Lazy, hazy beach days are spent in dreamlike bliss on the golden-tinged beaches and turquoise depths bordering the island’s south coast. Let Aitken Spence Travels help you experience the best beach holidays in Sri Lanka amidst the charms of picturesque Kalutara. Be it sublime wellness, thrilling recreation or laid-back relaxation, there is much to look forward to on a getaway by the shore.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a representative of Aitken Spence Travels. You will then proceed to your hotel in Kalutara.
Sprawled on six acres of oceanfront land, Turyaa Kalutara is a five-star hotel with two wings, six floors, two swimming pools, and a host of other facilities. This includes a gym, spa, sauna, business centre, nightclub and a library. With a total of 199 rooms complete with private balconies, the hotel also features a host of recreational activities; enjoy everything from playing badminton to taking on friends in a competitive game of pool.
In terms of gastronomic variety, Turyaa Kalutara hosts seven restaurants each offering exclusive menus to flatter an assortment of tastes and culinary preferences. The conveniences at the hotel extend beyond 24 hour in-room dining, on-call doctor and a 24 hour coffee shop. Besides the hypnotic rhythms of the ocean waves, it also gives guests the chance to relax to live music and band performances at its restaurant's lobby area.
Be it on an exquisite sun-soaked day or on a magical star-filled night, Turyaa Kalutara is a luxurious sanctuary by the sea where true rest is never hard to find.
Savour a delicious breakfast at Turyaa Kalutara and afterwards, you are free to enjoy your own activities.
In the afternoon embark on a mangrove boat ride along the Madu River in Balapitiya.
Balapitiya is where one can just sit back and observe how ecology and culture combine under the sun! Cut through the clear water of the Madu River - a lifeline of Balapitiya - and head towards Kotu Duwa; this small island houses a temple that dates back to the time of ancient Sinhalese kings.
Alternatively, sail through tunnels of shady mangroves swaying alongside the Madu River, hiding an ecological treasure; witness the tranquillity of this biodiversity hotspot home to reptiles, molluscs and over 70 species of freshwater fish. Today, the region, which has a strong presence of rural folk life, does not only boast cinnamon plantations in abundance but also something unique. Here you will find “fish pedicure centres” – experience one of the most potent and rejuvenating wellness techniques involving fish nibbling away at the dead cells of your feet! Apart from these highlights, Balapitiya has also become a household name amongst birdwatchers who are ensured of a captivating offshore expedition and the chance to observe the many avifauna species that frequent the area.
Head back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation.
Breakfast at Turyaa Kalutara and a full day at leisure enjoying the hotel facilities.
Turyaa Kalutara takes pride in offering you the best leisure vacation during your stay with a comprehensive range of facilities and amenities.
Aayu Spa offers a sensuous range of relaxing treatments administered by Balinese therapists. Each session is performed using a blend of herbal massage oils and scrubs; these are made exclusively from pure and natural Sri Lankan herbs and other curative ingredients. Guests are also welcome to further unwind in the calming environs of a steam room or jacuzzi, or simply swim their stress away in one of the outdoor swimming pools.
For the more active guest, the Aayu Gym is equipped with a comprehensive cardio station, including treadmills, weights and cycles. Qualified trainers are also on hand to supervise guests during their workout regimes.
Turyaa Kalutara facilitates a host of sporting activities that include water polo, badminton, beach volleyball and football, mini golf, water aerobics and table tennis. Those interested in a more relaxed and spiritually uplifting experience can take part in yoga sessions too. For the more adventurous, the hotel organises elephant rides, excursions and other exhilarating outdoor activities upon request.
Guests planning to dance the night away can do so at 'Table Tango', the hotel’s own nightclub with DJ music and live bands. It also has a karaoke bar where you can sing all your personal favourites.
'Stories', the onsite library and relaxation lounge offers an exclusive working hub to resident guests. It also features a harmonious space where you can pick books off the shelves and drift away into oblivion, with complimentary coffee and tea.
As a beachfront family-friendly resort, there is much on offer for children too. Recreational opportunities can be enjoyed at the children's playground and kiddies' pool, while a professional animations team provides spectacular entertainment. There is even an exclusive kiddies menu, especially for young guests.
After breakfast at Turyaa Kalutara, transfer to Colombo for a city and shopping tour.
Colombo, the commercial hub of the country, is a pulsating city where east meets west amidst a melting pot of cultures. For the shopaholic there is much to look forward to; designer brands, accessories, jewellery, clothes and handicrafts can be found at such retail hubs as Arcade Independence Square, the Colombo Racecourse and the Dutch Hospital.
Other sites of interest include the well-known BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall) which hosts various exhibitions throughout the year and the Nelum Pokuna performance centre. Not to be missed is a visit to the Gangarama Temple and the Pettah area, chock-full of activity and one of the best spots for some bargaining shopping.
Once done with your exploration, head to the airport to connect to your flight.