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Tangalle, Sri Lanka

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Great rooms in excellent location. Beautiful beach.

Amanwella is modern and calm, serene and stylish, a retreat dedicated to its environment with an innate understanding of what is required to enjoy the spoils of this rich land without compromising on location, authenticity or modern necessities. The clean vertical lines of Amanwella contrast with the rugged landscape creating a sense of calm, serenity and luxuriance that enables guests to unwind while enjoying the highlights of its rich coastal surroundings. The scenery is tropically stamped: long white beaches, tall leaning palms, rocky outcrops, dense turquoise ocean, a buzzing local village life, nearby rock temples, and heart-surging wildlife.

Nature rules in this part of the world and Amanwella enjoys a privileged setting from which to observe some of the rare marvels: seasonal egg laying by giant turtles on nearby beaches, protected elephant herds in national parks, sweeping vistas with dramatic sunsets and dancing foliage, the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean and extraordinary topographical features.

The contemporary design of the resort blends inextricably with its locale through the extensive use of regional materials and aesthetics; distinctive terracotta roof tiles, hand-hewn stone walls, water features, terrazzo floors and sliding terrace doors. Every suite benefits from its own sparkling pale aqua plunge pool and the main swimming pool features a unique ‘internal wall’ design, with uninterrupted views of the staggering front stage of palms, beach and ocean.
Hotel Address:
  • Amanwella
  • Bodhi Mawatha
  • Wella Wathuara, Godellawela
  • Tangalle,
  • Sri Lanka

Location Summary
Amanwella is situated in a mature coconut grove above a palm strewn tropical beach on the southern tip of Sri Lanka’s Indian Ocean coastline and close to the fascinating village of Tangalle. Its chic, contemporary beachfront style enables maximum impact with the scenic environment.

Directions to Hotel
Amanresorts recommends travellers combine stays at both resorts. Approximately 100km south of Colombo, Amangalla is the ideal starting point and provides the opportunity to explore historic Galle Fort as well as the scenic and cultural attractions of the region. It's a two-hour drive east to the beach resort of Amanwella. Here, the setting is tranquil with an abundance of swimming and sun bathing opportunities.
Fine Dining On Site
The Restaurant- open for breakfast and dinner- is perched eight metres above sea level, offering stunning views across the pool towards the coconut grove and beach. Table seating is on two elevated levels and outdoor seating is available on another lower level. Inside the restaurant, doors open onto an internal grassed courtyard landscaped with frangipani trees and reflecting pools. The cuisine is Asian and Mediterranean with an emphasis on local seafood from the Indian Ocean. Adjacent to the Restaurant is the Lounge and Bar which also enjoys panoramic views. Here, drinks and light lunches are served along with exotic sundowners. A selection of cigars and post-prandial drinks is also available until late. The Terrace adjacent to the swimming pool is ideal for alfresco dining. During the day, simple lunches as well as fresh young coconuts and local fruit are served. In the evening, guests can dine on antipasti and home-style dishes while relaxing on the day beds and bolsters. Located close to the beachfront amidst coconut trees and away from the main building, the Beach Club provides an alternative venue for lunch and private dinners. The menu includes simple Asian salads, Mediterranean classics using the local seafood, and granitas and freshly-churned ice-cream. Seafood is cooked over a coconut charcoal barbeque and served with garden fresh salads and local relishes.
Pool Outdoor
The Pool is surrounded by an expansive terrace and is located below the main public areas. Measuring 45m in length, it is approximately 14m at its widest point and features a unique "internal wall" design. Sun loungers are available on two terraces and there are changing rooms with private outdoor showers.
Spa Facility
Spa menus including facials, massages and body treatments, can be enjoyed either in the privacy of guest suites or in selected garden locations amidst the coconut grove.
Amanwella's golden sand beach is located in an 800m crescent-shaped cove, fringed with palm trees. During the winter months guests can enjoy swimming while snorkelling can be easily accomplished along the southern headland, usually protected from the ocean swell during the dry season. Complimentary snorkelling equipment is available.
Ecological Tourism
Bundala National Park: Located 75 minutes east of Tangalle, this area of open scrub around the coast offers great opportunities for bird-watching (with around 150 reported species) and the occasional sighting of elephants and crocodiles. Uda Walawe National Park: Situated 90 minutes northeast of Tangalle, this is one of the island's most popular national parks totalling 30,800 hectares in size and bordering a reservoir. It is best known for its elephants (estimated to number around 400, including six tuskers) and bird-watching opportunities. It is primarily open parkland traversed by a main river and numerous streams which makes elephant sightings particularly accessible. Often the pachyderms can be seen in herds of up to 100 or more. Other animals which may be sighted here include spotted deer, langur monkeys, jackal, wild boar and water buffalo.
Amanwella is situated in the heart of Wella Wathuara village. An early morning or evening stroll along the village paths that wind through the jungle provide an interesting insight into daily village life. Chances abound to also view the diverse wildlife in the area including monkeys, birds, mouse deer, monitor lizards, hares and mongoose.
Scuba Diving
Sri Lanka has a rich tradition of arts and crafts and the Gallery offers a number of Sri Lankan artefacts, jewellery, textiles and antiques. A variety of convenience items are also available.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Fine Dining On Site
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Hiking
    - Shopping