Need to know
Noon, but late check-out up to 6pm is free, subject to availability. Earliest check-in is noon, although early arrivals can be accommodated after 6am on request (and at no extra charge).
Double rooms from $550.00, excluding tax at 29.95 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast, afternoon tea and minibar soft drinks.
At Amangalla’s seductive day spa, the Baths, candlelit treatment rooms lead off an arched hallway of low-lit cloisters. After your massage, hop between plunge pools, steam baths and saunas in the heavenly Hydrotherapy Rooms. You can succumb to the ancient indulgences of Ayurveda with three- to 14-day packages.
At the hotel
Gardens, library, yoga pavilion, the Baths day spa with hydrotherapy pools; barber shop, salon, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, iPod dock, custom-made Link Natural toiletries, after-sun lotion, lemongrass and citronella insect repellent.
Our favourite rooms
For the most mesmerising fort views, bed down in the Church Street Wing. We love Suites 8 and 14, both of which are corner rooms with arched windows overlooking the Dutch Reformed Church, 180-year old Para Mara trees, the ramparts and the sea. For privacy, secluded Suite 20 in the historic Middle Street Wing is the perfect hidey-hole. The three Garden Wing chambers aren’t far behind, and are the only rooms with balconies where you can lounge and dine.
The pool basks in a foliage-fringed courtyard that feels far removed from the centre of the fort. Soak here before lounging in chic <i>ambalamas</i> (traditional villas) decked out with double day-beds and heavenly ceiling fans.
The Baths Spa has five serene treatment rooms and an indulgent treatment menu. Choose from traditional aromatic massages, ayurvedic anointments, classical facials, reflexology, scrubs and wraps. The hotel's ayurvedic doctor is on hand to diagnose your dosha, give lifestyle advice or help heal ailments.
Ditch that Galle guidebook: there are piles of literature, maps and anecdotes on the fort in each room. For even greater insider knowledge, ask your butler to take you on a personalised tour.
The library has a covetable collection of tomes on Sri Lanka. Adjoining it is a teensy museum devoted to the history of the hotel and its previous proprietress, Nesta Brohier. Smoking is allowed outdoors and in some rooms.
Welcome. Baby cots and extra beds for under-12s are free, and there’s also a complimentary babysitting service (let staff know upon booking if you'd like to take advantage of this).
Amangalla happily accommodates kids of all ages. Kids aged up to 12 sleep for free; over 12s cost US$100 a child a night.
From tiny tots to teens, kids of all ages are catered for.
Suites can comfortably fit a couple of extra beds in the living area, making them a top choice for families. For extra space, pick the Garden House, which has a separate upstairs living room where extra beds can easily be added, and a pair of bathrooms.
Kids love wallowing in the swimming pool or delving into the plunge pools of the Hydrotherapy Spa. Cooking lessons are loads of fun, teaching youngsters the art of chocolate brownie making, or how to make a mean toffee ice-cream. Outdoors, smalls can choose between cricket lessons and kite flying on the fort’s grassy ramparts.
There isn’t a separate kids' pool, but the main courtyard swimming pool has a shallow end and there’s a lifeguard on duty from 7am–6pm every day.
With a dedicated kids' menu listing dishes such as bangers and mash, bubble and squeak, and fish and chips, children are sure to feel right at home.
Book at least a day in advance for the free hotel babysitting service.
No need to pack
Baby cots, highchairs, car seats.