Luxury hotel holiday Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw Chilaw

Perched between a lagoon and the Indian Ocean, the Anantaya Resort and Spa in Chilaw is an enchanting and stylish Sri Lankan resort. The indulgent spa facilities, offered in huts that hover above the blue water, abundant sports opportunities, and excellent access to the nearby seaside village of Chilaw, make this a fulfilling and luxurious addition to any touring holiday in Sri Lanka. A few nights at the Anantaya will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for further exploration.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw

The Anantaya Resort and Spa, Chilaw is a 5-star hotel with a pristine natural location on a peninsula between Chilaw beach and lagoon. Comprehensive spa services, fine dining restaurants and a variety of beachfront activities afford guests a tranquil experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location On the seafront, approximately 10-miles from Chilaw, and 60-miles from Colombo

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 40 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Spa, Swimming pool, Gym, Restaurant, Bar, Poolside bar, Bike rentals, Sports facilities and equipment, and Shopping arcade.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi.

Complimentary watersports

Waterpolo, Water aerobics, Deep sea fishing, and Boat rides.

Land sports

Beach volleyball, Badminton, Cycling, Chess, Beach cricket, and Yoga.

Out and about nearby

The village of Chilaw is recognised to be one of Sri Lanka's most peaceful destinations, with a heritage deeply rooted in fishing and trade. At the centre of the town is a clock tower, but the main attractions of the town are the beach and the lagoon, making it perfect for relaxing days out and afternoons on the sand. You may also wish to visit the Munnesvaram Temple, actually comprised of five multi-faith temples, which is believed to be the most important Siva temple on the island. Though the building that stands there today was rebuilt under British colonial rule, it still provides a great insight into the culture of the area, as well as design and stylistic trends.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,450

Holiday Code EXH1875

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw

The Anantaya Resort and Spa in Chilaw, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, is bordered by the Bangadeniya Lagoon on one side, and the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean on the other. A grassy stretch, lined with swaying palms and sun loungers, creates a pretty pathway between the hotel buildings and the beach. The main building is a wooden structure with white-washed walls and an abundance of glass, which sleekly blends traditional Sri Lankan design with striking modernity. Light, open rooms are decorated with warm, neutral colours, while authentic wooden furnishings and cross-hatched screens add character and individuality. Glass walls and large balconies encourage guests to gaze out over the water of the lagoon or the sea. The stylish feel of the Anantaya Resort & Spa is perhaps most apparent in the spa buildings, which extend across the lagoon waters on stilts and have large verandas. A range of spa treatments are available, from Ayurvedic to aromatherapy. Asian design and flavours dominate in the enchanting main bar and fine-dining restaurant. The large open windows in the restaurant look out across the sea, and let in a delicate sea breeze, creating the perfect setting in which to enjoy the international cuisine, which is always expertly prepared and presented. More casual snacking and dining options are available at the open-air poolside bar. The large swimming pool, along with bike rentals, a gym, beach and water sports, and an exclusive shopping arcade offer more than enough activity to keep guests entertained. Otherwise, walk into the quaint village of Chilaw to see traditional Sri Lankan life unfold. We would highly recommend the Anantaya Resort in Chilaw for a relaxing and idyllic stop on one of Expressions Holidays' Sri Lankan tours, perhaps combining it with boutique rural villas, rustic accommodation in the National Parks, or sophisticated city hotels.

Room descriptions

Anantaya Resort and Spa has 87 rooms and suites, which are all equipped with air-conditioning, rain shower, mini-fridge, television, hairdryer, digital safe, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, and a private balcony if on sea-side.

Superior Rooms
Deluxe Rooms with sitting area
Premium Rooms with Jacuzzi, larger windows, sitting area, in-room dining options, and dressing area
Suite Rooms with four poster bed, private balcony on both lagoon- and sea-side, sitting area, dining area, pantry, walk-in closet, and complimentary fruit basket

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,450

Holiday Code EXH1875

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw

Additional information

Children: Larger rooms and suites come equipped with sofa beds or day beds, on which children can sleep.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,450

Holiday Code EXH1875

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw

About Negombo and west coast

An Expressions holiday to Sri Lanka's Negombo offers travellers the chance to experience Sri Lankan heritage and culture. Negombo is an important fishing town with Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage. It is also a popular holiday destination because of its proximity to the international airport and its beachfront location. Due to the Portuguese influx back in the 16th century, the inhabitants are predominantly Catholic. The country’s Dutch legacy is seen in the remains of the grand Dutch Fort and the Dutch canal (now called Hamilton Canal) which runs from Colombo to Chilaw via Negombo. Although large parts of the canal are in disrepair, it is being revived and you can see gaily-painted boats using it as a waterway. The beaches at Negombo are wide and good for beach walking, although it is a struggle to keep them clean as urban debris washes ashore daily. The currents can be strong here, so it is better to swim in the hotel pool. It is fascinating to see how the fishing industry dominates life in coastal Negombo - the fish market, the auctions, the stalls along the beach. The tourist resort area of Negombo, known as the Golden Mile, caters to a wide spectrum of holidaymakers on a range of budgets, mostly the mid to the lower end. It’s lively at night and has bars, restaurants, tourist shops and fashion outlets, selling everything from flip-flops to colourful batiks and handlooms.

Highlights of Negombo

For nature lovers and birdwatchers there are the Muthurajawela wetlands where four varieties of kingfisher are frequently seen, as well as Negombo Lagoon. Offshore wrecks and a reef provide spots for diving (November to April, when the seas are calmer). PADI instructors, some other water sports and fishing trips are also available. Whale-watching and dolphin-watching boat trips are possible further north off Kalpitya, though this is a 3-4 hours drive away.

Cultural highlights of Negombo

In and around Negombo there are plenty of things to see and do: Dutch Fort remains; St Mary’s Church; Angurukaramulla Buddhist temple (murals); Fish markets, fishing boats and port; Select fresh seafood for your lunch or dinner; The Dutch canal (called Hamilton canal) and Maha Oya river – boat trip; Muthurajawela wetlands and Negombo Lagoon for birdwatching and nature; Some water sports and diving; November to April; Fishing; Tourist shops and restaurants (mostly mid-lower end), fashion shops; Inland to the archaeological site of Dambadeniya; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital of Colombo is 40 km away, offering a range of shops, restaurants and sightseeing.

Climate in Negombo

With daytime temperatures of between 26° C and 33° C, Negombo is hot and humid, though sea breezes cool and refresh the air. The evenings are slightly cooler. The main monsoon brings unsettled weather between May and August.

Travel around Negombo and Sri Lanka

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Negombo to Colombo International Airport: 20 minutes, Negombo to Sigiriya: 3 – 3.5 hours, Negombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Negombo to Colombo: 1-1.5 hours.

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