Luxury hotel holiday Amangalla Galle

Amangalla in Galle Fort is the ultimate in boutique luxury and historic splendour, offering fine dining, exquisite service and immaculate touches in a superb location.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
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  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amangalla, Galle

Amangalla, in Galle's Dutch Fort, is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel in an excellent location for enjoying the town's heritage and local life. Indulgent spa treatments and luxury touches afford guests an indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location Galle, in the Dutch fort

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 4 hours drive

Hotel facilities and services

Dining room, Veranda restaurant, Great hall lounge, Swimming pool, Pool courtyard with ambalama (rest pavilions), The Baths - Sauna, Plunge and hydrotherapy pools, Spa & Ayurveda treatments available, Yoga and meditation pavilion, Barber shop, Library, CDs and board games, PC with internet access, Movie room.

Complimentary

Complimentary afternoon tea with homemade scones, cream and jam, and Ceylon tea is served on the Library veranda. Guests can also enjoy complimentary daily yoga classes in the Pavilion and use of the sauna, steam and the plunge and hydrotherapy pools in The Baths.

Chargeable watersports

Diving and snorkelling at Hikkaduwa. Some water sports at Unuwatuna. Whale watching trips from Mirissa.

Land sports

Walking in the nature reserves.

Out and about nearby

It is possible to walk around Galle Fort from Amangalla. Visit the Maritime museum, National Museum of Galle, The Dutch Church, Lace-making, Ramparts, Lighthouse, Architecture. Galle town - Shops, Markets, Fishing harbour. Local village life, Kottawe and Hiyare Nature Reserves (rainforest), Samakanda organic farm (walks and rice & curry), Unuwatuna Beach, Rhummassala headland.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room for 7 nights

From about

£2,890

Holiday Code WW98

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amangalla, Galle

Room descriptions

Amangalla has 29 rooms, all with a four-poster King-size bed (twin rooms also available in each category), dining table, en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath tub and separate shower, twin vanities and toilet, personal bar, internet modem on request.

Bedroom Six in the Middle Street Wing with views either overlooking the garden or the Dutch Church. Three within the gardens have French windows and doors opening onto the garden.
Chamber Separate bathroom and living area. Six rooms in the Church Street wing with views through trees over Galle Fort ramparts and out to sea. Four in the Garden Wing - three with balconies and one with a twin porch.
Suite Separate bathroom and living room. In the Church Street wing facing the Fort ramparts and harbour or in the Middle Street wing overlooking the garden.
Amangalla Suite Two bedroom apartment with a hallway, sitting room and two bathrooms. Views of the garden,
Garden House Two-storey, 140 square metre house, featuring a private terrace and balcony, sitting room, bedroom, spacious bathroom, pantry and private butler

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room for 7 nights

From about

£2,890

Holiday Code WW98

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amangalla, Galle

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Amangalla in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 2 hours and 30 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday with a driver-guide, in which case the hotel is usually approached from Tea and Hill Country to the north or from Yala National Park.

Additional information

Minimum stays: 4 nights from 28 December to 4 January.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room for 7 nights

From about

£2,890

Holiday Code WW98

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amangalla, Galle

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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