The Aman hotel group’s penchant for picking run-down properties of diamond standards in unfashionable spots, fixing them up and then soliciting a strong and loyal following is unsurpassed in the industry—and that’s exactly what happened here in Galle.
The New Oriental Hotel had an illustrious career as the grand dame of southern Sri Lanka but it fell into disrepair, as so many dames do, and became a shadow of its former self…until Aman rode up and restored it within an inch of its life to its former glory.
And today, Amangalla is one of the most elegant addresses in the world. The attention to detail and history stands out in the décor, the service and the ambiance. It has not succumbed to temptation to modernise and remains an exquisite, cultivated and immaculately dressed gentleman’s gentleman, dedicated to the comfort of visitors.
Travel back in time to an age of grace, where you can live in the tranquil heart of a still bustling and ancient fort city. From the outside, the colonial architecture with its white walls and huge shutters is reminiscent of a French town hall. A lovely terrace with beautiful baked floor tiles adorns the entrance and walking up the steps to the hotel is like stepping back in time. The navy blue, cream and rattan of the atrium is too elegant for words, complemented by the smiles and pressed uniforms of the staff. Even in the hottest months, high ceilings and wafting fans offer a cool retreat.
A slow staircase leads to most of the rooms on the lower floors, while others situated towards the rear of the building overlook the gardens. Being an Aman property, a huge pool is foremost in the layout of the land, of which, more later.
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Daily breakfast for 2
- Spa Treatment
- One 60 minute massage per person per stay
- Resort Experience
- Tour of Galle Fort
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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