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Galle, Sri Lanka - choosing a place to stay

Most foreign visitors to Sri Lanka opt for at least a few days in Galle, on the south west coast. This guide provides an introduction to where to stay, eat and places to hang out at in the area.
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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

There's something of a cultural renaissance going on within the walls of Galle Fort. I still don't know whether it's the scent of a business opportunity post civil war or that visitors have just fallen in love with the place and decided to put down roots - I suspect probably a bit of both. Many of the...

Kahanda Kanda

Chic hideaway in the midst of a tea plantation, owned and managed by international interior designer George Cooper. Fablous pool and beautifully appointed suites.

Elysium Villa

One of the best beachfront villas in the area, with every comfort you'd expect. The property has five double bedrooms - depending on season and availability you can rent a minimum of three of these or the entire villa. There's a full-size pool, tropical gardens leading directly on to the beach and...

Taprobane Island

Neo Palladian mansion comprising five bedrooms, set on its own island just off the coast of Weligama. This really is a tropical dream come true and, unsurprisingly therefore is popular with celebrities seeking seclusion and well-heeled honeymooners - Kylie Minogue stayed here when visiting and...

Why Beach Club

For a European-vibe beach club in the area, it's a two-horse race between this place and Nicos. We were looking for somewhere which got the right mix of atmosphere, crowd and food and Why Beach won on all counts. Come here to relax in the garden, overlooking the beach. Take a swim - but mind that current....

The Doctor's House

Chaming four-bedroom (three double, one twin) beach front house a few kilometres outside Galle. Tastefully furnished throughout with a small tropical garden leading directly on to an unspoilt stip of beach, shaded by coconut palms. There's also a pool to cool off in and Ayurvedic treatments are...

Secret Garden Villa

Pleasant villa available for rental in its entirety (accommodates up to eight people comfortably) or you can rent one of two one-bedroom bungalows in the grounds. Yoga classes can be organised if you're looking for a bit of mind and body rejuvenation....

The Fort Printers

A relative newcomer to the local hotel scene. Owned by Skye Gyngell - head chef at the Petersham Nurseries in London. Distressed chic, comfortable rooms and good food. I'd come here for lunch and dinner, rather than to stay, but that's just personal preference....

Nicos

Where this has the edge over the nearby Why Beach Club (see separate review) is the pool (Why Beach doesn't have one). Great cocktail list but the European-influenced menu was unremarkable. Still, a fun place to spend the day with a stack of magazines and watch the beach life go by....

The Petals

Two double bedroom inland villa set in in its own tropical gardens, just outside a small village between Unawatuna and Dalawella. Basic, but stylish furnishings. You'll likely spend the majority of your time on the veranda, where meals are also served by the chef, who arrives every morning to...