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The Fort Bazaar

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  • About this holiday

    The Fort Bazaar is housed in a beautifully restored 17th century townhouse, set right at the centre of the historic Galle Fort. Stay for a few nights as part of a touring holiday around Sri Lanka, to taste both the high-standard of luxury afforded by the idyllic rooms, the bustling liveliness of the popular restaurant, and the infectious atmosphere of the nearby streets and markets. This boutique hotel’s dose of culture is combined with peaceful tranquillity in the courtyard, Z Spa, and swimming pool, ensuring that all guests are able to experience the best of both worlds.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Minibar soft drinks, afternoon tea, and evening cocktail with some room types.

    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,650 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 30 November 2019 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.
    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

    Hotel code

    EXH1901

    Our opinion

    The Fort Bazaar is an enchanting boutique hotel with an abundance of character and personality.

    Hotel description

    Opened in January 2016, the Fort Bazaar has enough character and traditional style to blend seamlessly with the quaint older buildings on Church Street. Before its renovation, the boutique Fort Bazaar had lain empty and derelict since the 1950s, bereft of its former Dutch charm. The restoration, which began in 2006, soon returned the building to its former glory and introduced such delightful additions as balconies over Church Street, the swimming pool, and the spa. Hints of Middle Eastern style are artfully merged with a neutral palette and large airy windows to complete the contemporary feel. The focal point of the Fort Bazaar, however, is the central courtyard. This secluded stretch is lined with cushioned benches, tables and chairs, and is overlooked by the balcony-paths that link the private entrances of the upstairs rooms. Pink flowers contrast the olive green of the arched window frames and balcony railings, and crooked trees break up the white-washed walls. Inside, the Church Street Social Restaurant, reminiscent of a European pavement café, specialises in flavourful fusion dishes inspired by the blend of cultures that the fort has seen throughout history. This has quickly become a hub of social activity in Galle Fort, with a vibrant, authentic atmosphere fuelled by the enthusiasm of the local residents. The serene palette and plush furniture of the guestrooms helps to regain more of the sophistication that this 17th century townhouse once had; woven headboards, striking cushion designs, and sleek, monochrome bathrooms come together to create a feel of modern luxury; and the bright rugs, colourful food, and small carved iron lanterns add an effortless touch of exoticism. During the day, sit back and watch the life of Galle Fort unfold around you, walking down the historic streets and taking in the culture. Live up to the hotel’s name by shopping for gems in Colombo’s markets, picking up quirky souvenirs and marvelling at the colour and fragrance of the food stalls. Visit the recently added Z Spa and the 15m swimming pool to unwind at the end of the day, before spending the night in your tranquil room and then moving on to another of Sri Lanka’s beautiful hotels. The Fort Bazaar is a beautiful, high-quality hotel in an area that cannot be missed on any tour of Sri Lanka.

    Location

    Right in the centre of Galle Fort.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    96 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    18 rooms with high ceilings, air-conditioning, minibar, and modern amenities.
    Bazaar Bedroom
    Banyan Bedroom with private terrace or veranda
    Family Bazaar Bedroom with interconnecting double and twin rooms
    Family Banyan Bedroom with interconnecting double and twin rooms and a private terrace or veranda
    Upper Suite with private balcony and views over the fort
    Upper Family Suite with interconnecting Upper Suite and extra bedroom, with private balcony and views over the fort

    Hotel facilities and services

    Church Street Social, Z Spa, swimming pool, library, cinema, and courtyard with alfresco dining.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The main attraction of your stay in Galle will be the Fort itself. Walk around the outside walls along the seafront to take in some of the most impressive views in the city, stopping off at the lighthouse, Flag Rock, and the water holes. For an informative introduction to the history of the place, visit the Maritime Museum and the Historical Mansion Museum, both of which sit just beside the harbour. In Galle proper, trace the pattern of mosques and temples that adorn the streets, and enjoy the sandy beach and green spaces. Outside of Galle, perhaps visit the less developed Unawatuna, the idyllic Jungle Beach, the fishing village of Thalpe, or Ratgama Lake. Fort Bazaar can help you organise a bike or walking tour of the Fort, tea estate visits, boat cruises to see dolphins and whales (seasonal), tickets for a game at the cricket grounds, and shopping trips in Galle.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports including surfing and scuba-diving, whale- and dolphin-watching boat trips, walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, sailing.

    Children

    Family and interconnecting rooms are available on request at point of inquiry.

    Minimum stays

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