Luxury hotel holiday Deco on 44 Galle

Within the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle's Dutch Fort, Deco on 44 is a luxury boutique hotel in southern Sri Lanka. The hotel is grand and stylish, its Art Deco style reverberating through seven rooms and suites, a restaurant and shisha bar. Deco on 44 is a luxury city centre hotel ideally placed for discovering the Dutch Fort and Galle beyond.
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  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
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Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Deco on 44, Galle

Deco on 44 is an exclusive small luxury boutique hotel in an excellent location inside Galle's Dutch Fort. Delicious fusion cuisine and luxury amenities in stylish surroundings make it an ideal retreat after a day spent exploring Galle.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location Within the walls of the Dutch Fort, approximately ten minutes' walk from sights such as the Clippernberg Bastion and the Old Slave Quarters

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo Airport

Distance from airport Colombo Airport, 98 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Shisha bar/café, Outdoor swimming pool, Room service, WiFi, Library, Laundry, Parking, Daily newspapers.

Out and about nearby

Dutch Fort, Temple visits, Tea plantations, Whale and dolphin watching, Rain forest trips, Sea Turtle Hatchery.

Sports nearby

Walking, Hiking, Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Boat trips

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1604J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Deco on 44, Galle

Within the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle's Dutch Fort, Deco on 44 is a luxury boutique hotel in the south of Sri Lanka. On the famous Lighthouse Street, the main route through the centre of the Fort, Deco on 44 is a grand and glamorous 1940s hotel with an Art Deco theme. Standing grandly before a manicured lawn, the structure is an exquisite example of that era, with brilliant white walls distinguished by artful curved and geometric details. Recent renovation work has sought to retain the character of the original building, which is the former home of a family wealthy from Galle's gem industry. This has resulted in a magnificent harmony between 20th century style and a newfound comfort to keep modern travellers in the utmost comfort, particularly in generous guestrooms. Deco on 44 is a boutique property with only seven rooms and suites, each of which is individually styled and named after each of the Fort's bastions: Sun, Moon, Star, Neptune, Aurora, Triton and Aeolus. Sun and Moon are balcony suites with views over the busy thoroughfare of Lighthouse Street, Neptune overlooks a small outdoor pool within the hotel's walled garden and Star is the top floor Junior Suite. The three Deluxe rooms are downstairs opposite the pool itself. There is a restaurant which serves a fusion menu of Sri Lankan curries and international favourites using only freshly caught seafood and organic local produce. A great addition is The Gulf, a rooftop lounge where beverages and tapas dishes are available alongside shisha pipes with flavours sourced from the Middle East. Deco on 44 is an intimate and stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Galle's Dutch Fort, providing an excellent base for immersing yourself in the history and culture of the destination.

Room descriptions

Deco on 44 has 7 rooms and suites with air conditioning, flat screen TV, DVD player, telephone, safe, minibar, hairdryer, iron and a selection of DVDs available upon request and bottled water on complimentary basis.

Deluxe
Junior Suite
Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1604J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Deco on 44, Galle

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1604J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Deco on 44, Galle

About Galle and south coast

A stay in Galle and southern Sri Lanka uncovers a world of historic Dutch forts, beautiful beaches and fishermen fishing on stilts, where sleepy villages lie hidden in palms behind the wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. The further east you go, the less populated and the more naturally wild and remote the landscapes become. The lush inland forest reserves in the south-west contrast sharply with the arid south-eastern national parks of Yala, Uda Walave and Bundala, where wild elephants and migratory birds flock around the water ‘tanks’ and where leopards and sloth bear have been known to roam. Between December and April, the south coast is popular for whale and dolphin watching, in the waters off Weligama Bay. Galle, on the south-west tip of Sri Lanka, is a reminder of the Dutch presence on the island. The new town may have the usual urban bustle, but the Dutch Fort, built in 1663, retains a timeless air. Constructed by the Dutch East Indian Company as a fortified town, Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which is still intact with a thriving community living and working within its walls. You can walk along part of the ramparts with views out to sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The region around Galle is fascinating and incredibly beautiful with its rainforest reserves and indigenous wildlife, as well as fishing villages and palm-fringed, sandy coves. We have selected hotels in Galle and along the South Coast which are ideally located to visit the many places of interest in the area. These hotels include Jetwing Lighthouse, a classy hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa; The Fortress, an outstanding deluxe resort hotel; Amangalla, a splendid colonial-style hotel; Kahanda Kanda, a small and elegant countryside hotel; and Taprobane Island, a private island retreat.

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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