Perched on the edge of a mature coconut grove above a pristine sweep of Sri Lankan coastline, the design of Amanwella is an ode to Geoffrey Bawa's tropical modernist movement. With just 27 stone and timber suites strung along the hillside, guests rarely encounter another soul: this is barefoot luxury at its very best. Sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling sliding doors into the cool contemporary rooms.
Casual beachside dining is on offer at the Beach Club, and excellent Asian-fusion fare is served in The Restaurant, which boasts sublime views from its elevated terrace. As is the case with many properties in the region, guests are discouraged from swimming in the sometimes formidable sea, but the spectacular 150-foot long infinity pool more than compensates. From the pool's edge you may even be able to spot migrating blue whales and spinner dolphins in the deserted ivory cove below. Amanwalla’s proximity to the ocean also affords guests access to a number of other enjoyable pursuits, such as feeling the adrenaline by surfing the waves or taking a leisurely fishing expedition with a local fisherman.
Being an Aman property, those in search of wellness are well catered for, with soothing massages and Ayurvedic rituals delivered under swaying palms on the beach or in the ultimate privacy of your suite. Should you wish to venture further afield, the fishing village of Tangalle is just a ten-minute tuk-tuk ride away, and jaunts to tea plantations and temples can easily be arranged. Wildlife lovers will be enticed by the diverse array of local fauna, with Asian elephants, leopards and a host of migratory birds dotted around the nearby national parks of Udawalawe and Bundala.
Couples and families with older children
THINGS TO DO AT TE HOTEL:
Take a cooling lap of the infinity pool, keeping a lookout for dolphins in the distance
Indulge in an Ayurvedic massage in a secluded corner of the palm-fringed beach
Hone your culinary skills with a cookery class in the Coconut Grove's outdoor kitchen
Dine on freshly barbecued seafood while enjoying the enchanting views of the bay
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Visit the bustling local fishing village of Tangalle
Join a local family as they prepare a roti meal, and learn about traditional ways of life while you dine
Learn to surf in the region's acclaimed breaks
Set out on a fishing expedition with a local fisherman, and have Amanwella's chef prepare your catch of the day for dinner
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