Galle Fort, a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, welcomed its newest boutique hotel, The Fort Bazaar, in January 2016. Set amidst ageing coral walls on historic Church Street – an atmospheric central thoroughfare – this stunning hotel is home to 18 stylish rooms and suites, all with ensuite bathrooms, a buzzy restaurant and bar, a library, cinema, spa and 15-metre swimming pool.
The Fort Bazaar is fresh and contemporary, and its chic understated interiors feel distinctly Middle Eastern, as does its fabulous cuisine, both of which richly reflect the fort’s Moorish history. The hotel’s 15 ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Banyan’ bedrooms open onto a central courtyard flanked by cushioned alfresco seating and the three incredibly spacious ‘Upper Suites’ boast balconies with views over the fort’s red-tiled rooftops.
The Fort Bazaar also entices Galle Fort day-trippers with the promise of vibrant cocktails and a gourmet restaurant overseen by Executive Chef Neal Giles. The hotel is ideally located for visiting Galle Fort’s sights and attractions, as well as Galle’s famed international test cricket ground and the region’s sandy beaches.
Please Note : At present, the swimming pool isn’t open (but free access is provided to the pool of a nearby hotel, 10 minutes away, or the pool at sister property, The Beach Club, 15 – 20 minutes away, along with complimentary transfers by tuk tuk); and there is currently no liquor license (guests may bring their own alcohol).