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Fortress

The Fortress, South Coast

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Striking and modern, this luxurious, beach-side boutique hotel is perfectly positioned to enjoy the warm Indian Ocean and for exploring the beautiful surrounds. Its world class facilities are enclosed within white-washed stone walls, reminiscent of the historic walled town of Galle nearby and designed with the old colonial days of Ceylon in mind. Enchanting and luxurious, all that's left for you to do is choose your sun lounger and savour a homemade cocktail whilst you watch the sun reflect on the ocean below.

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Fortress
  • rooms

    There’s a huge choice of room styles here. All are spacious, stylish and charming with deep French windows and contemporary Sri Lankan furnishings. Choose from private plunge pools, direct access to the beach or breathtaking balcony views.

    Fortress rooms have a private terrace or balcony overlooking the walled resort and are found on the upper tiers. The Ocean or Beach Rooms also offer lovely views and a private butler. The slightly larger Ocean Loft Rooms and Beach Splash Rooms have private plunge pools, large bathrooms and personal butler service.

    The opulent Fortress Residences are the ultimate in luxury, with four poster beds, spacious living areas and sweeping views out over the Indian Ocean from the bubbling Jacuzzi. A personal private butler is also on hand to make sure everything is exactly as you like it.

  • facilities & activities

    Head to the silky soft sands of the beach or choose one of the comfortable cane loungers dotted by the cobalt infinity pool. Or find a quiet nook inside the cool, white-washed walls and beautiful gardens of the courtyard, found at the heart of the resort.

    The destination spa lives up to its name with delicious Ayurvedic treatments, ranquil steam rooms and Jacuzzi.

    For those more inclined to sports there's a fully equipped gym and a water sports centre nearby and to relax the mind, head for the yoga pavilion.

    While away a few minutes in the boutique gift shop which offers a lovely selection of traditional Sri Lankan keepsakes, clothing, accessories and souvenirs – all made locally. Or for more shopping delights the exotic walled ramparts of Galle offer a huge array of antiques, glassware, hand looms and art – perfect if you want to bring a little Sri Lankan momento home with you.

    There are a number of fascinating excursions offered by the hotel. Go wild in the huge National Parks of Yala and Udawalawa or visit the Pinnawala elephant orphanage nearby. Head out on a river safari or explore the rain-forests, the staff are friendly and helpful and will personalise an itinerary to suit you.

  • dining

    Candle-lit romance is offered at DUO, along with gourmet fine dining delights, crystal cutlery and a truly mind-boggling choice of over 2,000 types of wine (luckily there’s a very knowledgeable sommelier on hand to help). A stunning setting completes the picture.

    For more relaxed al-fresco dining then head to Heat. Wood-fired pizzas and tandoori curries are created in traditional ovens and served on the pool deck. Or sister restaurant – Pepper - fuses Asian and Sri Lankan fare cooked in show kitchens overlooking the pool.

    Have a cocktail or fragrant Ceylon Tea at one of the two lounges over looking the pretty gardens and 24 hour in-room dining is available should you wish to enjoy the view from your private balcony.

  • family

    There's plenty to keep little ones entertained; the beach is calm and safe and they'll love the large infinity pool. The staff will happily organise activities for children of all ages although there isn't formal child-care. There's a pool table, bingo, cards, chess and scrabble available all day and they are encouraged to get involved in the Fortress Turtle Conservation Project run by the resort.

    On a practical note, there are high-chairs in the restaurant and plenty of delicious food choices. All bedrooms can accommodate an extra cot or roll-away bed (on request) and baby-sitting is available to suit you.

  • location

    Set on the white sands of the southern shores of Sri Lanka, the resort is only 2 kms away from Koggala Airport. Air taxis or private air transfer will take you directly to and from the main Colombo International airport (2 hours).

    The historic city of Galle is only 17 kms away and a 'must see' destination, on Sri Lanka's glittering list of cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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