We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Staying at The Fortress in February

Which Koggala hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Wiltshire
Level Contributor
5 posts
18 reviews
Save Topic
Staying at The Fortress in February

Hi everyone. Going to the Fortress in February for a well deserved bit of R&R. Just a few questions if anyone can answer for us.

1. What is the best currency to pay for trips with the local TUK TUK drivers?

2. Can you take your own booze in from the local shops? We quite often just like to have a few before dinner etc in our room.

3. Which is the best beach for snorkelling?

4. Any good boat trips and what should we pay for these?

5. Is there a tipping policy, and if so what is recommended? Been to so many places where it is expected on top of the service charges! Never mind tipping but not for the sake of it.

6. Any idea what treatments cost in the Spa?

7. Anyone been to the 'Wine' dining room where the cutlery is glass- looks fab?

8. Average price for bottles of wine?

9. Are there safety deposit boxes in reception and are they individual? Any cost for this?

10. Can helicopter trips be organised easily from the hotel?

11. Is there wifi in the actual rooms or simply the public areas?

12. Average prices for lunch as we are half board anyway so will probably eat at night in the hotel.

Many thanks to anyone if they reply, always better to hear direct from someone than to read old threads.

Tim

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
50,448 posts
174 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

Hi there,

A try ;-) Will skip were unknown.

1] LKR. Change your pounds or whatever into these, at a bank or official changer or use ATM.

2] Dunno what hotel policy is, might allow 'smuggling'

3] In front of the hotel is swimmable at some days, but no reef. Should be within 2-3 km to either side of the hotel, staff can advise.

4] Koggala lake is quite nice, with islands in it too. Bargaining could lead to something like Rs 3,000 for a 90 minute trip.

5] No the hotel has SC. Still the wages of staff are so low that 'some' tipping is expected but solely in case of good service.

8] Huge, both at liquor shops and hotel, because it's all import. Cheaper ones will start at Rs 1,000.

10] Yes but the heli airport is Colombo (Ratmalana). So expect also a hefty transfer price from/to hotel to Koggala first; for small sightseeing flight the price per heli hence will easily come above USD 1,000.

12] In normal tourist restaurant outside (e.g. Unuwatuna) below Rs 1,000 including local drinks. At Fortress level at least 1,500.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Fredericia, Denmark
Level Contributor
37,532 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

I would like to know where to find a liquor shop that sells wine @ LKR 1,000;-).

Hans

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
50,448 posts
174 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

Hi Hans,

We have a few near our suburb of Colombo. But as I said, 'cheaper ones' which they'd probably not recommend to tourists. Nicknamed here in Europe 'Chateau Migraine', culinary experts will not need a translation for it ;-)

Tnx,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Wiltshire
Level Contributor
5 posts
18 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

Thanks one and all. Helps alot. One question are the letters LKR and Rs the same currency?

Really looking forward to our first trip to Sri lanka and want to chill but also see a few things if able. Helicopter off the agenda now!

Once again thank you.

Tim

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
50,448 posts
174 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

Yes they are in this context. 'Rs' simply means rupee, and can hence also mean Indian and Pakistani and Nepalese rupees. LKR is the official currency code and more unique...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Manchester, United...
Level Contributor
383 posts
76 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

Ha ha went last Feb and going this one too so here is the help that I can give:

1. Dollars will do but given that tips for these are likely to be small go for rupees.

2. Yes although be discreet, You will find that the mini-bar in your room is well stocked and the wines supplied in there are great. You may be best to take a bottle of gordons from duty free and just use mixers.

3. Waves are pretty big so doubt that there are any, but the sea is beautiful to swim in.

4. Whale watching may be a good start!

5. We tipped every transaction (pretty much), 2 beers £4.50 so we made it a fiver etc. Service is great so happy to reward.

6. Don't know precisely but seem to remember not cheap, they will show you round on your welcome tour so you can decide.

7 There is a set price for this and a set menu, not cheap and a bit sterile so we skipped it, it is essentially in their wine cave and that is kept very well chilled and enough of that in the UK.

8Seem to recall c£20-£25 for a decentish Sauvignon Blanc but bet that you can spend a lot more. The in room drinks are the same price and you have a mini selection of full bottles in your room too.

9. In your room.

10. Doubt it very much but suspect that they will know where one can land so bet they can pull it together for a price.

11. I believe that it is throughout but don't hold me to that.

12. Salad Nicoise etc. by the beach about £8 and as good as all the rest of the food. Generally prices throughout are not too different to mid-price UK but quality is ACE.

Enjoy.

Jon

Rome, Italy
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka, Maldives
Level Contributor
11,102 posts
80 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

3). Best snorkeling: get to Hikkaduwa or Mirissa

8. Re: Staying at The Fortress in February

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 8:19 am, December 14, 2013
Get answers to your questions about Koggala