Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka
Formerly the New Oriental Hotel, the oldest hotel in Sri Lanka, Amangalla is now under the renowned management of Aman Resorts. Many original features such as the wooden floors and beds have been carefully restored to preserve the colonial atmosphere. Entry to the hotel is from the street through the verandah to the lounge and dining area.
In the evenings, a pianist entertains on a grand piano. For a quieter experience, head to the library which has a collection of photos of the family who owned the New Oriental. The pool and gardens lie at the back of the hotel, away from the bustle of the fort. The innovative pool design is typical of Aman properties. Along one side are several gazebo allowing relaxation in the shade.
There are four room categories to choose from. All are spacious and decorated in a very traditional manner but have mini bars, air conditioning and a safe. Freestanding baths are a highlight but modern showers are also available. The higher room categories have separate sitting rooms where you can enjoy a gin and tonic mixed at your mini bar!
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Your guide will take you into the walled area of the town which consists of narrow streets lined with European style buildings, traditional churches and small shops selling lace and jewelery.
Sri Lanka is becoming one of the most successful places to see both Blue and Sperm Whales, which can be found off the island's southern coast.