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.

  • 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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Nov 3, 2019 pradeeband Colombo, Sri Lanka

Around 100 of us visited this hotel over the weekend for our annual trip. The resort has 50+ rooms. Rooms are very spacious and designed nicely. Hotel amenities were very good and rooms are maintained very well with branded toiletries and other facilities. Location is very nice and the pool is long and nice. Great food spread and we had a good… Read more
Around 100 of us visited this hotel over the weekend for our annual trip. The resort has 50+ rooms. Rooms are very spacious and designed nicely. Hotel amenities were very good and rooms are maintained very well with branded toiletries and other facilities. Location is very nice and the pool is long and nice. Great food spread and we had a good seafood dinner buffet on Saturday. Staff at the hotel and restaurant are so helpful and they have a very good turnaround time. Great service. Overall this is a real 5 star experience and I truly recommend anyone to visit this hotel for absolute relaxation and pleasure. Once again a heartfelt thanks for the management, front office, chef and his team. Read less
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Oct 26, 2019 MrsRKG Easingwold, United Kingdom

We are just waiting img for our taxi to take us back to the airport after a week here at the fortress. The weather hasn’t been perfect but the hospitality most certainly has! We don’t normally do all inclusive but we are so glad we did! From breakfast through to evening meal the food was top quality fresh and delicious. And always served with a… Read more
We are just waiting img for our taxi to take us back to the airport after a week here at the fortress. The weather hasn’t been perfect but the hospitality most certainly has! We don’t normally do all inclusive but we are so glad we did! From breakfast through to evening meal the food was top quality fresh and delicious. And always served with a smile. All the staff here made us feel so welcome The hotel itself is immaculate. It’s location is also easy access to head out on day trips. Thankyou everyone at Fortress Highly recommend Read less
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Oct 23, 2019 Juju1873

We had a wonderful stay at the Fortress hotel. The hotel is well located in idyllic surroundings. The food was tremendous, as were the rooms and views. Special shout out to the staff who were amazing - super friendly and welcoming. Thank you for your kind hospitality :)
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Oct 21, 2019 S64 Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

This is THE place to go for a spot of luxury when visiting the Galle area. This hotel and everything about it is top-notch but with friendly staff, great service, fantastic tasty food, brilliant setting and good value. We stayed four nights in an ocean-view room. Well, 'room' doesn't do it justice - it was spacious and wonderfully appointed, huge… Read more
This is THE place to go for a spot of luxury when visiting the Galle area. This hotel and everything about it is top-notch but with friendly staff, great service, fantastic tasty food, brilliant setting and good value. We stayed four nights in an ocean-view room. Well, 'room' doesn't do it justice - it was spacious and wonderfully appointed, huge bath, larger shower, two separate basin areas. Bed was massive and very comfortable. Pool is lovely and about the longest I've ever seen at a hotel so if you want to plough up some lengths in the morning then there's space to do so. There are plenty of beds by the pool and overlooking the beach. We stayed over the Sri Lankan National Day so were treated to a great show of traditional dances, which only added to the enjoyment of our stay. Would definitely recommend!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning resort in a stunning location

Oct 17, 2019 Maree M

The resort is situated in an idyllic beachside part of Koggala. The room was spacious and well-appointed. Staff were friendly and attentive - nothing too much trouble. The food (especially the seafood) was scrumptious.