Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced the opening of its second resort in Sri Lanka. The doors have opened at the 141-key Anantara Kalutara Resort, a secluded hideaway located along the island’s southwest coast.
Only ten minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour south of the capital Colombo, Anantara Kalutara has a unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River and boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, providing a tranquil retreat in between the array of enriching nearby adventures.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, commented, “We are excited to open Anantara Kalutara, our second luxury Anantara resort in Sri Lanka. With its unique ocean and river front location and its original design by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, we are confident that Anantara Kalutara will become one of the ‘must stay’ luxury properties for discerning travellers visiting the island, along with the now well established Anantara Tangalle on the south coast.”
Original design by Sri Lanka’s most famous architect
The resort was originally designed by Sri Lanka’s most notable architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa.
All guest rooms come with a wine humidor as standard and interconnecting, disabled and poolside guest rooms are available. Suites are set apart by a lounge and the one-of-a-kind One Bedroom Presidential Suite boasts a private plunge pool and sun deck. Suites and villa guests can listen to music on the Bose Bluetooth speaker, and special requests are taken care of by the Villa Host. One and Two Bedroom Villas feature an enclosed garden terrace offering seclusion while swimming in the private pool, sunbathing on the deck and dining al fresco. For holidays with family and friends, some of the One Bedroom Garden Pool Villas feature interconnecting gardens.
A range of leisure facilities are available for guests to enjoy, whether for romance or quality family time. The Watersports Centre offers jet skiing, water skiing and banana rides. Guests can work out in the gym while taking in the river view or raise their game with a personal trainer. There are two swimming pools – the lagoon-side pool with its Jacuzzi jets and children’s section ideal for families and the ocean view pool offering a tranquil escape. Dedicated to Geoffrey Bawa, the library is a quiet retreat showcasing drawings from his archive and some of his favourite designs in Batik.
The resort’s Anantara Spa is a double storey sanctuary, surrounded by a lotus pond. Ten luxurious treatment rooms include six for individuals and four for couples, including the option for Ayurvedic therapies. Soothing spa journeys draw on holistic Asian traditions and rejuvenating western spa wisdom, with an additional pavilion for yoga and meditation sessions.
Family-friendly services begin on arrival with children receiving special treats. Adventurer Club engages youngsters in cultural activities, outdoor games and action-packed excursions.
Relaxation is a pampering delight with special family spa experiences. Children can enjoy a range of fun treats, such as a chocolate oil massage and hair braiding. Dedicated packages for ‘Mum & Me’ and ‘Dad & Me’ allow parents to share unique spa time with their children.
The resort has a choice of three restaurants. Spice Traders invites travellers to choose between Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines. All-day dining restaurant Olu offers international classics and spicy Sri Lanka specialties, while refined Italian tastes can be found at Acquolina. Spice Spoons cooking school gives a glimpse into local market life, followed by a cooking class with master chef tips. Open at dusk, The Upper Deck is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner and light bites. Tailoring the ultimate in romance, Dining by Design offers a collection of connoisseur menus with a personal chef and butler, in intimate settings.
The resort will also offer an ideal setting for meetings and events. Expected to open in March 2017, an impressive conference centre will be able to accommodate 500 delegates and up to 300 for a banquet. There are a further three meeting rooms.
Anantara Kalutara Resort is the brand’s second property in Sri Lanka, with the first, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, setting the benchmark for luxury resorts in Sri Lanka since its opening in January 2016.