Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Boddhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara
Date of Creation
15th March 2005
Hotel General Manager
Mr. Filipe de Lencastre
History & Story
Amanwella has designed and styled a beachfront retreat in accordance with its striking setting. The resort’s architecture pays homage to Sri Lanka’s renowned architect Geoffrey Bawas. His approach was evocatively personal, highlighting the senses that go hand in hand with climate, landscape and modern and ancient civilisation. He brought together an appreciation of Western humanist architectural tradition together with the lifestyle and culture of his own country.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Amanwella is on one of the most unspoiled crescent-shaped coves in the southernmost part of Sri Lanka, blessed with the rich marine waters of the Indian Ocean and the warmth of the tropical sun, nourished by rains of both the southwest and northeast monsoon, and sculpted with mature coconut trees and wild vegetation. Immerse in our array of Culture or Wildlife experiences ranging from a visit to a monastic site on a 210-metre high rock, embark on a nature-adventure to one of three world-class National Parks, observe whales, dolphins, sea turtles on an ocean safari, or simply unwind on the pristine white-sand beach. Amanwella offers a lifestyle experience, one without limitations.
Amanwella is situated in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach close to the fishing town of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. All the suites of this contemporary beachfront resort feature their own plunge pool and terrace. Linked by pathways, suites are interspersed along the hillside to the west of the public areas, providing views of the ocean and beach flanked by two rocky headlands.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Village nature walks
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 mongooses.
• Mulgirigala rock temple
Situated 35 minutes north of Tangalle, Mulgirigala is a monastic site on an isolated 210m high rock that rises almost vertically out of the surrounding forest. The rock was the site of an important discovery – the Tika ola-leaf scripts discovered in the 19th century by George Tumour. These scripts offered a key to the translation of Sri Lanka’s most informative ancient text, the ‘Mahavamsa’.
• Bundala national park
Located 11⁄4 hours 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. The salt pans attract a vast number of migratory shore birds, making this 6,216 hectare park one of the most important wetlands in Sri Lanka. The best time to visit Bundala is between November and March when the winter migratory birds arrive.
• Uda walawe national park
Situated 11⁄2 hours north-east 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 river and numerous streams which makes elephant sightings particularly accessible. Other animals which may be sighted here include spotted deer, langur monkeys, jackal, wild boar and water buffalo.
• Yala national park
Located two hours north-east of Tangalle,Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited wildlife reserve. Guests travel through the park accompanied by a park tracker. The park’s wildlife has its own distinctive charm, with huddles of colourful painted storks, crocodiles, fantailed peacocks, and chattering monkeys in the treetop. The park’s most famous residents, however, are its elusive leopards.
• Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project
Is located 10km east of Tangalle and home to one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in Sri Lanka, visited by 5 different species which lay their eggs in the sand here every night throughout the year. The best time to see turtles is between January and April. Periods throughout the year when there is a full moon are also good because there are both more turtles and more light to see them by.
Private Surfing lessons can be arranged with our lifeguards on one of two nearby beaches that are both within a ten minute drive of Amanwella. Unakaruwa has right hand break that is usually only suitable for advance and professional surfers. Nilwella is ideal for beginners as it has a sandy bottom and both right and left hand breaks. Surfing can be done at any time of year and will be dependent on the weather on a particular day. The best waves are usually between April and November.
Sri Lanka is a great place for children. Our staff and Sri Lankans in general are very child friendly and always welcome and indulge kids. Our Beach is for sure a big attraction – a sandbox that stretches as far as the eye can see. In our shady coconut grove, children can build sandcastles, play cricket, netball, go body boarding and snorkelling and will be looked after by the lifeguards, who love children. Amanwella also has a big pool (47m / 154ft) which is as well attended by a lifeguard.
The interiors of the 27 identical suites are suitably contemporary. The palette of soothing beige, cream, honey and wood are easy and pleasing on the eye leaving cosmic colours to their own devices. There is a calm here, a solid peace, where a dedication to nurture is reflected in its sensitivity to the environment, the result of which is a beachfront hideaway devoted to connecting the person with the joys of island alfresco.
Situated mostly on the hillside, the Suites enjoy varying views of the coconut grove and ocean. Floor-to-ceiling glass and latticed panels form two sides of the dwelling – one opening onto a private walled-in entry courtyard and plunge pool, with the terrace side opposite affording open views. The plunge pool measures six by four metres and the courtyard features a banquette for lounging and dining. Timber sliding doors and panels reveal the interior spaces.
• Ocean 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.
Restaurants & Bars
• The Restaurant is perched eight metres above sea level, it offers 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.
• The Lounge and Bar: which also enjoys panoramic views. Here drinks and snacks are served along with exotic sundowners. A selection of cigars is also available until late.
• The Pool 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 daybeds and bolsters.
• The Beach Club provides an alternative venue for lunch and private dinners. The menu includes simple Asian salads, Mediterranean classics (using the local seafood), granitas and freshly churned ice cream. Seafood is cooked over a coconut charcoal barbeque and served with garden fresh salads and local relishes.
• Massage and beauty treatments
The Spa menu includes healing massages, traditional therapies, facials, and a choice of body treatments using natural ingredients from Sri Lanka’s cornucopia of herbs, plants and flowers. Luxury Sri Lanka spa treatments can be enjoyed in the Spa suite, in the privacy of a guest’s suite, or in selected garden locations where one can unwind in the coconut grove.
• Swimming pool
The Pool is surrounded by an expansive terrace and is located below the main public areas. Measuring 47m 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.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Below mentioned are some of the celebrations taking place in Sri Lanka. We do celebrate these at the resort where guests are more than welcome to participate in events such as Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Vesak.
• Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April
13th is the day prior to the New Year and 14th is the New Year. Generally known as Aluth Avurudda in Sri Lanka, is the new year of the Sinhalese/Tamil people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by not only the Sinhalese people but by most Sri Lankans. The timing of the Sinhala New Year coincides with the new year celebrations of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. It is generally celebrated on 13th April (14th April on leap years).
• Vesak in May
Also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists. Sometimes informally called « Buddha’s Birthday », it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.
• The Esala Perahera in August
In Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held in Esala (July or August) which is the month that is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout.
Extra Notable Features
The sun is shining and the ocean is right in front of you – surely, standing in a kitchen is not on the agenda. But if you would still like to learn about Sri Lankan Culinary we have the perfect spot: Our little outdoor kitchen down in the coconut grove. Right on the beach you can see the ocean and get cooled off by its breeze while creating some of the islands traditional dishes together with our Head Chef or one of his team. We would suggest that you do the cooking class in the late morning so that you can enjoy the dishes for lunch.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
Conde Nast Traveler « Gold List Top Hotels in the World 2015 #20
Travel + Leisure « Top Hotel Brand of the Year 2014″
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