Dating back to the 17th century, Amangalla is a romantic reminder of a bygone era, taking you back to a time it served as the famed New Orient Hotel for over a hundred years. As you step inside the majestic entrance, a grand veranda greets you; rich velvet fabric is contrasted against dark wooden antiques and vibrant patterned floor tiles. Come four o’clock, locals and visitors descend on the veranda to sit back, relax and sample Amangalla’s renowned afternoon tea, served up on vintage new oriental crockery. The veranda is also where you’ll do much of your dining, be it a fresh breakfast or a selection of vibrant Sri Lankan curries accompanied by candlelight and a side of jazz at dinnertime.
The colonial grandeur continues upstairs to the hotels 25 suites which boast views of the neighbouring 18th-century Dutch Reform Church from the grand shuttered windows. The bedrooms evoke old world elegance with antique four-poster beds and a mix of dark wood, crisp white linens and sophisticated freestanding bath tubs.