Imagine how peaceful it would be to stay at a secluded coastal property along Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Anantara Resorts’ newly-opened second resort in Sri Lanka, Kalutara, promises exactly that. The resort was originally designed by Sri Lanka’s most notable architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa, and is inspired by his vision of simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship. With a frontal view of the Kalu river and the Indian Ocean sprawling in the backdrop, each of its 141 guest rooms and private plunge pool-equipped suites offer breathtaking views. The serene double-storey spa is surrounded by a lotus pond and leisure activities ranging from watersports to beauty treatments are on offer. Dining options include the all-day restaurant Olu, serving Lankan delicacies, the Italian restaurant Acquolina, as well as a tailor-made dining experience. Expected to open in March 2017 is a conference centre. Tariff from $205; kalutara.anantara.com