Bawa-inspired hotel

On the palm-shaded hillside of a secluded crescent-shaped bay

 

 

Undiluted Indian Ocean views from Sri Lanka’s sun-baked south coast

The distinct contemporary design of Amanwella is inspired by Geoffrey Bawa’s neat angles of the last century. The Tropical Modernist movement visible across southeast Asia resonates worldwide thanks to the Sri Lankan architect’s trademark blend of Corbusian minimalism and indigenous materials.

All Suites open on two sides to private plunge pools and large terraces facing out to sea. Overlooking a deserted crescent of ivory sands, the 150-foot-long swimming pool is one of the world’s most talked-about.

 

 

With just 27 suites with pools, which are so blissfully spacious that guests are rarely seen around the resort.
From 885 US$ / night

Highlights

INDULGE

Undiluted Indian Ocean views from Sri Lanka’s sun-baked south coast

The distinct contemporary design of Amanwella is inspired by Geoffrey Bawa’s neat angles of the last century. The Tropical Modernist movement visible across southeast Asia resonates worldwide thanks to the Sri Lankan architect’s trademark blend of Corbusian minimalism and indigenous materials.

STYLE & CHARACTER

Amanwella’s linear design is a triumph of tropical minimalism. Conceived by Kerry Hill Architects, it takes its inspiration from the work of the late modernist architect Geoffrey Bawa, and even in the gardens, the prominent positioning of aromatic white frangipani is an ode to his favourite tree. Working with the natural elevation of the land, the resort remains faithful to Aman’s philosophy of barefoot luxury and simplicity; the swivel-windowed restaurant and bar gaze directly at the ocean and across a trio of bays, and sit above a capacious 45-metre pool, while the freestanding suites, crafted from locally sourced stone and timber, peep out discreetly beneath a profusion of coconut palms from the hillside opposite.

RELAX

Overlooking a deserted crescent of ivory sands, the 150-foot-long swimming pool is one of the world’s most talked-about. Best for relaxed beach retreats, and cultural and wildlife encounters.

EXPLORE
Amanwella’s golden-sand beach is ideal for activities ranging from surfing and snorkelling to whale watching and fishing in the Indian Ocean. Nearby, the jungled coast is home to the cultural riches of southern Sri Lanka and infinite natural treasures such as those at the Yala and Udawalawe national parks, where leopards and elephants can be seen, as well as the Bundala Bird Sanctuary

THE HOTEL
All Suites open on two sides to private plunge pools and large terraces facing out to sea. Overlooking a deserted crescent of ivory sands, the 150-foot-long swimming pool is one of the world’s most talked-about.

Location / Getting there

Location / Getting there
Within reach of Colombo airport (CMB), the resort is located near a heliport and Dickwella Airport (DIW), where local flights land.

Private charter flight on request

Address: Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara, Godellawella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka.

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Accommodation

Number of rooms (keys) in all: 27

Garden Pool Suite
Open to the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka’s spectacular south coast with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on both sides, Amanwella’s Suites overlook a curved beach, turquoise ocean and coconut grove

Ocean Hill Pool Suite
Offering lofty views of the sea and treetops

Ocean Pool Suite
Offering views of the sea, beach and coconut grove

Accommodation style : Suites: The 30 contemporary Suites dot the hillside above the Indian Ocean, opening onto private terraces with dining tables and loungers

Rates per night from 650 US$ for double occupancy (Andseleqt Special rates up to 10% off for members only) depending on the dates of travel

SErvices - Faciltiies

Spa, yoga platform by the beach, library and boutique

Restaurant serving Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as Lounge Bar, Pool Terrace and Beach Club with grill

The 30 contemporary Suites dot the hillside above the Indian Ocean, opening onto private terraces with dining tables and loungers

Experiences

Amanwella’s golden-sand beach is ideal for activities ranging from surfing and snorkelling to whale watching and fishing in the Indian Ocean. Nearby, the jungled coast is home to the cultural riches of southern Sri Lanka and infinite natural treasures such as those at the Yala and Udawalawe national parks, where leopards and elephants can be seen, as well as the Bundala Bird Sanctuary

Safaris and Sanctuaries

Just 90 minutes from Amanwella, a brace of national parks promise wildlife sightings to rival the most celebrated African game reserves. Herds of wild elephant roam the grasslands of Udawalawe National Park; kingfishers and hornbills perch in the trees, and water buffalo cautiously eye the mugger crocodiles as they glide lazily along the river. Leopard spotters head to Yala, the island’s biggest park and home to the world’s largest concentration of the elusive big cat. The patient and the lucky are often rewarded with a glimpse. A visit to an elephant sanctuary never fails to stir the heart, offering up the sight of orphaned young residents as they make their stumbling stepsto collect their leafy meals, legs unsteady and trunks a-twirling.

