First look: Amari Galle, Sri Lanka
It’s official: Sri Lanka is the hot new destination of 2017. As visitors start to look for travel adventures beyond the capital city of Colombo, look no further than the pristine new Amari Galle, opening on 1 March 2017.
Perched on the palm-tree clad rugged coastline, looking out over sparkling blue waters, Amari Galle is a visual spectacle. This is the first Amari hotel in Sri Lanka, so it’s no wonder Amari Galle comes with more than just a little wow-factor.
The Galle district is 120km, or a 90 minute car journey, from Colombo. It’s a place of huge historical and cultural significance, which is embodied in the Galle Fort. Not only is the fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by the Europeans. Galle has many other international influences, making it a fascinating place to explore. Other spots that come top of our list include the Dutch Reformed Church of Galle (Groote Kerk), the Japanese Peace Pagoda and St Mary’s Cathedral, founded by Jesuit priests.
Amari Galle interior and facilities
Amari Galle is just a short distance south of the fort on an immaculate stretch of the coast. Every single one of the 172 rooms and suites has a sea view. Simon Dell, Vice President and Area General Manager says: “The contemporary architecture of Amari Galle is inspired by the natural beauty of the Galle coastline.” He goes on to say: “The crisp clean lines of the main building’s facade is inspired by water ripples and provides a harmonious contrast to the rock formations lining the coast.” Inside, innovative protected open-air corridors connect buildings, allowing natural ventilation and the free flow of the ocean breeze.
The interior style is distinctly beachy with turquoise feature furniture and nods to Galle’s colonial heritage in the artwork. Rooms have all the comforts guests would expect from an Amari hotel and more. Each room has a king sized bed (twin beds available on request) and entertainment abounds, with 40 inch TVs, multimedia hubs, DVD players and radios. Bathrooms come installed with all-important rain showers and a bundle of complimentary toiletries.
Facilities and Asian food journeys
Elsewhere on the hotel complex is a pool deck with beach access, the signature Amari Breeze Spa, a generously kitted-out FIT Centre, a Kids Club, free Wi-Fi throughout and complimentary drinking water in rooms. There’s a Tour Desk to book trips and excursions, and a Voyager Lounge with lockers and showers for those catching late flights.
Foodies won’t go hungry at Amari Galle either with three dining options. The Ahara Food Gallery is an all-day restaurant exploring Asia’s favourite dishes, complete with live cooking stations inspired by street food vendors. Flavours will be focused on cuisines from Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and China, blending in some European favourites. Shoreline is the beachside bar, ideal for daytime local, Thai and international snacks on the beach, plus homemade ice creams and smoothies. In the evening, the Bommu Rooftop Bar comes into its own, with cocktails, drinks, tapas and sharing platters to enjoy with the sunset in the background.
Celebrating Sri Lanka at Amari Galle
Guests can look forward to a range of special events at Amari Galle too. “We will not only join in and contribute to the success of the already established Galle events such as the Literary Festival but we also aim to introduce new events and initiatives,” says Simon Dell. “These activities will range from food and beverage workshops which highlight the unique food culture of the local area, educational events at promoting the sharing of expertise between guests, team members and locals, and corporate social responsibility initiatives which helps us solidify our bond with the local communities.”
Amari is known for its hotels reflecting a modern Asia and embedding the spirit of local culture and traditions in its properties. This is being carefully crafted in Amari Galle too. “We will celebrate the flavours and texture of the local setting and enhance the guest experience with personalised service from the heart, diverse culinary offerings and warm friendly spaces designed especially for sharing,” says Simon Dell. “All our guest experience touchpoints, from the service and food offerings to the interiors and landscaping, will reflect our unique coastal location and in a broader sense, our Asian roots.” The property will give back to the local community too. Through its corporate social responsibility programme, Amari Galle is focusing on local initiatives supporting educational, learning and skills development opportunities for less fortunate children and young adults.
“An evolving modern Asia”
The nearest airports to Amari Galle are Bandaranaike International Airport (160km away or a two and a half hour journey by car), and Ratmalana International Airport (115km away or a two hour journey by car). Galle Railway Station is only 4km (6 minutes by car) away from Amari Galle for those who can’t resist embarking on a Sri Lankan train journey adventure instead.
“Sri Lanka is a fine example of an evolving modern Asia with its vibrant people, colourful landscapes and rich culture,” says Simon Dell. And Amari Galle looks set to be the perfect point from which to enjoy the country. We certainly can’t wait to enjoy the rhythms of Sri Lanka from the postcard-perfect location of Amari Galle.Find out more on the Amari Galle website.