Amanwella Resort, Tangalle: A tranquil hideaway in Sri Lanka

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Imagine a sleepy cosy town in southeast Sri Lanka, perfect for doing nothing. With the white sandy beaches that stretch out as long as your eyes can see.

This is Tangalle, in southeast Sri Lanka. We landed here en route to Galle and Colombo as part of our Sri Lanka road trip.

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Tangalle has many such idyllic spots.

The coastline has many tranquil bays with beautiful rugged beaches. Tourism here has not developed as much as the southwest coast. If you are looking for a vacation on unspoilt beaches and are on a luxury budget, Tangalle doesn’t disappoint.

Tangalle also gives access to some of the major wildlife reserves of Sri Lanka – Yala National Park is about 1.5 hours away, Uda Walawe National Park is about 1 hour away and Bundala National Park only 40 Minutes away. The beaches of Rekawa and Kahandamodara are ideal to experience sea turtles coming ashore at night to lay their eggs (only January – July).

Do read – Sri Lanka Highlights: An itinerary for a family holiday

Stay at Amanwella Resort

Amanwella – part of the luxury chain Aman – with its private strip of the beach makes for a perfect hideaway.

There are only suites at this property – that too, just 27. All suites are spacious, have contemporary furnishings and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on both sides. One side opens to an entrance courtyard with a private plunge pool, the other to an expansive terrace with views of the coconut grove, beach and ocean.

You can choose between Garden Pool Suite, Ocean Hill Pool Suite (high up on a hillock with lofty views of treetops and ocean) and the Ocean Pool Suite (much closer to the beach).

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This crescent-shaped beach is one of the most picturesque I have been to.

We had booked the Garden Pool Suite, with its own private courtyard, plunge pool and a terrace with deck chairs that looked over lush gardens. My 2-year-old couldn’t get enough of splashing about in the villa pool.

Food at Amanwella Resort

The main Restaurant looks over the palm fringed bay and the private beach of the resort. The setting with sweeping views across the pool is lovely for breakfast, a meal during the day or a sundowner. The cuisine is Asian and Mediterranean with an emphasis on seafood from the Indian Ocean.

Adjacent to the Restaurant, the Lounge and Bar offers a tipple for every taste, plus a full cigar menu.

Amanwella Resort Tangalle
You sometimes get a delightful company for lunch at the Beach Club.

The second restaurant, Beach Club is a short walk from the resort; it serves fresh seafood caught by the local fishermen, fresh salads and light meals perfect for daytime. It also does private dinners on request, amidst secluded spots on the beach.

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Activities in and around Amanwella Resort

The resort can organise several activities ranging from surfing, snorkelling to whale watching and fishing in the Indian Ocean.

Amanwella Resort Tangalle
The sea is quite rough and not suited for swimming. But the white sandy beach is perfect for making castles and family bonding all day.

You can take a pottery class in the workshop of a master potter in the village of Palapotta. Or visit a plantation with a guide arranged by Amanwella, and learn about the island’s history of tea cultivation.

Having a sundowner with a gorgeous sunset for the company is the classic activity, that my husband and I perfected over our 2-day visit at the resort.

The resort offers a variety of Ayurvedic spa treatments, all in the privacy of your own suite.

Do read – Sri Lanka: Top places to visit in the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’

What puts a smile ☺

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There are glorious sunsets to accompany you with a sundowner at the main restaurant.

The hospitality of Amanwella is great, as expected from any Aman resort. Though my daughter was the only kid in the resort at the time we visited, they made sure she was comfortable during meals at the restaurant, dished out the pasta and other food items of her choice, and kept her entertained while I was browsing at the hotel store for linens.


Website: Amanwella Tangalle


Tel:  +94 47 224 1333

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12 thoughts

  1. Amanwella Resort looks amazing! And there are exactly those activities I love: snorkeling, hiking, sunbathing. I must stay there, too, once I go to Sri Lanka!

  2. Looks a beautiful resort and the food sounds really tasty and fresh. Sri Lanka was on our wishlist for 2017 but unfortunately we didn’t get there. We really hope to change that in 2018.

  3. South East Coast of Sri Lanka is gorgeous. You add the Aman’s luxury hospitality to that you have a perfect holiday combination. To be able to have the massage in your own suite is the pampering you can gift yourself.

  4. Ah, when I went to the website to see what the rooms actually looked like, I see this is an Aman resort. The brand is known for a being one of the top luxury brands, so knowing that alone has me sold. I’d definitely opt for the ocean suites, since I love being just steps away from the water.

    I’d also definitely be interested in visiting the local market with the chef. I think markets give such insight to the culture and food. And I’d probably spend the majority of my visit snorkeling on the reef.

    1. Luxe Trvlr: I will add this is an Aman resort upfront in the blog. (I just assumed that since I was talking about Amanwella, everyone would know this automatically. But that assumption may not be correct.) Ocean Suite would be awesome.

  5. Wow, first off, that sunset is spectacular! The Amanwella looks like my ideal beach resort. The beach is stunning, and it appeared that you practically had it all to yourselves. I also like that it’s centrally located near National Parks, although I’d have to admit that leaving the property would be difficult. Visiting Sri Lanka has been on my wishlist for a long time, and I’ll be sure to add Amanwella to the itinerary when I do visit. Already envisioning myself there perfecting the sundowner 😉

  6. A place perfect for doing nothing? I could use some of that right now. 😀
    I was amazed to read that suites have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on both sides. The scenery around looks really beautiful and it’s probably incredible to be able to glance outside every now and then. Sounds like a dreamy destination. 🙂

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