Combine the discovery of 400-year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the balmy seclusion of a palm-fringed golden beach on a journey that reveals the rich dimensions of Sri Lanka’s colourful south coast.
Galle Fort was written about for centuries as fabled Serendib’s main trading port of call. As a gateway to the Orient in the 19th century, up to 700 passengers disembarked each day from steamers, thronging the narrow streets and bazaars behind the Fort’s rampart walls to trade in sapphires, rubies, Sinhalese lace, cinnamon and carved ebony.
With parasols and tropical topees in hand, ladies and gentlemen would board horse-drawn carriages only to alight again at the colonial buildings known in 1863 as the Oriental Hotel. Later renamed the New Oriental Hotel and now known as AMANGALLA, the hotel is one of Asia’s oldest and has been restored to capture the genteel ambience of a bygone era. Located in the heart of Galle Fort, with mature shaded gardens surrounded by frangipani and towering trees, Amangalla is a base for exploring the Fort’s vibrant byways. Twenty-eight rooms, chambers, suites and a two-storey Garden House offer period charm.
The substance of Galle Fort is little changed. Stroll the ramparts, discover the daily life of the Fort, then ‘take the waters’ in Amangalla’s Baths, restoring your body and soothing your mind. Ladies and gentlemen hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms,saunas and plunge pools join five treatment chambers where trained therapists apply Ayurvedic and traditional therapies. A traditional Barber Shop and Beauty Salon add to the experience. Enjoy high tea on the Great Hall’s verandah or sunset cocktails overlooking the fort.
A two-hour drive east of Galle brings you to AMANWELLA. This contemporary beachfront resort is situated in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach by the town of Tangalle. Paying homage to Sri Lanka’s renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, 30 air-conditioned suites feature individual plunge pools and private terraces with ocean, beach and coconut grove views. Open on two sides to cooling sea breezes, suites are situated along a hillside and are divided into two categories based on their location and view.
Amanwella’s 47m infinity swimming pool is surrounded by an expansive, two-tiered terrace. The Pool Terrace serves alfresco lunch and light snacks. The Restaurant offers stunning views towards the beach and coconut grove and serves Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The Beach Club is an alternative venue for lunch and private dinners, surrounded by coconut palms. Enjoy spa treatments in the Spa Suite or in the privacy of your own suite. Excursions to historic rock temples and tours to spot wildlife in Sri Lanka’s national parks are day trip options.
aman's fort and beach journey
Guests staying five nights at Amangalla and Amanwella (minimum 2 night stay at each resort) will enjoy a complimentary transfer between the resorts, daily breakfast, minibar (excluding alcohol) and afternoon tea, as well as:
AMANGALLA – A tour of the Fort, a traditional shave for him and a sandalwood facial for her.
AMANWELLA – A Mulgirigala rock temple tour and Amanwella ‘Beach Buff’ (body scrub) for two.
To fully experience Sri Lanka’s south coast, Amanresorts recommends a stay of seven nights (minimum 3 night stay at each resort). Guests staying for a week will enjoy an additional half board which includes daily lunch or dinner.