Aman for all seasons
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
One of two Aman hotels in Sri Lanka
Located close to Rekawa Beach, a great place to spot turtles
Expect renowned Aman service here at this beachside retreat
Every Suite has its own plunge pool to the rear of the room
Home to 37 acres of coconut grove set along a private 800m crescent beach
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.
Overlooking pristine beaches and the Indian Ocean, situated on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Amanwella is an all suite chic retreat on the breathtaking Sri Lankan coast. With its laid back atmosphere, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The contemporary design of the hotel blends seamlessly with local materials with its terracotta roof tiles, hand-hewn stone walls, water features, terrazzo floors and sliding terrace doors.
The 30 suites have the usual contemporary Aman styling and all come with private pools and large private terraces. The sleeping and living room are combined to provide an inviting space and feature a king size bed, writing desk, cosy armchair and a credenza with a personal bar. Sliding screens open out onto the bathroom with a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, dressing area, shower and toilet. Four of the ocean suites share an interconnecting door on to the terrace which make them ideal for families travelling together.
All rooms face the mature coconut grove beyond which is the spectacular crescent shaped beach. There is one restaurant, overlooking the 45m swimming pool, as well as a pool terrace for al fresco dining, and a lounge for light lunches. A small beach club provides an alternative venue for lunch and private dinners.
The waters off the beach provide great snorkelling during the winter months when the sea is calmer and the hotel offers a range of nature walks to explore the beautiful local landscape. You can also go whale watching between December and April.
Amanwella offers 30 different suites. All come with private pools and large private terraces. The sleeping and living room are combined to provide an inviting space and feature a king size bed, writing desk, cosy armchair and a credenza with a personal bar. Sliding screens open out onto the bathroom with a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, dressing area, shower and toilet. For those travelling with young children, please ask one of our Travel Consultants about interconnecting options.
|Garden Pool Suite||
Offering views of the garden and treetops, the Garden Pool Suite is 100sqm and features a plunge pool, a private courtyard and expansive terrace to relax on. Choose between a King or Twin size suite.
|Ocean Hill Pool Suite||
Situated mostly on the hillside, the Ocean Hill Pool Suite enjoys varying views of the coconut grove and ocean. Enjoy the private courtyard and plunge pool, and the terrace with double sun lounger. Choose between king or twin sized beds.
|Ocean Pool Suites||
Ocean Suites are situated on the lower levels of the hill and enjoy uninterrupted views of the coconut grove and beach. Most are free-standing, although four sets of suites share a connecting door on the terrace. Again, these are ideal for families or couples travelling together.
Not recommended for children under 12 years of age but older kids will love the beach side location and the many nature walks which the hotel will be happy to organize.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, 'The Restaurant' serving Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on local seafood from the Indian Ocean, 'Bar and Lounge', the 'Pool Terrace' for al fresco dining, the library, a boutique selling Sri Lankan artefacts, jewellery, textiles and antiques and a fabulous spa.
You can go swimming and snorkelling just off the beach but the hotel also offers a range of nature walks including visits to the local village to view the diverse wildlife along the way including monkeys, birds, mouse deer, monitor lizards, hares and mongooses. Other attractions include the Mulgirigala Rock Temple, Bundala National Park, Uda Walawe National Park, Yala National Park and the Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project. You can go whale watching from December to April.
Lucy Black (Staff)
Amanwella is probably the smartest beach property on the South Coast, if not the whole of Sri Lanka.
The suites dotted in rows up the hillside enjoy views over the dramatic bay. The rooms are quite minimalist in style, and so this may not be the right choice for someone who enjoys lots of character.
The main area with the restaurant, bar and pool is modern, with lots of floor to ceiling glass windows, and the food is very nice.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Amanwella is an Aman through and through! Spacious rooms and tasteful decor with clean lines and a contemporary feel, fantastic service and delicious food. The beach is probably one of the best on the south coast and Amanwella really gets it to itself as it is set in its own bay.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
I think this is the best beach in Sri Lanka, combined with a world class hotel, it’s a difficult location to beat. I was charmed by watching the fishermen coming in with their daily catch, which I devoured, deliriously happily at dinner and spent my days lazing in hammocks in the coconut grove, dipping in and out the sea, or by their enormous pool with stunning views over the beach, putting a lot a considered research into their excellent cocktail list.
A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation
It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
Early Morning Visit to Kudawella Fishing Harbour
Get up early (leave around 7am) to go to Kudawella Fishing Harbour. Take a walk around the small harbour packed full of fishermen selling their catch.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Morning Safari - Yala National Park
Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colourful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.
Visit to Mulkirigala Rock Temples
Located near Tangalle, the Mulkirigala Rock Temples are home to seven ancient cave temples. Like the iconic Dambulla caves in the Cultural Triangle, here lies a number of reclining Buddha statues and fascinating cave paintings from the Kandyan Kingdom.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
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.
How to get there
Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the sole international airport in Sri Lanka and is located about 30km north of the city. Travel time between the airport and the city centre is approximately 1-hour. The car transfer from BIA to Amanwella takes about 4-hours 30-minutes. Alternatively, Sri Lankan Airlines runs a daily Airtaxi service from BIA to Dickwella airstrip, a 15-minute drive from Amanwella. Helicopter transfers are also avaliable from BIA.
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