Amangalla

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Standing proudly within the ramparts of Galle’s 17th-century fort, Amangalla immerses you in the heritage of its surroundings whilst offering the epitome of discreet luxury. Set out from this elegant hotel and discover both the history and modern-day serenity of Dutch colonial Galle.
Perfect forCouples who want to be treated to flawless service, whilst soaking up the atmosphere of this historic hotel.
In the knowA sunset walk along the fort ramparts is an absolute must, and after this you can enjoy the freshest of seafood.

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Amangalla sits on the peninsula of Galle, on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

Rooms at Amangalla

After wandering the sultry streets of Galle, the rooms at Amangalla offer a cool and tranquil sanctuary, with views from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fort walls (of which the hotel is a part) over the 200-year-old frangipani-fragranced gardens and the historic landmarks of the city.

Inside, the colonial heritage is evoked in style, with four-poster beds, planter's chairs, teak floorboards and shuttered windows onto a balcony or porch. For those seeking more space, there’s also the two-storey Garden House, nestled in the gardens, which has a wraparound balcony.

Food & Drink

Dining is perhaps the most evocative experience at Amangalla, with food served in the great hall against an elegant backdrop of crisp white linen and antique silverware. The delicious cuisine features fresh produce from the local markets - you can even accompany the chef on a shopping trip and learn how to make Sri Lankan specialities in the kitchen.

Revive yourself with traditional afternoon tea and cocktails on the veranda, overlooking the terracotta rooftops, while you can also enjoy light lunches by the pool, followed by a choice of Sri Lankan curries and international cuisine in the evenings.

Facilities

As well as a pool to cool off in, surrounded by palm tree-shaded sunloungers to relax on, the gorgeous spa offers massages, scrubs, hot and cold plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas, as well as a yoga pavilion which is in use every morning. 

Activities at Amangalla

We highly recommend setting out from Amangalla with a local guide, and strolling through the winding streets to discover the eclectic past of Galle (which has seen many different occupations, including the Persians, Arabs, Chinese, Malays, South Indians, Portuguese, Dutch and English). Along the way, you’ll pass brightly-painted bullock carts, spice warehouses and artisan stalls, before sitting back with the local tipple, arrack, and watching either a game of cricket or kite flying in the main square.

You should also visit Ambalangoda, just up the coast, which is the heart of Sri Lanka's mask-making tradition. Locals have been making wooden-carved masks here for generations. Representing evil spirits, they are used in performances of the Yakkun Natima, or devil dances. 

Set out on a whale-watching tour from nearby Mirissa Harbour, and at sunset, join the locals in the passegiata, an evening stroll along the ramparts.

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Hotel location

Amangalla is a 20-minute drive from Koggala Airport, which can be reached via a 45-minute flight from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport.

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