The beautiful coastal country Sri Lanka had been on my list for long. When few months back it announced visa on arrival, I finally decided to do a short four day trip to Sri Lanka with my husband.
Instead of the hackneyed Colombo-Bentota-Kandy itinerary, we decided to do it the offbeat style, dividing our trip between Galle and Tangalle. Another reason to do these two towns was that we could check into Aman properties in both- Amangalla in Galle and Amanwella in Tangalle.
Galle, is a smooth and scenic two and a half hour drive from the Colombo Airport. Amangalla is a stunningly beautiful heritage hotel conveniently located within the ramparts of the Galle Fort. Our charming room had a four poster bed, bath with a sunken tub and amenities done in the signature Aman Style.. lots of pencils on the work desk, eco-friendly bath products and minimal decor.
We spent our first day relaxing at the hotel itself -- an invigorating massage at the spa which also had hydrotherapy room, savouring the authentic flavors of Sri Lanka at the Dining Room adorned with period furniture and lounging at the library that also narrates this property's story. The 17th century Dutch building was the New Oriental Hotel for 100 years before it took its present avatar.
Even though Colombo is just a short three and half hour flight from Delhi and Sri Lankan Airlines comfortable business class doesn't let you feel too worn out, flying always needs to be followed by some relaxation and rejuvenation. We had a nice relaxed day at Amangalla making best use of the Ayurvedic therapies that it offers and slept like a baby at night.