The village of Palapotta prides itself on a strong pottery heritage. Here, skills are passed down through generations, and to guests of Amanwella

Master potter B. Karunasena invites Aman guests into his home workshop to learn the skill required to craft his family’s renowned terracotta designs, before encouraging visitors to try their own hand at creating a unique piece

Snorkelling and surfing are among the best in the region, with spots nearby to suit all abilities

Farther out to sea, blue whales can be sighted on their annual migration from December to April, as well as sperm whales and spinner dolphins

One of the island’s principal crops, Ceylon tea plantations are speckled across the hillsides

Learn about the island’s history of tea growing from Amanwella’s own experts over an afternoon cup, or visit the plantations with a guide

Spiritual inspiration

The coastal route between Amangalla and Amanwella is dotted with spiritual sites, ancient and modern. The rock temples of Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaare among the most mesmerising and dramatic. Situated on a natural monolith more than 200m high, the Buddhist complex is believed to have been constructed in the third century. Those with the stamina to face its near-vertical ancient steps will discover five staggered levels of seven caves where enormous Buddha statues in bold colours recline, stand and sit. The drama of the wall paintings and sculpturesis as breath-stealing as the ascent.

Rates

What it will cost

Villa & Residence From US$ 835 / night

Value for Money: Double rooms from US$ 923 in low season; and from US$ 1,440 in high. Breakfast, afternoon tea and minibar (excluding alcohol) included. Free Wi-Fi.

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Special Offers

Great Savings | Outstanding Flexibility , Special offers on request for members only – At Amanwella

Exclusives at Amanwella: Unique retreats, journeys and adventures
Beach Experience:
Discover the untamed beauty of Sri Lanka’s southern coast

Until 31 March

Reached by a winding track that climbs through verdant jungle, Amanwella – ‘peaceful beach’ – overlooks a spectacular crescent of coconut-fringed, golden sand, lapped by the Indian Ocean. Guests staying four nights or more can enjoy exclusive privileges, including daily afternoon tea, half board, a visit to a pottery village and a 60-minute spa treatment

The stay includes:

  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Daily breakfast and choice of lunch or dinner
  • Complimentary minibar (excluding alcohol)
  • A visit to a pottery village
  • One 60-minute Amanwella massage for two

Rates per nigth from 650 US$ for double occupancy (Andseleqt Special rates up to 10% off for members only) depending on the dates of travel

 

Fort & Beach Journey: Explore Sri Lanka’s Southern coast

Until 31 March
Travel between Aman’s Sri Lankan resorts and discover some of the country’s greatest treasures, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort at Amangalla to the balmy seclusion of the palm-fringed coast at Amanwella.

The stay includes:: With a stay of 5 nights, minimum two at each resort:

Daily breakfast
Afternoon tea
Guided tour of the Fort
Sandalwood facial for her and a traditional shave for him at Amangalla
Visit to the Handunugoda tea plantation (during complimentary inter-resort journey)
Visit to Mulgirigala Rock Temple and one 60-minute Amanwella massage at Amanwella

With a stay of 7 nights, minimum three at each resort:

  • Daily choice of lunch or dinner (excluding alcoholic beverages)

Rates per nigth from 650 US$ for double occupancy (Andseleqt Special rates up to 10% off for members only) depending on the dates of travel

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Craftmanship: Crafting storied moments beyond expectations within our walls.

As masters in our craft of hospitality, we offer the highest level of personalised service and seek to stir your heart with extraordinary experiences. Craftsmanship is imbued into every detail of each hotel and resort; handcrafting even the smallest of details to give you insider access to the region’s culture, community and tradition.

Why we Love it  …

A Soft Adventure & Romance

Amanwella’s banana-shaped bay is one of southern Sri Lanka’s most pristine. Despite occupying most of its 800-metre beachfront, this Bawa-inspired hotel has just 27 suites with pools, which are so blissfully spacious that guests are rarely seen around the resort.

Family-Friendly?

Better for independent children; there are three pairs of interconnecting suites, extra beds and baby cots are available, as are pool floats/armbands, and there is a children’s menu.

Activities and Culture

Amanwella’s golden-sand beach is ideal for activities ranging from surfing and snorkelling to whale watching and fishing in the Indian Ocean.

Nearby, the jungled coast is home to the cultural riches of southern Sri Lanka and infinite natural treasures such as those at the Yala and Udawalawe national parks, where leopards and elephants can be seen, as well as the Bundala Bird Sanctuar

All Suites open on two sides to private plunge pools and large terraces facing out to sea. Overlooking a deserted crescent of ivory sands, the 150-foot-long swimming pool is one of the world’s most talked-about. Best for relaxed beach retreats, and cultural and wildlife encounters. Three hours by car from Colombo airport, or 75 minutes from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.

 Access to National Parks including Udawalawe and Bundala offering sights of elephants, crocodiles and birdlif, Spa, yoga platform by the beach, library and boutique, Restaurant serving Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as Lounge Bar, Pool Terrace and Beach Club with grill.

Watch for blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins between December and March

Away from it all ...

Amanwella’s setting is a country standout, arranged on the palm-shaded hillside of a secluded crescent-shaped bay, partially shared with the local fishing community.
To the east, great boulders seal the shoreline whilst to the west, palm trees tower high above a sandy grove backed by thick tumbling vegetation. Despite all this prettiness, the sea is pretty rough and best for adventurous swimmers.
Tangalle lies some five miles (8 km) to the east and local sights include Mulkirigala Rock Temple, Rekawa’s turtle beach and crafts villages.

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