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The Fortress - Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    The Fortress in Koggala is a highly recommended holiday destination, boasting an innovative mix of luxury and tradition, offering exquisite authentic and international cuisine and beautifully landscaped surroundings. The opportunity to indulge in the Aquum spa, relax by the elegant pool and enjoy a glass of wine and delicious wood-fired pizza in the authentic glass cave should not be missed. The hotel is located under 10 miles south of Galle and approximately two hours and twenty minutes' drive from Colombo airport, and is suitable as a single-centre beach holiday destination or as part of a touring holiday.
    The Fortress is an elegant and sophisticated resort offering high standards and excellent facilities.

    The journey and how you get there

    Fly into Colombo then take a private transfer to The Fortress, a journey of approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes by car. There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines, flights via Mumbai with British Airways or flights via Dubai with Emirates.


    Included in your holiday

    An Expressions holiday includes return scheduled flights from London to Colombo on Sri Lankan Airways economy class, private return taxi transfer airport to hotel and bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for a luxury holiday to The Fortress in Koggala, are per person based on two people sharing a Fortress Room:
    From £1,390 for 7 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up to date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Free nights 2018(8)
      Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 for stays between 11 January - 7 April 2018. Stay 4 nights for the price of 3, 7 nights for the price of 5 or 11 nights for the price of 8 between 8 April - 25 July 2018. Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 for stays between 26 July - 31 August 2018. Stay 5 nights for the price of 4, 7 nights for the price of 5 or 12 nights for the price of 89 for stays between 1 September - 31 October 2018. Stay 5 nights for the price of 4 for stays between 1 November - 23 December 2018.
    • Free nights 2018(10)
      Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 from 11 January until 7 April 2018, stay 4 nights for the price of 3, 7 nights for the price of 5, 11 nights for the price of 8 for stays from 8 April to 25 July 2018, stay 7 nights for the price of 5 for stays from 26 July to 31 August 2018, stay 5 nights for the price of 4, 7 nights for the price of 5, 12 nights for the price of 9 for stays from 1 September to 31 October 2018, and stay 5 nights for the price of 4 for stays from 1 November to 23 December 2018. Free nights are on a bed and breakfast basis only. Valid only for stays with the season start and end date.
    • Free nights 2018(29)
      Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 from 11 January until 7 April 2018, stay 4 nights for the price of 3 or 7 nights for the price of 5 or 11 nights for the price of 8 from 8 April until 25 July 2018, stay 7 nights for the price of 5 from 26 July until 31 August 2018, stay 5 nights for the price of 4 or 7 nights for the price of 5 or 12 nights for the price of 9 from 1 September until 31 October 2018 and stay 5 nights for the price of 4 from 1 November until 23 December 2018. Valid on bed and breakfast stays. Combinable with early booking offer only.
    • Honeymoon offer 2018(40)
      Bride will receive a 50% discount off the room rate on minimum stays of 4 nights from 11 January until 23 December 2018. Honeymoon couples will also receive a fruit indulgence platter, champagne cocktail upon arrival and a spa voucher for £50. Combinable with early booking offer only.

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    Our opinion

    The Fortress in Koggala near Galle is elegant and refined with a traditional feel and relaxing ambience.

    Hotel description

    The Fortress in Koggala is an outstanding deluxe resort hotel which is elegant and refined with superb views of the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka’s south coast under 10 miles from Galle. Styled after Galle’s famous Dutch Fort, The Fortress has been constructed in a quadrangle around a vast inner open-air courtyard, comprising 53 bedrooms and suites, a spa and a variety of indoor and outdoor wining and dining facilities. The innovative architecture at The Fortress blends contemporary design with traditional Dutch, Portuguese and Sri Lankan touches whilst capturing the natural beauty of its stunning ocean setting. The infinity-edge swimming pool and verdant gardens appear to drop into the sea whilst hammocks, daybeds and soothing water features have been strategically placed for peaceful relaxation. The Fortress' luxuriously appointed guest rooms have open-plan bathrooms and rain showers and open out onto a patio terrace or balcony, mostly with ocean views. Relax by the elegant pool or indulge in a treatment at the Spa Naturel, which offers a variety of spa and beauty therapies as well as signature Ayurvedic treatments.
    The Fortress has earned much acclaim for its excellent cuisine, served in the W H I T E Restaurant, a mouth-watering choice of seafood, international dishes, Sri Lankan curries and delicious wood-fired pizzas. There is also a trendy glass cave where guests can enjoy an array of old and new world wines. The Fortress is in a handy location for watching stilt fishermen and taking excursions to Galle, inland rainforest reserves, Koggala lake and along the south coast.


    Galle, Sri Lanka

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year.

    Distance from airport

    About 2 1/2 hours by car

    Closest airport

    Colombo International Airport.

    Room types

    51 bedrooms and suites
    All rooms have open-plan bathroom with rainfall shower, air conditioning, DVD player, minibar, safe, telephone.
    Fortress room with garden view.
    Ocean room.
    Beach room. On ground floor with Jacuzzi.
    Beach Splash room.
    Ocean Loft suite. On two floors with living room and indoor plunge pool.
    The Fortress Residence suite. On upper floor with two bedrooms and bathrooms, separate living area, outdoor dining deck, plunge pool and 24-hour butler service.

    Hotel facilities and services

    2 Restaurants, Terrace with bar and restaurant service, Lounge bar, Sri Lankan tea bar, Wine cave, 52-metre swimming pool, Spa with Ayurvedic centre, Gym, Bicycles for hire, Little Adventurer’s Room, DVD library, WiFi internet access, Gift shop, Laundry service, Wedding pavilion, Weddings arranged by a wedding planner.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Gym, yoga pavilion, bicycles for hire

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Near to The Fortress are the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum; Galle and its Dutch Fort; Koggala Lake, turtle hatchery, Handunagoda Tea factory; Kanneliya, Kottawa and Hiyare Rainforest reserves; Samakanda organic farm;
    Activities nearby: Snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaks, sailing, diving, cycling; whale-watching boat trips.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports centre and scuba diving nearby. 


    Children of all ages are welcome. Family rooms and suites are available.Cots are available free of charge and must be booked at the time of room booking.

    Minimum stays

    A minimum stay of 4 nights is required for the period 26 December 2018 to 7 January 2019.

    Other information

    Standard Category Luxury – First class.

    Special Events Galle Literary Festival (January), Whale watching (December to April), Hikka festival (1st week of August).

    Compulsory supplements are required for the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner (24 December) and the New Year's Eve Gala Dinner (31 December).


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