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High tea at the Galle Face Hotel

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There are few hotels in the world with a history as long as that of the Galle Face Hotel. Colombo’s most iconic building, the hotel dates back to 1864 and was one of Asia’s first Grand Hotels. With a prime location in front of the harbour, in earlier days the Galle Face Hotel was the first building seen by visitors arriving by boat to the island and serves as a piece of living history within the capital. Offering timeless luxury that reflects the colonial nature of Colombo’s past, the hotel’s grand halls and breezy verandas have served as a popular spot to enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea or a cocktail since the hotel’s inception. Settle down to an extensive collection of loose leaf tea, cakes, sandwiches, pastries and scones in a quintessentially Colonial setting overlooking the Indian Ocean in what was once one of Asia’s finest hotels.

Experience Overview

You will be seated in the open air restaurant overlooking the ocean and waiters will bring over a selection of food to your table on three tiered plates. The assortment will include classics such as cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and battenburg cake alongside some local specialties. This will all come served with a side of iced coffee and a wide selection of loose leaf Ceylon teas. Feel free to stay as long as you want. The gentle breeze coming in from the ocean makes this a very pleasant place to while away the afternoon hours.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

All food and refreshments served as part of the ‘high tea’

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

1-2 hours

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Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children: 

yes, children will love the range of goodies on offer

Meeting time:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time: 


What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Formal dress is not expected, but smart casual is the norm. Bringing a big appetite will be essential!

In the know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
In the know: 

Take a peak into the hotel’s on-site museum before you leave. It’s fascinating

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

The excursion is not private.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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