Amanwella is situated in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach close to the fishing town of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. The resort derives its name by combining the words aman, or “peace” in Sanskrit, and wella, the Sinhalese name for “beach”. All 30 suites of this contemporary beachfront resort feature their own plunge pool and terrace. Linked by pathways, suites are interspersed along the hillside to the west of the public areas, providing views of the ocean and beach flanked by two rocky headlands.
The resort is accessed via a gravel road that opens onto a pebbled courtyard and entrance pavilion. An ascending colonnade leads to the public areas. The reception is on the left while to the right are two grassy courtyards separated by the Library and a reflecting pool. Beyond one courtyard is the Lounge Bar and adjacent to the other is the Restaurant. Sri Lanka’s most notable modern architect, Geoffrey Bawa, has informed the design and aesthetic of Amanwella in the use of traditional materials that create a retreat along the south coast’s rugged terrain.
Steps lead to a unique 47m rectangular swimming pool. Overlooking the pool are two large sun terraces with sunloungers. Located in a coconut grove metres from the sea is the Beach Club, an open pavilion with a wooden deck ideal for lounging and light, informal dining.