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The Fortress

The Fortress

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1776 Reviews
Guide Price £1,079 per person
Based on 14 May 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with Emirates, staying for 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Fortress Room (2 adults sharing) including return private transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A serene coastal sanctuary

The Fortress Resort and Spa is situated close to Galle on Sri Lanka's south coast, and is designed to reflect the region's historic forts. With Dutch and Portuguese influences brought together with Sri Lankan charm, it's rooms and suites are modern in style, with designer furnishings and spacious open-air bathrooms, and while room service is available, the restaurants at the hotel are superb. Buffets and delicious set course of local fare go hand in hand with wine cellar selections and authentic local tea experiences. Spend days by the pool looking out to the Indian Ocean, find peace in the luxurious spa or take the short taxi ride into the heart of Galle for a look at the country's most significant coastal town. 

  • Luxury Collection Hotel
  • Seafront location close to Galle
  • Attractively designed in a modern style
  • Luxurious spa with Ayurvedic therapies available
  • In-room plunge pools available

Top Tips from our Experts

Melissa

Destination Specialist

"This is the perfect hotel for a post-tour stay. The beach is gorgeous if you want to chill by the sea, or if you want to continue exploring it is easy access the historic town of Galle as well as close to Mirissa, one of the best place to set off from for a whale watching boat trip. "

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Beach
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 53 rooms
  • Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes from Colombo International Airport

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Boutique
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Interconnecting Rooms
Location Highlights

The Fortress

  • Beach
  • Only 17km to the historic city of Galle
  • 20km to the coastal town of Mirissa
  • Ideal location for post-tour stays

Visit the Galle Fort

Whale watching from Mirissa

1776 Reviews 93% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1317
  • Very Good 336
  • Average 89
  • Poor 24
  • Terrible 10

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 23, 2019

Amazing hotel, but expensive food...

Exeter, United Kingdom

My wife and I stayed here for a week on our honeymoon. There are so many things we loved about this hotel: - Amazing staff (friendly and accommodating) - Excellent greeting on arrival - Great facilities (spa, pool, shops etc) - Very good massage treatments - Very clean and excellent housekeeping - Right on the beach where you can swim and watch sea turtles - Tuktuks right outside entrance with easy access to Galle - A hotel app for ordering poolside food/drinks, room service etc - Good WiFi - Good dining experience and live music We would 100% stay here again! The only downside we found, meaning we couldn’t give 5 stars, is that we felt the food was overpriced for what you get... but we were only on bed and breakfast basis, so if all your meals are included this might not be a problem. We spoke to one or two other couples who felt the same. In the end we actually found it cheaper to pay for a 20 minute tuktuk to Galle, have dinner and get a tuktuk back! We also preferred the food in Galle to be honest, but the hotel food wasn’t bad, just overpriced...
Mar 23, 2019

Fabulous hotel with great staff, great views and a great spa

Our stay at this hotel was quite comfortable and extremely enjoyable. We booked 2 rooms, 1 ocean view room(upstairs) and 1 beach splash room(Downstairs). The beach room gave us the opportunity for early morning dusk walks and the natural sea water pool was a prominent feature for an early morning dip. Rooms were elegantly spacious with large bathrooms with jacuzzi bathtubs. However the set up of the in-room fridge was a safety hazard as I caught and injured one my fingers to hinges of the outer cupboard, trying to open the fridge door, which opened in the opposite direction to the outer cupboard. (Uploaded a pic for reference) Staff everywhere were so welcoming and made us feel at home, away from home. Masseuse Manel at the herbal spa did an amazing foot and knee massage on my grandma, who had leg and knee pains, in a miraculously soothing way that she felt she got brand new legs. Meals were quite nice, specially dinner by the pool and beach waves, with live jazz covers of 90's pop music. Breakfast can be improved by offering a larger variety of Sri Lankan food. However the manager there was very courteous in catering to our needs by offering us egg hoppers which wasn't available on the usual breakfast buffet. We wish the manager Quentes, Dilini and the Staff best of luck in keeping up the great standards.
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The Fortress

Facilities

Spa Naturel

This enchanting spa is nestled within a courtyard setting in the resort with a plunge pool and a menu of Ayurvedic therapies and classic treatments. There is also beauty salon where you can enjoy a pedicure, manicure or hair treatment, and a yoga space where private sessions may be booked.

Swimming Pool

The free-form swimming pool overlooks the Indian Ocean and provides a great setting for days in the sun.

