Aman for all seasons
Galle, Sri Lanka
Amangalla is a stunning boutique hotel with just 29 individual styled rooms. Set in the Galle Fort on Sri Lanka's southern coast, it is the perfect place from which to explore.
At a Glance
Amangalla consists of an amalgamation of buildings dating back over 400 years, used as an HQ for the Dutch commander and his officers in the 17th century 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
Enter your room to delightful 1920's jazz being played on your radio
The Terrace is a great spot in the fort for lattés and people watching
The Baths is by far the best Spa in Sri Lanka offering Balinese, Thai and Ayurvedic treatments, as well as hydrotherapy
Amazing packed lunches to take on day trips when exploring the local area
If, like me, you think you're in seventh heaven when you walk into to your beautifully appointed room to sounds of delicious 1920’s jazz, let Olivia know and see if she can source a copy of the CD for you.Scott Dunn team
Afternoon tea is included (apart from during peak season), so make the most of sitting on the verandah in the late afternoonScott Dunn team
Really lovely property offers a different experience inside the Fort, explore the area around on foot.Scott Dunn team
By far my favorite rooms were the Garden Chambers, with outside space and views to the pool.Jessica Campbell
For the ultimate luxury, book the Garden House. The upstairs sitting room with a private veranda is a real treat.Lucy Bailey
Start the day with a complimentary yoga session on Amangalla's yoga pavilion offered every morning to its guests.Scarlett Richard
The scones served at afternoon are the best scones I have ever tasted - do not miss out!Victoria Hogg
Make sure you enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea, its great way to top yourself up on food before your evening mealJack Mace
Amangalla is set within the walls of the historic Galle fort, and dates back over 400 years. The hotel is full of antiques, old prints, rich mahogany, wood and rattan planters and a warm and welcoming staff who will see to your every need.
With only 28 individually styled rooms, Aman Resorts have created a very special city hotel combining the unique architecture of the original buildings with Aman’s renowned contemporary design. The rooms and chambers are more traditional with en-suite bathrooms, while the suites have an open plan design with a separate living room. Due to the age and design of the building, no two chambers or suites are the same.
The dining room serves traditional Sri Lankan curry and home-cooked dishes and is furnished with period chairs and tables. It spills out onto the front terrace should you wish to dine al fresco. Adjacent is the Zaal, a traditional Dutch Great Hall, where light snacks and cocktails are served while you observe the world from the terrace.
There is also a fantastic spa offering treatments from a classic facial and pedicure combined to the Ayurvedic massage using herbs from the Ceylon cornucopia. The Garden Pavilion offers the perfect place for meditation and yoga classes, and there is a lovely pool area.
The hotel offers a range of cultural experiences including visits to local temples, tea plantations and the Hiyare rainforest. You'll also be able to catch a glimpse of the gracious Blue Whale between December and April, a truly unforgettable experience.
Amangalla Suites feature a bedroom with a twin or king size four-poster bed and arched, shuttered windows, a bathroom with a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, separate toilet and shower and spacious lounge adorned with tasteful furniture. For the ultimate in luxury, book yourself into the Garden House, a delightfully luxurious 2-storey dwelling set amongst the immaculate gardens of the hotel.
Ten chambers are located within the Church Street Wing and face 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, free-standing bathtub, and toilet. A gracious and authentic turn-of-the-century ambience is recreated with use of a four-poster king-size or twin bed arrangement, a planter’s chair, writing desk, dining table and a pettagama chest perched atop gleaming teak floorboards. There are four Garden Wing Chambers, three with balconies and one with a twin porch – all over-looking the treetops of the resort garden. The large rooms feature the same furnishings as the chambers in the Church Street Wing, these have the addition of either antiques or reproductions which complement the highly polished timber floorboards and the shuttered windows on the balcony or porch.
Ten bedrooms are located adjacent to Amangalla’s reception, on the ground level of the Middle Street Wing. Views are either overlooking the garden or the nearby historic Groote Kerk (Great Church). The bedroom and separate bathroom are similar in size with furnishings including a twin or king-size four-poster bed, writing desk, dining table, pettagama chest – all set within the original polished jack-wood floors. The spacious bathroom offers twin vanities, free-standing bathtub, separate shower and toilet. Three bedrooms are set within the property’s gardens. French windows and doors open onto the garden entrance of each room. The bedrooms offer a combined sitting and sleeping area but are otherwise similar to the those located adjacent to Amangalla's reception.
There are eight suites, of which six are located in the Church Street Wing and two in the Middle Street Wing. The Suites look onto Para-rubber trees, the ramparts of the Fort and the harbor, or the mature well-tended tropical gardens. The spacious Suites 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 free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, separate toilet and shower. The bedroom has a twin or king-size four-poster bed and arched, shuttered windows. The lounge is furnished with a chaise longue, writing desk, dining table, planter’s chair and pettagama chest. This furniture is either a property original or careful reproduction.
Situated within the resort gardens, this two-storey house features 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 longue, armchairs and coffee table. Double doors lead to the bedroom, furnished with a king-size four-poster bed, writing table and dressing cabinet. Adjoining this is a spacious bathroom, bathed in light from the pool garden outside. It offers twin vanities, a free-standing bathtub, toilet and separate shower. An internal stairway rises from the sitting room to the upper level, featuring a daybed and banquette. Other facilities include a pantry serviced by a private butler.
The Amangalla Suite is home to one double bedroom and one twin bedroom accessible via an interconnecting door. With views over the garden and yoga pavilion, this suite is spacious and airy.
Children are welcome to stay at Amangalla, but please note there are no facilities for them, except complimentary babysitting. There is plenty to see and do in and around the hotel. Swim, snorkel and go fishing off the boat, or enjoy a picnic in a coconut-fringed cove. Complimentary baby sitting is available on request.
Facilities at Amangalla include a swimming pool, two restaurants (the 'Zaal' and the 'Dining Room'), lounge and spa featuring 5 treatment chambers, gentlemen's and ladies' dressing rooms lead, saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools. There is also a barber shop, salon and a yoga and meditation pavilion.
Activities at the hotel include swimming, yoga, meditation, spa treatments and therapies. The hotel will be happy to arrange a selection of tailor made cultural experiences including visits to historic local temples, tea plantations and the Hiyare rainforest. You can also go whale watching in a converted Indonesian fishing trawler from December to April to catch a rare glimpse of the Blue Whale, the largest marine mammal in the world.
Location & Directions
Galle, Sri Lanka
Amangalla, resides within the walls of the old Dutch fort in the town of Galle, 120km south of Colombo on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.