An island of a thousand stories
The opportunities for happy living are greater in Ceylon than anywhere else I’ve been so far
Galle Fort is a storehouse of eras, a miniature maze where each building tells a different chapter in the history of Sri Lanka and the nations that shaped it. On an island of a thousand stories, the fort acts as custodian to a multitude of memories, a unique library of narratives translated from many different languages. Once a Dutch governor's mansion at the heart of the fort, Amangalla is the cinnamon-scented gateway to centuries of Portuguese, Dutch, British and Sri Lankan history, and a tranquil base for exploring the island's contemporary culture.
Close to the midpoint of Sri Lanka's southern coast, Tangalle is blessed with the mildest climate and most beautiful shoreline in the province. A meandering seaside road passes through dense jungle and a string of small villages towards Amanwella and its 800 metres of golden beach. A grove of king coconut palms stands between the private Tropical Modernist hideaway and the spectacular stretch of sand, bookended by the brightly painted, net-draped fishing boats that provide Aman's chefs with the freshest fish from the day's catch.