Luxury hotel holiday Amanwella Tangalle

Amanwella in Tangalle is recommended by Expressions Holidays for its stunning beachfront location and its contemporary design. With just 30 suites, the resort is a haven of tranquillity. Perfect for nature lovers, the hotel is close to several national parks and whale watching. Relax on the golden sand beach surrounded by turquoise waters and palm trees. A wonderful choice for families and couples seeking a luxury hotel for a long stay or as part of one of our touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.
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 Amanwella, Tangalle

Amanwella is a luxury boutique resort ideal for families and couples. With a spectacular coastal location, Bawa inspired Tropical Modernist design elements, luxury amenities and a 150m outdoor pool, the hotel affords a truly tranquil experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location On the coast, approximately 50-miles from the town of Galle

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo International Airport

Distance from airport About 5 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Lounge and Bar, Pool terrace dining, Swimming pool, Beach Club with showers/changing rooms, Menu service and Barbecue, Boutique, Library with internet access, CDs, DVDs and Board games, Electric cart service, 3-wheeler transportation available, Netball, Cricket.

Complimentary watersports

Snorkelling equipment.

Land sports

Bicycles available.

Out and about nearby

Tangalle town and fishing port, Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project (12 kms), Mulgiragala Rock Temple, local village and fishing life. Further afield, there are three wonderful national parks within 1 to 3 hours drive from Amanwella. Snorkelling from December to April. During the calm season, the beach is wide and the seas calm enough to enjoy swimming, and snorkelling along the southern headland. During the rougher seasons around the monsoons waves make swimming conditions less favourable. Possible Day Excursions include Jeep Safari in Uda Walawe National Park, or Yala National Park, or Bundala Nature reserve, Kataragama Pilgrimage Site (mainly Buddhist, but also Hindu and Muslim), Helicopter tour to Sigiriya, Whale-watching boat trips from December to April, Kataragama Festival (mainly Hindu) and Perahera in July and August.

Sports nearby

Scuba diving can be arranged.

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

From about

£3,300

Holiday Code WW99

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 Amanwella, Tangalle

Amanwella is a first-class resort situated next to a glorious golden sand beach scattered with coconut trees in the south of Sri Lanka. The awe-inspiring entrance is set around a pebbled courtyard and two grassy courtyards divided by the library and a reflecting pool. Discreetly positioned around the hillside, there are 30 suites built in a contemporary style using local materials of terracotta tiles and hand-hewn stone. Linked by pathways, each one boasts its own private pool and terrace with stunning views of the coconut grove, beach or ocean. The main restaurant at Amanwella sits high above sea level with spectacular views across the pool towards the coconut grove and beach. An array of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on local seafood is served here. For a more informal atmosphere guests can dine al fresco at the Terrace, which serves light lunches as well as fresh coconuts and colourful local fruit in the day and delicious antipasti dishes in the evening. Steps lead down to a magnificent, 47-metre, infinity swimming pool where there are two large sun terraces with sun loungers ideal for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Just back from the beach is the Beach Club with an open pavilion with a wooden deck, another perfect spot for relaxing or enjoying a lunch of Asian salads or local seafood cooked over a coconut charcoal barbecue. Days at Amanwella can be spent relaxing by the pool, snorkelling in the sea (in the calm season) or maybe enjoying a spa treatment and yoga in the 'far pavilions'. It is fascinating to watch the fishermen who keep their boats on the beach in front of the resort or go on nature walks to the village, whilst day trips to the National Parks of Uda Walawe, Bundala or Yala will reveal more of Sri Lanka's abundant wildlife. An important nesting site for sea turtles, at Rekawa, is also a short distance along the coast.

Room descriptions

Amanwella has 30 suites, all with a private bathroom, Entrance courtyard with banquette for lounging and dining, Plunge Pool, terrrace,Bedroom with living area, Personal bar, Bathroom with free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, dressing area, shower and toilet, IDD Telephone.

Suite on the hillside
Ocean Suite on the lower levels of the hill with views of the coconut grove and beach. Identical design to Suites but in a different location.

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

From about

£3,300

Holiday Code WW99

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 Amanwella, Tangalle

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Amanwella 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 3 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

Minimum stays: 4 nights over Christmas and New Year period. Please inquire for specific dates.

Children: Connecting rooms and babysitting available on request.

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

From about

£3,300

Holiday Code WW99

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 Amanwella, Tangalle

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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