Spent 5 delightful nights at The Fortress. Arrived in Colombo at 2am stayed at The Kingsbury which is a 30min taxi ride from the airport. Kingsbury is affiliated with The Fortress and was their recommended hotel in Colombo. The Fortress organized transport from The Kingsbury - nice luxury SUV, they were on time and the driver very pleasant. Trip took about 90mins.
Arrived at The Fortress, greeted by the sound of a bell and walked through the tall gates into paradise. From the moment we stepped into the hotel the staff were adorable, so loving, so happy, so attentive. Staff 5 stars.
We stayed on the ground floor (room 12) garden access. We didn't have a plunge pool in our room but didn't need it. The communal pool was great. Service around the pool brilliant.
Beach is great for a walk - wish I took my surf board as the beach was empty and great waves. Stilt fisherman just around the corner. Some of the staff breed turtles and once they are strong enough they release them into the ocean. This is a great experience.
Have to say we were a little disappointed with the food and price of alcohol. Wine options, very limited and way overpriced.
Kid friendly but that didn't bother us at all. It's big enough to escape if need be.
We headed into town a few days/nights - grabbed a tuk tuk from outside, 3000r return trip, it's about 30mins to Galle, the driver will also wait for you. Galle fort is a tad boring but worth a look if you're into museums and history. We ate at deco 44 - great king prawns also really cheap. We had a great curry at Mamas rooftop cafe. Don't bother going to Kingfisher in Unawatuna, so overrated. I would recommend a cooking class - we went to Sonia's Kitchen. We also went to Mirissa Beach for a day trip.
Overall a wonderful experience.
- 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