Amangalla Resort, Sri Lanka

from price £241 pp / per night

020 8774 7298

Overview


Overflowing with colonial landmarks, in the heart of a 17th century Dutch fort, rests a peaceful and immaculately restored historic hotel, Amangalla.  Galle Fort, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, houses the most charming and characteristic buildings in the ancient trading port of Galle.  In the 19th century, horse drawn carriages delivered parasol-bearing gentry to the famous doors of the, then, New Oriental Hotel.  Today, the hotel portrays the complex patina of its past in an exemplary setting surrounded by the rich colonial tapestry of Sri Lanka's exceptional Dutch fortress.



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 trees, the ramparts of the Fort and the harbour, 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 a separate bedroom and lounge area. Adjacent to the entry hall is the bathroom with a free-standing tub, twin vanities, separate toilet and shower. The bedroom has a king-size four-poster bed and arched, shuttered windows. The lounge is furnished with a chaise lounge, writing desk, dining table, planter's chair and pettagama chest. This furniture is either a property original or careful reproduction. Suites range in size from 60 to 80 square metres.
Amenities:
Sauna
Swimming pool
Seven 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 four-poster king-size bed, writing desk, dining table, pettagama chest – all set within the original polished jackwood floors. The spacious bathroom offers twin vanities, free-standing tub, 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 with a writing desk, dining table and king-size four-poster bed. The adjoining bathroom includes twin vanities, a free-standing bathtub, shower and toilet. Bedrooms range from 36 to 39 square metres.
Amenities:
Sauna
Swimming pool
Six 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 teakwood floorboards. There are four Garden Wing Chambers, three with balconies and one with a twin porch – all overlooking the treetops of the resort garden. The large room is furnished with a four-poster king-size or twin beds, planter's chair, writing desk, dining table and pettagama chest. The furnishings, either antiques or reproductions, complement the polished timber floorboards and the shuttered windows on the balcony/porch. The separate bathroom has a free-standing bath and separate shower and toilet. Chambers range in size from 55 to 67 square metres.
Amenities:
Plunge Pool
Swimming pool
Situated within the resort gardens, this two-storey, 140-square metre 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 lounge, 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 tub, 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.
Amenities:
Plunge Pool
Spa

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Activities & Facilities


Beauty Salon
Hair Salon
Laundry Service
Library
Spa

The Zaal

The Zaal the Great Hall as it was known in Dutch times, is the entry point to the resort and has a wonderful colonial feel with high ceilings, overhead fans and chandeliers . There is relaxed seating within as well as on the veranda facing the tree-lined street front. The menu provides light meals and snacks in the morning and afternoon tea is served daily. The veranda is the ideal place to escape the heat of the day, enjoy a tall drink and watch the world pass by.

Library

Located beyond the reception hall is the Library with an extensive range of reference books on the history, arts, culture and communities of Sri Lanka as well as a selection of novels, magazines, newspapers, audio CDs and board games. There is also an eclectic collection of memorabilia drawn from the archives of the New Oriental Hotel, which provides an interesting perspective into the history of the buildings, the Fort and the town of Galle. A desktop computer is available for Internet access.

The Baths

These are contained within the lower level of the Middle Street building. Entry is via a reception hall that is flanked on one side by a long ascending arched corridor leading to five treatment rooms. There is a small relaxation area at the entrance to each of the rooms. On the other side of the reception hall are the female and male locker rooms and bath areas. Each contains a small number of lockers and a dressing area leading to a hydrotherapy and water massage pool, sauna, steam and cold plunge pool. The male area is bathed in natural light during the day and the female area looks onto a private garden. There is also a beauty treatment salon and a traditional barber shop. Adjacent to the Baths and positioned in a quiet part of the hotel gardens is the yoga and meditation pavilion.

Swimming Pool

The pool is centred within the resort's gardens and measures 21m by 10.5m. Bordering the swimming pool is a terrace containing five shaded cabanas and a series of sun loungers. Poolside service is provided and a variety of light meals and snacks are available.

The Dining Room

Adjacent to The Zaal is The Dining Room which provides an intimate setting for dining with a colonial accent. The Dining Room is furnished with period chairs and tables, crisp white linen and antique silverware, with many of the original pieces being returned to their rightful place in this room. The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides a choice of traditional Sri Lankan curry and rice and home cooked dishes.


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