Anantara launches second luxury resort resort in Sri Lanka


Hemas Holdings in partnership with Minor Hotels is pleased to announce the launch of the second Anantara resort in Sri Lanka. Anantara Kalutara Resort, offering 141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas, is located on the Kalutara peninsula between the Indian Ocean and Kalu Ganga providing coastal, river and lagoon frontage.

Deluxe lagoon view room

The property was originally designed by the late Geoffrey Bawa and is surrounded by tropical gardens, coconut palms and the shoreline. All 127 guest rooms come with a wine humidor as standard with interconnecting, accessible and poolside guest rooms available. The 05 Suites are set apart by an elegant lounge with the One Bedroom Presidential Suite boasting a private plunge pool and sundeck.

Suites and villa guests can listen to music on the Bose Bluetooth speaker, and special requests are taken care of by the Villa Host. The One and Two Bedroom Villas feature an enclosed garden terrace offering seclusion whilst swimming in the private pool, sunbathing on the deck and dining al fresco. For holidays with family and friends, some of the One Bedroom Garden Pool Villas feature interconnecting gardens.

Lobby upper deck with ocean view

The resort has a choice of three restaurants. Spice Traders invites travellers to choose between Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines. All day dining restaurant Olu offers international classics and spicy Sri Lanka specialties, whilst refined Italian tastes can be found at Acquolina. Open at dusk, The Upper Deck is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner and light bites, while Dining by Design offers a collection of connoisseur menus with a personal chef and butler, in intimate settings for tailored private dinners.

Dining by design

The resort’s Anantara Spa, which is one of the largest spa facilities in Sri Lanka, offers 10 treatment rooms with holistic Ayurvedic therapies, Asian and western spa treatments. The double-story space features a yoga and meditation pavilions and is surrounded by a lotus pond.

A range of leisure facilities is available for guests to enjoy, whether for romance or quality family time. The Watersports Centre offers a range of activities including jet skiing, water skiing and banana rides. Guests can work out in the gym whilst taking in the river view, or raise their game with a personal trainer. There are two swimming pools – the lagoon-side pool with its Jacuzzi jets and children’s section ideal for families and the ocean view pool offering a tranquil escape.

One bedroom garden pool villa evening exterior

Family-friendly services begin on arrival with children receiving special treats. Adventurer Club engages youngsters in cultural activities, outdoor games and action-packed excursions. Relaxation is a pampering delight with special family spa experiences. Children can enjoy a range of fun treats, such as a chocolate oil massage and hair braiding. Teen girls can refresh their look with facials, manicures and pedicures, and teen boys are expertly groomed. Dedicated packages for ‘Mum & Me’ and ‘Dad & Me’ allow parents to share unique spa time with their children. Upon departure, a keepsake gift is given to the children.

Pool view at dusk

The resort offers three meeting rooms and a 500-seat conference centre, slated to open in March 2017. A limousine service is available for trips between the resort and Kalutara South Station and Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport.

The brand’s first property on the island, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, has been setting the benchmark for luxury resorts in Sri Lanka in less than one year of operation and has just been named as one of the “50 Best Resorts in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler USA.

Dining by design on the beach

The brands first property in Sri Lanka – the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has set the benchmark for luxury resorts in less than one year of operation with worldwide recognition for its unique coastal setting and impeccable service. The pinnacle achievement has been the recognition bestowed on the property by Conde Nast Traveler USA with Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort being names as one of the “50 Best Resorts in the World”. Anantara currently boasts 35 properties in 11 countries and the next month will see the brand debut in Oman with the opening of two luxury resorts.

Outdoor dining

Serendib Leisure – the leisure arm of Hemas Holdings PLC manages Hotel Sigiriya and Club Hotel Dolphin and the internationally branded hotels AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa and AVANI Kalutara Resort in partnership with Minor Hotels, one of Asia’s largest and rapidly expanding hospitality chains. The successful partnership with Minor Hotels has continued with the launch of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in December 2015 and the recent launch of Anantara Kalutara Resort   covering key cities of Bentota, Kalutara, Waikkal, Sigiriya, and Tangalle.


About Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas : Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

Lobby view at dusk

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 30 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE and Qatar, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa.

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(L to R) Mr. Yves-Cem Noack: Director of Sales & Marketing – Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Sri Lanka, Mr. Abbas Esufally: Chairman – Serendib Leisure Management Ltd / Group Director – Hemas Holdings, Mr. Edoardo Giuntoli: General Manager – Anantara Kalutara Resort and Mr. Malinga Arsekularatne: Group Managing Director – Leisure, Travel & Aviation – Hemas Holdings