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Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa

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  • About this holiday

    The AVANI Kalutara Resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka is a tropical sanctuary hidden amidst palm trees on the tip of a peninsula near Kalutara itself. The façade, reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, opens up to reveal chic, luxury accommodation with oriental influences, and gourmet food built around the flavours native to the island and the homes of hotel guests. Stop off at the AVANI Kalutara Resort for a few days of peaceful seafront relaxation spent enjoying the waters of the Indian Ocean, the river, and the sandy shores.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Wifi and yoga classes

    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.
    From £1,190 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1879

    Our opinion

    The AVANI Kalutara Resort is a haven of tranquillity and luxury modern comforts.

    Hotel description

    The AVANI Kalutara Resort is nestled between lush green trees and a golden sandy beach on the peninsula opposite the town of Kalutara. With an authentic taste of Sri Lankan life just a short distance away, and the idyllic shores of the Indian Ocean even closer, the AVANI Kalutara Resort makes both a cultural and a highly relaxing stop on your tour of Sri Lanka. The main hotel building does not rise above the tops of the palms, which helps blend this white-washed property into the surrounding tropical oasis. A vast pool links the hotel to the beach, and is surrounded by sun loungers and parasols. The guestrooms themselves are decorated in warm colours, with rich, dark wood furnishings, while splashes of greens and purples – very typically Sri Lankan hues – are introduced in plush cushions, feature walls, and bed throws. Public spaces employ the same style, but with a more serene, minimalist approach. Dining and lounge areas have a chic, but distinctly oriental feel, and are fresh, light, and airy. Mangrove Restaurant enables guests to dine either in the cool, lime green dining room, or out on the riverside terrace. The menu rotates on a daily basis, featuring Italian, Mexican, and Chinese flavours, as well as fresh, local Sri Lankan dishes. Try the fusion cuisine on the seafront terrace of Moya Restaurant at lunchtime or dinner; or, indulge with one of the AVANI’s speciality dining options, including beachfront gourmet meals for two, and interactive experiences with the chef. Evening drinks are served alongside beautiful views in both the Miridiya Bar and the Karadiya Bar, the latter of which sits beside the pool. Light snacks, exotic juices, and unique cocktails offer flavoursome sustenance throughout the day. Complimentary yoga classes are held among the tropical gardens, to help detox and rejuvenate. Down on the beach, guests can enjoy a casual game of beach volleyball, perhaps before taking a kayak trip down the river and canals. Many other excursions are available through the concierge, including trips to nearby Richmond Castle. This elegant resort offers the perfect balance between outdoors activity, waterside relaxation, and peaceful, luxury accommodation.

    Location

    On a peninsula opposite the main town of Kalutara.

    Official star rating

    4

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    55 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    The AVANI Kalutara Resort has a total of 99 rooms and 6 Junior Suites, each with private balcony or terrace with views of the tropical gardens, the lagoon, or the Indian Ocean. All accommodation comes complete with air-conditioning, satellite television, wifi, rain shower, minibar, and tea and coffee making facilities.
    Standard Room
    Superior Lagoon View Room
    Superior Sea View Room
    Junior Suite with lounge area and ocean view

    Hotel facilities and services

    Mangrove Restaurant, Moya Restaurant, speciality dining, Miridiya Bar, Karadiya Bar, yoga classes, gym, swimming pool, children’s pool, concierge and excursions.

    Water sports

    Water polo and kayaking.

    Land sports

    Beach volleyball, chess, table tennis, billiards, pool, and darts.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The AVANI Kalutara Resort offers a range of excursions, including river kayaking, bird watching, and trips to the Kalutara Basket Centre, and Richmond Castle. One afternoon, take a trip into Kalutara itself. This colourful town was once an important spice-trading centre, formerly owned by the Dutch, the Portuguese, and the English. Richmond Castle is an ochre-fronted manor house with landscaped gardens, originally designed to imitate an Indian palace. Situated at the top of a small climb, the Fa Hien Caves are encased within the oldest natural rock in Sri Lanka and are said to have been occupied 37,000 years ago. On the banks of the Kalutara River stands the Kalutara Bodhiya, a Buddhist temple; this is one of the most spectacular religious sites in the area, and is crowned by a vast white dome. To truly enjoy the Sri Lankan weather, explore the Calido Beach, a strip of land that separates the river from the sea, or Kalutara Beach, which is often almost empty, though the sea is not often totally calm.

    Sports nearby

    Children

    Children are welcomed at the AVANI Kalutara Resort, and can be accommodated in the larger room types. A children’s pool features on-site.

    Minimum stays

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