A gateway to the allure of Sri Lanka, Anantara Kalutara Resort is also a retreat from the busy world.
Set along Sri Lankaâ€™s ruggedly beautiful south-west coast, Anantara Kalutara Resort is a peacefully secluded coastal hideaway, connecting travellers to Sri Lankaâ€™s colonial charms and sacred heritage, as well as the vibrancy of island life and wild nature. Set 10 minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour from the capital, Colombo, the resort was originally designed by Sri Lankaâ€™s most famous architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa, realising his vision of simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship, while showcasing the Kalu River and Indian Ocean. Blending effortlessly with the islandâ€™s tropical beauty and rich culture, the resort fuses natural luxury with colonial and Sri Lankan artistry. The main building has a Dutch colonial style, with a soaring gable roof, while the receptionâ€™s free-flowing space ushers in the coastal breeze and overlooks the lagoon of the Kalu River estuary.
A total of 141 rooms, suites and pool villas, with private balconies and terraces overlooking lush gardens, the ocean or lagoon, await guests to Anantara Kalutara Resort, as does a range of activities for leisure and rejuvenation. The Watersports Centre offers jet and water skiing, while the Geoffrey Bawa-dedicated library is a quiet retreat that showcases drawings from the architectâ€™s archive and some of his favourite designs in Batik. Anantara Spa is a serene double-storey sanctuary, surrounded by a lotus pond, with 10 luxurious treatment rooms for individuals and couples. There is a choice of three restaurants serving a range of dining pleasure, from international classics and spicy Sri Lanka specialties, to refined Italian, Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines, while the Upper Deck Bar is a haven for both pre- and postprandial relaxation.
Anantara Kalutara Resort is also a gateway to Sri Lankaâ€™s historic treasures and wild adventures. The Kalutara South Station is just five minutes away, giving you access to the island nationâ€™s scenic railways. Vast ancient caves and lush virgin rainforest beckon the explorer, while more sedentary expeditions can be had through tours of spice gardens and tea plantations. Sir Lankaâ€™s colonial past can be witnessed at the Dutch fort of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the architecturally splendid Richmond Castle. Not to be missed, as well, are the sacred treasures that include a temple housing the worldâ€™s tallest sitting Buddha statue and the worldâ€™s only hollow Buddhist shrine.
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