Fitness Centre

The fitness centre offers a range of cardio and weight equipment and there are also fitness packages available which include personal training and Ayurvedic treatments (payable locally).

The Fortress

Room Types

Fortress Room

This spacious room has modern interiors and luxurious hardwood floors, fitted with a king-sized bed and seating area, and a large open-plan bathroom with a bathtub and rain shower. There is a flat screen TV with Bose sound system, a minibar, and iPod dock.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Ocean Room

Located on the upper floors, these rooms have balconies and views of the ocean. Contemporary in design, they come with king-sized beds and open-plan bathrooms with rain showers and Jacuzzi® tubs. There is also a flat screen TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and 24-hour room service available (payable locally).

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Beach Room

These rooms are located on the ground floor and feature views of the gardens and ocean beyond. They come with designer interiors which are fitted with king-sized beds and open planned bathrooms with rain showers and Jacuzzi® tubs.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Beach Splash Room

These ground floor rooms come with their very own indoor plunge pools, with views out onto the gardens, beach and sea. There is a king-sized bed and sofa, as well as a marble tiled rain shower and open-plan bathroom with Jacuzzi®. An espresso machine is provided, as well as a personalised on call butler service to take care of food and drink reservations.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room
Lounge area

Ocean Loft with Plunge Pool

Split into two levels, with a bedroom and balcony upstairs, and a spacious living room and indoor heated plunge pool on the lower floor, this suite is pure luxury. It comes with an open-planned bathroom with a rain shower, and relaxing on the plush sofa or in the pool gives you direct views onto the sea.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

The Fortress Residence with Plunge Pool

This spacious and stylish residence comes with a private infinity edge pool, a large bedroom with king-sized bed and a living room both leading onto a large balcony with views of the sea. The luxurious bathroom comes with a Jacuzzi® bath and rain shower as well as twin basins, and you'll enjoy a personalised on-call butler service for reservations as well as WiFi and an entertainment system with flat screen TV and Bose sound system.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room
The Fortress

Food & Drink

White Restaurant

Located by the main pool, this restaurant serves contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine, showcasing rich flavours and traditional techniques.

Water front dining

Heat Restaurant

Relax with international cuisine including pizza from a wood-fired oven and Indian specialities at this alfresco dining spot. Offering spectacular ocean views, it makes a great place to visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner - with buffets on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Unique Dining

Poolside, Beachfront or in your room. There are so many ways to create a dining experience unique to your requirements.

Lounge

T-Lounge

At T-Lounge you can experience authentic Sri Lankan tea experiences as well as other favourite drinks in a laid back atmosphere. It serves an afternoon tea with tasty cakes and is open till late for tropical cocktails.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Includes breakfast at White Restaurant.

Half Board

Breakfast and Dinner at White Restaurant.

Full Board

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served at White Restaurant.

All Inclusive

Breakfast buffet at White Restaurant, lunch and dinner will consist of a four course set menu or A la carte dining.

Enjoy selected premium and local brands of imported spirits, along with local branded beers, selected international sparkling wines and wines, soft drinks and bottled water from.

Minibar with beers, soft drinks and bottled water refilled on a daily basis. Free daily sundown cocktail. Free entry to the culture show. Complimentary DVD movies available throughout your stay. Complimentary WiFi throughout the resort. Complimentary yoga and stretching classes, water aerobic classes, sauna and steam room.

Afternoon Tea served daily at the Butlers Lounge.

Complimentary farewell destination dinner.

The Fortress

Special Offers

Free night offer

Free night offer

Stay for selected travel dates and take advantage of a 'stay 4 pay 3' free nights offer. 

Black out dates and T&C's apply. 

Travelling
Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Monday, December 23, 2019

Resort credit

Food & Beverage and Spa Credit

Book a minimum 5 nights on selected travel dates and receive resort credit for both Spa treatments and Food & Beverages. 

Black out dates and T&C's apply. 

Travelling
Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Monday, December 23, 2019
Offer ends in 274 days

Room upgrade

Guaranteed Room Upgrade

Book a minimum 5 nights on selected travel dates and receive a confirmed room upgrade to the next category. 

Black out dates and T&C's apply. 

Travelling
Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Thursday, October 31, 2019
Offer ends in 221 days

Board basis upgrade

Complimentary upgrade to Half Board

Book for 7 nights or more before the 31st May 2019 and receive complimentary upgrade from Bed & Breakfast to Half Board. 

  • Black out dates may apply
  • Valid on all room categories
  • Combinable with early booking offers

Travelling
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019
Offer ends in 68 days