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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Traveller rating

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Jan 27, 2020 Tina G

the place is nice, very beautiful at lagoon side. staff are really lovely and helpful. customer service is 5 star. my only concern was the food in international restaurant was not that great. even the Ala carte in Asian restaurant was nit wow too. food in general was normal. i guess i expected better quality.
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Jan 27, 2020 B8899WHpaulw Colombo, Sri Lanka

We have visited Kalutara Anantara for our sixth time and we are never disappointed. The staff on arrival are exceptional, the accomadation, service, and attention to detail is outstanding. Our villa host Frank was superb , checking in on us and catering for our every need. The food and beverage on offer was as always outstanding, because… Read more
We have visited Kalutara Anantara for our sixth time and we are never disappointed. The staff on arrival are exceptional, the accomadation, service, and attention to detail is outstanding. Our villa host Frank was superb , checking in on us and catering for our every need. The food and beverage on offer was as always outstanding, because Stefan the Chef is at the "wheel " his team go the extra mile to make sure you are never dissatisfied. From room service, to IT, the whole Anantara team at Kalutara are wonderful Well done Anantara we have already booked March Paul & Hannah Read less
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Jan 27, 2020 hanwells1981 Colombo, Sri Lanka

The best customer service within a 5 star environment in Sri Lanka. We've been a number of times and yet every stay positively surprises us. Every member of staff horses above and beyond to give us the best experience and memories possible.
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Jan 26, 2020 Mila-and-me Zurich, Switzerland

Anantara Kalutara is not only a luxurious resort with nice spacious clean rooms, excellent cuisine (variety of delicious food from different countries, large buffets with everything you can wish for), great gym and leisure activities, but most of all the people working at Anantara Kalutara Resort make this place so special! Everyone is incredibly… Read more
Anantara Kalutara is not only a luxurious resort with nice spacious clean rooms, excellent cuisine (variety of delicious food from different countries, large buffets with everything you can wish for), great gym and leisure activities, but most of all the people working at Anantara Kalutara Resort make this place so special! Everyone is incredibly nice, super helpful and always smiling - we loved spending our last few days there and are sad to leave this paradise. Frank, our concierge, was so helpful and very interested in our wellbeing. We took the opportunity to see how Sri Lankan food is prepared: cooking spoons with chef Chaminda and Ashan is a cooking class which gives you the unique experience to be part of this food culture: the visit to the market to buy vegetables and fruits with a tuctuc incl. a trip to one of the oldest spice mills, observing and helping chef Chaminda to prepare our feast (various curries - lots of them completely vegan - as well as salads and some side dishes). Chaminda and Ashan were so wonderful and went out of their way to create this unique memory for us - we enjoyed it to the fullest. Read less
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Jan 23, 2020 Paikshit Hyderabad, India

One of the Luxury property that i stayed so far. Wide spread yet easy accessible. Amazing place for hosting weddings and functions. we visited to attend marriage and really liked the property. Service was slow and found sometime it is either ignored or they take long time. otherwise good options of food and drinks available at resturant. found… Read more
One of the Luxury property that i stayed so far. Wide spread yet easy accessible. Amazing place for hosting weddings and functions. we visited to attend marriage and really liked the property. Service was slow and found sometime it is either ignored or they take long time. otherwise good options of food and drinks available at resturant. found expensive in few spaces like i asked for a medicine while they could not locate in kalutara but charged LKR 1000 for tuktuk to search which was expensive just to search the medicine. Read less