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 Peace and tranquility with wonderful service

May 20, 2019 Justine M Zurich, Switzerland

At the end of a diverse and exhilarating tour of Sri Lanka, with two children (12 & 8 yrs), the staff and facilities offered a delightful end to our trip. Due to circumstances we had the resort pretty much to ourselves, and we able to take full advantage of the facilities. The main pool is huge and has a lovely view of the lagoon. The pool… Read more
At the end of a diverse and exhilarating tour of Sri Lanka, with two children (12 & 8 yrs), the staff and facilities offered a delightful end to our trip. Due to circumstances we had the resort pretty much to ourselves, and we able to take full advantage of the facilities. The main pool is huge and has a lovely view of the lagoon. The pool attendants came with cold towels, refreshments and sun cream which were all very welcome. The main restaurant, headed by a Swiss Executive Chef, had both a buffet and à la carte menu. The buffet was scaled down due to the season but the quality was excellent and we appreciated the lack of food waste. Dishes were also made to order, and the children were well catered for (without resorting to a typical kids menu). We had a private cooking class, making some of our favourite dishes from the menu, which the kids especially loved. A general note is that the hotel is fortunate to have such great staff, from our Villa Host, Frank, to our patient cooking instructor, Daneshka and all the bar and ground staff that looked after us so well. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing and friendly staff

May 20, 2019 Donesh W

We had a wonderful time at Anantara Kalutara. Rooms were super clean and pool was amazing. We were at a poolside room and super convenient to go to pool and the main restaurant “Olu”. We went there with our 1 and half year old baby and we had few ad-hoc baby food requests and staff was very helpful and provided everything on time. Best part was… Read more
We had a wonderful time at Anantara Kalutara. Rooms were super clean and pool was amazing. We were at a poolside room and super convenient to go to pool and the main restaurant “Olu”. We went there with our 1 and half year old baby and we had few ad-hoc baby food requests and staff was very helpful and provided everything on time. Best part was they didn’t even charge for small baby food portions. Hotel is really beautiful and there were lots of water activities. There were very few foreign guests I think due to recent incident happened in Sri Lanka. But I think it’s perfectly safe to travel a place like this as security and safety was ensured by the hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a wonderful time we had

May 19, 2019 berlin_customs Berlin, Germany

First of all I want to mention that the stay we had was just great. We have been visiting multiple 5 star hotel but the service and kindness we received was just outstanding. We had the pleasure to stay in the Anantara Kalutara Resort for about 10 days. The villa we had was huge, clean, got nice furniture and was equipped with the usual… Read more
First of all I want to mention that the stay we had was just great. We have been visiting multiple 5 star hotel but the service and kindness we received was just outstanding. We had the pleasure to stay in the Anantara Kalutara Resort for about 10 days. The villa we had was huge, clean, got nice furniture and was equipped with the usual electronics. Usually there is nothing more you need. The staff was more than friendly. Everyone was taking care and they were always asking if they can do anything better or if they could do anything for you without being obtrusive. The food was delicious. Unfortunately we couldn´t eat as much as we wanted to. We can only recommend this hotel and in case we come back to Sri Lanka we would definitely stay there. The only thing were there is room for improvement is the evening program. Usually after dinner there was nothing to do other than playing billard. Thanks for this wonderful stay! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very comfortable stay

May 10, 2019 Michael D London, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Anantara for 2 nights and had a very comfortable stay. We were checked in swiftly and brought to our room where we were greeted with lots of lovely amenities. The staff were very pleasant, attentive and ensured we were always taken care of. There isn't much around the hotel and the neighbouring village isn't built for tourists so… Read more
We stayed at the Anantara for 2 nights and had a very comfortable stay. We were checked in swiftly and brought to our room where we were greeted with lots of lovely amenities. The staff were very pleasant, attentive and ensured we were always taken care of. There isn't much around the hotel and the neighbouring village isn't built for tourists so you'll spend much of your time in the hotel or out on excursions. Brilliant Things: - The fishing guru Mark Anthony was a real champ and I enjoyed my afternoon trying to catch fish with him - The Asian restaurant is brilliant. One of the best curries I've ever had A few small points which could be improved: - The buffet restaurant could be better with more options. It would have been quite repetitive on a longer stay - Car service to the airport is branded as "luxury" although in reality we were driven in an older E-class, and were also driven extremely fast through built up areas. As I was in Sri Lanka on business I used various luxury transfers all with newer models and more comfortable driving. It's not up to par with others given the $150 transfer cost The minor points are why I've decided on 4 stars but overall I'd happily visit again when in Sri Lanka. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolute BEST Customer Service EVER!

May 8, 2019 hanwells1981 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Best #staycation EVER! Nothing was too much trouble and the staff went out of their way to treat us and make us feel special especially Nichula, Omega, Chef Stefan. Thank you to all the amazing staff.