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 Simply the best service and follow up

Jul 21, 2019 rozpravkar Cairns, Australia

I contacted the hotel ahead of my stay as needed to make some special arrangements. Having stayed in very many 5 star hotels around the world I had the best experience with this hotel. Lady called Omega took care A to Z of everything, lot of passion and dedication throughout our stay to ensure all is satisfactory. Very attentive and Ananatara have… Read more
I contacted the hotel ahead of my stay as needed to make some special arrangements. Having stayed in very many 5 star hotels around the world I had the best experience with this hotel. Lady called Omega took care A to Z of everything, lot of passion and dedication throughout our stay to ensure all is satisfactory. Very attentive and Ananatara have huge asset in her. Apart from that also rest of the staff have been great. Resort is huge, nice pool lot of activities to do and enjoy. Would recommend definitely as one of the stops when travelling around Sri Lanka. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent customer service

Jul 20, 2019 Sherryl3020 Colombo, Sri Lanka

We had a great time yesterday at Anantara Kalutara. It was my first visit to the property. The welcome given as well as service provided throughout our stay has been wonderful. We were always served with a kind smile by each staff member and made our stay a pleasant one. The hotel is beautiful and well kept. Plenty of games and facilities to keep… Read more
We had a great time yesterday at Anantara Kalutara. It was my first visit to the property. The welcome given as well as service provided throughout our stay has been wonderful. We were always served with a kind smile by each staff member and made our stay a pleasant one. The hotel is beautiful and well kept. Plenty of games and facilities to keep the guests occupied. Food was great too with exceptional presentation of the dessert items. We will be back soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing can’t wait to go back

Jul 20, 2019 islandgirlnesrin Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Such a lovely place , staff are so friendly and helpful we felt home! Food is delicious , rooms are comfortable. Will definitely go back again soon I highly recommend Frank , he is such a lovely friendly and so helpful
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of the best experiences we’ve had

Jul 20, 2019 dareenb2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I truly recommend this resort as it is very kids friendly and has a lot of activities to be done. The staff is amazing and very professional!! It was definitely a customized service and everything was impeccable 👍🏻
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The best hotel we’ve visited

Jul 18, 2019 travellerrr123

We stayed at this hotel after 7 busy days of travelling Sri Lanka. Therefore we chose this hotel to relax and wind down. This hotel has been one of the best we’ve ever stayed at. The staff are extremely helpful and go out their way to make you feel special. Everyone is very friendly and hospitable. The hotel is perfectly situated on the beach but… Read more
We stayed at this hotel after 7 busy days of travelling Sri Lanka. Therefore we chose this hotel to relax and wind down. This hotel has been one of the best we’ve ever stayed at. The staff are extremely helpful and go out their way to make you feel special. Everyone is very friendly and hospitable. The hotel is perfectly situated on the beach but is also a 5 minute drive to Kalutara so you can visit the town easily. It is beautifully designed with open spaces, 2 pools, lots of lush trees and amazing furnitings. The Olu restaurant is fantastic. There are chefs from all around the world ensuring the quality and taste of the food is perfect. They are very willing to make anything extra you ask them for and are also lovely to chat to. The rooms are beautiful with open bathrooms and very comfy beds. We did not miss our own beds once. There are lots of extra activities you can do here and the gym and spa facilities are very good. With the recent troubles Sri Lanka has faced, this hotel feels very safe and security is very high. I would definitely recommend this hotel for families and couples. Read less