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. 

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay

Mar 30, 2020 laurenbC133GM

The hotel staff, service and facilities are fantastic. Imasha at reception was amazingly professional and helpful when our flight was cancelled and to get to the airport during curfew. Her kindness kept us calm during a stressful situation and made our stay unforgettable. We thoroughly recommend this hotel for a peaceful stay and 5* service!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The getaway resort

Mar 30, 2020 TheOctoberGal New Delhi, India

In a secluded beachfront, an hour away from the capital Colombo is this offbeat heavenly resort, perfect mix of modern and traditional. It’s a widely spread property with almost all facilities and activities to offer. Rooms are very spacious and contemporary with a back side opening to the garden and sea view. They have three restaurants all… Read more
In a secluded beachfront, an hour away from the capital Colombo is this offbeat heavenly resort, perfect mix of modern and traditional. It’s a widely spread property with almost all facilities and activities to offer. Rooms are very spacious and contemporary with a back side opening to the garden and sea view. They have three restaurants all offering really amazing variety of indian, Thai and Srilanka cuisine. They have two pools and spa area and library room along with kids section and movie screens. When staying here, you shouldn’t step out as the location is bit secluded and no touristy sights nearby, also the property has so much to offer that you can relax and spend time inside. Highly recommend the spa, they have professionals who will take such good care and give best treatment to you. The property offers free use of bicycles and golf carts, they have table tennis, billiards and water sports option also. I would definitely recommend this resort for family stay or if you just want to relax for 2 nights and enjoy the luxury. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful hotel at the end of our tour

Mar 26, 2020 EdBrz Llanidloes, United Kingdom

We had been on a 13 day tour of the South East of Sri Lanka and we were due to finish our tour at the sister hotel to this one next door. However due to the Coronavirus outbreak all guests were moved to the Anantara, we weren’t disappointed. This 5 star hotel was superb in every way and our group of 4 people couldn’t fault it. We arrived at the… Read more
We had been on a 13 day tour of the South East of Sri Lanka and we were due to finish our tour at the sister hotel to this one next door. However due to the Coronavirus outbreak all guests were moved to the Anantara, we weren’t disappointed. This 5 star hotel was superb in every way and our group of 4 people couldn’t fault it. We arrived at the start of the Curfew so we quickly found out that the hotel was very quiet. We believe there were less than 50 people staying when we arrived and less than 20 when we left out of a hotel with over 100 rooms. The service we received was exceptional, the range of food available at breakfast and dinner was extensive. The manager and head chef introduced themselves and explained that normal service was to be provided as much as possible with the exception of themed nights in the restaurant. Replacing that was an international menu that was fantastic. All the staff were in isolation just like us but provided exceptional service. All the pool attendants were very attentive, Thisara and his colleagues worked above and beyond. The rooms were as you would expect in a 5 star hotel, very clean and well appointed as were the communal areas, pool area, and grounds. We made the most of our time here, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Photo taken from our balcony. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An Unique Welcome to a Wonderful Haven

Mar 25, 2020 aramosrolaf Porto, Portugal

Besides being, as expected a wonderful resort, there were to points on which this was an outstanding experience: the welcome ceremony (as well as the farewell), unique and lovely, which I will leave as a discovery for those who haven't had the delight of living it yet, and the caring attention by all of the staff, that makes you feel truly… Read more
Besides being, as expected a wonderful resort, there were to points on which this was an outstanding experience: the welcome ceremony (as well as the farewell), unique and lovely, which I will leave as a discovery for those who haven't had the delight of living it yet, and the caring attention by all of the staff, that makes you feel truly well-received on this luxury nest amidst the jungle and livelihood of Sri Lanka. Particularly I would like to thank Sajani, our guest relation officer, who made sure we had everything we needed and checked on us frequently to assist in making our experience perfect, including bringing a healthy drink for one of our party members who was feeling under the weather - those were the details that will make us want to come back in the future! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very special place

Mar 22, 2020 Orchard1955 Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic resort. Beautiful building, amenities and gardens & the staff go out of their way to help you and ensure your stay is a memorable one and certainly leaves you wanting to return. We loved the restaurant with such a great selection of food. Head chef Stefan & his great team really put on the most wonderful display of a variety… Read more
This is a fantastic resort. Beautiful building, amenities and gardens & the staff go out of their way to help you and ensure your stay is a memorable one and certainly leaves you wanting to return. We loved the restaurant with such a great selection of food. Head chef Stefan & his great team really put on the most wonderful display of a variety of dishes and you really are spoilt for choice. There is also the Spice restaurant which serve a variety of Asian dishes which is also a great place to eat. The bar with its wonderful staff was a great place to start the evening off The staff in the restaurants are so attentive which also makes your dining experience special. We stayed in a beautiful hotel room for our first week which was immaculate and exceptional housekeeping. We upgraded to a private villa with our own pool for our second week and wow that was just another amazing experience. Everything you could possibly want and Sarandaruwen kept it immaculately clean & he always worked with a happy smile on his face. The reception staff were always so helpful & went out of their way to help us & kept us up to date with travel information etc due to the corona virus situation. We hope to be back sometime to this special place. Read less