On Sri Lanka’s sunbaked south coast near the fishing town of Tangalle, Amanwella lies amid 37 acres of coconut trees next to a perfect crescent of golden sand. Combining modernist lines and indigenous materials, guest suites are inspired by the work of famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; flooded with light, they each open on two sides to private plunge pools and large terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean. Away from the palm-shaded private beach club and the 47-metre pool, the area’s diverse attractions – from tea plantations to treks and temple visits – capture Sri Lanka at its most authentic.
The 27 contemporary Suites dot the hillside above the Indian Ocean, opening onto private terraces with dining tables and loungers. The room types are 10 Garden Pool Suites, 7 Ocean Hill Pool Suites, 13 Ocean Pool Suites. Identical in design and layout, Amanwella’s terracotta-roofed suites feature hand-hewn stone walls and terrazzo floors, with floor-to-ceiling glass and lattice panels opening on two sides to a private courtyard, a terrace and a six-metre pool. Ocean Pool Suites are located closer to the beach and enjoy magnificent views. Large sliding wooden screens divide the airy interiors into a combined sleeping and living room and a sumptuous bathroom. Some of the suites can be connected to accommodate larger groups or families.
Looking out over the palm-fringed bay from its elevated platforms and terrace, the Restaurant serves up the catch of the day, delivered fresh from the local fishermen’s boats. Locally-grown produce also features prominently on the menu at both the Restaurant and Beach Club, including curry leaves and spices, which the chef finds at nearby markets and uses to create colourful, well-balanced dishes that can be tailored to guests’ tastes. The following dinnig options are available at Amanwella, The Restaurant, the Capacity of 45 indoors and 36 on the terrace. Its Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Raised eight metres above sea level, with beautiful views across the pool to the beach. Features a grassy inner courtyard landscaped with frangipani trees and reflection ponds. Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local seafood. Lounge Bar, the capacity of 55 seated indoors and 10 seated outdoors. Open 10am to 11pm for drinks, along with lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Relaxed venue by the restaurant, sharing its terrace and panoramic views. Serves drinks, snacks and cigars. Pool Terrace, Open for lunch and dinner. An ideal spot for dining alfresco, furnished with daybeds and loungers. Serves simple lunches alongside fresh coconut and fruit. By night, guests can dine on antipasti and homestyle dishes. Final option is Beach Club, the capacity of 40 seated. An alternative venue for lunch and private dinners. Located close to the beachfront, surrounded by coconut palms. The menu features Asian salads, Mediterranean classics and homemade ice creams. Seafood is cooked over a coconut-charcoal grill, accompanied by garden-fresh salads and local relishes.
The hotel also has other extra facilities & amenities available for you The Spa facility Abhyanga massage is one of Amanwella’s specialities, enjoy a traditional warm-oil Ayurvedic treatment that eliminates impurities from the body. Spa treatments are organised in the privacy of your suite, A gentle head massage begins the therapy, which uses long strokes to work deep within and an herbal inhalation to cleanse. And, yoga platform by the beach, library and boutique. Best for relaxed beach retreats, and cultural and wildlife encounters.