AMANWELLA TANGALLE, SRI LANKA
THE DRIVE TO TANGALLE ISN’T FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED
With winding and bumpy mountain roads and a few heart- stopping sheer drops to the side, but when you finally pull up outside Amanwella, you’ll be swept off your feet. One of Sri Lanka’s most luxurious hotels, it’s set beside an 800-metre sweep of white sand and blue waters. The suites, most of which line the adjoining coconut grove, feature modern dark woods, elegant taupes and the latest tech, plus you get your own plunge pool.
AMANWELLA TANGALLE, SRI LANKA Photo Gallery
When you’re not lounging on your terrace, soaking up the sun and spotting monkeys swinging from the trees, you’ll want to be next to the enormous infinity pool or in the restaurant sampling the Sri Lankan delicacy of hoppers (pancakes of rice and coconut milk topped with an egg, spicy curry and relishes). Want something more private? Hire the Beach House for dinner à deux, serenaded by musicians.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
If you go between January and July, you can take a night-time trip to nearby beaches to watch sea turtles lay their eggs. GO Greaves India (greavesindia.co.uk) offers six nights in a Garden Pool Suite from £2,900 per person, including flights with Sri Lankan Airlines, transfers and sightseeing.