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There’s a baby grand in the lobby of the very lovely Amangalla Luxury Resort and Hotel, which, if you ask nicely, you can climb onto for a minute. Make sure you’re dressed in wispy white linen, clutching a glass of red from the hotel’s excellent wine list. Welcome to your vacation – it’s going to be awesome.

The hotel itself is housed in a property built in 1684, located on a broad, stately street in Galle, Sri Lanka, carefully restored and lovingly preserved. The rooms are bright and airy, filled with period furniture (that four poster bed, though) and fragrant from candlewax and the thick foliage outside, including some of the largest champa trees we’ve ever seen. If you’re anything like us, you’ll wander into your wide verandah, settle in with a book and cigarette, and never ever want to leave.

Rouse yourself, though, to take a dip in the pool, emerald green and swampy-warm, lined with deck chairs and shaded cabanas, tended to by the gentlest, most attentive crew – they’ll bring you fluffy towels and more ice for your G&Ts, take photos and rescue iPhones, and best of all – set up an insane tea service of little sandwiches, scones pastries and champagne.

Breakfast is an equally elaborate affair, with both continental and local options – pick both and share, but remember to save room for a huge feast at dinner. The Sri Lankan meal is a veritable feast, with courses upon courses of regional delicacies that balance and complement each other. 

And when you’re tired of all the eating, head to the spa, lit by candles and long as a church, divided into spacious rooms where polite, well-trained professionals give the best aromatherapy massages.

This, dear reader, is the high life. 

Getting there: Visit for details and reservations, Galle, Sri Lanka

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