The South Coast
Fort Bazaar

The Fort Bazaar is a handsome merchant’s home-turned-boutique hotel with 18 stylish guestrooms.

Fresh and contemporary, its chic, understated interiors feel distinctly Middle Eastern, as does its fabulous cuisine, both of which richly reflect the fort’s Moorish history. Positioned on Church Street within the UNESCO-listed 17th century fort, this hotel makes a very welcoming retreat from the bustling cobbled streets of the beguiling Galle Fort.

Facilities & Activities

Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a destination in its own right. Stroll the atmospheric cobbled streets within the Fort and discover historic buildings filled with little boutiques, cafes and gelaterias.

Galle’s tropical beaches offer quiet, sunny charm, and surfing hotspots include Devata, Midigama and Weligama, while blue whale watching cruises embark from Mirissa’s vibrant local harbour. Peddle through Galle’s verdant paddy- and coconut palm-dominated surroundings on a guided bicycle tour or absorb yourself completely in a jungle yoga class. Close to Koggala Lake is a lowland tea plantation, which offers fascinating estate tours.

Escape Galle’s hustle and bustle at the hotel’s indulgent Z Spa. The spa has 3 air-conditioned single treatment rooms quietly tucked away at the back of the hotel, 2 of which have steam showers in their bathrooms.

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Dining

Church Street Social is one of Galle Fort’s most vibrant dining venues, attracting both in-house guests and walk-ins with a convivial, buzzy vibe.

The food – part Sri Lankan, part International, also features elements of traditional Moroccan, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine. The menus include tapas – perfect for savouring dishes sociably amongst friends, and rustic family-style sharing platters of quality imported cold meats, cheese, homemade pickles, pâtés and dips. Asian fusion flavours used for fresh fish and modern versions of Sri Lanka’s traditional cuisine also feature highly, including black pork curry and lagoon crab salad.

Rooms

15 contemporary-styled rooms boast four-poster Balinese beds, air-conditioning, cable televisions, artisanal coffee machines and en-suite shower rooms.

Bazaar Bedrooms open onto the central courtyard while Banyan Bedrooms are located at the rear of the property, named after an age-old banyan tree they overlook, with a private furnished balcony or terrace.

The 3 Upper Suites are more spacious with a sitting area, dressing rooms, freestanding bathtubs and fort-view terraces.

Family

Families could opt for interconnecting Banyan or Bazaar Bedrooms or the split-level Upper Family Suite which is a spacious and luxurious haven for those travelling with children. On the lower floor is a beautifully proportioned room with a king-sized four poster bed and open-plan lounge, while up on the mezzanine floor are twin single beds. The suite has a large bathroom with rain shower and bathtub, and a terrace with views of the Galle Fort.

Sustainability

Teardrop hotels are dedicated to making sure all their properties are more sustainable, in June 2021 all seven hotels were globally recognised with the Travelife Gold Certificate for sustainable tourism practices.

Fort Bazaar are involved in many of the groups sustainability initiatives which include:

  • Teardrop Care – a foundation that supports local communities, providing food and medicine to low income families with a program that aims to employ young people in the area.
  • Tea Leaf Trust – founded in 2007 aiming to empower young women from the tea estates through education, employment and ethnic cohesion.
  • Refill not Landfill Campaign – A global campaign with the aims to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles in hotels, all Teardrop properties use glass refillable water bottles.

Location

The historic port city of Galle lies on Sri Lanka’s South Western Coast, approx. a 2-hour drive from the Airport.

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