As they say in Galle – or anywhere in the world, in fact – “location is everything”. That’s just one reason why Fort Bazaar, a former spice merchant’s home turned luxury hotel, in the heart of the 17th-century fort has got the attention of jet-setters visiting Sri Lanka and is firmly on their wishlists.
Fort Bazaar says it like it is. The former home of a spice merchant, this property is steeped in history from the time when Galle was a crucial, strategic port, but is making its own history now, as one of the fortified Sri Lankan city’s most fabulous places to stay.
The aesthetic at Fort Bazaar is a complete breath of fresh air from the ‘historical chic’ ambience prevalent in the rest of Galle’s luxury properties. The vibe here is Middle Eastern, perfectly playing into its back-story, with 15 small, but perfectly formed rooms that are minimalist, contemporary and stylish – each as inviting as the other – and come complete with sumptuous four-poster beds and compact bathrooms. We’d suggest booking into a Bazaar bedroom, ask for one on the upper floor. Conversely, the Banyan bedrooms have bijou terraces, that although is considered an ‘upgrade’, are much smaller in size.
Church Street Social, the hotel’s eatery is a fine place to graze on a diverse and international menu. It is renowned around town, so we often found it filled with fellow travellers from all over the world, but if you want to escape the madding crowd for a bit of me/us-time (we did), check out the roof terrace.
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While you’re Out There
If you like the decor here and want some Galle-inspired antiques and locally inspired furnishings to take home with you after your trip, head to Olanda Beach House on Baan Street.
OutThere believes in boundless travel, but we understand that destinations like this one may prove challenging for some travellers. We advise that you understand local laws and customs before booking any travel, or work with a travel advisor to ensure a carefree, enjoyable and well-deserved holiday.
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