Paradise Road was established in 1987 by Sri Lankan design entrepreneur, Udayshanth Fernando. The company was born in retail and later expanded into hospitality with its first café in 1994, first restaurant and art gallery in 1998 and first boutique hotel in 2007. Paradise Road is today a world-renowned design brand that encompasses retail, art, design and hospitality.
Today Paradise Road has become the strongest design brand in the island with a focus on lifestyle that embodies timeless taste and style.
Paradise Road The Gallery Café and Tintagel Colombo are today Colombo institution’s offering a blend of local style, architecture and food. The interior aesthetic is uniquely Paradise Road and designed by Udayshanth Fernando, in keeping with the iconic spaces they are housed within. Establishments belonging to the brand have been featured internationally in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Vogue India and Condé Nast Traveller to name a few.
Udayshanth J. Fernando, was born in 1949 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is more commonly referred to as Shanth; meaning inner peace in Sanskrit. At the age of 19 he moved to the Netherlands and furthered his experience in the field of hospitality which included a stint at the famed Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam. Shanth then moved to Australia with his European wife, Angelika and continued his work in hospitality working at the Hyatt in Kingsgate. In 1982, Shanth launched his first design business ‘Art of Play’, wholesaling and designing children’s toys and hand-painted ceramics.
With a passion to develop the Sri Lankan craft industry he began designing and manufacturing the product range in Sri Lanka. In 1987 he established his signature monochrome batik designs and introducing a contemporary aesthetic to local Sri Lankan craft thereby redefining Sri Lankan design. To date, the brand features an international standard while retaining a truly Sri Lankan identity at its core.
The team consists of specialized and talented individuals who are driven by a passion to ensure a uniquely Paradise Road experience for all guests. With a commitment to provide an escape – a chance to relax, rediscover and explore. Each of our employees is amazing in their own right, but together they make Paradise Road what we are. Sharing their local and international expertise, they bring drive and inspiration to all we do and are ambassadors who truly embody all the brands stands for. We take pride in succeeding, together.