Amangalla derives its name from a man, or "peace" in Sanskrit, and Galla, the Sinhalese name for Galle's town. The resort provides the perfect base for exploring the Fort and the historic town of Galle. It offers a twin experience of the island's southwest coast in conjunction with sister property, Amanwella.
There are four categories of accommodation at Amangalla. Seven bedrooms are located adjacent to Amangalla’s reception, on the Middle Street Wing ground level. Six chambers are located within the Church Street Wing and face the Fort ramparts. There are eight Suites, of which six are located in the Church Street Wing and two in the Middle Street Wing. Situated within the resort gardens, the Garden House is a two-story, 140 square meter house featuring a private terrace and balcony offering leafy, treetop views.
Dining facilities include The Zaal – the Great Hall – as it was known in Dutch times. The Zaal is the entry point to the resort and has a wonderful colonial feel with high ceilings, overhead fans, and chandeliers. The menu provides light meals and snacks in the morning, and afternoon tea is served daily. Adjacent is The Dining Room that provides an intimate setting for dining with a colonial accent. The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and provides a choice of traditional Sri Lankan curry and rice and home-cooked dishes.
The Baths are contained within the lower level of the Middle Street building. Entry is to a reception hall flanked on one side by a long ascending arched corridor leading to five treatment 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. Adjacent to the Baths and positioned in a quiet part of the hotel gardens is a combined yoga and meditation pavilion.
Cultured Dutch-colonial grande dame with centuries of stories to tell - Housed in a 17th-century building, which for more than 100 years served as the New Oriental Hotel during the heyday of steamship travel, Amangalla is part of the fabric of Galle and its Unesco-protected fort. Beyond the old-world bustle of this remarkable citadel lie emerald-green tea plantations, tranquil temples, and the exhilarating prospect of whale-spotting from November to March – though Amangalla is equally renowned for purifying, personalized Ayurveda in its spa complex, The Baths.
Dining Experiences at Amangalla, Galle - Furnished with period chairs and tables, crisp white linen, and antique silverware, the high-ceilinged Dining Room is an intimate setting for meals center on local produce. The daily-changing dinner menu is based on the chef’s finds at Galle's various markets. Guests can accompany him on his rounds before returning to the kitchen for a cooking lesson in Sri Lankan cuisine.
Spa Experiences at Amangalla, Galle - Amangalla’s spa, The Baths, recaptures a bygone era of taking the waters as a restoration for body and mind. Five treatment rooms are home to a range of therapies, personalized by the spa’s Ayurvedic doctor to include massages, anointments, reflexology, and scrubs. The two hydrotherapy suites contain hot and cold plunge pools and steam rooms and saunas, complemented by the yoga pavilion, where the discipline is practiced every morning.
Galle Adventure Experiences - The enchanting grounds of Amangalla are spread across nearly 9,000 square meters on the Galle peninsula, defined by the 400-year-old fort. The resort’s mature garden dates back to the building’s construction in the 1860s, and the UNESCO-protected fort is the best-preserved colonial fortification in Asia. The peninsula offers boundless discovery opportunities, as does the surrounding city, countryside, and ocean, from temples and tea plantations to blue whale watching. Sail from nearby Mirissa harbor to spot blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka between December and April. Board a restored Indonesian fishing trawler and observe these graceful giants as they cruise past Weligama Bay. There might be an opportunity to enjoy a picnic in a coconut-fringed cove along the way.
A short way along the coast from Amangalla is the town of Ambalangoda, the center of Sri Lanka's mask-making tradition. Here, families have passed down the unique artisanal trade from generation to generation, creating the wooden masks at the heart of one of the world's most atmospheric folk rituals.