04 Oct 2017
Anantara Kalutara Resort Offers the Perfect Setting For Sophisticated Meetings and Retreats
A destination on the rise
Tourism continues to grow in Sri Lanka, a uniquely charming destination with a wealth of natural and cultural attractions, a varied landscape, temperate climate and genuine, warm hospitality. Easily accessible – with direct international flights from Europe, the Middle East and Asia and easy E-visa application for most nationalities – Sri Lanka is also a value-for-money destination.
Anantara Kalutara Resort
Anantara Kalutara is situated on the southwest coast of the island, only a 90-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport and downtown Colombo. The architecturally stunning resort offers a naturally exclusive setting, with the sacred Kalu River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. 141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas dot the manicured grounds. Resort facilities include the Anantara Spa, which offers an inspirational setting to pursue physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, an on-site water sports centre and a selection of dining options from East and West.
Unique Meeting Spaces
Anantara Kalutara has just unveiled its new purpose-built meeting complex. Comprising the 630 square metre two-storey Ballroom, three meeting rooms and expansive indoor and outdoor pre-function areas, the brand new facility boasts panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and river. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximise natural light and give way to stunning sunsets.
The perfect setting for conferences and events, the Ballroom can accommodate 400 guests for a reception, or 350 for banquets and meetings in classroom or theatre style. Designed for maximum flexibility, the pillar-free Ballroom can be divided into two equal sized soundproof spaces, both equipped with state-of-the-art mood lighting and audio-visual systems.
Designed by island architects MICD, the décor and furnishings showcase traditional Sri Lankan design with hints of vibrant colour, hand-painted batiks and contemporary fittings. Founded by Channa Daswatte, a protégé of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, MICD has maximised natural light and flow, in keeping with Bawa’s Tropical Modernist aesthetics which pervade the resort.
A dedicated meeting and events team is on hand to provide personalised planning and flawless delivery of each event and to tailor the experience, from VIP welcome gifts, themed décor and entertainment, to innovative catering options. Delegates can celebrate corporate milestones with a sunset cruise on the Kalu River or enjoy teambuilding activities including water sports on-site. Corporate employees can be rewarded with once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a wildlife safari or whale watching trip and a range of inspirational and authentic explorations can be offered to the island’s natural and cultural attractions, all within an easy drive from the resort.
The colonial era can be relived with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle’s Portuguese and Dutch fort, offering a charming enclave of boutiques, museums, modern bistros and bars. For a country famous for its tea, the nearby 200-acre Handunugoda Tea Estate offers a pleasurable low-country tea experience and serves as a working private tea museum. Whether a conference, incentive or celebration, Anantara Kalutara Resort will perfect the next corporate event in a truly world-class destination.