Luxury hotel holiday Amaloh by Jetwing Matara

The boutique Amaloh by Jetwing in Matara is an idyllic and unique coastal property. A stunning large pool, surrounded by grassy green lawn, provides the centrepiece in a garden that leads hotel guests all the way from their rooms to the Indian Ocean. The Amaloh combines modern comforts with the rich history of the Dutch colonies, to establish a charming hotel with character that reflects the culture of the region. The excellent location means that the Amaloh by Jetwing is within easy reach of towns such as Galle and Tangalle and the Yala National Park, and is therefore an essential addition to any Sri Lankan touring holiday.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaloh by Jetwing, Matara

Amaloh by Jetwing is an exclusive 4-star luxury hotel with a secluded location on a pristine stretch of coastline, which boasts excellent spa facilities, delicious cuisine and water-based activities including reef snorkelling.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location Beachside in Matara, approximately 27 miles from Galle

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 113 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant with dining room and veranda, Lounge, Pool with children's section, Snorkelling and kayaking facilities, 2 Jacuzzis, 2 Pool tables, Jet ski facilities, Yoga and spa treatments, Guest parking, Boat trips to an exclusive island, Sun deck.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi.

Chargeable watersports

Boat trips to an exclusive island, Kayaking, Jet skiing, Snorkelling.

Land sports

Yoga, Swimming pool.

Out and about nearby

As the most southerly major town in Sri Lanka, Matara is well-known amongst Sri Lankan residents. The Nilwala River runs through its centre, and it is surrounded by tea estates, spice plantations, paddy fields, and, of course, white-sand beaches. While in Matara, be sure to visit the Dutch Matara Fort, originally built in the late 17th century; since then, Dutch, Portuguese, and British additions have been made. Outside of the town, should time permit, you may wish to visit the lighthouse of Devinuwara on the southernmost point of the island, the beaches of Weligama, the village, harbour, and lagoon of Tangalle, or the Mulgirigala Rock Temple, a monolithic rock with Buddhist figurines and wall paintings.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH1887

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaloh by Jetwing, Matara

The Amaloh is a boutique Jetwing property 2km from Matara, built in the Dutch colonial style. The hotel looks out across the lawns, tropical trees, water feature, and canopied tables of the pool garden, as well as the beach and ocean beyond. Aside from achieving the high standard of luxury associated with the Jetwing hotel group name, staff at the Amaloh are chiefly concerned with maintaining a welcoming and attractive, homely feel. The hotel's 20 rooms open out onto balconies, courtyards, or terraces, and have vibrantly colourful local furnishings that offset the sleek white walls. Some rooms have antique Dutch pieces, which add a touch of historic character to the pervading modern feel. Interconnecting rooms are available, and create large, comfortable spaces for families travelling together. Dining options at the Amaloh are refreshingly flexible, with opportunities to eat outside or in your own room. The fine dining restaurant overlooks the pool and gardens, and serves a range of international dishes, from traditional Sri Lankan specialities to more Western cuisine. For guests, this is a prime opportunity to sample some of the fresh, locally-caught seafood. Spa treatments must be arranged in advance, but offer another luxurious addition to the Amaloh's services. Ayurveda and aromatherapy massages are available, as well as other treatments specially designed to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. One of the highlights of your stay will be the sheltered reef-protected cove. Here you may recline on the warm golden sand under a parasol, or enjoy the kayaking and snorkelling facilities provided at the Amaloh. Stay at the Amaloh by Jetwing for a peaceful coastal stop on a longer, comprehensive tour of the highlights of Sri Lanka.

Room descriptions

Amaloh by Jetwing has 20 rooms with balconies, terraces, or courtyards, king size beds, antique Dutch furniture, air-conditioning, DVD player, LED satellite TV, minibar, safe, hair dryer, desk, tea and coffee making facilities, and larger rooms have rain showers and bath tubs.

Deluxe Room
Super Deluxe Room
Ocean Suite
Garden Room on the ground floor with courtyard

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH1887

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaloh by Jetwing, Matara

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Amaloh Boutique Resort in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 2 hours and 45 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday with a driver-guide, in which case the hotel is usually approached from Tea and Hill Country to the north or from Yala National Park.

Additional information

Children: 14 of the Amaloh's 20 rooms are interconnecting, which provides excellent flexible options for families of all sizes.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH1887

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaloh by Jetwing, Matara

About Galle and south coast

A stay in Galle and southern Sri Lanka uncovers a world of historic Dutch forts, beautiful beaches and fishermen fishing on stilts, where sleepy villages lie hidden in palms behind the wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. The further east you go, the less populated and the more naturally wild and remote the landscapes become. The lush inland forest reserves in the south-west contrast sharply with the arid south-eastern national parks of Yala, Uda Walave and Bundala, where wild elephants and migratory birds flock around the water ‘tanks’ and where leopards and sloth bear have been known to roam. Between December and April, the south coast is popular for whale and dolphin watching, in the waters off Weligama Bay. Galle, on the south-west tip of Sri Lanka, is a reminder of the Dutch presence on the island. The new town may have the usual urban bustle, but the Dutch Fort, built in 1663, retains a timeless air. Constructed by the Dutch East Indian Company as a fortified town, Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which is still intact with a thriving community living and working within its walls. You can walk along part of the ramparts with views out to sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The region around Galle is fascinating and incredibly beautiful with its rainforest reserves and indigenous wildlife, as well as fishing villages and palm-fringed, sandy coves. We have selected hotels in Galle and along the South Coast which are ideally located to visit the many places of interest in the area. These hotels include Jetwing Lighthouse, a classy hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa; The Fortress, an outstanding deluxe resort hotel; Amangalla, a splendid colonial-style hotel; Kahanda Kanda, a small and elegant countryside hotel; and Taprobane Island, a private island retreat.

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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