Amanwella boasts one of the most stunning beaches in the world, and I would definitely have given it 4 stars if it were not for one flaw: Unfortunately a portion of the beach is marred by the fishing boats moored there and the fisherman milling around. This takes away some of the privacy of the Ocean-view suites, so be sure to ask for one of the rooms higher up, for an uninterrupted view of the beach and sea.
Upon arriving at the hotel we were not greeted with a welcome drink but with a rather less practical 'traditional Sri Lankan greeting' with betal leaves. The service was slightly slow throughout our stay, and the private plunge pool was a cold in comparison to the beautiful infinity hotel pool.
The meals, which are served on the terrace with glorious views of the ocean, are tasty and healthy, but the portions are slightly small. There is no breakfast buffet, but has to be ordered a la carte and is usually included in the room price (check with the hotel when booking).
Spa treatments are done in one of 3 suites, and couples massages are available. The female masseuse was excellent, while the male masseuse was average.
All in all it is a lovely property, very serene and secluded (apart from the fisherman problem mentioned before) with very impressive rooms and facilities. It is a little far away from Colombo, although the travelling time has been cut down considerably due to the newly opened southern highway to Galle (it took us about 3 hrs to get to Tangalle from Colombo). Once the Hambantota airport is built it will be much more easily reached by tourists.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach, Amanwella is a seaside resort offering 30 contemporary suites, each with private plunge pool and terrace. The resort's suites are linked by pathways along a landscaped rise with beach and ocean views. Guests can relax on the expansive terrace surrounding the main pool or on the sand beach. The seaside town of Tangalle is nearby and a short stroll will reveal village life and Sri Lanka's diverse flora and fauna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanwella Hotel Tangalle
- Amanwella Resort Tangalle