Discover Anatara Kalutara Resort - Experience Luxury Beach and Lagoon Hospitality in Sri Lanka
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Immersing discerning travelers in Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, vibrant local life, charming colonial footprints and wild nature, Anantara Kalutara Resort will offer a unique shoreline hideaway with two views of paradise when it opens in October 2016.
Only 10 minutes from the historic town of Kalutara and an hour from Colombo, Anantara Kalutara Resort resides along Sri Lanka’s beautiful southwest coast. The peaceful beachfront setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage. Surrounded by tropical gardens, towering coconut palms and a serene shoreline, simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship is inspired by the architectural vision of the late Geoffrey Bawa – Sri Lanka’s most famous architect.
141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas fuse authentic luxury with evocative Sri Lankan accents. Private balconies and terraces draw the eye to lush garden, ocean or river scenery. Rooms with signature amenities tempt lazy soaks in the bathtub, perhaps with a bottle selected from the wine humidor. Interconnecting, disabled and poolside guest rooms tailor the charms. Suites offer a comfy lounge and the one-of-a-kind One Bedroom Presidential Suite boasts a private plunge pool and sundeck. All suites and villas allow guests to listen to their favourite soundtracks on the Bose Bluetooth speaker, and a Villa Host is on hand for all special requests. One and Two Bedroom Villas are enclosed by a garden terrace, allowing guests to swim in their private pool, sunbathe on the deck and dine outside in blissful seclusion.
Three restaurants dish up international favourites and local specialties, coastal Italian dining with ocean views, and the best of Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines. Market life and master chef tips ignite culinary passions at Spice Spoons cooking school. Relax with drinks, food, music and friends at the Upper Deck Bar and Dining by Design tailors the perfect private dinner.
World-class leisure facilities make resort life a pleasure. Quiet time with a coffee, book or computer time can be enjoyed at the library, which is dedicated to Geoffrey Bawa. Couples can unwind at the ocean view pool beside the elegant Italian restaurant, while families enjoy the lagoon-side pool with its Jacuzzi jets and children’s section. Yoga feels serene at the spa pavilion and gym workouts are energized by a river view, and a personal trainer if desired. Water sport thrills include jet skiing, water skiing and banana rides available at the Watersports Centre.
Anantara Spa journeys pamper with holistic Ayurvedic therapies and exotic western spa rituals for adults, teens and children. The double story sanctuary has two yoga and meditation pavilions and is surrounded by a lotus pond. 11 luxurious treatment rooms include six for individuals, four for couples and one dedicated to Ayurvedic therapies. Children enjoy fun experiences from a chocolate oil massage to hair braiding and teen girls are treated to facials, manicures and pedicures. Teen boys are groomed and buffed and the spa also offers special ‘Mom & Me’ and ‘Dad & Me’ packages.
The resort also offers a spectacular setting for events. Dream weddings are framed by Indian Ocean waves on soft silky sands, beside the lagoon or amidst tropical gardens. Business guests benefit from two meeting rooms and a 500-seater conference centre, expected to open in March 2017, will host lavish social and corporate functions for up to 300 guests.
The resort is ideally located for travelers seeking adventure. Scenic helicopter flights reveal a bird’s eye view of Kalutara’s exotic beauty. Guests can head out for a picnic beside a waterfall, go river fishing on a traditional boat with a local guide, and soak up the romance of a sunset river cruise. Local treasures include the architectural splendour of Richmond Castle and the world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine. Tours of tea plantations and the Dutch fort in Galle relive colonial times. Nature highlights range from dolphin and whale watching boat trips, to national park safaris, the conservation efforts of a turtle hatchery and exploring virgin rainforests. Anantara Kalutara Resort is Anantara’s second resort destination to open in Sri Lanka. The brand’s first resort, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, has already set the benchmark for luxury resorts in Sri Lanka following its opening in January this year.
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.
From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 30 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE and Qatar, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa.
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