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). 

  • Free nights: stay 7, pay 6 for stays completed between 11 Jan–25 Apr '20. 

    Stay 4, pay 3 for stays completed between 26 Apr–31 Oct '20. 

    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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Mar 26, 2020 lauraag90 Sawtry, United Kingdom

We stay here for four nights at the end of a two week tour of Sri Lanka. What an absolutely stunning hotel, built in a Dutch colonial style with spectacular views of the ocean. We stayed in a fortress room and from what we could tell was one of only 6 rooms which didn’t have a direct sea view. But even still the room was huge and had a massive… Read more
We stay here for four nights at the end of a two week tour of Sri Lanka. What an absolutely stunning hotel, built in a Dutch colonial style with spectacular views of the ocean. We stayed in a fortress room and from what we could tell was one of only 6 rooms which didn’t have a direct sea view. But even still the room was huge and had a massive bathroom with separate shower and freestanding bath. The room had a huge balcony but we didn’t really use it as it was very over looked by the room next door. Instead we spend most days by the gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the beach and sea. There was a good amount of loungers nicely spread out so you didn’t feel to close to other guest. Breakfast was a buffet style and there was a lot of choice both hot and cold. The pancake station was especially good. The dinner selection was very tasty, we ate off the a la carte menu and also the traditional Sri Lankan buffet evening. Both were great and I particularly enjoyed the duck with risotto and grilled mango. The hotel is a short tuk tuk ride from Galle and we spent an afternoon wondering round the place. This hotel was a truly lovely way to end an amazing holiday. We left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and would recommend this hotel to family and friends. Read less
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Mar 26, 2020 1cjb Wargrave, United Kingdom

We have just returned from Sri Lanka. What a stunning island. The people are so so friendly and infectious. This hotel is stunning. Set a little way outside Galle, it takes about 25 minutes by tuk tuk to get into the main town. Nestled on the coastline, a mere drop to the beautifully warm Indian Ocean. The hotel grounds are spotless and… Read more
We have just returned from Sri Lanka. What a stunning island. The people are so so friendly and infectious. This hotel is stunning. Set a little way outside Galle, it takes about 25 minutes by tuk tuk to get into the main town. Nestled on the coastline, a mere drop to the beautifully warm Indian Ocean. The hotel grounds are spotless and extremely well maintained. Our room was delightful, plenty of room, plenty of storage and always immaculately kept. We had an ocean view room on the first floor. The ground floor has direct access to the hotel grounds, ie one can walk out of the patio doors into the garden. I would return to The Fortress in a heartbeat. Sadly, because of CV, outside facilities closed down as we arrived. However, being kept at The Fortress was a pleasure - no hardship involved. The food was delicious. The pool beautifully clean and well maintained. If it hadn't been for the little shop within the hotel we would not have had anything to bring back. I cannot finish without saying a few words about the staff - they are first class. Ayubowan. We will return. Read less
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Mar 25, 2020 O6196NSandrewg Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

Arrived here during curfew and with less than 10 rooms occupied but have had the most wonderful few days. Alas travel advice means we are reluctantly cutting our stay short. Can’t speak highly enough about the facilities and the staff! As we have found throughout Sri Lanka people can’t do enough to help. From the restaurant staff to the pool man… Read more
Arrived here during curfew and with less than 10 rooms occupied but have had the most wonderful few days. Alas travel advice means we are reluctantly cutting our stay short. Can’t speak highly enough about the facilities and the staff! As we have found throughout Sri Lanka people can’t do enough to help. From the restaurant staff to the pool man showing us the turtles coming in to feed at high tide everyone has treated us royally. Given how worrying a time this must be economically as well as health wise, we are overwhelmed by the pervading glass half full mentality. The room is a delight spotlessly clean with flowers on the bed and a cinnamon oil burner. The 60 metre infinity pool is wonderful. And the food has been second to none. So we are definitely coming back! Read less
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Mar 24, 2020 welshman279 North Wales

We ended our Sri Lanka tour with 6 nights here at the Fortress Resort and Spa and enjoyed every single second of our stay. The team here are attentive and friendly without being overbearing and insincere. The Fortress is an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside, from the moment you enter through the gates you enter the bubble of tranquility.… Read more
We ended our Sri Lanka tour with 6 nights here at the Fortress Resort and Spa and enjoyed every single second of our stay. The team here are attentive and friendly without being overbearing and insincere. The Fortress is an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside, from the moment you enter through the gates you enter the bubble of tranquility. The food is very good, during our stay the team worked very hard to provide choice, which must’ve been difficult due to the chaos of cancelled flights and holidays affecting how many people were staying. It did affect the evening buffet, however the choice from a la carte made up for this and was more to do with me not liking seafood than there not being choice. My wife on the other hand would say each night was amazing with loads of choice and tasty seafood! Be careful when hiring a Tuk tuk outside the hotel. We got an Uber to Gale which cost us circa 1500lkr and a Tuk Tuk back for 1200lkr. The same journey was meant to be 3600lkr from outside the hotel, even with haggling. Be aware than Uber drivers won’t stop outside the hotel as the tuk tuk drivers will damage their cars. You will be approached on the beach and offered tuk tuk journeys to Galle for around 1900lkr although do remember that our visit coincided with a real drop in trade, but metered rates say this figure is still a little high. All the drivers we met however were friendly and polite. Pay your money and take your choice. I’d like to mention all the staff by name here but there are too many and all contributed to an amazing stay, truly they are lovely, from Steffi on reception to the 2 young chefs for our exclusive dining night, the room ‘boy’ ( his words) to the pool boys. This has to be one of the best hotels we’ve stayed in, it’s truly fabulous made better by the staff. We will be back! Read less
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Mar 16, 2020 alinoble1987 Reigate, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic hotel, loved the pool and loungers that look directly out onto the ocean. Extremely relaxing. Pool area and grounds are very clean and well maintained. Attention to detail of the staff is fantastic, they offer high quality, personalised service. Food was excellent, great choice at lunch and dinner. Nice to sit outside by the… Read more
This is a fantastic hotel, loved the pool and loungers that look directly out onto the ocean. Extremely relaxing. Pool area and grounds are very clean and well maintained. Attention to detail of the staff is fantastic, they offer high quality, personalised service. Food was excellent, great choice at lunch and dinner. Nice to sit outside by the pool listening to the waves of the ocean. There is a themed buffet at night but the a-la-carte was delicious too offering both western and Sri Lankan dishes. Very high standard. The hotel partners with the nearby turtle sanctuary so they arranged for us to release the baby turtles into the ocean which was a highlight. The rooms were huge and nice, ours could have done with a little updating as it appears to be looking a little tired in places. For us, air con was too noisy to be left on at night. Overall absolutely loved this hotel, felt extremely luxurious and incredibly relaxing. It’s about 30 minutes from Galle centre but the hotel can arrange a tuk tuk. Read less