CNN Travel spotlights über-luxurious Amangalla in latest ‘ultimate guide to Asia’s heritage hotels’
CNN Travel is spotlighting the über-luxurious Amangalla hotel within the historic confines of Galle Fort, one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
In its latest online piece entitled ‘Time travel: The ultimate guide to Asia’s heritage hotels’, CNN compares it to the best ion the region.
Built inside the 17th-century Galle Forte — a UNESCO heritage site in southern Sri Lanka — Amangalla promises open-air corridors, chilled tile floors and tropical gardens.
The address dates to 1684, when it was opened as the headquarters for colonial Dutch commanders and, later, British soldiers.
In 1863, the complex took on a new life as the New Oriental Hotel — a mainstay for writers, politicians and celebrities.
In 2004, Aman resorts stepped in and renamed the hotel Amangalla. Though the name changed, much remains the same: there are private gardens, alfresco dining, 20-foot-high ceilings, and a veranda upstairs where monkeys often swing by.
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