“Tucked inside Galle's historic fort, this former merchant's home is now a gem of a hotel, with a restaurant and pretty pool”
Arranged over 3 floors around the central courtyard, all but one of the rooms and suites face inwards. You won't get views of Galle, but you will get a quiet, simple and spacious retreat - elegantly furnished with just a few antique pieces. Standard Garden Rooms open directly on to the poolside and garden area. Although smaller than other rooms, they're comfortable, cool and restful, with pretty, tiled lightwells, and make a good value option. The Loft Suites are above these rooms and open onto a wide, shared balcony furnished with comfortable chaises longues. Each is spread over 2 floors, with a kingsize bed upstairs and a living room and small bathroom downstairs. The Porcelain Suite is the same size, but with vaulted ceilings and beautiful blue and white porcelain decorations. The Admiral Cheng Ho Suite and the Library Suite are even more lavishly decorated and a tad larger. The former has a carved Chinese opium bed, columns, intricate oriental furniture and a waterfall shower. If you're travelling as a family or honeymooning in style, then splash out on The Grand Apartment. It has 2 large double rooms, a spacious lounge, a large private balcony and - what the other rooms lack - a view of Galle, with its churches and mosques poking up among rows of sun-baked, terracotta-tiled roofs. Lastly, more of a villa within the hotel, is the Mews Suite - a self-contained outhouse with a private courtyard. It has a kingsize bed for grown-ups and a mezzanine level with a large day bed for children.
The hotel is a charming environment in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner: white pillars, grand vistas of high ceilings and archways, and a calming atmosphere. Stroll down from your room to breakfast on the veranda - it consists of the usual fruit, toast and eggs, although there are lovely coconut hoppers (a new take on an old Sri Lankan favourite) and the coffee is excellent. For lunch and dinner, the food is a combination of Chinese and Thai flavours. Expect dishes such as crab cakes with coriander and lime, huge chilli prawns the size of lobsters and wok-fried chicken with jasmine rice, perhaps with pineapple and mint sorbet for dessert. For all meals, you can sit in the lounge, in the more formal air-conditioned dining room or - best of all - outside on the veranda beside the candle-lit, turquoise pool. The hotel also serves afternoon tea, has an extensive cocktail list and offers a good wine selection.
Children over the age of 3 are welcome at the hotel, though the owners limit the total number of children staying at any one time in order to retain its "grown-up" feel.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra beds can be provided in most rooms (excluding the Garden Rooms), however the most spacious options are the Admiral Cheng Ho Suite, the Library Suite and The Grand Apartment.
Babysitting available by arrangement.