Amanwella will be closed for two months for renovations from 01st May 2017 to 30th June 2017.
Taking advantage of the beautiful topography of a secluded 800m crescent-shaped bay, Amanwella is the ultimate beach hotel. Each spacious suite – built on the gentle palm-shaded hillside – benefits from a host of luxurious amenities including a contemporary living space, a spacious terrace and a sparkling aqua plunge pool. Inspired by the architectural designs of Geoffrey Bawa, care has been taken to maximise the ocean vistas, to blend the resort with the beauty of the surrounding landscape and to use regional materials such as stone, wood and clay wherever possible in the resort’s construction. The result is a stunningly stylish beachfront retreat with a peaceful, seductive early-to-rise ambience.
The 30 suites are located on the hillside, reached along little pathways that finally lead down to the sandy beach. Sun loungers are languidly laid out with fluffy white towels under the swaying palms just a whisper from the waves that brazenly crash onto the fine golden sand. Read, relax, run or take a stroll to the rocky headlands at either end of the bay and watch as the fishermen tug their catamarans onto shore. Swimming is safe in season at the southern end of the bay although the best place for a dip is the serene swimming pool for its magnificent panoramic vistas over the bay. Its infinity edge is the place to be at sunset to gaze at the sun as it dips below a horizon enlivened by the Hoo-maniya blowhole that sporadically shoots up white spouts of water in the far-away distance.
The contemporary split-level restaurant is located above the spacious pool terrace and takes full advantage of the panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling glass panelled windows while the cosy bar serves up exotic sundowners and other delicious tropical refreshments. The opportunity for walking is endless at Amanwella where glimpses into the local village of Wella Wathura and wildlife walks are a highlight at the end of a long and lazy day. Day trips to Tangalle, Mulgirigala Rock Temple and Bundala National Park would be magical if you could only get off that sun bed!
The suites are decorated in relaxing beige, cream and honey tones with sand-coloured terrazzo floors in reflection of the beach setting. The bedrooms feature a king-sized bed, writing desk, armchair and a credenza with personal bar while sliding screens lead into an open-plan bathroom featuring a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, a dressing area, a rainfall shower and toilet as well as plenty of fluffy white towels. A safe and state-of-the-art sound system is installed in each suite although the sway of the surf from the spacious fully furnished sea-view terrace is melody enough.
Most suites are located a comfortable distance from the public areas and are linked by pathways interspersed across the hillside.
Suites have varying views of the ocean and coconut grove. Three sets of suites share an interconnecting door on the terrace making them ideal for families or couples travelling together.
Situated on the lower level of the hill, these suites enjoy uninterrupted ocean views. Most are free-standing although four sets of suites share an interconnecting door on the terrace making them ideal for families or couples travelling together.
– Take a safari in Yala National Park where you can see leopards, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar, buffalos and pythons
– Visit the holy Kataragama temple
-Visit the Bundala Nature Reserve, famous for its abundant birdlife
For breakfast you can tuck into delicious fresh fruits, yoghurts, cereals, eggs, pancakes or a hearty English-style platter accompanied by plenty of tea and coffee. The lunch and dinner menu includes exotic dishes such as spiced chicken salad, slow roasted duck with coconut and ginger, stir fried beef, Sri Lankan rice and curry and a wide selection of fish and seafood options such as king prawns, freshly caught lobster, lagoon crab and yellow fin tuna. Desserts are irresistible – try the tropical fruit salad with toasted coconut or indulge in the lemon, vanilla and yoghurt panacotta with a passion fruit coulis.
The pool terrace is ideal for alfresco dining where simple lunches are served in the daytime and antipasti dishes are served in the evenings. The Beach Club is an alternate venue for lunches and private dinners where you can tuck into simple Asian salads, Mediterranean classics, granitas and freshly churned ice cream within full view of the ocean. Seafood is cooked over a coconut charcoal BBQ and served with a fresh garden salad and local relishes.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the Lounge and Bar from where you can indulge in delicious sundowners whilst taking in the magnificent panoramic views. A selection of wine and spirits are also available as well as fruit juices, soft drinks and snacks.