With all the hype Anantaya has been receiving through the media and the local grapevine, I decided to drop in at the property last weekend with family. Having been welcomed most graciously, I immediately felt at home! All staff had smiles on their faces and took no time to point out my options for a cup of tea. You start feeling the sprawling expanse of the hotel from the entrance itself. We were directed to the main restaurant.
Being a person who loves openness and unobstructed views, I didn't much care for the wooden screens that separated out the restaurant into little cubicles but my Mum loved them! On learning that they were sourced locally and used local craftsmanship, my acceptance of the screens increased. :)
Very good tea (a Sri Lankan essential!) was served to us with the yummiest piece of warm butter cake which I had had in a long time - homeliness re-established! Service at the restaurant was also impeccable.
Requesting to take a tour of the hotel, the Resident Manager himself obliged to take us around using an electric buggy (kudos to the environmental consciousness!, and I hear they have bigger plans in this regard, although walking would have been the better option if we were staying longer) and we started with the spa. I felt I would have been keen on a treatment package even if I didn't require it, as the setting of the spa was just so beautiful and inviting! I might return just to give myself a treat here! The foliage around the spa is just taking root but once it has grown, the setting would be even more attractive.
Taking a peak into the regular rooms, they suggested simple luxuries, spick-and-span and very beautiful. The mostly wooden finishes were definitely to my taste although the central wooden screen in the bedroom, to me, again restricted the continuous and unobstructed view which to the West was the Indian ocean and to the East was the southern protrusions of the Puttalam lagoon complex, speaking of which, the location of the hotel is very unique and indisputable at that. It is also located in an area that is very rich in its natural and cultural heritage and a longer stay here would be ideal as a base for exploring the area, especially the colonial influence there and the dual ecosystems that surround the hotel - the coast and the mangrove-rich estuary.
The 2 magnificent simple but large pools offer a third option for swimming in, and are definitely another reason as to why I would return. The suite I checked out was large and spacious and would be ideal to stay in if I went with family or a band of friends for a celebration.
Anantaya is definitely a place for relaxation and just being. The environment makes it essential and the staff facilitate it. A quick hop from Colombo, it's ideal for just the weekend or a longer stay, which I look forward to!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated 66 km north of the Bandaranaike International Airport and a 20 minute drive from the city of Chilaw lies the village of Karukupone, a place of breathtaking natural beauty with a vast, sandy beach kissed by a sea of the bluest hue. This is home to Anantaya, a luxury resort in an idyllic setting for the discerning traveller. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw Sri Lanka