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The Fortress Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Fantastic stay last June ( I know it was monsoon time but it was amazing weather.) The hotel was quiet in the evening but we had a great dance show with thunder in the back ground. Great place to unwind and chill, with a stunning view on the sea. We had visitors on the beach ( giant turtles ) priceless! If you are looking for buzz and nightlife I would advise Ibiza or Mykonos but the resort does what it says on the tin: once you pass the massive solid wooden doors at the entrance, you jump into another world.
Amazing staff and the Sri Lankan smiles give you so much pleasure, so don't be mean and selfish with yours. A smile cost nothing but gives a lot.
I could nominate our butler Pradeep Chathurranga who served a perfect romantic dinner by the sea for our last night at the resort but I would be unfair to everybody else because they all made us feel welcomed and happy, being very attentive and very helpful: from reception, bar, restaurant, pool, yoga teacher, fitness instructor, spa ...... and all the invisible people working hard behind the stage.
We had the chance to visit some of the rooms available in the hotel ...... Oh my! A delight of confort and luxury. It comes at a price of course but after all what's free in this world.
I would recommend the resort but like films, you have to view it by yourself.

Room Tip: Sea view on ground floor with plunge pool, high ceilings, large bathroom with shower and bath.Outdoo...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

one of the best designed hotel with equally beautiful view of indian ocean, the stay was very comfortable thanks to a very good hotel staff, very good veg. cuisine made by chef and activities to keep our 3 year old busy. better to stay in fortress. it worth the money spent.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Anyone used to the grand luxury of SE Asia's great hotels and resorts will probably agree that by comparison, this place is no more than ok. The location is alright - though the beach is neither private, nor the ocean safe to swim in. The hotel itself is nicely finished, and the rooms are big, but they've placed emphasis on all the wrong things. So they're dead proud of the Bose sound system and the multi-setting light computer in every room (who cares?), but the restaurant has dreadful live panpipes playing off-key renditions of "moon river", and the two hotel bars close at 11pm because, well, decent folk should be asleep by then I guess. Size-wise, the place is too big for a boutique hotel, but too small to count as a resort. So it lacks the sense of exclusive intimacy of a boutique, but can't qualify to be a "resort" as it has only one functioning restaurant, two bars with early shut-down, etc. You just get the sense management is a bit local, as opposed to the place being slickly run by a Mandarin Oriental-type international team. For a couple of nights at the beginning or end of your Sri Lanka trip you could do a lot worse- and the staff do go out of their way to be helpful- but it's expensive for what it is, and you'll probably not want to spend a week here.

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

With 180 degree views of the ocean, a huge pool, superb rooms and outstanding food, this is a place not to miss. Though its location is a bit away from the Fort area, but hotels inside the Fort are small and since there is not that much breeze inside the fort area, it is not nice during the hot months (we visited in May). A little pricey no doubt, but not over priced for what it is.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Most reviewers have already covered the excellent rooms, great food and awesome location. But to me what made The Fortress extra special was the quality of the customer service. The welcome we received from the delightful Chamindi was the best "front of house" service I have ever received, and significantly better than many top-level hotels that I have visited. I truly felt that I was welcome and this excellence of customer service continued for the entirety of our stay. The team was friendly, efficient and polite. More importantly, they all sounded sincere and I did not get the usual impression of big hotels where the people greet you like it is a chore. This hotel really is different in every way and I highly recommend it to visitors. But Chamindi and the team are what make it so great.

Room Tip: I recommend an ocean view room. I did not request one when I made the reservation, but Chamindi arr...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

From the moment we arrived we knew it would be a wonderful holiday. The hotel was luxurious. The staff were so helpful and hospitable. Every member of staff treated you as a special person and nothing was too much trouble. The infinity pool stretched along the edge of the shore, amazing to just relax and watch the waves rolling in. We were a family of 9 meeting half way between England and Australia. We used minibuses booked for us by the hotel reception and were able to travel into Gaulle and other nearby beaches. Plenty of restaurants within Tuk Tuk reach. Disappointing whale watching trip. Bit of a con as the season had finished and the whales had migrated.....they still take your money and sail out into the horizon to search....worth doing your research first!!
We would like to return to Sri Lanka to explore more locations. Difficult and tiring with 9 of us to be having long days out. It seemed that several hotel guests had done a two centre holiday and ended relaxing at the Fortress for the last few days. Nevertheless it was a wonderful experience. Thank you to the staff at the Fortress.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Spent 4 days at the fortress over Easter break to celebrate my sister's impending wedding. The pool was absolutely amazing. Food is lovely - ordered the chicken biyriani (very authentic) pool side - bliss. The staff were excellent - special mention goes to Asla at the restaurant. He organised lumprais and dosas which weren't available to us on the menu - he really went out of his way to please us. The spa is lovely - amazing Indian head massage and aromatherapy massage - 7 of us enjoyed treatments and we all had fantastic experiences. Very resonantly priced. Rooms are big and the beach views are amazing. Breakfast is the best - fish curries and traditional Lankan food. Ask for the lulu miris chillies. Will definitely go back and since recommending the place to family and friends they have all booked or completed their stay and also have amazing things to say about the fortress

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala 82104, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Koggala
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Price Range: $238 - $1,409 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Fortress Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 53
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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The Fortress Hotel Koggala
Fortress Hotel Galle
Fortress Galle
Fortress Sri Lanka

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