Perched over a tropical white sand beach lined with a dramatic rocky cliff on one side and bright blue seas on the other, 5 star Amanwella is a peaceful, modern retreat dipped in wild nature. The style is contemporary with touches of authentic Sri Lanka. All the buildings are low-rise, with terracotta roof tiles, striaght lines, hand-hewn stone walls and water features all backed by the tall leaning palms typical of the area. The large outdoor swimming pool is sleek and refreshing, and the local town of Tangelle is buzzing with fishing village life.
Any stay at Amanwella is as close as you can get to being wrapped up in luxurious cotton wool in tropical surroundings, but the spa takes you one step closer to pure, mind-clearing bliss. Try a facial, massage or body treatment in the comfort of your suite, in the coconut grove or in the tranquil spa villas, before slipping into a warming bath while sipping coconut juice or champagne. The products used have been influenced by local plants, herbs and flowers.
The calm and stylish rooms have been influenced by the works of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawas and designed to balance with the natural surroundings, weather and light. Stone, timber and clay tiles are used to bring a back-to-nature feel to each spacious suite, which are joined to the dining and relaxation areas by pebbled paths. All suites have ocean or coconut grove views through their floor-to-ceiling windows which host elegant wooden shutters. Guests can enjoy their own private plunge pool, terrace, dining area, king size bed and open plan bathroom with standalone bath, perfect for couples or families.
The 800m crescent-shaped golden sandy beach is ideal for a cooling swim and snorkelling in winter, or a stroll in the summer months when the sea can be rough. Between December and April whale watching is a highlight of any stay here, and all year round the hotel hosts nature walks through nearby Wella Wathuara village, national parks, jungle and rock temples. For those looking for a touch of pampering, the spa offers world class treatments.
The restaurant sits beside still pools and a grassed courtyard, serving Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on locally caught seafood. Choose to eat a simple lunch on your sun lounger or the pool terrace and finish up with deliciously fresh local fruit. For a more formal dining experience, the Beach Club serves up Asian salads, BBQs and freshly made ice cream in a chic designer environment.
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