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Amangalla - Luxury holiday in Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    Amangalla in Galle Fort is the ultimate in boutique luxury and historic splendour, offering fine dining, exquisite service and immaculate touches in a superb location.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Complimentary afternoon tea with homemade scones, cream and jam, and Ceylon tea is served on the Library veranda. Guests can also enjoy complimentary daily yoga classes in the Pavilion and use of the sauna, steam and the plunge and hydrotherapy pools in The Baths.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, room only based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for a luxury holiday to Amangalla, Galle Fort are per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £2,690 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 30 November 2019 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.
    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

    Hotel code

    WW98

    Our opinion

    Amangalla in Galle Fort offers the perfect combination of a splendid colonial hotel and the ultimate in luxury, surrounded by heritage and local life.

    Hotel description

    Dating back over 400 years, the luxurious Amangalla hotel sits within the rampart walls of historic Galle Fort on Sri Lanka’s south-west tip, an ideal location for exploring Galle and the scenic and cultural attractions of the region. This glorious colonial building became The New Oriental Hotel in 1863 and has remained at the hub of life in Galle ever since. Having been beautifully restored, the hotel re-opened in 2004 as Amangalla, offering 29 bedrooms and the fine dining, exquisite service and immaculate touches that we have come to expect from an Aman resort hotel. At the entrance of Amangalla lies a long white veranda, a favoured place for watching the world go by over lunch or afternoon tea. This leads through to the Zaal, a great hall richly adorned with high ceilings, a grand piano and magnificent chandeliers. Splendid international, Sri Lankan and fusion cuisine is served in the adjacent Dining Room, replete with crisp white linen and antique silverware. The accommodation at Amangalla offers varied room arrangements and different views, due to the age and nature of the building. All of the 29 rooms are exquisitely appointed with four-poster beds, polished teak or jack wood floors, planters chairs and pettagama chests. Some rooms have a balcony or French windows opening onto the garden, whilst the Suites have their own separate living room. The most luxurious accommodation is the two-storey Garden House, which is furnished with the hotel’s original antique furniture, has its own private terrace and balcony and is serviced by a 24-hour private butler. Amangalla’s guests can relax in the pretty, peaceful gardens and at the swimming pool, sleeping in the shaded ‘ambalama’ or lounging in the sun. ‘The Baths’ Spa provides a perfect place to unwind and be pampered in between your forays around Galle, offering a hydrotherapy and water massage pool, sauna, steam and cold plunge pools as well as spa and Ayurveda therapy treatments. Yoga classes are also held at the tranquil pavilion in the garden. Amangalla is perfectly situated for walking straight out into the narrow streets of the historic Fort and wandering around the arts and crafts shops, churches, markets and temples dotted about. Those interested in the culture of Sri Lanka will also be fascinated by the book collection in the hotel’s air-conditioned library.

    Location

    Galle

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    About 4 hours drive

    Closest airport

    Colombo

    Room types

    All rooms have four-poster king-size bed (twin rooms also available in each category), dining table, en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath tub and separate shower, twin vanities and toilet, personal bar, internet modem on request.

    Bedroom. Six in the Middle Street Wing with views either overlooking the garden or the Dutch Church. Three within the gardens have French windows and doors opening onto the garden.
    Chamber. Separate bathroom and living area. Six rooms in the Church Street wing with views through trees over Galle Fort ramparts and out to sea. Four in the Garden Wing (three with balconies and one with a twin porch).
    Suite. Separate bathroom and living room. In the Church Street wing facing the Fort ramparts and harbour or in the Middle Street wing overlooking the garden.
    Amangalla Suite. Two bedroom apartment with a hallway, sitting room and two bathrooms. Views of the garden.
    Garden House. Two-storey, 140 square metre house, featuring a private terrace and balcony, sitting room, bedroom, spacious bathroom, pantry and private butler.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Amangalla in Galle Fort include: Dining room, Veranda restaurant, Great hall lounge, Swimming pool, Pool courtyard with ambalama (rest pavilions), The Baths – sauna, plunge and hydrotherapy pools, Spa & Ayurveda treatments available, Yoga and meditation pavilion, Barber shop, Library. CDs and board games, PC with internet access, Movie room.

    Water sports

    Diving and snorkelling at Hikkaduwa. Some water sports at Unuwatuna. Whale watching trips from Mirissa.

    Land sports

    Walking in the nature reserves.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    It is possible to walk around Galle Fort from Amangalla – Visit the Maritime museum, National Museum of Galle, The Dutch Church, lace-making, ramparts, lighthouse, architecture. Galle town – shops, markets, fishing harbour. Local village life, Kottawe and Hiyare Nature Reserves (rainforest), Samakanda organic farm (walks and rice & curry), Unuwatuna Beach, Rhummassala headland.

    Sports nearby

    Children

    Minimum stays

    4 nights from 28 December to 4 January.

    Other information

    Hotel Category: Luxury – First class

    Special Events: Galle Literary Festival in January. July – Unuwatuna Perahera, kite flying in Galle.

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