Set at the southernmost tip of the country, Godellawela Bay earned its local nickname, Dream Beach, for a reason. The long stretch of soft white sand is lapped by gently curling waves, and crystal-clear waters extend as far as the eye can see. The bay is hemmed by soaring coconut palms and rocky bluffs, making it one of the most secluded shores on the island.
Places of note: Time seems to lose meaning at Amanwella. Think classic Aman sleekness, where all of its 30 rooms are accented with floor-to-ceiling windows and fantail coconut-wood furniture. The resort’s restaurant dishes up the catch of the day above a 47-meter-long infinity pool, while daybeds and hammocks pepper the path to the beach. Once you do finally make it to the shore, you might be rewarded with sightings of baby leatherback turtles—hatchings occur here every spring. Farther afield, spot elephants, exotic birds, and free-roaming tigers at Uda Walawe National Park.
How to get there: Catch a 45-minute flight or air taxi to the Mawella Lagoon Airprot in Dickwella from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.
When to go: Sri Lanka’s sun shines brightest from November to April.