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 Beautiful location but quality has dropped

May 21, 2019 457buddhikak Colombo, Sri Lanka

Was at the Fortress with family and friends (May 2019) and this was my second visit there. The first time which I went was about 3 years ago and it was absolutely fantastic that time. However to my disappointment I was very disappointed with the state of the rooms and the service. The hotel was not even close to being fully occupied but service… Read more
Was at the Fortress with family and friends (May 2019) and this was my second visit there. The first time which I went was about 3 years ago and it was absolutely fantastic that time. However to my disappointment I was very disappointed with the state of the rooms and the service. The hotel was not even close to being fully occupied but service was very poor. You could see that some of the staff was genuinely trying but there were som who just couldn’t be bothered. Must say that the pool attendants were extremely helpful. Food was at times tasteless. The rooms which was the highlight of this hotel is run down and in need of some renovation. The showers don’t have any water pressure so that’s a big let down for such a big bathroom. My biggest issue was that they have forgotten basics of cleanliness. We got served water in a cup that had some kind of feces. I have attached a pic. Overall what used to be one of my favorite hotels have lost all its glamour. Hope the management will work on these issues. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Experience, Stunning Hotel!

May 21, 2019 Yasanthi W

We stayed at the Fortress Resort & Spa during the weekend, and I must say this hotel must be one of the best, luxury boutique hotels, in Sri Lanka. The overall experience was fantastic. The staff was always very courteous and helpful. The rooms were very comfy and spacious, with a stunning view of the pool and the ocean. If the sea isn’t rough,… Read more
We stayed at the Fortress Resort & Spa during the weekend, and I must say this hotel must be one of the best, luxury boutique hotels, in Sri Lanka. The overall experience was fantastic. The staff was always very courteous and helpful. The rooms were very comfy and spacious, with a stunning view of the pool and the ocean. If the sea isn’t rough, you can go for a dip in the ocean. (Preferably before noon). The food and the ambiance of the restaurant was lovely too. It's a Kids Friendly hotel, with a separate Kids Menu. Despite the situation in the country, it was lovely to see the hotel almost full, with locals and foreigners both enjoying. Absolutely loved the hotel and can't wait to go back again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Above and beyond expectations

May 12, 2019 miiloe Bunschoten, The Netherlands

Wauw! What an excellent hotel. The staff is very hospitable and just so helpfull. They will do everything to let you have the best time. The food is amazing we stayed for 5 nights and had every meal at the hotel. One time we ate in Galle and we regretted that. Everything is fresh and more then enough. The cocktails and wines are a good… Read more
Wauw! What an excellent hotel. The staff is very hospitable and just so helpfull. They will do everything to let you have the best time. The food is amazing we stayed for 5 nights and had every meal at the hotel. One time we ate in Galle and we regretted that. Everything is fresh and more then enough. The cocktails and wines are a good value. The room was great and so clean. The bathroom is huge and the bed slept very good. The ocean view was beautiful. I had a massage at the spa, it was the best I had! Also the facial was good. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic place/景色&おもてなしが素晴らしい

May 12, 2019 ErikaH1228 Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

海外旅行慣れしていない日本人家族、スリランカローカル家族、他国在住の友人と15名弱の様々なバックグラウンド・年齢層グループで滞在しましたが、サービスやおもてなしの質は素晴らしいかったです。 各部屋のリゾート感溢れるインテリアや息を呑むほどのビーチビューは、ビーチでゆったりした休暇を過ごすには最高でした。 スリランカではしばし悩まされるシャワーの水圧や水温も全く問題なく、食事もローカル及び洋風どちらも上品な味で、スパイスがあまり得意ではない私も美味しくいただくことができました。価格も日本と比較してリーズナブルでした。 Although stayed with a big group of my family who are not used to travel overseas, Sri… Read more
海外旅行慣れしていない日本人家族、スリランカローカル家族、他国在住の友人と15名弱の様々なバックグラウンド・年齢層グループで滞在しましたが、サービスやおもてなしの質は素晴らしいかったです。 各部屋のリゾート感溢れるインテリアや息を呑むほどのビーチビューは、ビーチでゆったりした休暇を過ごすには最高でした。 スリランカではしばし悩まされるシャワーの水圧や水温も全く問題なく、食事もローカル及び洋風どちらも上品な味で、スパイスがあまり得意ではない私も美味しくいただくことができました。価格も日本と比較してリーズナブルでした。 Although stayed with a big group of my family who are not used to travel overseas, Sri Lankan family, and other foreign guests including children, their hospitals and service level was fantastic. High end resort style interior and breath taking ocean view from each room give you the ideal relaxing holiday. There was no issue about water temperature and pressure in the shower room. Foods were another big selling point of this hotel- both locals and foreign guests can enjoy variety of cuisine. Cuisine price were also reasonable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wow! What an amazing hotel!

May 8, 2019 Stephen C

We have travelled Sri Lanka from the 19th on April and have stayed in multiple locations around this beautiful country. The people in Sri Lanka have been so warm and welcoming. Please do not put off travelling here due to the recent problem- it is not a true reflection. We felt looked after, noticed that there was a strong security presence across… Read more
We have travelled Sri Lanka from the 19th on April and have stayed in multiple locations around this beautiful country. The people in Sri Lanka have been so warm and welcoming. Please do not put off travelling here due to the recent problem- it is not a true reflection. We felt looked after, noticed that there was a strong security presence across the island and with our driver, we were really looked after. Now for the review of The Fortress... it is the best! This hotel has literally everything to offer. Luxury rooms, amazing views of the ocean, we stayed in an ocean room (which the hotel kindly upgraded us to - its huge! Waking up to see the Indian Ocean from a super comfy bed in the morning will be one I never forget. The staff are so friendly and helpful, they really look after all guests here. We arranged for a cooking experience, learning how to make local dishes.. this was such good fun and really personal with a brilliant chef who really knew his stuff. The pool is so nice, the beach outside is clean and quiet, and the locals who were stilt fishing, were such lovely people. Read less