After a huge amount of research,we opted for the fortress for our wedding(03/03/13) and we are so glad we did,it was an even better experience than we could of ever imagined.Firstly the hotel,it is without a doubt the best hotel i have ever stayed in,for a number of reasons.The fortress is a small personal hotel and has a great ambiance about it,far from pretentious,it has character and the staff are what makes your stay an unforgettable experience.The staff will always greet you with a smile,they make you feel so special,sometimes like you are the only people there,they are polite,warm,friendly and very professional.The food at the fortress is exceptional,the curry plates are amazing the beef curry is the best i have ever tasted anywhere in the world.breakfast was fantastic,so much choice,fresh food a plenty again the best breakfast i have ever sampled.The homemade yogurts are truly to die for,you may even have curry for breakfast!We had a meal on the edge of the pool on our wedding night,the waiter was fantastic,he made our night!(apologies for no name)The pool guys were lovely they really looked after you above and beyond,an amazing infinity pool,quite big fantastic views from the pool,the beach was lovely,we ran out of time to walk along it.We stayed in an ocean room on the first floor of which i would highly recommend,everything in the room is perfect,the bed was huge and so comfy,you can even choose pillows from a pillow menu,the bathroom was stunning,rain shower,open plan and with a jacuzzi bath.outside on the terrace compliments wonderful sea views,they brought us our wedding breakfast,so beautifully enjoyed looking over the Indian ocean.We ate a few times in the restaurant,yes quite expensive but only what you would pay for a good meal in the uk,we ate out in Unawatuna a couple of times,can recommend hot rock and kingfisher.The beach at unawatuna was busy and i wouldn't put it in the top ten,however we visited a quieter small beach which was spectacular called wijaya,eat a fantastic prawn and mango curry at the little bar/restaurant on the beach,amazing to watch the sun go down with a chilled beer.we went with the Tuk tuk chaps opposite the hotel,seemed reasonably priced,not sure if we would get it any cheaper?They will wait for you as well,or take their number and let them know when you are ready,they were safe and friendly. Our Wedding day was just a dream,more than we could of ever imagined,a very simple beautiful service,which was perfect and flawless,so many thanks to Gayani the wedding coordinator,she was so professional,exceedingly friendly and calming the day went so smoothly,every respect to her for making our special day a truly amazing experience.If you are pondering over this venue for a wedding,ponder no more,this is the place to go,dreams really are made of this.We now have truly spoilt ourselves and cannot imagine going anywhere else now,hopefully many an anniversary spent here,Sri lanka is a great place to visit,very cultural,the people are so friendly,cannot recommend the fortress and Sri lanka enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fortress Hotel Koggala
- Fortress Hotel Galle
- Fortress Galle
- Fortress Sri Lanka