- Exclusive beachfront resort
- Spacious suites with private plunge pools
- Spa, pool and several dining options
Amanwella is an upmarket retreat in a tranquil beachfront setting on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Set amidst 37 acres of coconut palms, this exclusive resort offers contemporary suites with private plunge pools, plus a restaurant and lounge bar, a wonderful communal pool, a boutique, spa, and a private beach club, all on a pristine stretch of sand fringed by the Indian Ocean. Ideally located for the seaside town of Tangalle and 80km east of the popular UNESCO world heritage site of Galle, Amanwella is an idyllic, select option at the higher end of the budget spectrum.
Communal areas include the main restaurant which is set beside a peaceful courtyard and boasts wonderful ocean views from its raised terrace. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the extensive menu spans Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on locally-sourced ingredients and seafood. Private dining can be accommodated. The resort’s 47 metre pool, complete with daybeds and loungers, has a lovely terrace for snacks and alfresco dining, whilst an informal lounge bar offers light meals and afternoon tea. Lunch and private evening meals are available at Amanwella’s beach club, surrounded by picturesque palm trees. Further amenities include a library, and a boutique selling jewellery, textiles, and antiques. Massages and various beauty treatments are offered at the spa, or in the privacy of individual suites. Guided meditation and yoga sessions can also be arranged.
The adjacent 800 metre beach is a sunbather’s paradise, and during winter months the calm waters are ideal for snorkelling. Several local beaches offer great surfing during the summer season. Nature lovers can spot monkeys, monitor lizards, and mongooses on walking trails through the surrounding jungle, and observe baby turtles hatching by moonlight at a number of local protected sites. The nearby bustling market town of Tangalle is a short drive away, whilst Mirissa Bay, an hour’s drive west, is popular for whale and dolphin watching. The stunning Mulkirigala rock temple, famed for its ancient Buddhist statues and cave paintings, is a half hour drive away.
The accommodation comprises 30 stylish and contemporary suites spread out across the hillside. Each airy suite has floor to ceiling glass doors on two sides, opening onto private terraces with lovely views. The open plan interiors comprise a sleeping area with a king size bed, a comfortable lounge area with minibar and Wi-Fi, and a spacious bathroom with freestanding bathtub, twin basins, and a separate shower and WC. Outside is a generous terrace with a private plunge pool, loungers, and an alfresco dining area with table and chairs. All suites overlook the surrounding gardens, and many have spectacular ocean views.
Children are extremely welcome at Amanwella and a number of the suites are interconnected, ideal for families or larger groups.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019