At the highest point of the fort stands the venerable former "New Oriental" hotel. A successful conversion by Aman and a place of great beauty and historic charm.
Managed with an iron hand by a very senior Aman manager (who now left to open overpriced Aman Venice) this place is an absolute must go in Galle.
The rooms are minimalist comfortable with those in the main building having views on the lively scene near the old Dutch church. Service is gracious and unobstrusive with a personal butler assigned to each room.
The pool area is hidden in the garden and the water surface is large enough for serious swimming. There is also a small F&B facility at the pool, the main restaurant being in the historical "Zaal" and the verandah.
Privacy can be an issue with poorly dressed and even more poorly behaving outsiders claiming the best spaces in the "Zaal" and the verandah despite no signs indicating a hotel. Access control has been improved over the years tough.
Make sure to visist the spa where there are two completely private steam/jacuzzi complex, "The Bath", which you can book free of charge. They come with candles and the whole romance.
You may also wish to go on the Geoffrey Bawa excursion tailored by the GM herself which will take you by train to Bentota and then on the tracks of this great architect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla sits within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after the Sanskrit word for 'peace' and galla, the Sinhalese word for the town of Galle, the resort reveals the Fort's daily activities and its rich legacy. Offering views of the resort's 200-year-old gardens and of the Fort and harbour beyond, Amangalla provides for the leisurely exploration of this historic trading port and the surrounding countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amangalla Hotel Galle