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 My Favorite Hotel in Sri Lanka

Jul 14, 2019 aussiered11 melbourne, Australia

Wow, simply stunning look out into the ocean and just enjoy the facilities. Breathtaking views all around. Service magnificent and I would highly recommend you staying there. Make sure you take a photo of yourself knocking on the Big Massive Door that lets you into the Complex. Looks unassuming from the front but walk through those big wooden… Read more
Wow, simply stunning look out into the ocean and just enjoy the facilities. Breathtaking views all around. Service magnificent and I would highly recommend you staying there. Make sure you take a photo of yourself knocking on the Big Massive Door that lets you into the Complex. Looks unassuming from the front but walk through those big wooden doors and you are simply stunned! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The perfect honeymoon!

Jul 12, 2019 Amrit P London, United Kingdom

I cannot praise this hotel, the staff and generally Sri Lanka in general enough! Coming to Sri Lanka was a surprise and I didnt even know where I was flying to until I boarded my flight. After a long travel from London areiving at the fortress was truly beyond my imagination. We were greated with champagne, our luggage was taken immediately to… Read more
I cannot praise this hotel, the staff and generally Sri Lanka in general enough! Coming to Sri Lanka was a surprise and I didnt even know where I was flying to until I boarded my flight. After a long travel from London areiving at the fortress was truly beyond my imagination. We were greated with champagne, our luggage was taken immediately to our room and our lovely host showed us the ins and outs of our room. We were also immediately upgraded once the hotel discovered it was our honeymoon. I would like to mention how friendly all the staff were and to see familiar faces at breakfast and dinner each day made our stay even more memorable. Also the handy app on our phone makes ordering food poolside and into our room was incredibly easy and super convenient. Furthermore having an incredible pool looking into the ocean was just paradise! You are also able to take a few steps down onto the beach and directly into the ocean for a morning stroll which we always enjoyed doing. Last but not least, the on site spa was simply Devine! We chose to pamper oirself on the last day before flying off to the Maldives and what better way to prepare for another trip. The salon staff were incredibly knowledgeable and made out treatment specific to our needs. On the way back from the spa we enjoyed the cute little shop the hotel has on site where we purchased some incredible souvenirs and handmade handbags. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit Sri Lanka and you truly will not be disappointed! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice hotel

Jul 10, 2019 danahaps Colombo, Sri Lanka

Nice hotel - lovely view of the ocean and pool from room, interesting structure of the room, cozy overall. Spa experience was great provided one has an experienced masseuse. A lot of spa treatments to choose from which was a plus for us when it rained heavily! Food was decent and a ton of options for breakfast, for which we were quite pleased.… Read more
Nice hotel - lovely view of the ocean and pool from room, interesting structure of the room, cozy overall. Spa experience was great provided one has an experienced masseuse. A lot of spa treatments to choose from which was a plus for us when it rained heavily! Food was decent and a ton of options for breakfast, for which we were quite pleased. Dinner was also good enough - however would’ve liked to try restaurants other than White. While we were there it didn’t appear that the others (Duo and Salty Snapper) were open (might need to consider requesting a meal there at the start - not sure). It is a lovely hotel but we think staff service could be better - we don’t find them particularly attentive or friendly, such as forgetting a drink we ordered, forgetting an omelette I ordered on another occasion, little things... we’ve had better service in other hotels, so must say this was the only downside to the overall experience! There were friendly staff but they didn’t seem to be majority. Otherwise the facilities were sufficient (the gym had enough equipment - not extremely spacious but good enough; pool had decent view etc). Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our stay at The Fortress Resort and Spa

Jun 19, 2019 bananaAdelaide adelaide

We have just returned from a month holiday in Sri Lanka and an absolute highlight was a seven day stay at the Fortress Resort and Spa. We had a wonderful time and found the accommodation, food, staff and location excellent. It is in a great location looking out at the ocean and there are several well maintained pools we enjoyed immensely. We also… Read more
We have just returned from a month holiday in Sri Lanka and an absolute highlight was a seven day stay at the Fortress Resort and Spa. We had a wonderful time and found the accommodation, food, staff and location excellent. It is in a great location looking out at the ocean and there are several well maintained pools we enjoyed immensely. We also made good use of their well equipped gym. It is an ideal place to spend a relaxing time and be well looked after by the friendly staff and cooks. There are enjoyable outings and boat trips which are easily done form the Fortress and Galle is not far away either. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing rooms

Jun 18, 2019 thepremiumtraveler San Francisco, California

The rooms are big, modern and very original, with an amazing high ceiling. The breakfast buffet is very good and also the restaurant for dinner has many different food options. The gym is ok, could be a bit better but the pool is very nice. A bit far from Galle Fort, around 30 min by car. You will need to get a Tuk-tuk or car to go to the center.