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Fort Bazaar

Galle, Sri Lanka

Painstakingly restored over a decade, Fort Bazaar is an 18-bedroom townhouse which is a modern, thoughtfully designed haven.

The central courtyard is a lovely spot to enjoy a drink, read a book or just relax with others after some local sightseeing or shopping.

Frangipani flowers and traditional cobbled stones meet exotic tiles, Moroccan lamps and middle eastern textiles to create a beautiful setting. Although small, the property is also home to a cinema, lounge, library and spa.

OUR RATING: Medium

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OUR OPINION:

A well-located boutique property offering a stylish stay in central Galle. The Church Street Social is a relaxing and social place to spend an evening with a delicious menu.

Rooms

There are four room types to choose from: Bazaar and Banyan bedrooms, Upper suites and a split-level Upper Family Suite. All 18 options are very comfortable, with high ceilings, cooling colours and luxurious fabrics and furnishings. Rooms open onto the charming courtyard or are nestled near the Banyan tree. Calming and chic, they are modern with all the amenities you would expect from a property of this standard.

Location

Nestled down Church Street, Fort Bazaar boasts a fantastic location within Galle’s 17th-century walled fort. Ideal for exploring on foot, restaurants, cafés, boutiques and tempting gelaterias are all nearby. Evening walks along the rampart walls as the sun sets are a must.

Food and drink

The acclaimed Church Street Social restaurant is popular with guests and walk-ins alike, meaning it has a vibrant, social vibe. Arabic influences continue with middle eastern dishes and tapas on the menu, in addition to plenty of Sri Lanka cuisine, such as lagoon crab salad and black pork curry (the latter is divine).

Tour ideas in Galle

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Fort Bazaar as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Galle City Tour
      Gate into Galle Fort

      Galle City Tour

      Galle City Tour

      Your guide will take you into the walled area of the town which consists of narrow streets lined with European style buildings, traditional churches and small shops selling lace and jewellery.

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    • Whale watching
      Young blue whale breaching not far from Sri Lanka's southern beaches

      Whale watching

      Whale watching

      Sri Lanka is becoming one of the most successful places to see both blue and sperm whales, which can be found off the island's southern coast.

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