Amangalla lies within the ramparts of Sri Lanka’s 17th-century Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Offering views of the Fort and harbour on one side and the hotel’s lush gardens and swimming pool on the other, the historic residence presents lofty-ceilinged suites, elegant fine dining and a tranquil spa complex known as The Baths.
Reflecting Galle Fort’s rich colonial legacy, Amangalla’s serene Rooms and Signature Rooms are housed within the historic hotel that has welcomed guests for over 150 years. The elegant Dining Room with its white linen and chandeliers opens onto the sunny Veranda for high tea overlooking Church Street.
Step of Amangalla’s veranda to explore a bustling time capsule. The narrow streets of Galle Fort are lined with old houses, churches, boutiques and restaurants. Boost wellbeing through Ayurveda with a three-night personalised retreat including tailored meals, Ayurvedic treatments and yoga.
Laying within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Amangalla offers the perfect base from which to uncover Sri Lanka’s cultural riches. Several exclusive offers make for the most seamless of stays, with additional benefits.
Amangalla’s 80 square metre (861 square feet) Suites enjoy views over the garden, or glimpses of fort ramparts and the harbour through the treetops. Reflecting the character of the hotel’s 150-year history, arched and shuttered windows flood each suite with light, while a four-poster king-sized bed adds understated opulence.
A separate living room with writing desk, dining table and chaise longue provides ample space to retreat following a day’s exploration, while a bathroom with free-standing bathtub, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet ensure privacy and comfort.
For those travelling as a family or group, there is also the possibility to combine one of Amangalla’s Suites with one of the hotel’s Bedrooms via an outer-connecting door, creating space for up to four guests.
Extending to 80 square metres (861 square feet), Amangalla Suites overlook the fort ramparts and the harbour through the leaves of Para rubber trees. Retaining the character of original hotel which has welcomed guests for over 150 years, the bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed, alongside a separate living room with writing desk chaise loungue and a dining table.
Arched and shuttered windows allow natural light to flood the space, while the bathroom has a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities and separate shower and toilet, ensuring comfort and privacy.
A private space set within Amangalla’s mature garden, the 152 square metre (1,630 square feet) one-bedroom Garden House offers a spacious living/dining room, as well as a wrap-around balcony overlooking an immaculate garden.
Ideal for couples seeking exclusivity and serenity, the house has a spacious bedroom with a king sized four-poster bed, and a separate living room with a writing desk and chaise longue.
Design features, such as a pettagama chest and planter’s chair, reflect the rich history of nearby Galle Fort, while a bathroom with a free-standing bathtub and twin vanities adds a touch of opulence.
Opening directly onto manicured gardens via French doors, Amangalla’s 40 square metre (430 square feet) Garden Bedrooms feature jackwood floors and colonial-influenced furnishings, inspired by the hotel’s 150-year history.
Bright and airy, inside the room offers guests a king-sized four-poster bed and a living area with dining table, writing desk and a pettagama chest. The spacious bathroom, complete with free-standing bathtub and twin vanities ensures consummate comfort.
Encompassing 65 square metres (699 square feet) of space, Amangalla’s Verandah Chambers feature elegant outdoor sitting areas which face manicured gardens, offering tranquil views.
For a restful night’s sleep, the bedroom features a king-sized four-poster bed while the living area has a writing desk and dining table, for evenings spent sharing stories of the day’s discoveries in the Galle Fort.
Providing consummate comfort and privacy, the rooms also benefit from a bathroom with large free-standing bathtub, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet.
From the elegance of candlelit silver service fine dining in the Great Hall to the indulgence of afternoon teas on the sunny veranda and long lazy lunches by the pool, Amangalla offers both guests and non-residents a sublime taste of Sri Lanka’s legendary cuisine in a host of atmospheric settings.
Furnished with period chairs and tables, crisp white linen and antique silverware, the high-ceilinged Dining Room rests at one end of Amangalla’s magnificent Great Hall, or Zaal, as it was known in Dutch times.
Soaring fin de siècle ceilings, overhead fans and chandeliers, and the veranda facing the tree-lined street create the perfect setting for exquisite Sri Lankan and international cuisine. A jazz pianist plays nightly.
Running the length of the hotel along Church Street, the Veranda is open throughout the day. An ideal spot for a traditional hopper breakfast while watching Galle Fort awaken, it is equally suited to a light lunch escaping the midday heat or a candlelit dinner.
