Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Fortress, near Galle, blends modern design with the Dutch and Portuguese architectural legacies, forging a modern resort set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean and offering a truly wonderful addition to Sri Lanka's South Coast.
At a Glance
All of the 53 'naturally modern' guest rooms feature 7ft by 7ft super king beds, open plan bathrooms, and state-of-the-art entertainment systems with LCD TVs, Bose DVD players and surround sound
Chose from two restaurants, a wine cellar, two lounges, in room dining and destination dining
Take a boat ride in River Madu (Madu Ganga Wetlands)
Take a hike in the Kanneliya Rain Forest
Book your private session of Yoga in the comfort of the Yoga Pavilion
We suggest opting for an Ocean Room at the very least as the Fortress Rooms only have a view of the interior wall.Scott Dunn team
Recommend to avoid the leading room category as it's much smaller rooms and dont have a good view.Scott Dunn team
The Fortress is a really good luxurious option and good for couples, very close to Galle.Scott Dunn team
See if you can get Ocean Room 47. It has a great Balcony with a sea view.Jessica Campbell
All of the 49 guest rooms feature private courtyards or balconies with views onto the gardens, water features or the Indian Ocean. The rooms all contain a 7ft by 7ft super king bed, open plan bathrooms with huge rainforest showers and they are fully up to date with state of the art plasma screens, Bose DVD and surround sound.
The hotel offers an exceptionally relaxing spa called Spa Naturel, which combines signature treatments, but also offers the local Ayurveda. The hotel has an inviting swimming pool and can arrange scuba diving with a local PADI certified operator.
The hotel’s dining options are also fantastic, offering both al fresco options in the gardens, to the main restaurant White, offering both International and Sri Lankan cuisine. There are a number of small eateries and bars nearby too.
Scott Dunn recommend staying in an Ocean Room as a minimum to take in the glorious sea views.
The Fortress offers 49 Rooms containing 11 Fortress Rooms, 12 Beach Rooms, 18 Ocean Rooms, six Ocean Lofts and two Fortress Residence. Rooms are contemporary in design and feature enormous super king size beds, indoor plunge pools and private outdoor pools.
Similar to the Ocean Rooms, the Beach Rooms are located on the ground floor. Guests also have the added bliss of enjoying a Jacuzzi bath.
The Fortress Rooms feature a super king 7ft by 7ft bed dressed in Egyptian cotton and an open plan bathroom with rainfall shower and bath. Rooms open out onto your own courtyard or garden balcony.
A cutting-edge entertainment system and designer fittings include LCD TV, Bose DVD and sound system, air conditioning, overhead fan, private bar, in-room safe and IDD telephone.
Located on the upper floor with views into the gardens, beach and the Indian Ocean beyond. Highlights of these rooms include the open plan bathroom with large bath and split-level living area with magnificent views and feature high vaulted ceilings.
There is a small and simple kids club that is opened between 9am and 6pm each day. This is equipped with play stations, movies and also painting and drawing equipment.
The wealth of facilities at the hotel include the spa, yoga pavilion, gym, swimming pool. They can coordinate scuba diving and surfing at Mirissa. There is also a business center, boutiques, children’s club, bicycles for hire, an art gallery, wedding pavilion, turtle hatchery and a CD and DVD library.
The hotel offers complimentary use of the swimming pool. Activities at an additional charge include excursions. These include boat rides in River Madu, visists to Rhumassala, Galle City and Dutch Fort, the Handunugoda Tea Factory, the Sinharaja Rain Forest, Hiyare Resovoir, the Turtle Hatchery & Spice Garden, the Kanneliya Rain Forest, Kottawa Reserve Martin Wickremasinghe Folk Museum, Yala National Park and you can also go white water rafting nearby too.
Location & Directions
Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Fortress is located on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, just outside Sri Lanka's historic UNESCO-listed fortress port of Galle.
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.