Best Of The Best 2006: Fort Nights

Amangalla had been open only nine days when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka in December 2004. Positioned behind the stone walls of Galle Fort, a former Dutch military stronghold in the coastal city of Galle, the hotel survived unscathed. But the damage to the surrounding city prompted management to close the property and operate it as a shelter for local victims for nearly two months.

Reopened in February 2005, Amangalla occupies a collection of structures built in the late 1600s to house military officers within Galle Fort (now a 232-acre fortified community that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988). The buildings also served as a billet for British soldiers and, for the past 140 years, as the New Oriental Hotel. Several of Amangalla’s 21 guest rooms and suites feature original furnishings from the fortress and views of its ramparts, the adjacent harbor, or the Groote Kerk (Great Church).

Activities at and around Amangalla include ayurvedic treatments in the spa, lounging in poolside cabanas, and exploring the fort, nearby beaches, and Buddhist temples. Two hours away by car is Amanwella, Amanresorts’ Sri Lankan beach resort that debuted just one month after Amangalla’s reopening.

Amangalla
+94.91.223.3388
($450–$1,300)
www.amanresorts.com
 

Photo by Oli Tennent
The aerodynamic sports car looks to impress both on the track and during everyday driving…
The one-off 550 Italia prototype mates a Fiat 500 body with a Ferrari 458 Italia engine…
Limited to 50 examples, the supercar features design details found on McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans–...
The global program will feature top models from Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini…
Cadillac hopes to take on its Germans competitors with its first modern full-size flagship…
Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
The new cars expand the marque’s C-Class offerings…
The daylong event will include exhibitions, rides, and live entertainment…
A hand-embroidered silk interior, ruby-set dials, and mother-of-pearl paint set this Phantom apart...
Photo by David Dewhurst Photography
The all-new design is aimed at the hip crowd, but loyalists may balk…
Photo by 2014 Infiniti
The QX50’s size increase promises a roomy ride for passengers…