Go with the flow in Sri Lanka

Immerse yourself in island life at Anantara Kalutara Resort, which boasts a secluded spot where the Kalu Ganga River meets the Indian Ocean

 

Set amid tropical gardens and towering coconut palms, and surrounded by lagoon and ocean, Anantara Kalutara Resort is one of the most sought-after places to stay along Sri Lanka’s picturesque southwest coast. Located just 10 mins from town and an hour from Colombo, this peaceful resort situated between the Indian Ocean and the Kalu River is a lush setting for those who want to experience the cultural, historical and natural charms of the local area. 

The architecture of the resort is inspired by the work of the late Geoffrey Bawa, the brains behind ‘tropical modernism’, welcoming guests with a considered design that showcases the surrounds to maximum effect. Suites and Villas draw the outside in with private gardens and plunge pools, and a Villa Host on hand to tend to your every need. Larger groups will find the Two Bedroom Pool Villa a fitting home from home, accommodating up to four adults and two children, with an outdoor dining area ideal for mealtimes teamed with sparkling conversation. 

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Of course, if you prefer to dine out, there are a variety of restaurants to enjoy, from Italian eatery Acquolina to Asian eatery Spice Traders. Plus, you can learn the secrets of spicy Sri Lankan cuisine thanks to Spice Spoons interactive cooking classes that will take you to a traditional market to shop for ingredients, followed by a step-by-step tutorial with the chef and, of course, the chance to tuck into your creation. 

If rejuvenation is required, head to Anantara Spa, which has an indulgent menu of Ayurveda-inspired treatments that can be customised to suit. We rate the Anantara Kalutara Tea Journey, which provides a powerful antioxidant surge with a warm tea bath soak, purifying green tea body scrub and nutrient-rich detox wrap using green tea balm. 

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There are plenty of activities and excursions on offer to fill your day. Join the resident yogi for sunrise sessions beside the ocean or command a jet ski at dusk for thrilling sunset views. Just don’t plan anything for Saturdays at 4pm, when tropical fruit is delivered to the lagoon shores for a refreshing early evening interlude. 

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If you want to venture out, you can explore the stunning Lunuganga Estate (Bawa’s former country residence), hop aboard a traditional sailing vessel to learn local fishing techniques, and cruise the Kalu Ganga to see the native wildlife. Another iconic trip is to the Handunugoda Tea Plantation, which is famous for its white tea. Take a peek behind the scenes at the 20-acre estate and sample the perfect blend for a memorable way to end your Sri Lankan sojourn.