khalida and husband, Adlan Nazeemudeen who worked together hand in hand putting it all together. Words of encouragement from her family and friends were incredible.

What made you to take this venture seriously and make a career out of it?

The success I found after creating my first opening and the positive vibes I received made me to take fashion seriously and wanted to make a career without engaging in mundane household chores.

How has your work evolved since you began your own label?

In regard to the style I make sure to introduce new designs and ideas every season and to still maintain my signature style. I have a team of specialist and experienced seamdresses to maintain higher standards of professionalism.

Young entrepreneur Khalida Jameel

Khalida with Reema Azeez and Hafsa Huzair and mother Nazik

Tell about your design philosophy?

Arwa Studio is all about the woman who loves style, appreciates quality and has an eye for beauty, we love to play with soft and bold colours by mixing textiles and creating contrasts. My styles are unique and one of a kind.An Abaya is a super hero’s cape and women are the modern day superheroes. I have an eye for colours. and always add a touch of glitter. My abaya collection creates a perfect blend with the veil of ‘hijab’ adding to the serene beauty of women. I carefully choose embellishments to spice up the splendour of the Abaya designs, accessories and embellishments. These embellishments can either dampen the designs or add life to it.

How do you describe your sense of style?

My Abayas are modern, contemporary, and I try to give a modern twist beyond its traditional image and look. If you’re a fashion enthusiast, The beauty of my collection lies not only in thier outward apperance but also in the comfort they provide. These loose fitting nature of my abayas allows for ease of movement ,making them suitable for various occasions and our climate.

To me abayas give confidence. It’s more than a design, fabric or even the brand. Its all about wearing it with confidence.

Describe your brand?

Experimental, elegance and chic.

Black Abayas vs coloured Abaya what would you choose and why?

Definitely black. Black Abayas are elegant, timeless and easy to wear.

Beautiful decor for the Arwa Studio was created by Hafsa Huzair

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Limited knowledge of sexual and reproductiive health, major issues among adolescents

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Dr. YasuniManikkage Senior Medical Officer in Urology, specializing in Sexual Medicine Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital

Dr. Yasuni Manikkage is a strong advocate for sexual health education, actively promoting awareness and understanding of sexual health issues to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources necessary for maintaining healthy relationships and well-being.

What is the current state of sexual and reproductive health knowledge among adolescents and youth in Sri Lanka, and how does it impact their health outcomes?

The current state of sexual and reproductive health knowledge among adolescents and youth in Sri Lanka is a significant concern. Limited knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, particularly among youth, is a major issue. Many do not understand basic physiological processes, such as nocturnal emission being normal in young men, and few have heard of condoms or emergency contraception. This lack of knowledge makes them vulnerable to sexual health risks, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. Additionally, poor parent-child communication further exacerbates the problem, as many adolescents do not discuss sexual issues with their parents. This knowledge gap leaves them without adequate information to make informed decisions about their sexual health, increasing their risk of negative health outcomes.

What sexual health services are currently available in Sri Lanka, and how accessible are they to the general population?

In Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health is pivotal in providing sexual health services through various healthcare providers. The Medical Officer of Health (MOH) and Public Health Midwives (PHM) midwives play a crucial role in promoting sexual and reproductive health. Midwives, in particular, offer advice to eligible couples on contraception and family planning. Additionally, they conduct home visits for pregnant mothers, ensuring that they receive proper care and support throughout their pregnancy. The MOH also provides comprehensive sexual health services, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These services are designed to promote the overall well-being of individuals and families, addressing issues such as unintended pregnancies and STIs. The National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) provides comprehensive sexual health services, including STD screening, counselling, and education. The Family Planning Association (FPA) Sri Lanka offers a range of services, including contraceptive consultations, fertility awareness, and sexual dysfunction treatments.

What are the most prevalent sexual health issues faced by men in Sri Lanka?

In Sri Lanka, men face a range of sexual health issues that can significantly impact their overall well-being and quality of life. Among these, erectile dysfunction is the most common and worrying sexual problem, affecting more than half of men with diabetes. This condition can occur earlier in life compared to men without diabetes, making it a pressing concern for many. Other common conditions seen in men are premature ejaculation, low libido, or age-related prostate issues, which can further complicate their sexual health. Other problems include anatomical abnormalities such as Peyronie’s disease, which can cause pain and discomfort during sexual activity. Male infertility is another significant issue, that affects many men and their partners. Gender dysphoria, where an individual’s gender identity does not align with their biological sex, is also a growing concern in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health issue, particularly among key populations such as sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM). These diseases can have severe consequences if left untreated, including infertility, chronic pain, and even death. Men in Sri Lanka need to be aware of these issues and seek medical attention if they experience any sexual health problems. Regular check-ups and open communication with healthcare providers can help address these concerns and promote overall sexual health and well-being.

What are the most common sexual health concerns faced by women in Sri Lanka? 

Women in Sri Lanka face a range of significant sexual health concerns. Menstrual health and management issues are prevalent, with many women lacking access to proper education and resources. Poor menopausal and post-menopausal care also contribute to women’s sexual health challenges, as they may experience low desire, arousal, and orgasm difficulties. Recurrent pelvic pain, incontinence, and pain during intercourse (dyspareunia) are other common problems that can significantly impact women’s quality of life. Cervical cancer is a major concern, highlighting the need for improved screening and prevention efforts. Additionally, many women have poor knowledge about sexual aids and lubricants, which can help alleviate sexual discomfort and enhance pleasure. Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive approach that includes education, access to healthcare services, and destigmatizing conversations around women’s sexual health.

