- Elegant, historic hotel
- Excellent central Galle location
- Spa, pool, and beautiful gardens
Amangalla is an elegant, upmarket hotel in the vibrant port town and UNESCO world heritage site of Galle, in southern Sri Lanka. Located within the ancient walls of Galle Fort, this Dutch colonial building dates from 1684, and its antique furniture and teak floors exude sophistication and tradition. The hotel offers 28 stylish rooms and suites, several dining areas, a library, a spa, and a lovely outdoor pool, all enveloped by beautiful secluded gardens. Amangalla is a select retreat in an atmospheric central setting at the higher end of the budget spectrum.
Communal areas include the impressive Great Hall or ‘Zaal’, where afternoon tea and light meals are served beneath airy high ceilings and opulent chandeliers. The more casual dining room offers all day dining and an Asian influenced evening menu, and a sunny outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens is ideal for enjoying afternoon tea alfresco. Private dining can also be accommodated. The ‘Sunset balcony’, boasting lovely views of Galle Fort, is a popular spot for sundowners. The hotel has an extensive library, containing memorabilia from its 400 year history. There’s an on-site barber, and a substantial spa and hydrotherapy suite. The tranquil, leafy gardens house a lovely swimming pool, surrounded by sun pavilions and loungers.
Historic Galle Fort is a renowned UNESCO world heritage site, and the town’s maze of streets contains numerous galleries, cultural events, and restaurants, along with colourful markets and shopping areas. It’s a short cycle ride out of town to sleepy villages surrounded by coconut palms and paddy fields, and the Buddhist temples of Yatagala and Unawatuna are also nearby. Back at the hotel, a wide range of treatments and massages are available at the onsite spa, and daily yoga and meditation sessions are held in the garden pavilion.
Accommodation at Amangalla comprises 28 colonial style, elegant rooms and suites, including a secluded garden house. Individually decorated with antique furniture, all rooms have high ceilings, teak floors, and tall shuttered windows with lovely views either over the gardens or towards Galle Fort. Each unit has a king or twin four poster bed and a lounge area, minibar, and Wi-Fi. The spacious ensuite bathrooms have freestanding bathtubs, a separate shower, twin basins, and WC. The one-bedroom garden house has, in addition, a private terrace and a balcony with garden views.
Children are extremely welcome at Amangalla and interconnecting suites are available providing a great option for families or larger groups.
- Central location in Galle Fort
- Plenty of good facilities
- Recently renovated with a stylish feel
- Stunning boutique hotel with 12 rooms
- Central Galle location - UNESCO heritage site
- Swimming Pool
- Historic property, modern interiors
- Small, stylish boutique hotel
- Cinema room, swimming pool
- Central Galle location
- Intimate, stylish boutique hotel
- Historic property with lovely garden
- Excellent central location
- Characterful boutique hotel
- Access to lovely beaches
- Cultural and wildlife activities nearby
- Well-preserved colonial setting
- Sleek offering, great service
- Cookery, cultural visits, cycling, snorkelling
- Select, intimate boutique hotel
- Pool, spa, yoga pavilion, volley ball, cricket
- Expansive tropical gardens
- Super location for Galle and beaches
- Lovely beachside location
- Close to Galle
- Turtle hatchery visits
- Pool, tennis courts and spa
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
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