The Fortress

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

This striking, modern resort combines the best elements of colonial Dutch and Portuguese designs, mixed with innovative Sri Lankan styles to create a unique luxury property reminiscent of Galle’s famous Dutch Fort. The resort is minutes away from this historic, walled town, although the resort’s wealth of activities and superior comfort will make it hard to leave. The Spa Naturel is popular for their signature treatments, combined with healing Ayurvedic therapies. You can work out in the gym, or reach a Zen state of mind in the yoga pavilion. Explore the locale by tuk tuk — a must for anyone visiting this beautiful island — or laze by the huge infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Yoga
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On a golden sand beach on the south coast at Koggala, close to the historic town of Galle. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

53 rooms. All rooms with air-conditioning, private courtyard or balcony, satellite LCD TV and Geneva Blue Tooth Sound system, mp3 player, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and open-plan bathroom. Fortress Rooms have walled courtyard views, 1 king-size bed and sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (aged up to 11 years).

All Inclusive option: includes buffet breakfast, 4-course set menu or à la carte lunch and dinner. Farewell destination dinner. Selected premium and standard brands of imported spirits, unlimited selection of local branded spirits, selection of international sparkling wines and wines, local beers, soft drinks and bottled water (11:00am–11:00pm). Mini-bar with beers, soft drinks and bottled water (refilled on a daily basis). Afternoon tea, daily sundown cocktail. Entry to a cultural show. Wellness classes (yoga, stretching, water aerobics). Sauna and steam room.

Half Board option: includes breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant. 

Full Board option: includes Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. 

Ocean Rooms have ocean views, are split-level, located on the upper floor with a living area, a larger bath, 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed and sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (aged up to 11 years).

Beach Rooms have ocean views, are located on the ground floor and have a Jacuzzi bath, 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed and sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (aged up to 11 years).

Beach Splash Room have ocean views, are located on the ground floor and have a private indoor plunge pool, 1 king-size bed and sleep maximum 2 adults.

Loft Rooms have ocean views, are split-level with a large living area and indoor plunge pool on the ground floor, bathroom with feature rainfall and wall showers and a bedroom with 1 super king-size bed and sofa bed on the upper floor. Loft Rooms include 24-hour personal butler service and sleep maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (aged up to 11 years). 

Fortress Residences have direct ocean views, located on the upper floor with an outdoor dining deck and a private infinity pool, 2 bedrooms with 1 king-size 4-poster bed and 2 single beds. Fortress Residences include 24-hour personal butler service and sleep maximum 4 adults and 2 children (aged up to 11 years). 

  • Early booking bonus: stay a minimum of 5 nights and book 45 days in advance to receive a £25 food and beverage credit and £25 spa credit per room per stay. Not valid on All Inclusive meal plan. Valid for stays completed between 11 Jan–30 Apr '19, 26 Jul- 31 Aug '19 and 1 Nov–23 Dec '19.

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • Honeymoons: couples staying 4 nights or more save 25% off accommodation costs, plus the couple receive a fruit platter, cocktail on arrival and a £50 per couple spa voucher. Valid for stays 11 Jan–19 Dec '19. Minimum stay 4 nights, wedding certificate to be shown on arrival. 

    Honeymoon offer is not combinable with the free night offer. 

  • All Inclusive offer: stay a minimum of 5 nights and book 45 days in advance to receive £50 spa credit per room per stay. Valid on All Inclusive meal plan only, for stays completed between 11 Jan–30 Apr '19, 26 Jul–31 Aug '19 and 1 Nov–23 Dec '19.

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • Free nights: stay 4, pay 3 for stays completed between 1–31 Mar '19, 1 May–25 Jul '19, 1–23 Dec '19. Stay 5, pay 4 for stays completed between 1 Sep–31 Oct '19, 1–30 Nov '19. Stay 7, pay 6 for stays completed between 11 Jan–28 Feb '19 and 1–30 Apr '19. Stay 7, pay 5 for stays completed between 1 May–31 Oct '19. 

