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Why we like it
- The oldest hotel in Sri Lanka now part of the Aman Resorts collection
- The resort is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Galle Fort
- Colonial in style teeming with fine antiques from its Dutch heritage
- Gracious , welcoming and warm staff
- The Dining Room offers a choice of traditional Sri Lankan curry and home-cooked dishes
- "The Baths", is the spa and offers exceptional treatments from Balinese, Thai and Ayurvedic
- A rare find to stay in a beautiful hotel restored to its former glory boasting exceptional style and service
An afternoon spent on the terrace is the perfect spot to relax with your favourite drink, and soak up the atmosphere of this 400 year old hotel.
We had an outstanding guide, Mr Upali Guneratne. His expert knowledge about the temples and ancient sites we visited, Sri Lankan history and customs, and the Island’s flora and wildlife made it a memorable experience for us both.
- AM, Hampshire
Amangalla is set within the walls of the famous historic fort in Galle. The hotel is full of antiques, old prints, rich mahogany, wood and rattan planters and a warm and welcoming team of staff who are attentive and unobtrusive. The accommodation is gracious full of antiques and shows off the heritage that is Amangalla. The suites are decorated in tasteful colonial style with glorious antiques, from Para Mara four-poster beds to pettagama chests, and high quality reproductions finished with polished Burma teak floorboards that shine on after 300 years. The bedrooms, chambers and suites offer a variety of views from Galle Fort itself to the hotel's mature gardens. The bathrooms are genteel and comfortable, with a free-standing bathtub and shower room. There is also a two storey Garden House, for those seeking a more private stay set in the beautiful gardens. A large swimming pool, surrounded by palms, is centred within the resort's established gardens. This classical hotel also offers remedial pleasures from 'The Baths', the resort's relaxing, holistic, and traditionally inspired Spa complete with hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms and a cold plunge pool. A stay at the Amangalla is a true delight, learn and discover about the historic past that this small country has to offer while being utterly spoilt by the luxurious surroundings and the truly wonderful staff.
Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
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