The Fort Bazaar
Galle, Sri Lanka
We are extremely saddened by the events that took place in Sri Lanka on Sunday 21st April. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka. We are contacting all of our guests who are currently in Sri Lanka or who have future bookings with us as soon as we can to make alternative arrangements.
At a Glance
Sister property of the delightful Wallawwa
Boutique property with just 18 rooms & suites
Located within the heart of the Galle Fort
Family suites available when Bazaar & Banyan Rooms interconnect
Best time to Visit
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.
To start planning your vacation to The Fort Bazaar
The Fort Bazaar in Sri Lanka's historic Galle Fort is the newest luxury boutique property within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. With just 18 rooms, the hotel has an intimate feel, while boasting excellent facilities including a cinema and a spa.
The Fort Bazaar is a stylish boutique hotel nestled amongst the many beautiful heritage buildings, boutique shops and excellent restaurants that line well-known Church Street.
Having opened in January 2016, The Fort Bazaar is the long-awaited sister hotel of The Wallawwa near Colombo. Guests can expect the same renowned service and charm here with a distinctly Moorish feel. The hotel's design mixes the vibrant history and character of Galle with a modern and chic décor.
The hotel is located a stone's throw away from all of Galle's top highlights. Tour Galle Fort’s atmospheric streets seeking out historic sights. For cricket fans, there's Galle’s international test cricket ground or alternatively take a tour of the area's boutique shops or visit the nearby beaches for a surf or a swim.
Return at the end of a busy day sight-seeing to sip on vibrant cocktails in the picturesque courtyard and indulge on a gourmet feast at the The Church Street Social overseen by Executive Chef Neal Giles.
Modern yet chic, all the rooms at The Fort Bazaar include en suite shower rooms and look out onto the alfresco courtyard. There are four different room categories to choose from.
Measuring 35 meters sq. the Bazaar Room is a beautifully designed bedroom with high ceilings overlooking the central courtyard.
Measuring 32 meters sq. the Banyan Bedrooms feature high ceilings and a private terrace or verandah.
Measuring 75 mewtres sq. the Upper Suite offers fantastic views over Galle Fort to the Indian Ocean from the private balcony.
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Ideal for families this suite measures 100 meters sq. allowing space for two bedrooms for families. With a large private verandah, sit back and enjoy views over Galle Fort and the Indian Ocean
Families are warmly welcomed at The Fort Bazaar with both interconnecting rooms and the Upper Family Suite available.
Facilities at The Fort Bazaar include a library, and idyllic spa. The hotel's restaurant and bar are open daily, The Church Street Social a must during your stay. Renowned for its eclectic mix of local and Western dishes favorites include the slow-cooked lamb and sumptuous sharing platters. There is also a beautiful courtyard to enjoy a cocktail or two in the evening or provides a lovely spot to while away the afternoon with a good book.
There is plenty to keep everyone entertained in Galle. The hotel is centrally located, making it easy to go on a tour of the Fort, visit the cafés, boutique shops and dine in some of the best restaurants around. For something more active, opt for a bicycle ride around the local area which can be arranged for a sunny afternoon.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
Nestled into the main street leading into the fort you will find Fort Bazar. A historical Moroccan traders house this property is full of charm and heritage. With interconnecting room options and two bedroom suites this property is perfect for families. There are plenty of facilities to keep everyone busy from a cinema to the spa, if you have your fill of exploring the fort. Although this property has no liquor license they will be more than happy to chill and serve alcohol you have brought at their restaurant that serves a variety of international dishes including those inspired by Moroccan spices.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
Between 4pm and 5pm enjoy a complimentary High tea out on the verdanda
Alice Woodford (Staff)
Fort Bazaar is contemporary in its design, spacious, airy and peppered with colonial and Moroccan charm. The hotel itself is in a great location in the Fort itself, I really felt like I was in the middle of everything but also had a sanctuary I could return to for peace. I would thoroughly recommend staying in the Upper Suite.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Galle, Sri Lanka
The Fort Bazaar is set in Galle's historic fort, a Unesco World Heritage site, about 3-4 hours from Colombo in Sri Lanka.
How to get there
10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. From Colombo airport it takes approximately 3-hours to drive to The Fort Bazaar.