Resting alongside the resort’s serene swimming pool, in the shade of mature flamboyant trees, the Pool Terrace offers breakfast and light lunches with verdant views, far removed from the bustle beyond the 200-year-old garden’s walls.
Spot birds as they flit through the treetops, savour a delicious traditional hopper or continental breakfast, then plan your day over a perfect cup of coffee or Ayurvedic tea.
Situated on the top floor with panoramic westerly views over the rooftops of the Fort, the Sunset Balcony is drenched in sunlight in the late afternoon, and the ideal setting for a peaceful gin ‘n tonic, cocktail or glass of wine to toast the end of the day. Rattan furniture, potted palms and huge windows create the dreamy ambience of a colonial conservatory.
WELLNESS & FITNESS
With its candlelit recesses, lofty ceilings and dramatic archways, Amangalla’s Spa and Baths, recaptures a bygone era of taking the waters as restoration for body and mind.
Located in our Galle resort, the two hydrotherapy suites offer hot and cold plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas, while a range of therapies personalised by the spa’s Ayurvedic physician include massages, anointments, reflexology and scrubs.
The 5,000-year-old “science of life”, Ayurveda approaches wellness in a holistic manner, aiming to prevent ill health by cleansing, detoxifying and balancing each individual’s dominant dosha. Amangalla’s Ayurvedic physician is available to tailor wellness programmes including a range of personalised Ayurvedic therapies and an Ayurvedic nutrition plan.
After consulting Amangalla’s Ayurveda physician, embark on a four-day personalised programme including prescribed breakfast, herbal tea and dinner daily, three 60-minute Ayurveda treatments, a Hatha yoga class and full use of The Baths’ hydrotherapy facilities.
YOGA & MEDITATION
The Yoga Pavilion rests in the garden’s green heart, but private yoga and personal training sessions are also offered on the ramparts at sunrise. Guided meditation is offered within Amangalla’s lush 200-year-old gardens.
Whether hopping from the intense heat of the Sauna to the icy cold plunge pool for an invigorating health hit or from the massage pools to the shadowy steam room for a soothing rejuvenation, Amangalla’s Hydrotherapy experience is as deeply relaxing and calming as it is stimulating and revitalizing.
Amangalla’s signature treatment is an indulgent three-hour journey including a cleansing scrub and wrap of native cinnamon and lotus, followed by a full-body massage and a sandalwood facial. Finish on the veranda sipping afternoon tea accompanied by a silver stand of dainty scones, finger sandwiches and cakes.
The ramparts of Galle Fort hold within a bustling time capsule – narrow streets lined with old houses, churches, boutiques and restaurants displaying their Dutch and British colonial heritage beneath terracotta-tiled rooftops.
Simply step off Amangalla’s veranda to explore this world, or venture farther afield with an Aman guide to discover the region’s temples, beaches and blue whales on personalised journeys.
EXPLORE GALLE FORT
Best seen on foot, Galle Fort is a living museum, its history dating back to 1588. Join one of Amangalla’s knowledgeable guides and stroll its lanes, visiting the old District Judge’s house surrounded by frangipani trees, the cricket fields, temple and mosque. Finish at its iconic lighthouse on the ramparts, where locals take sunset strolls and fly kites every evening.
SIGIRIYA BY HELICOPTER
Over 1,500 years old, Sigiriya is the remains of a palace atop a giant rock that reaches 200m into the sky. A Unesco World Heritage Site surrounded by beautiful gardens in central Sri Lanka, Sigiriya boasts remarkable frescoes as well as the giant stone paws, all that remains of King Kashyapa’s lion gateway. A day trip from Galle, only 1 hour and 20 mins by helicopter.
CINNAMON & TEA
Discover a private cinnamon estate near tranquil Koggala Lake. After a private tour of the tea plantation, learn how this special spice is cultivated and its health benefits. Then enjoy a afternoon tea in a private picnic spot set within lush green rice fields. Tea tasting and tours in a private Handunugoda plantation can also be arranged.
TEMPLE BLESSING BY CANDLELIGHT
Explore the secrets of 2300 year old Yatagala, Rhummasala and Nawamunisaya Temples with an Amangalla guide, all situated within a 30-minute drive of the hotel. Yatagala is perhaps the most fascinating, with its rock temple, giant Bo tree and Buddhist statues. Climb its steps at dusk and experience a candlelit blessing by a resident monk in its sacred meditation cave.