On Sri Lanka’s sun-drenched south coast, a winding track through lush jungle finally reveals Amanwella and its incomparable seaside setting in Tangalle.
Designed for blissful seclusion and natural exploration, this contemporary beach resort claims a vast swathe of golden sand fringed with coconut palms and lies close to revered temples, rolling tea plantations and Sri Lanka’s finest National Parks.
Open to the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka’s spectacular south coast with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on both sides, Amanwella’s Suites overlook a curved beach, turquoise ocean and coconut grove. All of our elegant suites come with private pools, offering the perfect accommodation for a relaxing stay in Tangalle, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its cuisine, and Amanwella celebrates its variety with a full menu of authentic dishes complemented by Asian and Mediterranean classics. Enjoy a traditional warm-oil Ayurvedic treatment such as the signature Abhyanga massage that helps to eliminate impurities from the body while rejuvenating body and mind.
Within 1.5 hours by car from Amanwella, a brace of national parks promise wildlife sightings to rival the most celebrated African game reserves. Experience beachside bliss and wildlife viewing with a four-night, half-board stay including an elephant safari, a bicycle tour, picnics and more.
PREMIUM OCEAN POOL SUITE
At 100 square metre (1,076 square feet) Amanwella’s Premium Ocean Pool Suites offer the best views of the ocean and celebrate their serene setting between the water and the coconut groves. Plunge pools in private courtyards and an expansive terrace create ample outdoor space to entertain, with room for dining during evenings spent al-fresco.
Inside, sliding doors let light in, where king-sized beds, and a living area with a writing desk, daybed, and an armchair with a kithul wood table provide ample space to retreat. Each suite also features a spacious bathroom with a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities and a dressing area.
OCEAN HILL POOL SUITE
Offering partial views of the sea and surrounding treetops, the 100 square metre (1,076 square-foot) Ocean Hill Pool Suites make the most of outdoor living, featuring an individual plunge pool in a private courtyard and an expansive terrace for both lounging and dining.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors bring nature in, where the suites’ king-sized beds, a living area with a daybed and writing desk, and a spacious bathroom with a free-standing bathtub provide ample space and privacy.
GARDEN POOL SUITE
Open to the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka’s spectacular south coast with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on both sides, Amanwella’s 100 square-metre (1,076 square feet) Garden Pool Suites feature plunge pools in private courtyards and expansive terraces for lounging and dining.
Inside, an inviting retreat awaits, with a king-sized bed, writing desk, daybed, armchair and kithul wood table providing ample space for couples to enjoy. The bathroom has a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities and a separate dressing area.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its cuisine, and Amanwella celebrates its variety with a full menu of authentic dishes complemented by Asian and Mediterranean classics. Three restaurants are open to both guests and non-residents, and unique culinary experiences can be enjoyed in the surrounding villages and countryside near Tangalle.
Looking out over the palm-fringed bay from its elevated terrace, the Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The spacious interior is accessed via manicured gardens and flows onto the open-air, ocean-facing terrace. The varied menu focuses on Mediterranean, Asian and Sri Lankan cuisine specialities with an emphasis on fresh seafood.
THE BEACH CLUB
Set towards the western end of the beach and shaded by coconut palms, the open-sided Beach Club offers feet-in-the-sand dining at its best. Open for casual lunches, romantic private dinners and beach BBQs, the Beach Club’s menu features Asian salads, Mediterranean classics, grilled seafood with local relishes, and homemade ice creams.
THE LOUNGE BAR
Open from 10am to 11pm daily for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and drinks, this airy, informal venue shares a terrace with the Restaurant and claims the same panoramic views of the pool, beach and Indian Ocean. A convivial setting for sundowners as well as after dinner drinks and cigars, it is open on two sides with a central bar area.
Romantic private dining can be enjoyed in multiple settings on and off the property as well as in-suite. Relax beachside with your feet in the sand and dine on grilled seafood as the stars come out, enjoy a Sri Lankan feast in a local home, or picnic in a rustic pavilion inland, surrounded by a sea of emerald rice paddies.