    Free nights are on a Bed and Breakfast basis only. Half board, Full board and All Inclusive supplements are payable on the free nights. Offers may not be combinable. Terms and conditions apply.

White Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sri Lankan & International cuisine including a wood fired pizza oven), Salty Snapper Seafood Restaurant (open for lunch and dinner, serving seafood delicacies). DUO Restaurant (open for dinner, fine dining and wine selection). Private beachfront dining. Sea Lounge bar. Infinity-edge swimming pool. Spa Naturel* with Ayurvedic and beauty treatments, massages, steam room and Jacuzzi. Yoga pavilion*. Fully-equipped gym* with cardio-machines and weights. Boutique. Water sports centre* in nearby location. Complimentary WiFi available. 24-hour room service*. Laundry service.

4 nights 25 Dec–7 Jan.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: it takes approximately 3 hours travel by road to The Fortress Resort & Spa from Colombo Airport.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful hotel in a stunning location

Sep 14, 2019 cartwrightm Witney, United Kingdom

We stayed here for 4 nights at the end of our honeymoon and it is proved to a fantastic place to relax and unwind. The location is ideal as its close to Galle but right on the coast. The view and the pool are stunning and the staff throughout the day could not do more for you. The breakfast buffet is great, with eggs fresh and made to your liking… Read more
We stayed here for 4 nights at the end of our honeymoon and it is proved to a fantastic place to relax and unwind. The location is ideal as its close to Galle but right on the coast. The view and the pool are stunning and the staff throughout the day could not do more for you. The breakfast buffet is great, with eggs fresh and made to your liking and the themed nights in the evening are a nice touch alongside the a la carte dining option. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous place to honeymoon

Sep 10, 2019 feemcm Dublin, Ireland

We spent the second week of our Sri Lankan honeymoon in this beautiful setting. We had a wonderful experience and found the staff extremely welcoming and helpful at every turn. The food was generally excellent - Crab Fest night in particular was my favourite. I even got to see sea turtles swimming in the sea by the pool. One of the wonderful staff… Read more
We spent the second week of our Sri Lankan honeymoon in this beautiful setting. We had a wonderful experience and found the staff extremely welcoming and helpful at every turn. The food was generally excellent - Crab Fest night in particular was my favourite. I even got to see sea turtles swimming in the sea by the pool. One of the wonderful staff pointed them out to me at high tide. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent stay

Sep 1, 2019 Hermann C Athens, Greece

Beautiful property, professional, helpful and dedicated staff in every aspect.Breakfast and overall restaurant service of very high standard. Location very good for trips to Galle and along the coastline
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning View

Aug 25, 2019 Hasi_hash Colombo, Sri Lanka

We stayed here for a night and I wish we could have stayed longer. The service we received was exceptional and the staff constantly looked into our needs. The variety of food could be better but the view and the ocean view rooms steals it all. They also have the complimentary Sauna and the Steam room which is plus and has the best amenities in the… Read more
We stayed here for a night and I wish we could have stayed longer. The service we received was exceptional and the staff constantly looked into our needs. The variety of food could be better but the view and the ocean view rooms steals it all. They also have the complimentary Sauna and the Steam room which is plus and has the best amenities in the rooms Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great locstion

Aug 25, 2019 Varsha_Manohar Nagpur, India

The location and the fortress type architecture is excellent . The hospitality is outstanding. The food is average+ but I can’t say it’s excellent . We were staying in Suite27 and it is beautiful . I loved the all white four poster bed. There is a lovely sit out overlooking the ocean and a private pool attached to the sit out. The toiletries are… Read more
The location and the fortress type architecture is excellent . The hospitality is outstanding. The food is average+ but I can’t say it’s excellent . We were staying in Suite27 and it is beautiful . I loved the all white four poster bed. There is a lovely sit out overlooking the ocean and a private pool attached to the sit out. The toiletries are Bvlgari and that’s excellent Read less