Amanwella, Sri Lanka

Picture it, you’re relaxing on a luxurious private beach, ivory sand stretching out for miles and the crystal blue ocean rolling to and fro in front of you. After a long day of sunbathing and sipping cocktails by the sea it’s only a short stroll back to your suite, where you can freshen up with a quick jump into your own plunge pool and then catch the last rays of sun on your private beachfront terrace.

Found between the beach and a coconut grove, near the traditional fishing town of Tangalle, Amanwella is a paradise, an escape from reality, the ultimate destination for relaxation. Each of the suites are nestled along the hillside, providing beautiful views of the beach and ocean.

Catering to your every whim, the hotel features a lounge bar, restaurant, library and, of course, a wholly impressive infinity pool. The 47m pool is overlooked by two sunbathing terraces and is a wonderful way to relax and take in the resort’s unforgettable scenery.

Head over to the Library to read up on Sri Lankan history, culture and wildlife, or enjoy an array of novels, newspapers and board games. If you’re after a little retail therapy, pay a visit to the Boutique to feast your eyes on the traditional artefacts, jewellery and antiques that are available. Maybe you’ll even pick up one or two presents to appease your jealous relatives back home who wish they were with you!

If Amanwella has one particular forte, it’s helping each and every guest unwind and leave the resort feeling completely rejuvenated. The on site Spa provides healing and restorative massages, traditional Sri Lankan therapies and other treatments that use natural ingredients. Best of all, you can choose whether to enjoy your treatment in the Spa suite, in your own suite or in beautiful locations within the coconut grove. Now, how’s that for an escape from reality?