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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning Place!

Jan 24, 2020 cjkeongs Singapore, Singapore

Stunning location and stunning resort! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful, even bending backwards to help! And the food was great, enjoyed breakfast thoroughly. The pool and beach complete a tremendously enjoyable stay!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved it !

Jan 19, 2020 502jonw Winchester, United Kingdom

Excellent hotel. Attentive courteous staff, nothing too much trouble. Even though they were busy we got a sea view upgrade for out last 4 night. Great services, nice architecture, great pool, lovely long beach to the north, rooms generous, great gym, food excellent, some good local food nearby, steam sauna just right and empty when we used it… Read more
Excellent hotel. Attentive courteous staff, nothing too much trouble. Even though they were busy we got a sea view upgrade for out last 4 night. Great services, nice architecture, great pool, lovely long beach to the north, rooms generous, great gym, food excellent, some good local food nearby, steam sauna just right and empty when we used it (just ask them to turn it on 30 min beforehand), really sad to leave and suffer the Avani Bentota for out last 4 days of holiday! There are few hotel when you can truly say that was really good…this is one of those. Read less
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Jan 14, 2020 piumaliel Colombo, Sri Lanka

It is a fortress indeed. The food was awesome. We were in the room No 07. Staff was also very friendly. We enjoyed a lot the day we spent at the hotel. There was a indoor plunge pool which was I like most. Hope to be there again for to feel the hospitality again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful stay book immediately for a relaxing few days

Jan 12, 2020 Lucy_ECP London, United Kingdom

Fortress is a fresh, unpretentious, and very well designed boutique hotel on the stunning south coast with access to an endless beach and crystal blue waves lapping by the impressive 50 meter infinity pool, set above a natural rock. We had a full board booking and a fantastic beach front luxury room. Every night had different options for… Read more
Fortress is a fresh, unpretentious, and very well designed boutique hotel on the stunning south coast with access to an endless beach and crystal blue waves lapping by the impressive 50 meter infinity pool, set above a natural rock. We had a full board booking and a fantastic beach front luxury room. Every night had different options for dinner, so a fantastic broad menu. Saturday’s seafood 🦞 buffet was amazing particularly the fresh calamari and prawns were so so good! Fully relaxing the most stunning spot in that area of the south Sri Lankan coast. Thanks to the team for looking after us and looking forward to coming back very soon! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The dream hotel to spend our honeymoon!

Jan 6, 2020 katemQ7090JY

Could not ask for a better hotel. It started with a upgrade to a beautiful beach front villa and the staff couldn’t have done more to accommodate us. Incredible food and the most beautiful hotel! Thank you so much so for such a wonderful, unforgettable stay!