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Amangalla: Exterior

Amangalla: Exterior

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Amangalla: Garden Pavilion Amangalla: Verandah Dining Amangalla: Private Dining Amangalla: The Great Hall Amangalla: Swimming Pool Amangalla: Guest Room Bathroom


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:Sri Lanka
  • Nearest airport:Colombo International Airport
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.

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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 Menu: 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 Menu: 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.

Amangalla Tours 
The Fort
Amangalla lies within the fort’s four-hundred-year-old walls. Take a leisurely walk in the narrow streets lined with Dutch heritage houses and Government offices in varied states of repair and watch the daily life of the community unfold before you as bullock carts, food carts and bicycles jostle for space with pedestrians. Carry on from the Dutch Church, past the Governor’s House, spice warehouses, Court Square, Kacheri (Town Hall) and the lighthouse, on to the sea wall and ramparts. Visit the mosque, temple and old District Judge's House, surrounded by ancient frangipani trees, before climbing higher to enjoy views across Galle – St. Aloysius Cathedral, the Galle international cricket pitch and the port.

Within ten minutes of Galle is tea country. A visit to a plantation includes wandering amongst the tea plants and a tour of the working factories - several of which still use ancient machinery. Conclude your visit with a cup of tea, fresh from the plantation.

Just a twenty-minute drive away from the fort are the Yatagala and Rhummasala temples. The 1,200-year-old Yatagala Temple, one of the oldest in the region, is set in a valley of rice paddies and jungle hills. Climb to the top of the 120 steps for some wonderful views. Situated on the headland across the bay from the fort, the Rhummasala is a relatively new temple, built by the Japanese.

Within Hiyare Biodiversity Reserve, a half-hour drive north of Galle, knowledgeable guides who also double up as researchers will escort you to a virgin rainforest surrounding a reservoir.

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