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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Jun 22, 2020 chhimit Colombo, Sri Lanka

On the back of the problems faced by hotels and their staff because of Covid19, there is not a better time to visit a hotel like this. One, the staff are all so brilliant it was lovely to be able to give them some business. Two, the prices are better than they will ever be and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a one-bedroom pool villa. With 3… Read more
On the back of the problems faced by hotels and their staff because of Covid19, there is not a better time to visit a hotel like this. One, the staff are all so brilliant it was lovely to be able to give them some business. Two, the prices are better than they will ever be and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a one-bedroom pool villa. With 3 kids, this was a game changer - no running back and forth to the room to get something they suddenly think they need etc. The layout of the room is incredible - an outside passage leading to the pool, the bedroom on one side, the sitting room on the other. A dining area outside, 2 sunbeds. Access to the bathroom from the pool so the kids did not make the bedroom wet. Prior to arrival we were looked after incredibly well by the wonderful Wathsala at reservations. Janaka, the Duty Manager, also reached out to us in an incredibly warm, helpful and enthusiastic manner. Everything we required was looked after. On arrival we were greeted by the brilliant, friendly staff. Sajani, our villa host, showed us to the room and then added me on Watsapp and from that moment on, literally anything we needed I just had to message her for. She would check on us regularly to make sure we were well, also sending anything we needed promptly, including the fantastic Dinesh from F and B to arrange our meals, which were all served to our room although we had the option of going to the restaurant. Amal took over the service of our meals, getting all our orders and times perfectly. Excellent service. The food was absolutely delicious and very generous. Every request we made for our kids' meals was met with enthusiasm and they loved it. From the moment we arrived, until we left, Sajini proved herself to be one of the best members of a hotel staff I have ever had the pleasure to meet. With 3 young kids, we have never felt more relaxed thanks to her. Overall the service was as good as I have seen in any hotel I have been to anywhere in the world, for which I commend Janaka. The beach is not the best in Sri Lanka but they have lots of water sports on the lagoon, a zipline, climbing wall, play area, kids' club and more. At the moment you have to book the gym and kids club in advance because of safety concerns but that was pretty easy to do. While I would like to keep quiet about this so we can go back again soon and have the hotel much to ourselves, they really do deserve a lot of business at this difficult time. I would urge people to cash in on the good deals they have. I cannot say how impressed I was with how professional, diligent and warm the staff were. Suffice to say, our kids did not want to leave and we had to promise them we would go back very soon. The hotel and its staff are certainly deserving of more business. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Read less
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Jun 2, 2020 HayleyOSullivan London, United Kingdom

This hotel is amazing... best hotel I have been to and I've been to a lot of great hotels ... the staff are simply fantastic, so helpful and friendly. Sanjani at Guest Services was an absolute Superstar helping me to organise trips and a visit to the local orphanage even offering to come with me! She went above and beyond. This was my second… Read more
This hotel is amazing... best hotel I have been to and I've been to a lot of great hotels ... the staff are simply fantastic, so helpful and friendly. Sanjani at Guest Services was an absolute Superstar helping me to organise trips and a visit to the local orphanage even offering to come with me! She went above and beyond. This was my second vist to the hotel and was welcomed back so well. The facilities are excellent. Food and restaurants are great - food at Spice restaurant is out of this world. Housekeeping were amazing too - they made me towell animals every day really made me smile! Massive thanks to Raugaua and Jude at Olu restaurant who made me feel so welcome. I had room 312 which was lovely - staying at the hotel was great to recharge my batteries in a relaxing enviroment. Only thing that could improve would be the Spa - it's just ok.... and very expensive - staff are not as welcoming as other parts of the hotel so feels out of keeping. I was having such as great stay I messaged the Manager via Linkedin and and he made a point of saying hello the following breakfast which was a nice touch. Amazing place would encourage everyone to go there. Read less
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Apr 26, 2020 850antonym Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

I would go as far as to say this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in, we regularly stay in great hotels around the world, but the service we experienced in Anantara Kalutara was the best we have ever had. We stayed in this hotel just before the major coronavirus outbreak at the start of March, we were kindly upgraded to a pool access room.… Read more
I would go as far as to say this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in, we regularly stay in great hotels around the world, but the service we experienced in Anantara Kalutara was the best we have ever had. We stayed in this hotel just before the major coronavirus outbreak at the start of March, we were kindly upgraded to a pool access room. Prior to our stay, Sajani from guest relations got in touch as they were aware it was my wife's birthday, they upgraded our room, lots of decorations and a personalized cake (they requested I send a photo) she really could not do enough for us. The hotel grounds are some of the best I have ever seen, what an amazing place. If you are considering booking here, just get it done as you will not be disappointed. We hope to return here once the pandemic is over and it is safe to travel again. Read less
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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!
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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