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Anantara Kalutara Resort

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by Catalina Forbes (subscribe)
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.
Published October 23rd 2017
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The Exterior of the resort


Anantara Kalutara Resort is a masterpiece of pure charm, local heritage, and Dutch colonial styles, evident in every room and corridor of the resort.

Nestled on a bed of warm sand in Sri Lanka's southern coast, offering scenic views of the Indian Ocean and the Kalu Ganga, the resort is one of the most treasured final works of Geoffrey Bawa, the island's most popular and honoured architect.

Upon entering the wide open reception in the main building, one feels at ease as the sea breeze gushes around you with the promise of freedom and tranquillity. The cement floors are polished well enough to see your wide-eyed reflection as you admire the terracotta coloured walls adorned with Sri Lankan batik wall hangings, creating the ideal background for the locally inspired, colonial furniture.

hotel lobby
Hotel Lobby


lobby sitting zone
Lobby Sitting Zone furnished with traditional wooden chairs


Bawa's significant design feature was to connect the north and eastern side, with views of the lagoon, to the western side of the resort, with views of the ocean, with a 3 storied wall.

lagoon view room
Lagoon view room


The rooms to the east which offers views of the lagoon are connected by this wall, while the rooms and villas on the beach side can be accessed by a walkway that connects to a public road that runs through the resort.

The resort, as one would expect, is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway or a quick escape with the family. Leisure activities catering to both groups highlight the fact that this Geoffrey Bawa hotel is nothing short of a wonder.

geoffrey bawa library in anatara kalutara
Inside the Library


Play in the waters of pool or dive head first into a book at the library; a tribute to the architect himself, which displays a collection of his drawings, including his favourite Batik designs by Ena de Silva and Barbara Sansoni.

geoffrey bawa's drawing in the library
Geoffrey Bawa's drawing in the library



Surrender your body to the exotic Ayurvedic spa treatments offered at the spa, bordered by a lotus pond which ties in the local beauty and culture with the property.

Spa pavillion
Spa pavillion


sri lankan traditional furniture
Traditional wooden furniture in the Spa


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Traditional wooden furniture




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Where: St Sebastian Rd, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka
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