Amanwella, Sri Lanka
On Sri Lanka’s sun-drenched south coast, a winding track through lush jungle finally reveals Amanwella and its incomparable seaside setting in Tangalle. Designed for blissful seclusion and natural exploration, this contemporary beach resort claims a vast swathe of golden sand fringed with coconut palms and lies close to revered temples, rolling tea plantations and Sri Lanka’s finest National Parks.
Undiluted Indian Ocean views from Sri Lanka’s sun-baked south coast.
The distinct contemporary design of Amanwella is inspired by Geoffrey Bawa’s neat angles of the last century. The Tropical Modernist movement visible across southeast Asia resonates worldwide thanks to the Sri Lankan architect’s trademark blend of Corbusian minimalism and indigenous materials. Amanwella’s linear design is a triumph of tropical minimalism.
Conceived by Kerry Hill Architects, it takes its inspiration from the work of the late modernist architect Geoffrey Bawa, and even in the gardens, the prominent positioning of aromatic white frangipani is an ode to his favourite tree. Working with the natural elevation of the land, the resort remains faithful to Aman’s philosophy of barefoot luxury and simplicity; the swivel-windowed restaurant and bar gaze directly at the ocean and across a trio of bays, and sit above a capacious 45-metre pool, while the freestanding suites, crafted from locally sourced stone and timber, peep out discreetly beneath a profusion of coconut palms from the hillside opposite.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its cuisine, and Amanwella celebrates its variety with a full menu of authentic dishes complemented by Asian and Mediterranean classics. Three restaurants are open to both guests and non-residents, and unique culinary experiences can be enjoyed in the surrounding villages and countryside near Tangalle.
Overlooking a deserted crescent of ivory sands, the 150-foot-long swimming pool is one of the world’s most talked-about. Best for relaxed beach retreats, and cultural and wildlife encounters. All Suites open on two sides to private plunge pools and large terraces facing out to sea.