travel journalasiasri lankatangalle Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella Amanwella offers guests the finest escape on the sun-drenched south coast, shaded by coconut palms and cooled by the Indian Ocean breeze.
by Sophie Smith

Located on Sri-Lanka’s sun-kissed south coast, with a backdrop of nothing but pellucid azure oceans and white sand beaches, lies one of Tangalle’s most luxurious retreats. Amanwella is a contemporary beachside escape that affords seclusion, exploration and relaxation to all guests.

Amanwella spans across 30 guest suites and hosts private plunge pools; an array of wellness treatments; three restaurants and an impressive selection of world-class activities including wild safaris, whale watching and traditional Sri Lankan cooking classes.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

All rooms come with unique viewpoints, each just as impressive as the last. In the Ocean Pool Suite guests have a generous view of the sea, beach and coconut groves, allowing them to smell the salty air from dawn until dusk.

The Ocean Hill Pool Suite is located higher into the clouds, offering a picturesque view of the treetops and ocean alike from floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. This 100 square metre apartment also provides ample space and privacy, with a freestanding bathtub, living area with day bed and writing desk for those working on their retreat.

Amanwella also offers a Garden Pool Suite, where earthy textures and a view of Sri Lanka’s sun-drenched south coast creates beautiful backdrops to any lazy day. All suites host a private plunge pool, with complete privacy for lounging and unwinding.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

According to Amanwella, the melody of the waves and the gentle breath of the coconut palms soothe all who come to their retreat. To complement the serene ambience, a 47 metre swimming pool, complete with sea views, is available for use at guests’ leisure.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

A range of wellness and holistic treatments are available onsite. Inspired by native Sri Lankan ingredients, experienced therapists draw on Ayurvedic traditions to tailor treatments to individual needs and choose from a cornucopia of herbs, plants and flowers to provide outstanding relaxation treatments. Guests also can opt to receive such therapies in the privacy of their personal suite, by the pool courtyard or in an air-conditioned wellness room.

Guests wishing for a foot massage are also afforded the luxury of feeling the sand beneath their skin, sipping champagne with just the gentle lapping of the waves as their companion. This treatment takes place on the private beach, ensuring privacy at all times so that guests can be at one with nature in a complete tranquil state.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

Unique experiences are also available from the three onsite restaurants, where Sri Lankan, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine collides for an explosion of the tastebuds. At ‘The Restaurant’: opt for the chef’s speciality: seafood. Accompanied by a spacious terrace, looking over the palm-fringed bay, the plentiful menu and mesmerising location allows guests to enjoy the best nature has to offer.

For casual lunches, romantic private dinners or beach barbecues, the Beach Club offers feet-in-the-sand dining shaded by the coconut palms. This authentic Sri Lankan dining experience offers guests lighter dishes, such as Asian salads, local relishes and homemade ice creams, ideal for an afternoon snack after basking in the sun.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

For culinary connoisseurs or complete beginners, Amanwella also offers private cooking classes. Guests are invited to the local markets with of one Amanwella’s chefs to choose their own ingredients before returning to the Coconut Grove’s outdoor kitchen to create an authentic Sri Lankan feast under the watchful eye of trained experts.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast spares no luxury and offers nature at its finest, authentic state. The plethora of golden beaches are ideal for surfing, snorkelling amongst the wildlife. The serene location is perfect for whale watching whilst embracing the warmth and tranquility of the Indian Ocean.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

Inland, the jungle just footsteps from Amanwella uncover ancient temples, holy caves, tea plantations and unimaginable natural treasures inside Udawalawe National Park. Inside Udawalawe, watch wild elephants roam or spot elusive leopards at Yala National Park, just a short trip by car from the resort.

Guests are invited to combine their safari trips with a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary where hundreds of infant elephants are rehabilitated. This world-class experience is complete with a local expert guide and a comfortable vehicle to transport guests from park to park.

Explore the untouched paradise of Tangalle in complete luxury at Amanwella

Located just 5 miles from the sleepy fishing town of Tangalle, Amanwella can easily be accessed by car. Due to the small size of Sri Lanka, travelling to Tangle takes just three hours from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

Alternatively, discerning guests can opt for an air taxi or helicopter service from Colombo to Tangalle or Dickwella, a fifteen minute journey from the hotel.

For more information visit www.aman.com/resorts/amanwella

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Sophie is a freelance writer based in the UK. As an experienced traveller-turned-writer, Sophie now lives by the sea and provides lifestyle publications with content inspired by both her own travels overseas and the ocean-view on her doorstep.