Once the chief port of Ceylon, Galle is a city rich in history and oozes colonial charm. The Dutch, who controlled the city during the 17th century, heavily influenced it.
Galle has both old and new parts, with the old dominated by the majestic Galle Fort, which spans over 90 acres and is home to many churches, mosques, temples, and residential and commercial buildings.
The old city is particularly charming and is one of the most well-preserved colonial-era cities in Asia, one of the many qualities which contributed to the city becoming a ‘World Heritage Site’ in 1988. Galle can easily be reached as a day trip from one of the south’s popular beach destinations, such as Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna; however, if time permits, we recommend staying at least a night or two within the fort’s walls.
Galle – Luxury Collection
Experience the rich history of the coastal city of Galle by staying at Fort Bazaar, a former spice, tea, and gem trading-post turned luxury hotel. Although the actual gems were likely looted centuries ago, this stylish retreat offers many valuable treasures to discover. Relax at the hotel’s Bali-inspired spa, indulge in black pork curry and lagoon crab at Church Street Social, and rest in a comfortable four-poster bed. Located in the heart of Galle’s 17th-century colonial Dutch ci...
Amangalla is a luxurious resort that offers suites with views of its 200-year-old gardens, decorated tastefully in a colonial-style with beautiful antiques. The dining room, with its high ceiling, provides an intimate setting for meals that use fresh local produce. The spa, called The Baths, offers a range of bespoke treatments and features hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, and a cold plunge pool for a complete relaxation experience. This retreat is perfect for exploring the ancient ci...
25 Rampart Street$$$$
Each bedroom has been individually styled simply with creams and, a contrast to the heavy wooden doors and bedsteads. The staff are ready to welcome you and will attend your every need. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, the perfect start to a day of exploring. A great place to be based to explore the rich culture of Galle Fort. Making it one of our favourite choices when staying in Galle.
The Heritage Galle$$$
Experience a homely atmosphere in any of the 15 rooms that are air-conditioned and equipped with minibars and LED TVs. You can enjoy the beautiful view from your private balcony. Stay connected with the complimentary wireless internet and get entertained by the cable programming. The private bathrooms are equipped with rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Take advantage of the various recreational opportunities available, such as renting bicycles or enjoying the view from the terrace...
The Merchant Galle Fort$$$
With each room possessing a private balcony that provides excellent views of the Galle Fort, it would be an ideal spot to unwind. While enjoying the luxuries of the property, you can well discover the old world charm of the Galle Dutch fort, from street vendors, chic cafes to the maritime museum that unfold tales of the past. Discovering the local cuisine through a cooking class, enjoying the company of a historian, basking in the sunny beaches of Unawatuna and Talpe and a cycle tour to disco...
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