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Diving into the pool at Amanwella in Sri Lanka

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Our favourite pool in Sri Lanka

Set in 37 acres of beach a short ride from the fishing town of Tangalle, the minimalist hotel of Amanwella has one of the best swimming pools in Sri Lanka.

On a recent visit to the island we enjoyed all 47 metres of it, swimming endless lengths (me) or paddling across it and making up water-based adventures using one of the body boards the staff provide (my husband and daughter).

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Amanwella has minimalist styling in a tropical setting

The suitably tropical view looks out to a lovely, lengthy stretch of vanilla sand with crashing waves and graceful coconut trees, and its clean minimalist lines are a fitting match for the hotel’s 30 light-flooded suites, which are inspired by the work of famed Sri lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

If you can’t stay here, book in for lunch and slip into the pool after.

A stay at Amanwella costs from US$625 per room per night including breakfast, afternoon tea and minibar. Find them at amanwella.com.

Read our reviews of Amangalla in Galle, Sri Lanka and Amanfayun in China.

Reviewed by Caroline Sylger Jones

© Queen of Retreats

Checking out the view - Caroline's daughter by her favourite pool at Amanwella

Checking out the view – Caroline’s daughter by her favourite pool at Amanwella

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Set in 37 acres of beach near Tangalle, the minimalist hotel of Amanwella has one of the best swimming pools in Sri Lanka