Fort Bazaar

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Fort Bazaar is a luxury hotel in the heart of Galle Fort, the old town of Galle in Sri Lanka. Housed in a 17th-century townhouse which has been renovated to modern standards of luxury while retaining many of its historical features. The historical sights of Galle are right on your doorstep, with golden beaches on the other side, meaning Fort Bazaar offers something for everyone.
Perfect forExploring the ancient heart of Fort Galle.
In the know
  • Luxurious hotel housed in renovated 17th-century townhouse
  • Acclaimed Church Street Social restaurant serves Middle Eastern-influenced Sri Lankan cuisine
  • Moments from golden sand beaches
  • One-to-one cookery classes on offer

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  • Boutique Hotel
  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage
  • Service & Hospitality

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

In the heart of Galle Fort, this hotel is perfectly situated for exploring this characterful city’s colourful old town. The building itself dates back to the 17th century and has been painstakingly renovated to be beautiful and luxurious while retaining its original character.

Rooms at Fort Bazaar

Much like the restaurant’s Middle Eastern-influenced cuisine, Fort Bazaar’s interiors reflect the Moorish history of Galle Fort with Moroccan-style rugs, mosaics and lamps. Rooms and suites feature additional exotic touches like Vietnamese tiling, Balinese four-poster beds and Sri Lankan fabrics. Bazaar bedrooms have high ceilings and overlook the courtyard, with Banyan bedrooms featuring a private terrace or veranda from which to take in the view.

Food and drink

Fort Bazaar’s acclaimed restaurant, Church Street Social, serves delicious Sri Lankan cuisine with touches of Arabic, Moroccan and Turkish influences – that means alongside the classic Sri Lankan meat and fish curries you’ll find rich tagines as well as various other international dishes. Delicious locally sourced specialities include black pork curry and lagoon crab salad.

Facilities

The delicious food on offer at Fort Bazaar will undoubtedly see you acquire the taste for Sri Lankan cuisine, if you didn’t have it already. The hotel offers cookery classes where you can learn how to cook traditional dishes one-on-one with an expert chef. At the Z Spa, you can unwind with a range of rejuvenating treatments, including massages, scrubs and wraps, using organic Sri Lankan products.

Activities at Fort Bazaar

Your immediate surroundings, Galle Fort, comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a fascinating mixture of Dutch, British and Sri Lankan architecture. Other sights in Galle include the historic Dutch Reformed Church and the unforgettable sunsets from Flag Rock, while sports fans might want to catch a game at the Galle International Stadium, one of the prettiest cricket grounds in the world. Fort Bazaar is moments from the beautiful beaches which make up Galle’s coastline, all golden sand, deep coves and swaying palm trees. Nearby Harabaduwa Beach is a beautiful place to while away a few hours.

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Hotel location

Bandaranaike Airport in Colombo is around 3 hours’ drive away; transfers can be arranged, or you can catch an air taxi service to the scenic Koggala Lake, which is around 45 minutes’ drive away.

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