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Galle Fort Hotel

Galle, Sri Lanka

Activities

  • Take a stroll around the Fort, a Unesco World Heritage site. Start with a sunset (or sunrise) walk around the walls – 2.5km in all – and wander around the cobbled, labyrinth-like streets for a real insight into life here
  • Explore the many small boutiques which are springing up around Galle Fort – Karl is a fount of knowledge on them and will happily provide recommendations. Start at AA Ibrahim's for fantastic gems, from made-to-order rings to ready-made necklaces and belt buckles, head to Mimimango for Indian clothes and shoes and try Elephant House for gifts, homeware and cards
  • You can reach some great beaches from Galle – head to hippyish Unawatuna for laidback bars by the sand or trendy Weijia for socialising with eccentric expats
  • Mingle with other travellers in the hotel and share your Sri Lankan adventures
  • When you want to retreat from the heat, enjoy a massage from the hotel's extensive menu of beauty treatments, which combine oriental oils with modern techniques

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Food and wine
  • Historical sites
  • Museums/galleries
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping/markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
Save to favouritesPrintMailGalle Fort HotelGalle Fort is a spellbinding mixture of Dutch, British and Sri Lankan history and architecture, with fewer than 200 homes inside its 17th-century ramparts. Now one of these is a hotel – and what a hotel it is. Antique four-poster beds, wooden shutters, wide verandas and a colonnaded court evoke its former life as a gem merchant's mansion. Owners Karl Steinberg and Chris Ong have added a boutique pool, a choice of yoga and beauty treatments and 11 [r:SL015:bedrooms and suites] which mix contemporary décor with quirky nods to the building's past. The hotel also draws crowds to its sociable café-restaurant, where new arrivals and local regulars mingle under high ceilings and grand archways. Karl flits easily between them, offering excellent Chinese-Thai [i!http://www.i-escape.com/hotel.php?section=eating&hotel_key=SL015!cuisine] and friendly, first-name advice. If he's not too busy he'll even guide you around the fort next morning or prepare a cocktail after your sunset meander along the historic walls.

Book this hotelfrom 200USD

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