We arrived at the hotel feeling dusty and tired but were welcomed with a mixture of smiles and formality. We were impressed with the grandeur, class and charm of the property, and the staff are obviously very proud of their hotel! We were first shown around the property moving from the lush outdoor grounds and beautiful pool area, to the library, spa, and even viewed the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset in the upstairs bar. When our duomo opened the door to our room by saying, "you've booked our standard room" I had to smile. It was absolutely beautiful....gorgeous antique plank floors, 4 poster bed and the bathroom...wow! Having a luxurious tub centered in the room made me immediately want to jump in! It was one of those rooms where you never cared to leave.
The first evening we enjoyed dinner on the hotel's front entry porch; with candlelight and slow moving ceiling fans it felt as if we were in an old southern plantation. Being in Sri Lanka we were drawn toward the local cuisine and the curry was fantastic. Another day we enjoyed afternoon cocktails on the upstairs veranda overlooking Galle, watching the sunset....I must admit the sunsets were rather dull due possibly to air quality but it still felt exotic and romantic.
Our first morning breakfast was a bit of a fiasco as no one seemed to want to take our order, much less serve us. It was early morning and only a few tables were taken so after 15 minutes of sitting I asked for the manager, who was actually away during our stay, but the hotel's acting manageress quickly acknowledged our concerns and we were immediately assigned a waiter. It seemed we seated ourselves at a table between the waiter's stations so no one knew who to serve us? The Sri Lankan hoppers and fresh coffee soon brighten our moods though.
We spent one afternoon poolside and the staff were quick to offer towels and drinks. The massage here was the best I had in Sri Lanka so kudos to the spa staff. My husband celebrated his birthday here and the staff woke us with a gorgeous chocolate cake and gift. Even at breakfast the staff wished him a happy birthday which was such a nice touch. It was difficult to say goodbye to such fantastic hospitality and charm. Writing about the hotel now just reaffirms my belief that we will be back. Amangalle and Galle are amongst the most beautiful spots in Sri Lanka.
- 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