Friday, August 20, 2010

SRI LANKA ON THE RISE - PART 1 AMANWELLA

One of the charming local boys we met on the beach of Amanwella.

New York times named Sri Lanka the no. 1 destination to visit in 2010. We would agree. Actually Select Collection visited Sri Lanka end of 2009 to conduct our photo shoot for our Select Collection brochure. We chose Sri Lanka because it is a mulitfaceted destination with so much on offer. Beautiful wild beaches, cultural heritage sites, stunning nature and scenery in the high lands with its tea plantations as well as the hectic capital and old fort town of Galle.

Sri Lanka has so much to offer that we wanted to put it forward as our feature destination for our 2010-2012 brochure. In a series of 3 blog episodes we will share some of our snap shots from Sri Lanka. We start out on the island's best beach in Tangalle.
Aman resorts known as a pioneer in the luxury travel industry has two properties on Sri Lanka. Their beach property Amanwella is spread out on a generous piece of land and located on what we consider to be the best beach on Sri Lanka. The crescent shaped beach is over 800 meters long and with only 30 villas on the resort and limited visits from the local community the beach is never busy. The sand is golden, the vegetation is lush with sloping palm trees framing the beach perfectly and offering just that perfect shade. At times the water here can be quite rough, especially in October / November with high waves and currents. At Christmas times the water calms but in all honesty this beach is never ideal for children but most of the year perfectly safe for swimming adults.
The villas all have a private walled pool, a terrace and an open style interior plan with bedroom and bathroom sharing the space half/half. As always with Aman the interior concept is minimalist and simple yet refined and without a television. The sound of the waves serve as the lullaby.

Amanwella is a place for relaxation. You enjoy your villa, the beach and can make quick excursions to a nearby temple or the local village. A part from one restaurant, a library, the main pool and the possibility of massage treatments and pedicures there are not many other facilities. But that is also the charm. The ideal lenght of stay in our opinion is 5-7 nights for pure relaxation. And hurry up and go now. Rates are still much lower than what Aman normally would cost in other destinations but as popularity is increasing day by day so will the rates.

From our photo shoot on Sri Lanka - a local dancer performing at Amanwella


You can read more about our tailormade programs to Sri Lanka here


An image from the beach club




A picture of a private pool

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