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.
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.
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.