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The Fortress Resort & Spa

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Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala 82104 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/04/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/04/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
A luxury 53 room boutique resort located on the Southern shores of Sri Lanka. The Fortress has been styled after Galle’s powerful ancient Dutch Fort, blending the country’s Dutch and Portuguese influences with Sri Lankan motifs and indigenous furnishings to echo the historic days of Old Ceylon. This has been artfully and sensitively fused with innovative architecture, high design features, state-of-the-art technology, sensual living spaces with naturally modern design, and incredible gastronomic experiences, to stunning effect. The Fortress will offer unprecedented levels of service, extraordinary innovation, attention to detail and a unique blend of Old Ceylon with Modern Asia.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Babysitting
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
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Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Sinead M wrote a review Jan 11
Dublin, Ireland28 contributions55 helpful votes
We have just returned from 4 fabulous days at the Fortress with our adult 4 children. The rooms are amazing especially those facing the sea. I would point out that the garden rooms are dark as they face an indoor courtyard however they are enormous. I have to say the staff are exceptional and try to do their very best to enhance your stay here. The A La Carte menu was impressive with lots of choice but the buffet was somewhat disappointing. That said there is lots of choice. I cannot mention everyone by name but Asela who is the Food and Beverage Director was always on site ensuring guests were happy diners which shows the lengths that they are prepared to go for customer satisfaction. if there is anything negative to say, it is not about the hotel but the surrounding area. You would need to get a taxi to other restaurants or attractions nearby as nothing is within walking distance (this may have been as a result of Covid with local cafes closed??). We would definitely return To the Fortress as it really is a place of paradise. On the swimming - you can swim at low tide but otherwise the current is quite strong and waves were quite high. Other than that WELL DONE FORTRESS team - you do a great job....
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Dear Sinead M, Ayubowan from The Fortress Resort and Spa!! It’s a pleasure to read your encouraging feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are so fascinated and I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for taking the time and effort to mention the factors that made your stay very exceptional and also apologize shortcomings with regards to the buffet. We are very much humbled by your kind words and rest assured that these comments will be shared with the rest of the team to serve as an inspiration to continue on providing outstanding services to all of our guests. We look forward to your next visit Stay Safe!! Warmest Regards.
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Ruhul L wrote a review Dec 2021
Mumbai, India24 contributions16 helpful votes
When you enter the property, it feels the Indian Ocean is waiting to greet you! The resort staff made arrangements for a visit to Yala national park, which was a good experience. There are many places around to see, perhaps more day activity packages could get included as a pre-book option, such as whale watching at Mirissa and for other national parks. The dine-in experience was all right, yet the service needs to improve. We enjoyed our stay at The Fortress Resort and Spa. The location is excellent, so is the freshly caught seafood.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Dear rilmax, Ayubowan from The Fortress Resort and Spa!! It’s a pleasure to read your encouraging feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are so fascinated and I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for taking the time and effort to mention the factors that made your stay very exceptional. We are very much humbled by your kind words and rest assured that these comments will be shared with the rest of the team to serve as an inspiration to continue on providing outstanding services to all of our guests. We look forward to your next visit Happy New Year & Stay Safe!! Warmest Regards.
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Julie M wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom33 contributions10 helpful votes
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Stunning hotel and treated like royalty. We had the residence suite ( there are only two either end of the hotel), which came with a private plunge pool and a butler - Janika, who was a complete god send and organised everything for us, nothing was too much trouble. We also had a separate amazing room next door with connecting door. The food was excellent with plenty of choices, there were barbecue nights and seafood nights and a special Sri Lankan night with dancers. We also had a driver call Chinthaka who would always point out things of interest and make sure we had plenty of water, cushions and blankets on long drives. The spa was so tranquil and had lots of treatments on offer, I had four including a mini manicure. Everyone wore face masks and we had to use hand sanitizer and have our temperature checked every time we entered the restaurant. There were lots of Christmas decorations and a wreath on everyone’s door, we also had a Christmas tree in our room. On my birthday the hotel decorated the bed with petals, leaves and balloons, it felt really special. All in all I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Juliem Y, Ayubowan from The Fortress Resort and Spa!! It’s a pleasure to read your encouraging feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are so fascinated and I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for taking the time and effort to mention the factors that made your stay very exceptional. We are very much humbled by your kind words and rest assured that these comments will be shared with the rest of the team to serve as an inspiration to continue on providing outstanding services to all of our guests. We look forward to your next visit Stay Safe!! Warmest Regards.
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Naveed Z wrote a review Dec 2021
Melbourne, Australia66 contributions50 helpful votes
We flew down from Melbourne, Australia last week and decided to go down south for the weekend. The staff went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. There was a mix up with our room and the staff promptly gave us an upgrade. My son loved the pool and the beach. The food was great and the general atmosphere was calm and relaxing g
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Naveedz, Ayubowan from The Fortress Resort and Spa!! It’s a pleasure to read your encouraging feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are so fascinated and I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for taking the time and effort to mention the factors that made your stay very exceptional. We are very much humbled by your kind words and rest assured that these comments will be shared with the rest of the team to serve as an inspiration to continue on providing outstanding services to all of our guests. We look forward to your next visit Stay Safe!! Warmest Regards.
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Emma C wrote a review Dec 2021
Sweden7 contributions3 helpful votes
A true 5 star hotel with a 6 star service ! It was no wish that was not accomplished by the staff! Everyone from reception, pool, house keeping to restaurant, spa, bell boy was very helpful and service minded. We got a complementary upgrade to a very nice room with a beautiful view. Great pool with a desert beach just a few steps from hotel. Restaurang was nice and got a lot of good options. PCR-test arranged by hotel without leaving the property. Gym is okay but could need a little upgrade.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear EmmacC, Ayubowan from The Fortress Resort and Spa!! It’s a pleasure to read your encouraging feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are so fascinated and I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for taking the time and effort to mention the factors that made your stay very exceptional. We are very much humbled by your kind words and rest assured that these comments will be shared with the rest of the team to serve as an inspiration to continue on providing outstanding services to all of our guests. We look forward to your next visit Stay Safe!! Warmest Regards.
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PRICE RANGE
$147 - $367 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the fortress hotel koggala, fortress hotel galle, fortress galle, fortress sri lanka
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictKoggala
NUMBER OF ROOMS
53
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Fortress Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Handunugoda Tea Estate (3.2 miles), Ashintha Tours & Taxi Service Koggala (0.9 miles), and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Surf 'n' Turf, Follow the White Rabbit, and A'la carte restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does The Fortress Resort & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, The Fortress Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Fortress Resort & Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Koggala.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Fortress Resort & Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (8.2 miles), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (7.9 miles), and Meera Mosque (7.9 miles).