TRADITIONAL SRI LANKAN COOKING LESSONS
In Amanwella’s tranquil Coconut Grove, cooking classes for all ages and abilities take place, offering a masterclass in Sri Lankan cuisine. Down on the beach and benefiting from the sofa, ocean breeze, traditional dishes such as prawn curry and coconut sambol come together with the help of the resort’s head chef and team.
Venture out with the chef in the early hours, sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients from the markets that surround. Alternatively, schedule a class for late morning and enjoy the culinary creations for a rewarding lunch.
WELLNESS & FITNESS
The melody of the waves and the gentle breath of the coconut palms soothe all who come to Amanwella. Treatments incorporate ingredients from Sri Lanka’s cornucopia of herbs, plants and flowers, and experienced therapists draw on Ayurvedic traditions to ensure that every massage, facial, body polish and wrap is tailored to individual needs.
Enjoy a traditional warm-oil Ayurvedic treatment such as the signature Abhyanga massage that helps to eliminate impurities from the body while rejuvenating body and mind. India’s 5,000-year-old system of preventive medicine, Ayurveda combines the Sanskrit word Ayur for ‘life’ with veda meaning ‘science’ and encourages balance in all things.
Spa treatments take place in the privacy of your own guest suite with massage beds set up in the pool courtyard or air-conditioned indoors – whichever you prefer. With herbal inhalation to relax and prepare you for the treatment ahead.
UNWIND ON THE BEACH
Experience a foot massage on the beach while sipping champagne, with just the waves and rustling palm fronds for company. Amanwella’s beach is extensive enough to ensure total privacy, at one with nature.
PRIVATE YOGA & PERSONAL TRAINING
Wake with the sun and join your personal yoga instructor on the beach or in a private glade. Personal training sessions can also be arranged and are tailored to suit individual needs, goals and fitness levels and promise that rejuvenating endorphin rush brought on by exercising in nature.
Resting on the rocks above the sea, on your private terrace or in a palm-shaded glade, meditate with a local monk who will guide you through this beneficial practice. Guided meditation sessions can also be arranged at nearby temples or the local Buddhist Centre.
ADVENTURES & EXPERIENCES IN SRI LANKA
The south coast’s many golden beaches are ideal for activities ranging from surfing and snorkelling to whale watching and fishing in the Indian Ocean. Inland, jungles reveal ancient temples and holy caves, tea plantations and natural treasures including Bundala Bird Sanctuary and Udawalawe National Park.
Within 1.5 hours by car from Amanwella, a brace of national parks promise wildlife sightings to rival the most celebrated African game reserves. Wild elephant roam Udawalawe National Park, while Bundala attracts huge numbers of migratory birds. Look out for the elusive leopards at Yala.
Luxurious vehicles and expert guides ensure a world-class safari experience. Guests are also invited to combine their safari with a visit to the elephant sanctuary where hundreds of infant elephants are cared for and rehabilitated.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its surf and attracts both experienced and novice surfers year-round. The beaches near Amanwella boast a range of breaks for all levels, and the resort can arrange one-on-one lessons with experienced local surfers.
Catching your own dinner is an unforgettable experience, especially when Amanwella’s chefs will prepare your fish – whether mahi mahi, tuna, mullet, para or seer – just as you like it.
At 6.00am with the sun gilding the ocean, join Wasantha, a local fisherman and father of two, and his friend Asiri, and learn the traditional handline method of fishing. (Contemporary rods are also available.) You will travel 3km offshore and fish for about two to three hours.
WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING
From December to April, the south coast of Sri Lanka is considered one of the best places in the world to see blue whales, often accompanied by sperm whales and large pods of spinner dolphins.
The serene waters of Mawella Lagoon provide an ideal setting for sunrise or sunset canapés aboard Amanwella’s floating lounge. With a glass of champagne in hand, drift along the verdant shoreline and out into the tranquil deep, spotting pelicans, kingfishers and other water birds as the calm surface reflects the sky above.