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Only 10 minutes from the historic town of Kalutara and an hour from Colombo, Anantara Kalutara Resort resides along Sri Lanka’s beautiful southwest coast. The peaceful beachfront setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage.

Surrounded by tropical gardens, towering coconut palms and a serene shoreline, simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship is inspired by the architectural vision of the late Geoffrey Bawa – Sri Lanka’s most famous architect.

Anantara Kalutara Resort comprises with 141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas. Three restaurants dish up international favourites and local specialties, coastal Italian dining with ocean views, and the best of Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines.

The family-friendly attractions begin on arrival at the resort with children receiving special treats such as chocolate chip and coconut cookies. Youngsters have their own action-packed fun at Adventurer Club, from cultural activities and outdoor games, to exciting excursions. When the time comes to leave, little ones are given a teddy bear souvenir.

Anantara Spa journeys pamper with holistic Ayurvedic therapies and exotic western spa rituals for adults, teens and children. The double storey sanctuary has two yoga and meditation pavilions and is surrounded by a lotus pond. 11 luxurious treatment rooms include six for individuals, four for couples and one dedicated to Ayurvedic therapies. Children enjoy fun experiences from a chocolate oil massage to hair braiding and teen girls are treated to facials, manicures and pedicures. Teen boys are groomed and buffed and the spa also offers special ‘Mum & Me’ and ‘Dad & Me’ packages.

The resort also offers a spectacular setting for events. Dream weddings are framed by Indian Ocean waves on soft silky sands, beside the lagoon or amidst tropical gardens. Business guests benefit from two meeting rooms and a 500-seater conference centre, expected to open in March 2017, will host lavish social and corporate functions for up to 300 guests.

The resort is ideally located for travellers seeking adventure. Scenic helicopter flights reveal a bird’s eye view of Kalutara’s exotic beauty. Guests can head out for a picnic beside a waterfall, go river fishing on a traditional boat with a local guide, and soak up the romance of a sunset river cruise. Local treasures include the architectural splendour of Richmond Castle and the world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine. Tours of tea plantations and the Dutch fort in Galle relive colonial times. Nature highlights range from dolphin and whale watching boat trips, to national park safaris, the conservation efforts of a turtle hatchery and exploring virgin rainforests.

Anantara Kalutara Resort is Anantara’s second resort destination to open in Sri Lanka. The brand’s first resort, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, has already set the benchmark for luxury resorts in Sri Lanka following its opening in January this year.