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Published on : Friday, September 15, 2017
Exchange vows under a canopy of palm fronds with the Indian Ocean setting a perfect backdrop. Toast Champagne beside a tranquil lagoon at sunset, before enjoying a soiree reception in tropical gardens fragrant with the scent of frangipani, or in a stunning ballroom with dual views of the ocean and the Kalu River.
Sri Lanka is an alluring landscape of golden shorelines, cultural richness and genuine, warm smiles. An increasingly popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, the island is easily accessible with direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Draw inspiration from a rich, multi-layered history of Sinhalese, Tamil and colonial influences. Lose yourself to breath-taking panoramas of mountains dotted with temples, forests teeming with wildlife, and beaches fringed by azure waters.
Only a 90-minute drive from downtown Colombo and the capital’s Bandaranaike International Airport, Anantara Kalutara Resort offers a naturally exclusive setting for romance, with the sacred Kalu Ganga on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other.
Originally designed by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, renowned across the globe for his Tropical Modernist style, the resort features 141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas, the award-winning Anantara Spa, an on-site water sports centre, and multiple dining options from East and West. Large wedding parties can also take advantage of the 103 guest rooms available at the adjacent AVANI Kalutara Resort.
Enjoy an array of romantic settings for your once-in-a-lifetime event. An outdoor terrace overlooking the lagoon and manicured lawn area provide the perfect setting for al fresco gatherings. The newly opened 630 square metre Ballroom boasts panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and river, and can accommodate 400 guests for a reception or 350 for formal banquets.
At Anantara Kalutara, a dedicated team is on hand to provide support and services from the initial planning stages, through to the conclusion of your uniquely tailored celebrations. Design your dream wedding, with personalised welcome gifts for your guests, themed décor, live music and innovative dining options.
Connecting guests to the rich details, interesting history and captivating scenes of Sri Lanka, Anantara Kalutara offers a range of inspirational and authentic explorations 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 200-acre Handunugoda Tea Estate offers a pleasurable low-country tea experience and serves as a working private tea museum. Guests interested in wildlife conservation can meet day-old baby turtles at a nearby turtle hatchery. A larger than life experience takes place from Mirissa Harbour, where visitors can set sail for Weligama Bay to spot majestic whales between December and April each year.
Enjoy pre- and post-wedding celebrations, from bridal party or couples’ spa journeys and afternoon tea at the local plantation, to sunset cruises along the Kalu Ganga, wildlife safaris and whale watching trips in style. Honeymoon in a private pool villa as you begin a new chapter of your life together. Let Anantara Kalutara bring your dream romance to life.