A stately Grande Dame of Galle Fort, Amangalla boasts all the period charm of a bygone era. Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’ and ‘galla’, the Sinhalese name for Galle, the resort stands within the fort walls at the junction of Church and Middle Street with commanding views of the harbour and fort ramparts.
Amangalla is an amalgamation of buildings dating back over 400 years, and as one sets foot in the hotel, it is like stepping back in time; the Grand Hall with glinting chandeliers and soaring fin de siècle ceilings speaks of a golden era of colonial elegance. The buildings were built in 1684 as headquarters for the Dutch commandeur and his officers, and later as a billet for British soldiers. In 1863 the historic property opened as the Oriental Hotel, then becoming the New Oriental Hotel and trading for 140 years until 2002, when Aman acquired the property.
The accommodation comprises of 26 Bedrooms, Chambers and Suites, a two-bedroom Amangalla Suite and the Garden House, which is situated in the garden near the swimming pool. The layout of each room varies slightly, but each room offers a spacious en-suite bathroom as well as a four-poster king-size bed, and decorated with original antiques from the New Oriental Hotel set on the original 300-year-old wooden floors.
Downstairs in the Grand Hall is the elegant dining room which serves Sri Lankan and Western cuisines, or guests can dine on the veranda or enjoy alfresco breakfasts and lunches in the 200-year-old gardens. The bar is ideal to enjoy an evening cocktail whilst listening to the grand piano, or upstairs the Sunset Balcony is a picturesque spot for sundowners with views across Galle. Outdoors, the established gardens border the 21-metre swimming pool with palm-shaded sun loungers. At the end of the gardens are Amangalla's Baths with hydrotherapy pools and one of the best spas in Sri Lanka with treatments drawing on Ayurvedic healing traditions.
Amangalla oozes sophisticated luxury and old-world charm and is the perfect base for exploring the historic town of Galle, providing a truly unique experience.
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