Following the success of its first resort in Sri Lanka, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, which opened in January, Anantara has announced it will be opening a second luxury resort in the country, Anantara Kalutara, in October this year.
Situated along the southwest coast, just an hour from Colombo and 10 minutes from the historic town of Kalutara, the resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and coconut palm trees, and enjoys a beach and river front setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River.
Featuring 141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas, the resort combines luxury and elegance with cultural Sri Lankan influences and craftsmanship, with private balconies and terraces looking out over lush gardens, the ocean or river.
Suites offer a comfy lounge and the one-of-a-kind one-bedroom presidential suite has a private plunge pool with sundeck. One- and two-bedroom villas are enclosed by a private garden terrace, allowing guests to swim in their own pool, sunbathe on the deck and dine outside in total seclusion. Some one-bedroom garden pool villas feature interconnecting gardens, making them ideal for shared holidays with family and friends, and a Villa Host is also available for special requests.
There are three restaurants, offering a mix of international and local cuisine, coastal Italian dining, and the best of Thai, Indian and Chinese dining, while the Upper Deck Dining Bar provides a fun and relaxed setting for enjoying cocktails, bites, music and socialising. Foodies will also love putting their skills to the test and learning about local cuisine with the Spice Spoons cooking school, and for those wanting something extra special, Dining by Design tailors a bespoke, private dinner.
Other facilities include a library, ocean view pool, lagoon-side pool with Jacuzzi jets and kids’ area, a gym, and Watersports Centre offering jet skiing, water skiing, banana rides, and more.
The family-friendly, double-storey Anantara Spa features 11 treatment rooms with four dedicated to couples, two yoga and meditation pavilions surrounded by a lotus pond, and offers a range of holistic Ayurvedic therapies and exotic western spa rituals for all ages.
Children are especially tended to, with special welcome treats on arrival, Adventurer Club, offering an action-packed program of cultural activities, outdoor games, and excursions, and a teddy bear as a farewell memento.
Ideal for travellers seeking adventure, the resort’s location affords scenic helicopter flights, waterfall picnics, river fishing, sunset river cruises, national park safaris, dolphin and whale watching, and more, while local attractions include Richmond Castle and the world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine, tea plantation tours, and the Dutch fort in Galle.