Amanwella in Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Coconut palms sway above the golden sand beach at Amanwella, a tranquil hideaway set in a cove on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The seaside town of Tangalle is nearby and Sri Lanka’s diverse flora and fauna is ready to be explored. The 27 contemporary Suites dot the hillside above the Indian Ocean, opening onto private terraces with dining tables and loungers. Facials, massages and body treatments are available in the privacy of your Suite, or within isolated spots beside the seaside or jungle. The Restaurant and Beach Club specialize in locally-caught seafood as well as vibrant Sri Lankan curry dishes.
Amanwella’s golden-sand beach is ideal for activities ranging from surfing and snorkeling 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.
Location of Amanwella
Nearest Airport: CMB, DIW
Amenities for Amanwella
- General Information
- 30 Guest Rooms
- Private Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- In-Room Spa Services
- Scuba Diving
- National Park
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Amanwella
Service wise it is not as great as AmanKila in Bali but the standards are extremely high. Most rooms have a great view. Excellent service. Very good food. They really know how to pamper their guests..
Rajivkm - Mumbai (Bombay), India
Philip manages this 30 suite luxury hotel extremely well as is demonstrated by his presence around the hotel and the very positive attitude of all the staff wherever they may be. Two dining options offering well prepared food and including a comprehensive breakfastu menu. 40+ meter main pool and Swimming pools with all suites heated by the sun, and suites very spacious and recently updated. Lovely scenery and very peaceful. Our 50th wedding anniversary was genereously recognized by the hotel. Prices all inclusive of tax and service so no nasty surprises as in most places in SL.. Not cheap.
Douglas C - Johannesburg, South Africa
We (family of 4, kids 11 and 8) had a gem of a time. Anyone reading about Aman knows that they specialize in personalized attention, making each guest feel like a VIP. That's pretty much how we felt for most of our stay. Room - private (signature Aman) and therapeutically zen. The full wall window doors overlooking the ocean gave us a mesmerizing view. We had room 105 for first 3 nights; then checked out to do a 2 night Safari in Yala Park; and returned here for another 2 nights in room 110. Both rooms are identical layout but due to the shoreline, room 110 is closer to the ocean and hence you can hear the crashing waves even with the window doors all shut. So 110 is better. Each room has a private pool. It is not on the large balcony facing the beach but on the other side of the room. So you will have a wall of window doors facing the ocean on one side, and then opposite to this, another wall of window doors facing to your pool. The pool is surrounded by high walls so completely private. We never used it because as a family with small kids, we would have preferred a pool overlooking the beach, not a boring wall. But Aman got it right - they cater to romantic couples more so than small kids. The pool is designed for privacy so couples can swim in attire that they would not select in less private settings. Service - the staff are all super friendly and attentive. Specific mention to Darshana and the van driver (sorry can't recall his name) who guided us on an afternoon tour of a batik factory; tea plantation; Fort Galle; and turtle conservation. They were excellent guides and the sites were all educational and fun. Like being in our own episode of Discovery Channel. The kids loved releasing baby turtles into the ocean, and learning new things about sea turtles. They also learned about the art of making batiks; the process for making tea; and walked through the old and beautiful architecture of Fort Galle. Our 2 guides made all of this logistically hassle free and comfortable. Main pool - spent endless time with kids in this beautiful pool. It's huge and the surrounding views make it a complete luxury experience. Beach - the ocean is too rough to swim in. It's an isolated crescent but not off limits to the public so you will see some non-guests there (but not many). The hotel does command a private section of chairs only for guests and the attendant there (also did not get his name) was excellent, watching over our kids while they played chicken on the shoreline against incoming waves. I would not allow my kids to go into the rough water but they had a blast running away from the waves. Food - execute chef is talented! All the food was delicious. He even prepared a customized dinner for us, a 3 course Sri Lankan feast that sent our taste buds into sensory overload. He is not just good at entrees, he is trained in chocolate making so even the desert was tops. And we dine in Manhattan every week so our standard for top restaurants is quite high. Anthony Bourdain needs to meet this guy. Service - all top marks at the restaurants but Ruwan was a real stand out. He made our dining experiences most enjoyable. The room cleaning quality was also very good, every corner of the large room was tidied. This would have been 5 stars except for one thing. There was one morning (our last full day) when we left our room at 9:30AM and returned at noon to find that our room had not been made up. I called and the head of housekeeping showed up to apologize and he explained that it was because they had to prepare rooms for arriving guests. That reason is unacceptable for Aman standard and well within management control. I let him know my displeasure and told him to tell the GM. Later that afternoon at poolside, we saw the GM talking to other guests but he never approached us. He did not seek us out at dinner either. We had a 5AM airport van for next morning, arranged via the resort so he knew that dinner will be the last window to catch us. That's unimpressive. Either head of housekeeping did not tell him, or the GM avoids tension. Either way, unimpressive. But we still rate this as one of the best spots we have visited. Had the GM apologized properly, 5 stars would have been allowed to stand.
BdG-Scarsdale - New York
We stayed 2 nights in this little (31 rooms) hotel. Definitely gives the impression that it's a hotel where you escape to- remote, isolated, great view of the sea. Suppose to have a private beach but this is regularly frequented by locals who either come to sell you stuff or come to use it for picnics or barbecues and leave debris behind. Our room was large with great facilities (no tv), personal pool. Hotel pool has a great view of the beach and sea. Too isolated for me - we saw one family at lunch and and another small group at dinner. Good polite service at all times - only negative on that is that most of the staff did not understand or speak English. Food at lunch and dinner was very good. Good but a very expensive experience that I will not be doing again.
LondonN21 - London
We stopped off in Amanwella on the way back from Uda Walawwe park at about 11am. We had been up at 4am and o a sadari for a few hours so no one had eaten yet that day. Throw in 3 young kids and you have a recipe for a major headache. Amanwella welcomed us with icy cold towels, sat us down at a breezy table overlooking the stunning beach vista and quickly brought us our seriously greedy order. 2 cooked breakfasts, coconut porridge, 2 waffles. They also offered us some toast with absolutely delicious fresh papaya jam, pineapple jam and marmalade. I think the preserves were all made by the hotel. They were heavenly, either way. We stabilised kids' moods with fresh orange juice. Everyone left much happier, fatter and more content. It was a terrific breakfast. Our quick look around the hotel showed some lovely architecture, with a zen layout and various areas to relax quietly. Pool and beach looked superb. We would definitely stay ay the hotel if we visit Sri Lanka again. Even Amangalla, their sister hotel, is beautiful.
5fingers5toes - UK