Anantara Kalutara Resort opens in Sri Lanka

In a secluded beachfront setting along Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, yet only an hour away from the excitement of the capital, Anantara Kalutara Resort a heavenly getaway among Kalutara hotels offers the best of both worlds – luxurious accommodation and inspirational experiences of the island’s wild nature and rich culture.

Nearby, the historic town of Kalutara charms travellers with its culture and tropical nature. From the island’s spice trading days and colonial heritage, a rich tapestry of history beckons exploration – the 12th century Richmond Castle, the world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine and Kalutara Vihara, where vivid murals illustrate Buddha’s life.

The resort features 141 rooms, suites and pool villas, set amongst tropical gardens and swaying coconut palms, a distinctive characteristic among hotels in Kalutara. Traditional Sri Lankan design blends with hints of vibrant colour and contemporary furnishings. Spacious rooms offer charming havens with a private balcony or terrace, overlooking blooming nature, the Indian Ocean or Kalu Ganga River. Suites offer even greater freedom with a living space. Each villa boasts a private plunge pool within an enclosed garden terrace.

The main restaurant of the resort offers Sri Lankan specialties as well as Thai, Indian and Chinese. Italian Riviera style dining, bar pleasures and discerning tastes elevate island life.

Anantara Spa’s treatment rooms are accessed through thickly planted courtyards centred on a large pool court with relaxation pavilions inspired by traditional Ambalamas or wayside resting places seen in and around Sri Lanka.

Anantara Spa’s temple ceiling panels depict the magnificent mural paintings on the ceilings in the Dambulla and Mulkirigala rock cave temples and treatment rooms feature batiks, from Aluwihare Cooperative that put Sri Lankan traditional arts and crafts on the world map.