Anantara Kalutara Resort

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

It should have been hard to better the beauty of Anantara Kalutara Resort’s location (snuggled on a peninsula between the Indian Ocean and Kalu Ganga River, it’s totally tropical and intimately secluded) — but they managed it. Designed by Sri Lanka’s own Geoffrey Bawa, considered the island’s finest architectural talent, you get a genuine taste of Sri Lanka fused with contemporary twists, thanks to its dramatic scale, almost ‘urban’ clean lines, and bespoke furnishings. Its serene setting is ‘made’ for yoga and meditation in the spa’s pavilion, sunset cruises, kayaking, pool and beach days, evenings unwinding on your private balcony or terrace, relaxed meals at its international, Asian, and Italian restaurants, and lazy days strolling through the market before a Sri Lankan cooking class (although the Water Sports Club offers high-adrenaline alternatives like water skiing and speed boat trips too).

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Yoga
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On a beautiful peninsular between the Indian Ocean and the Kalu Ganga River, 10 minutes from Kalutara. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

141 spacious rooms, suites and villas. All have a private balcony or terrace, flat-screen TV with multi-media connectivity, Nespresso™ coffee machine, mini-bar*, wine humidor and complimentary WiFi. Premier Garden View Rooms have a rain shower and separate bath, 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option (for guests staying in 1-Bedroom Pool Villa only): Includes breakfast at OLU Restuarant, and à la carte lunch and dinner in any restaurant. Selected spirits, beers, wines and soft-drinks served from 11:00am–11:00pm, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival and in-room mini-bar (refilled once per stay). Daily High Tea Experience. Spa treatment once during stay. Laundry once during stay (4 items).

Please note: The All Inclusive option does not include the in-room wine bar. 

Half Board option: Includes breakfast and dinner at OLU Restuarant

Full Board option: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at OLU Restaurant (subject to restaurant operation).

Deluxe Lagoon View Rooms have bath and rain shower, and 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Ocean View Rooms have 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Pool Side Rooms are steps from the swimming pool and have 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

One Bed Ocean View Suites offer more than double the space of the rooms with a lounge area, luxurious amenities and a villa host. They have 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

1-Bedroom Pool Villas are slightly larger than the suites, with a private garden and pool. They also have a villa host and have 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Olu (international buffet restaurant and live cooking stations, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Acquolina (Italian cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), Spice Traders (Asian cuisine, open for dinner). Pool bar. Upper Deck Bar. Private dining (‘Dining by Design’ tailored meals). Main outdoor pool with kids' section, plus quieter infinity pool. Jacuzzi. Fitness centre. Anantara Spa* (Ayurveda, reflexology, beauty salon, yoga and meditation pavilion). Water sports*, including windsurfing, body boarding, kayaking and water-skiing. Recreation centre*. Spice Spoons cooking classes*. Kids' and teens’ centre (with crafts, games, gaming stations and excursions). Gift shops. Library. Daily sundown ceremony. Saturday fruit market. Fishing guru experience. Complimentary WiFi available.

5 nights: 27 Dec–7 Jan

* Denotes local charge. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Frank Perera (Villa Host)

Sep 17, 2019 Nasmin A

Our villa host Frank was so welcoming and charming from the moment we were greeted at the Anantara. He was very attentive - always available and even left his dinner to drop us back to our villa. No request was refused as he always found a way to accommodate us. Frank took a picture of us when we arrived we later discovered an anniversary cake… Read more
Our villa host Frank was so welcoming and charming from the moment we were greeted at the Anantara. He was very attentive - always available and even left his dinner to drop us back to our villa. No request was refused as he always found a way to accommodate us. Frank took a picture of us when we arrived we later discovered an anniversary cake with the same picture. Lovely touch. Thank you for the wonderful stay all staff were very welcoming and went above and beyond. Mr and Mrs Ali from Dubai Read less
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Sep 17, 2019 rajithad260 Padukka, Sri Lanka

the best place ever to stay. Very good customer caring. Nice welcome to the resort. Comfortable rooms with every facilities. Give a wonderfull departure experience. Finally Special Thanks for Mr frank (vila host) for givin nice service for us.
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Sep 16, 2019 shend71

"Anantara Kalutara Resort" is one of the best resorts we have ever stayed. WOW Starting with the special Sri lanka traditional welcome dance. All staff are friendly :) The restaurant Chaminda is a very nice person and Director of F&B Dinesh is also very nice .. My daughter (19 months old) loves kids club, the caretakers are very professional… Read more
"Anantara Kalutara Resort" is one of the best resorts we have ever stayed. WOW Starting with the special Sri lanka traditional welcome dance. All staff are friendly :) The restaurant Chaminda is a very nice person and Director of F&B Dinesh is also very nice .. My daughter (19 months old) loves kids club, the caretakers are very professional and enjoyed sand pit area. Also kids swimming pool :) Read less
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Sep 16, 2019 hygho

Anantara Kalutara Resort is one of the best resorts I have ever stayed. The experience was nearly perfect from the first moment i checked in, all the way to the moment I left. All staffs are friendly, kind and always with a big smile when they offer their services. The room is spacious, clean and in good condition. I chose a seaview room and it… Read more
Anantara Kalutara Resort is one of the best resorts I have ever stayed. The experience was nearly perfect from the first moment i checked in, all the way to the moment I left. All staffs are friendly, kind and always with a big smile when they offer their services. The room is spacious, clean and in good condition. I chose a seaview room and it was a luxury to enjoy sunset at the balcony! I joined the Spice Spoon cooking class. The chef Chaminda is a very nice person. We enjoyed every moment, from visiting local market to cooking and the big feast. It was fun learning about the spices and way of cooking of Sri Lanka. Needless to say, food is delicious. Finally the staffs in the hotel restaurant are great too. I wish I could stay longer in this resort. Given a chance, I hope i will be back again and meet all the nice people Read less
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Sep 16, 2019 rirugalbandara Kandana, Sri Lanka

Novel experience. The team try their best to be friendly and make the visitor comfortable. The way blending of the local culture into the affairs of the hotel and allowing the visitors to be part of same commendable. We both felt this could be further enhance. Having an opportunity to experience a true harvest from the "Koratuwa" will be a… Read more
Novel experience. The team try their best to be friendly and make the visitor comfortable. The way blending of the local culture into the affairs of the hotel and allowing the visitors to be part of same commendable. We both felt this could be further enhance. Having an opportunity to experience a true harvest from the "Koratuwa" will be a pleasing which was not at the moment. The recreation activity area need a facelift. Hope the waste waterflow from the hotel to the mainstream river is as per the regulation. Read less