Published on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017
As Amari is preparing to welcome its first properties in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and China, we would like to invite our guests to join us in our discovery of new Amari destinations in Galle, Johor Bahru and Yangshuo.
Be transported back to the colonial era in Galle
Located on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast, Galle offers a variety of historical and cultural features that allow visitors to travel back to the colonial era. Its famous Galle Fort, a world heritage site and the largest remaining European fortress in Asia, will take guests back to 1588, when it was built by the Portuguese. Situated on the fort’s highest point is the Dutch Reformed Church, one of the oldest Protestant churches. The fort has a colourful past, and today, it is no less vibrant with chic boutiques, cafés and galleries. Antique lovers should not miss the Historical Mansion Museum, where the private collection of old-time memorabilia collected by a long-time resident of Galle has been on display for more than 40 years. Beach enthusiasts can head to Unawatuna Beach to laze the day away.
Ideal for a restful stay by Galle’s beachfront, Amari Galle Sri Lanka will offer guests rooms and suites with direct sea views, and an open design which circulates the natural ocean breeze throughout the property. The resort is set to welcome its first guests this summer.
Explore the culture rich urban jungle of Johor Bahru
Located in the southern end of the Malaysian Peninsula, Johor Bahru is a mixture of the modern and tradition. It is a rapidly growing city and a regional business hub where visitors can be immersed in its rich culture, heritage sites, architectural blend of colonial-Malay buildings, and tantalising food. From laksa, roti to wood-fired oven-baked banana cakes, there is a wide range of local eateries, old-school coffee shops and bakeries to discover. Coffee lovers will find Johor Bahru a great destination as its café scene is booming with more than 50 different cafés to experience. At night, pay a visit to Pasar Karat, an enormous flea market, for a fun shopping experience.
Amari Johor Bahru is situated in the city’s commercial district, the perfect location to discover the surrounding museums, cafés, traditional bakeries and local restaurants. The hotel is only a five-minute walk away from the customs, immigration and quarantine complex for guests arriving from or departing to Singapore. Amari Johor Bahru is set to open May 2017.
Immerse in the picture perfect landscape of limestone peaks in Yangshuo
The heart-stirring scenery of Yangshuo’s karst mountains has not only attracted visitors to this countryside town of Guilin, but also inspired traditional Chinese paintings, classical poetry and even the design of the 20-yuan note. Ride a bamboo raft along the Yulong River, a tributary of the significant Li River, and pass through ancient bridges to unwind in the midst of hundreds of limestone hills and scenes of rural life. Various cycling routes and rock climbing sites provide exciting ways to experience Yangshuo’s natural beauty for adventure enthusiasts. Craft and cultural admirers should not miss a visit to Fuli Town, home to painted paper fans and a preserved ancient community where the traditional way of life in old stone houses can still be witnessed.