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 Beautiful place

Sep 23, 2020 FHI92 Colombo, Sri Lanka

We visited this hotel in September in the midst of the covid outbreak. The hotel was well prepared to accept guests during this time. Apart from having to sanitize ourselves outside the hotel, the hotel has introduced a system to check in online which minimizes contact. The hotel itself is spacious and beautiful. We booked the ocean view rooms… Read more
We visited this hotel in September in the midst of the covid outbreak. The hotel was well prepared to accept guests during this time. Apart from having to sanitize ourselves outside the hotel, the hotel has introduced a system to check in online which minimizes contact. The hotel itself is spacious and beautiful. We booked the ocean view rooms which is large and clean. The bathroom is also clean and large as well. We received a welcome drink and sweets. The hotel has a buffet for breakfast lunch and dinner. The buffet, albeit lacking variety for the price offered was tasty. The staff are extremely welcoming, friendly and accommodating. The hotel is quite pricey compared to other hotels of course and therefore I thought the variety was not that great compared to some other hotels which charged a comparatively lower price. The best part about this hotel is its unique beach. At the early hours of the morning and past noon the tide is low and the water recedes. At this point the beach which is covered with corals is exposed for visitors to explore. This part of the beach has a lot of corals, sea weed, sea urchins, exotic crabs, turtles and Fish that can be seen and is very unique. There is of course a safe part of the beach where visitors can bathe in. The hotel also has a free yoga session for the stay in visitors in the evening for which spans for Atleast an hour. It is only half an hour from galle fort and and has a number of activities around the area as well so you don’t get bored. Wifi is available but not that great. Our stay at the fortress was amazing and would definitely return to the hotel again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Family getaway

Sep 8, 2020 riand Colombo, Sri Lanka

Was there in Fortress for 2 days in August 2020. We have been there before with family and wasn't that impressed the last time. However, the experience we had was great this time. The hotel was well prepared to handle any Covid related requirements and we could see that that make sure everything is sanitized and kept clean. As usual the rooms… Read more
Was there in Fortress for 2 days in August 2020. We have been there before with family and wasn't that impressed the last time. However, the experience we had was great this time. The hotel was well prepared to handle any Covid related requirements and we could see that that make sure everything is sanitized and kept clean. As usual the rooms were very clean and all tye amenities were available. Room service was fast and reliable and was there to help you anytime. The food was very tasty, and the guests had the options of either to have the buffet or order the a la carte even if you have paid full board. the pool was very clean and the guy who was taking care of the pool was very helpful. The service was impeccable and the Manager Asela was very helpful. Recommended! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Ambiance, Great Service with an Unforgettable experience

Aug 31, 2020 Ganesh R Colombo, Sri Lanka

Probably the best hotel experience considering how dedicated the staff is at this property We have been welcomed warmly and staff was very friendly. The view from room is very beautiful. Rooms are clean cozy and comfy. Food was amazing, I really like to thank Ms Thejani Chaminda and your friendly, understanding full service during our stay at… Read more
Probably the best hotel experience considering how dedicated the staff is at this property We have been welcomed warmly and staff was very friendly. The view from room is very beautiful. Rooms are clean cozy and comfy. Food was amazing, I really like to thank Ms Thejani Chaminda and your friendly, understanding full service during our stay at the Fortress . We have been visiting so many hotels during my leisure times and I must say that I have never met such a such a great service provider. Once again thanks a lot for helping us in every way to make us feel better and great during our stay at your hotel we enjoyed a lot and we wish to visit you again in future. Special Thanks for the reservation department ( Handling 0771889641 Wts app ) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing stay

Aug 16, 2020 dbuult

My first visit to the hotel. The facilities are great with 2 lovely pools, gym and many relaxing areas. Managed to dip into the rock pools although the sea was rough. Food and the service was superb. The highlight of my stay was the sundown yoga session and the sunrise meditation conducted by Priyantha Hettige. It was evident from his instructions… Read more
My first visit to the hotel. The facilities are great with 2 lovely pools, gym and many relaxing areas. Managed to dip into the rock pools although the sea was rough. Food and the service was superb. The highlight of my stay was the sundown yoga session and the sunrise meditation conducted by Priyantha Hettige. It was evident from his instructions that he had a passion for teaching. Worth a try for anyone who is interested. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Refuge to destress - Great place to relax

Aug 12, 2020 danielarO6113MK

I stayed for 7 nights at The Fortress. And the beautiful scenery, the fresh ocean breeze, the sound of the waves helped me to destress. I enjoyed the 50m swimming pool directly facing the ocean. And I had some good treatments at the Spa. The Spa is big and has a variety of treatments done by well trained therapists. My nice room had a beautiful… Read more
I stayed for 7 nights at The Fortress. And the beautiful scenery, the fresh ocean breeze, the sound of the waves helped me to destress. I enjoyed the 50m swimming pool directly facing the ocean. And I had some good treatments at the Spa. The Spa is big and has a variety of treatments done by well trained therapists. My nice room had a beautiful ocean view. The good food (including a Hopper Night on Friday, and a great evening Buffet on Saturday) and the very kind service team completed for me the picture of a place to find rest. And even in the rainy season, it is nice to be there, because the temperature is just right (not too hot). Read less