Luxury hotel holiday Avani Kalutara Kalutara

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 facade, 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.
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 if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa

The AVANI Kalutara Resort is a luxury 4-star hotel in a beautiful waterfront location. Spectacular lagoon and ocean views and luxury modern comforts afford guests a truly tranquil and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location On the peninsula, a minutes' walk to the beach. Approximately 45-miles from Galle.

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 55 miles

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.

Complimentary

Wifi and Yoga classes

Chargeable watersports

Water polo and Kayaking.

Land sports

Beach volleyball, Chess, Table tennis, Billiards, Pool, and Darts.

Out and about nearby

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.

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

From about

£1,390

Holiday Code EXH1879

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 Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa

Room descriptions

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

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

From about

£1,390

Holiday Code EXH1879

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 Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Avani Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 1 hour and 50 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Additional information

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.

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

From about

£1,390

Holiday Code EXH1879

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 Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa

Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In addition to relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this region. In and around Wadduwa: Fishing life along the coast; Long beach walks; Kalutara – famous for its historic Bo tree, grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, and Gangatilaka Vihara Temple - the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow; Kalu Ganga (river) and Bolgoda lake; Richmond Castle – a 19th century spice plantation mansion, built for a regional Governor resembling an Indian Maharaja’s palace design, now open to the public. In and around Bentota/Beruwela: Watersports at Bentota/Beruwela on the Bentota river (there is a well-equipped centre offering a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports, including diving); Bentota mangrove river boat trip; Long beach walks; Brief Garden – home and landscaped gardens created by Bevis Bawa, the artist brother of Geoffrey Bawa. Behind a bamboo hedge lie walled gardens, bowers, lawns, sculptures and a Japanese garden; Lunuganga Estate – the home of celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; Aluthgama – shops and market; Galapita Vihara Buddhist Temple - 12th century, 5 km upriver. Inland: Singharaja Rainforest; Plantations, farming and craft villages. Between Bentota and Galle: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Buddhist Temples – e.g. Kumarakanda Vihara; Balapitiya –boat trips on Madu Ganga river and lagoon – birdlife, water monitors, islands; Mask carving and painting in Ambalangoda; Moonstone quarry in Meetyagoda; Beach walks; Hikkaduwa - tourist shops and restaurants, lower budget; Fishing trips, Snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing – at Hikkaduwa (12 km from Galle). Wherever you stay on the south-west coast, day excursions can be made to historic Galle, Buddhist temples, Sinharaja Rainforest, Ambalangoda mask factory, the Kosgoda turtle hatchery. The water sports facilities at Bentota/Beruwela (or Hikkaduwa) are within an hour’s drive from any of the hotels.

Cultural highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In the small towns and villages that straddle the main trunk road and railway line, Buddhist temples sit alongside churches and mosques whilst livelihoods are gained through a mix of tourism, trading and fishing, farming and skilled crafts. It is fascinating to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen preparing to launch their brightly-painted boats, later seeing them return with their catch. A venture into the hinterland reveals a world of lush plantations, tropical forests and lagoons. The rural villages are often known for a particular skill such as furniture or mask-making and weaving using dyed reed. Wadduwa, Bentota, Beruwela and the stretch of coast between Bentota and Galle all offer golden sand beaches, small fishing communities and watersports. Further inland, the Sinharaja rainforest is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found.

Climate of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

The south-western part of Sri Lanka is the wet tropical zone. It is warm and humid all year round. Sea breezes make the coast a little cooler. The sunny, dry season is between November and March with average temperatures at around 26C. The south-west monsoon brings intermittent torrential rain, winds and rough seas, normally in May, June and July, with temperatures of up to 32C.There is also changeable weather during September and October. Humidity fluctuates between 70% in the day and 90% at night, which can be oppressive in built up areas.

Travel around the region

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Colombo International Airport to Wadduwa – 1.5 to 2 hours (56 km), Colombo International Airport to Bentota – 2 ½ to 3 hours (90 km), Colombo International Airport to Galle – 3 hours (150 km), Wadduwa to Kandy – 4 hours, Bentota to Kandy – 4.5 hours (180 km), Colombo to Wadduwa – 45 mins to 1 hour (30 km).

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