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Amangalla ..... gracious elegance

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, June 17, 2012

Another wet weekend indoors .... the bonus being the time it has allowed me to peruse my inbox in slightly more detail than normal.  In the process I was delighted to find that the latest Habitus Living online magazine had arrived. It's images of Sri Lanka's Amangalla I thought worth sharing. 


I quickly became lost in the world of Old Ceylon and the grandeur of this retreat ... so very Aman.


Dating back to the 1600's these grand old structures have had a number of incarnations .... the New Orient Hotel, an icon in Galle and the hub for passengers from the P&O and Dutch East India Company vessels. In another life .... the Dutch governor's residence and army barracks.


The current Amangalla retreat captures it all .... large timber shutters on windows, wide timber floor boards, huge chandeliers hanging from the 6 metre ceilings, cord pull lights and the most fabulous and interesting solid timber furniture !!  They certainly have captured an era .... so pared back and yet so elegant. My favourite pieces .... the gorgeous wicker recliners !! 


They could so easily have thrown masses of colour into the interior .... very brave not to .... the vision being 'to allow the centuries-seasoned building's soul to shine'.


I have always had a fascination with Sri Lanka .... just to explore the different regions.... the beaches, the tea plantations .... and maybe even a visit to Amangalla.



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