Located in the center of a preserved 17th-century Dutch Fort, the sumptuous Amangalla resort is also a beautifully restored UNESCO World Heritage site that perfectly captures the charm of the historic trading port of Galle. Amangalla has 17 rooms, eight suites and the Garden House, a two-story house with treetop views. Rooms are decorated in a style that blends luxurious contemporary amenities with a perfectly rendered colonial-era aesthetic. Sri Lankan curry and other traditional dishes are served in the dining room, and the Veranda is a cool spot to have a drink during the day; the fort's Zaal (Dutch for Great Hall) serves light meals and a classic afternoon tea. The pool is located in the resort's gardens and has five shaded pavilions where you can relax post-swim. A library with Internet access houses information on Sri Lanka and the history of the Fort. The Baths, Amangalla's spa, offers Ayurvedic massage, hydrotherapy pools, and a steam room and sauna, among other treatments. There is also a garden pavilion for yoga practice or meditation. There is no fitness center. The resort is roughly a four-hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
Why We Love This Hotel
Heritage: The hotel is housed in a well-preserved 150-year old landmark hotel.
Rooms: Generous rooms with antique furniture, teak timber flooring, original art work and pleasant views.
Society and Environment: Amangalla uses recycling methods and tries to sources as much as possible locally, including food, furnishings and staff.
- Hotel Group
- Galle, Sri Lanka
- 24hr Room Service
- Disabled Facilities
- Outdoor Pool
- Water Sports
- Wi-Fi In Public Areas
The elegant colonial style Amangalla suites are furnished with antiques, Para Mara four-poster beds, pettagama chests and high quality reproductions. The spacious rooms have original 300-year old polished Burmese teak flooring. The rooms look out towards the Galle Fort or the hotel’s frangipani tree gardens.
There seven Bedrooms with French windows and doors looking out on to the garden or the historic Groote Kerk (Great Church). The bedrooms have either twin or king-size four-poster beds, a work desk, dining table, a traditional pettagama chest and original polished jack-wood flooring. The separate bathroom features twin basins, an island bathtub, a shower and a toilet.
There are six Chambers located in the Church Street Wing, facing the Fort ramparts. The classically styled rooms are open plan with bedroom and living areas and a separate bathroom. Inside guests will find a four-poster king-size bed or twin beds, a planter's chair, a work desk, a table and chairs and a pettagama chest, original teak floorboards and wooden shutters. The en-suite bathroom has a deep bathtub, a roomy shower and dressing area and a toilet.
Garden Wing Chambers
There are also Garden Wing Chambers with either a balcony or twin porch over looking the resort�s treetops. The classically styled rooms is open plan with bedroom and living areas and a separate bathroom. Inside guests will find a four-poster king-size or twin bed, a planter�s chair, work desk, table and chairs and a pettagama chest and original teak floorboards and wooden shutters. The en-suite bathroom has a deep bathtub, a roomy shower and dressing area and a toilet. The suites are adorned with antiques or refined reproductions.
There are eight Suites offering views of the Para-rubber trees, the ramparts of the Fort and the harbor or the landscaped gardens. The Suites have a bedroom and lounge area, arched shuttered windows, original polished teak floorboards dating back over 300 years and either antique or refined reproduction furniture. The bedrooms have king-size four-poster or twin beds, and the lounged are fitted with a chaise longue, writing table and chair, dining table, planter's chair and pettagama chest. The en-suite bathrooms have free-standing bathtubs, twin basins and a separate toilet and shower unit.
The Garden House
The Garden House has two floors and is located in the resort's leafy gardens offering treetop views. The house contains original antique furniture including a king-size four-poster bed, writing table and dressing cabinet and a chaise longue, daybed, banquette armchairs and coffee table in the sitting room. The en-suite bathroom is light and airy with twin basins, an deep island bathtub and a toilet and shower unit. The Garden House has its own pantry serviced by a private butler.
Amangalla has a swimming pool, a lounge room, a spa and a barbers shop as well as a hair salon, library and a yoga meditation pavilion. Guests may relax after a day’s touring in the spa containing five private treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pools and ladies' and gentlemen’s changing areas
The spa contains five private treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pools and ladies and gentlemens changing areas. The spa is a tranquil oasis of calm and relaxation aided by the candle lit mood lighting, tall ceilings, traditional archways, gentle aromatic burning oil and soft soothing music.Adjoining the spa is a barbers shop and a hair salon offering various treatments, shaving manicures and pedicures. Guests at the barbers shop and hair salon may relax in original planter's chairs and look out on the hotel's two hundred year old gardens.
The hotel swimming pool is 68-feet and surrounded by five ambalamas (rest pavilions), comfortable sun loungers and shady palm trees. Guests may enjoy a variety of meals, snacks and refreshing drinks from the poolside bar.
The library houses a large range of books on the arts, culture, history and societies of Sri Lanka. There is also a computer with the Internet, a good selection of general fiction and non-fiction, international magazines and newspapers. In addition the library displays an eclectic collection of memorabilia drawn from the archives of the New Oriental Hotel, providing a fascinating view into the history of the buildings, the Fort and the town of Galle.
The hotel has two restaurants Zaal and the Dining Room. Zaal serves light meals, afternoon snacks and morning and afternoon tea in a colonial style hall. The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with an international menu and Sri Lankan specialties.
The Dining Room
The opulent Dining Room serves quality cuisine and has a wide menu with everything from steaks to Sri Lankan curries. The food comes well presented with a good wine list. There is also alfresco dining by the poolside and private or romantic meals can be arranged.
Zaal is located in the Great Hall, a large room utilized in Dutch colonial times with many original features remaining. The grand dining hall has high ceilings, old-fashioned over head fans, chandeliers, polished wooden floors and period furniture. Zaal serves regional and Western food with a decent wine list.
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