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Galle, Sri Lanka

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Amangalla is a restored historic hotel that forms part of Galle Fort. The 17th century Dutch fort is a collection of Colonial buildings covering thirty-six hectares and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is the perfect place to explore Galle, which is the capital of Sri Lanka’s southern province. Guest rooms, chambers and suites are testimony to Amangalla’s past and boast many original features, as well as fine antiques and four-poster beds. All offer a variety of views from Galle Fort and some have their own balcony. In addition, the two-storey Garden House, situated in the hotel’s frangipani-scented gardens, comes with a private pantry serviced by a personal butler.

  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:A restored historic hotel, part of Galle Fort
  • Feature:Treat yourself to a 3, 7 or 14-day Ayurvedic Experience
  • Rooms:19 rooms, 7 suites, the Amangalla Suite and The Garden House
  • Location:Galle , Sri Lanka
  • Nearest airport:Colombo International Airport
Amangalla Exterior
Location and transfer

Between two hours, thirty minutes and three hours, thirty minutes from Colombo International Airport by private car transfer or 45 minutes from Galle by helicopter.


All the guest rooms still feature the original 300-year-old polished teak or jackwood floors and are appointed with a four-poster king-size bed, writing desk, dining table, planters chair, wardrobe and a pettagama chest. The spacious bathrooms feature a freestanding bath, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet. Amenities include air-conditioning, a mini-bar, CD player, telephone and there is a daily maid service. A private butler service is also available.

  • Rooms: 9
  • Room View: Overlooking the garden or the nearby historic Groote Kerk (Great Church)
  • Facilities: The bedroom, with separate bathroom, features a twin or king-size four-poster bed, writing desk, dining table, pettagama chest – all set within the original polished jackwood floors. Six bedrooms are located adjacent to Amangalla’s reception, on the ground level of the Middle Street Wing, three more are set within the property’s gardens and feature French windows and doors opening onto the garden entrance of each room.
  • Rooms: 10
  • Room View: Views through the ancient Pará rubber trees, over the Fort and out to sea
  • Facilities: The Chambers comprise separate bedroom, bathroom and living areas. Six are located within the Church Street Wing, whilst the four Garden Wing Chambers, three with balconies and one with a twin porch, overlook the treetops of the resort's garden.
Amangalla Suite :+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Garden views
  • Facilities: A two-bedroom apartment with a hallway, sitting room and two bathrooms.
Garden House:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 140m²
  • Room View: Leafy treetop views
  • Facilities: Situated within the resort gardens and serviced by a 24-hour private butler, this two-storey house features original antique furniture, a private terrace and balcony.

  • Cuisine: Light meals and snacks
  • Setting: The Great Hall – as it was known in Dutch times - Zaal, exudes an elegant Colonial feel, with its high ceilings, overhead fans and chandeliers. There is relaxed seating inside, whilst outdoors, the verandah provides ample opportunities to watch the world go by on the tree-lined street opposite.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Option: No
The Dining room:+
  • Cuisine: Sri Lankan curries
  • Setting: A delightful place to dine, being beautifully furnished with period chairs and tables, crisp white linens, antique silverware and many other original pieces.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Option: No
Health & Fitness

Recapturing the memories of a bygone era of  “taking the waters”, treatments at The Baths restore the body and soothe the mind. Five softly lit treatment chambers lead off a descending arched hallway, whilst candlelit recesses, tall ceilings and traditional archways feature in the hydrotherapy area, where there is a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool with specifically placed jet massagers to stimulate the entire body. Daily yoga and meditation sessions are held in the Garden Pavilion.

Three, seven or fourteen-day Ayurvda programmes that concentrate on de-stressing the mind and body through relaxation and detoxification, following the true Ayurvedic traditions, allowing the experience to have maximum effect. Prices include an Ayurvedic consultation, daily Ayurvedic treatment and medicines, all meals, daily yoga and meditation and a temple visit.

In Addition

Experience the 17th century Dutch fort on foot, which will give you time to see the Dutch Church, the Governor's house, spice warehouses, the lighthouses, sea wall and ramparts. Visits to rural villages, tea plantations and temples can also be arranged before returning to Amangalla for delicious Mango Bellinis on the balcony.

This is an independent review written by LuxuryBARED. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Elegant Resorts.



The Aman Hotel Group’s penchant for picking run-down properties of diamond standards in unfashionable spots, fixing them up and soliciting a strong and loyal following is unsurpassed in the industry – and that’s exactly what happened here in Galle. The New Oriental Hotel had an illustrious career as the grand dame of southern Sri Lanka, but it fell into disrepair, as so many dames do, and became a shadow of its former self...until Aman rode up and restored it within in an inch of its life to its former glory. And today, Amangalla is one of the most elegant addresses in the world. The attention-to-detail and history stands out in the décor, the service and the ambience. It has not succumbed to temptation to modernise and remains an exquisite, cultivated and immaculately dressed gentlemen’s gentleman, dedicated to the comfort of visitors. Travel back in time to an age of grace, where you can live in the tranquil heart of a still bustling and ancient fort city. From the outside, the colonial architecture, with its white walls and huge shutters is reminiscent of a French town hall. A lovely terrace with beautiful baked floor tiles adorns the entrance and walking up the steps to the hotel is like stepping back in time. The navy blue, cream and rattan of the atrium is too elegant for words, complemented by the smiles and pressed uniforms of the staff. Even in the hottest months, high ceilings and wafting fans offer a cool retreat. A slow staircase leads to most of the rooms on the lower floors, while others situated towards the rear of the building overlook the gardens. Being an Aman property, a huge pool is foremost in the layout of the land.


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