Amangalla takes pride of place within the ramparts of the 17C Galle Fort. Owned by the exclusive Aman group, it offers the most refined accommodation in Galle, its colonial-style buildings looking down soberly on the activity below. It consists of an amalgamation of buildings dating back over 400 years, once used as an HQ for the Dutch commander and his officers in the 17C and later as a billet for British soldiers. In 1865, the New Oriental Hotel was born and in its heyday on either side of the Second World War there were no more sought-after or daring parties in Sri Lanka. Aman Resorts then undertook a sensitive and complete refurbishment. From the day it opened, in 2005, it has offered excellent old-world luxury, superb food, arguably the best spa in the island and exceptional service.
There are six categories of accommodation at Amangalla: Bedrooms, Garden Bedrooms, Chambers, Verandah Chambers, Suites, Amangalla Suites and the Garden House
Bedrooms (7) and Garden Bedrooms (3): Bedrooms are located adjacent to Amangalla's reception, on the ground level overlooking the garden or the nearby historic Groote Kerk (Great Church). The bedroom and separate bathroom are similar in size with furnishings including a four-poster king-size bed, writing desk, dining table and chest, all set within the original polished jackwood floors.
Chambers (10, including four Verandah Chambers): Chambers are located within the Church Street Wing, facing the Fort ramparts. The entrance leads into the open plan room, featuring first the bathroom, followed by the bedroom and a separate sitting area. The bathroom has a large shower, freestanding bathtub and toilet.
Suites (4, plus 4 Amangalla Suites): Suites look onto the ramparts of the Fort, the harbour or the mature well-tended tropical gardens. All feature the original polished teak floorboards dating back over 300 years. The entry hall leads to separate bedroom and lounge area. Adjacent to the entry hall is the bathroom with a freestanding tub, twin vanities, separate toilet and shower. The bedroom has a king-size four-poster bed and arched, shuttered windows.
The Garden House: The Garden House is a two-storey house featuring a private terrace and balcony offering leafy, treetop views. The original, antique furniture of the house has been restored. At the entrance is a sitting room fitted with a chaise lounge, armchairs and coffee table. Double doors lead to the bedroom, furnished with a king-size four-poster bed, writing table and dressing cabinet. An internal stairway rises from the sitting room to the upper level, featuring a daybed and banquette.
The Zaal (the Great Hall),as it was known in Dutch times, has a wonderful colonial feel with high ceilings, overhead fans and chandeliers. There is relaxed seating within as well as on the verandah facing the tree-lined street front. Adjacent is The Dining Room which provides an intimate setting with a colonial accent, furnished with period chairs and tables, crisp white linen and antique silverware. The spa is at the lower level of the Middle Street building. There is a small relaxation area at the entrance to each of the five treatment rooms. Each contains a dressing area leading to a hydrotherapy and water massage pool, sauna, steam and cold plunge pool. There is also a beauty treatment area and a traditional barber's shop. Adjacent to the Baths is a combined yoga and meditation pavilion. Located beyond the reception hall is the Library with reading terrace and an extensive range of reference books on Sri Lankan history and culture as well as a selection of novels, magazines, newspapers, audio CDs and board games. Two computer stations are provided for guests.
Why We Like It
High standards of luxury in one of the Galle Fort's most historic properties.
The journey from Colombo's International Airport will take about 2.5 hours - or take the Air Taxi and fly to Koggala, which is a 25-minute drive to the hotel. A daily sea plane service also exists between Hatton in the tea country and Koggala and we can book seats at competitive rates.
Location: Galle Fort, Galle Coast
Style: Luxury Hotel
No. of Rooms: 29
Key Features: Historic; old-world décor; swimming pool; spa