This evocative resort hotel is housed within the 17th-century Galle Fort, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, at the southwestern tip of the island. At the heart of the current property is the colonial-era New Oriental Hotel, which opened in 1865. Strikingly elegant public areas include the Great Hall and the library, appointed with period furniture, antique silver and chandeliers. The equally gracious Dining Room serves Continental and regional Sri Lankan cuisine at tables set with antique silverware. Meals are accompanied by a jazz pianist every evening. The 30 lodgings and separate two-story Garden House have Burmese teak-and-jackwood floors and planters’ chairs, and overlook the lush 200-year-old gardens or the stone fort. Aside from a lovely outdoor pool, the hotel’s chief facility is the Baths, a spa specializing in ayurvedic treatments.
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