Anantara’s newly opened Kalutara Resort offers guests wanting to get away from it all in style a secluded beachfront setting on Sri Lanka’s pristine southwest coast. Between the Indian Ocean and Kalu Ganga River, the property was designed by the late Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most famous architect.
Guests are invited to wind down to the sound of the ocean and dine on everything from the bold, spicy flavours of island culture to Italian coastal cuisine. Accommodation includes private pool villa hideaways. Activities range from enjoying the simple pleasures of soaking up the solitude to unwinding in the spa, sunset boat cruises and tailored private dining to finding peace in a yoga pavilion or healing Ayurvedic therapies. Family adventures include watching turtles hatch to whale and dolphin trips. Excursions explore Colombo’s buzz, wild river life and picturesque tea plantations, colonial mansions and sacred treasures.
Only an hour away, the historic town of Kalutara charms travellers with its culture and tropical nature. From the island’s spice trading days and colonial heritage, a rich tapestry of history beckons including 12th century Richmond Castle. A must see, the castle is a two storey building with 99 doors and 34 windows, decorated with glass panes of exquisite design depicting grape vines. Records indicate that two shiploads of teak were imported from Burma for its construction.
Facilities currently available include the main pool, all day dining restaurant, Upper Deck bar, spa, yoga and meditation pavilion, kids club and library. More details, [email protected]
Written by Ian McIntosh