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), the recommended first step is to talk to your doctor. Your doctor will take a detailed medical and sexual history to determine the causes of your ED, including assessing your sexual function, screening for symptoms of hypogonadism (low testosterone), and discussing any chronic health conditions, medications, and lifestyle factors that may contribute to ED.

A physical examination will also focus on the genitourinary, endocrine, vascular, and neurological systems to look for signs of underlying conditions. Depending on your medical history and physical exam, your doctor may order additional tests to identify the cause of your ED, such as tests to check for heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone, and other conditions, and ultrasound to evaluate blood flow to the penis. Once the cause of your ED is determined, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you, which may include lifestyle changes, medication adjustments if ED is caused by certain drugs, oral medications, vacuum devices or penile injections, and penile implant surgery in some cases.

What are the key considerations for maintaining a healthy sexual life after menopause, and how can women address any concerns or issues that may arise during this phase?

Maintaining a healthy sexual life after menopause requires a multifaceted approach. Key considerations include addressing vaginal dryness and discomfort through the use of lubricants and moisturizers, as well as maintaining open communication with partners about sexual needs and desires. Women should also prioritize their overall health by engaging in regular physical activity, managing stress, and practicing pelvic floor exercises to improve blood flow and sexual function. Additionally, addressing any underlying emotional or psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression, can help alleviate sexual dysfunction. If concerns or issues arise, women should not hesitate to seek medical attention from their doctor, who can offer guidance on hormone therapy, sexual dysfunction treatments, and other options tailored to their specific needs.

What are the common mistakes or misconceptions that individuals should avoid when addressing sexual health issues?

When addressing sexual health issues, individuals should avoid common mistakes and misconceptions. Douching, for instance, can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina, leading to infections and complications. Incorrect condom use, such as putting it on partway through intercourse or taking it off before intercourse is over, can also increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. Poor vaginal hygiene, self-treatment, and ignoring signs of abnormality or irregularity in the vagina can also lead to further complications. Additionally, wearing synthetic clothes, not changing period products regularly, and not getting tested regularly can also contribute to sexual health issues. Using scented products, incorrect storage and reuse of condoms, and ignoring signs of infection or disorder can also have negative consequences. By avoiding these common mistakes and misconceptions, individuals can maintain good sexual health and reduce their risk of contracting STIs and unintended pregnancy.

what are some of the social stigmas among men and women on sexual health?

In Sri Lanka, social stigmas surrounding sexual health are prevalent and deeply ingrained. Men face stigmas around discussing sexual issues, with many believing that it is not masculine to speak about such topics, leading to a lack of open communication and support. Additionally, stigmas related to sexual orientation and sex work are significant, with homosexuality and sex work being prohibited and stigmatized. This leads to a lack of support and healthcare access for these communities. Women, on the other hand, face stigmas related to menstruation, pregnancy, and motherhood, often leading to feelings of shame and guilt. These stigmas can lead to feelings of shame and guilt, particularly around topics like sexual activity during pregnancy or menstruation. Additionally, women who are victims of sexual abuse or have experienced sexual violence may face stigmatization and marginalization. The lack of comprehensive sexuality education and open conversations about sexual health further exacerbates these stigmas, leading to misconceptions and poor understanding among youth.

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Global hotel owner and operator Minor Hotels has added two properties in Sri Lanka, marking the introduction of its upper-upscale NH Collection Hotels & Resorts and upscale NH Hotels & Resorts brands in the country said a press release.

Minor Hotels will manage the two properties, one in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and the other in the beachside town of Bentota, following an agreement with Softlogic Holdings, the properties’ owner.

NH Collection Colombo Hotel opened its doors recently in the heart of the city, steps away from Liberty Arcade and the Indian Ocean, and within a 10-minute drive of the National Museum, Independence Square and Pettah Market. Sri Lanka’s main airport, Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), is a 45-minute drive from the property. This five-star hotel boasts 219 rooms and suites, ranging from 33 to 254 sqm, and includes the city’s largest Presidential Suite. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing expansive views of the Indian Ocean or the city.

NH Collection Colombo has six food and beverage outlets offering authentic global flavours, including international all-day dining, specialty Indian, and specialty Thai and Japanese restaurants; a rooftop bar with panoramic sunset ocean views; and a café and a lounge off the hotel’s lobby. For business and event needs, the hotel offers modern meeting and event spaces that accommodate up to 200 attendees in two banquet facilities, five meeting rooms and a boardroom. NH Collection Colombo’s wellness amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, rooftop infinity pool and spa.

Ninety minutes south of Colombo along the island’s west coast, NH Bentota Ceysands Resort sits between the Bentota River and the Indian Ocean. The 166-key property, scheduled to open July 1st, includes rooms and suites from 37sqm to 139sqm. NH Bentota’s amenities include an expansive swimming pool with stunning ocean views, a water sports centre, a spa and a kid’s club. Guests can dine at one of the property’s five restaurants and bars, including an international all-day dining restaurant, Thai and seafood specialty restaurants, a light bites café and the pool bar. We are excited to be part oftourism recovery and look forward to capitalising on the pent-up demand with our partner Softlogic Holdings through these new NH Collection and NH properties. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International

We at Softlogic Holdings are excited to be a part of NH Collection and NH’s debut in Sri Lanka and look forward to an outstanding partnership with Minor Hotels in the future said Chairman of Softlogic Holdings. Ashok Pathirage

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