Just back from 10nights at The Fortress. Ok, so lots to say about this hotel...
We were collected from our previous hotel in a very comfortable 4X4 with a pleasant driver.
On arrival we were greeted by about 8 staff. It was possibly a little overwhelming. My partner went to carry his holdall but was stopped and told it would be brought in for us. As it is a luxury hotel he did not think about the fact we had a purse with £1110 inside... This was a mistake! We were taken into the lobby and given a "Fortress Tea" they are deliciuous. After a few minutes our bags were brought through. We were then taken on an informative tour of the hotel then to our room and shown how to operate all the gadgets. Unfortunately whilst unpacking we noticed that £240 had gone missing. We informed the hotel who produced a print out to show nobody had been in our room (using the swipe system) but they did not understand that we suspected it had been taken before reaching the room. Unfortunately we had not counted the money since the evening before in our previous hotel so could not rule out the money being taken from the safe that morning there, so we did not peruse the complaint or contact the police.
On a more positive note;
We stayed in a ground floor beach room. The bed was humongous, bathroom more than adequate and the view was just amazing. We had room no 6 with a view of the garden, pool and ocean - just lovely. The gadgets and iPod docking station were a bonus too. There was a little damp in the room but was not an issue for us - Sri Lanka is very humid. The bed linen was good quality, my partner says he's never slept as well as he did at the fortress. We drank soft drinks from the mini bar which was reasonably priced.
The location is good, lots of things to do locally and in close proximity to Unawatuna where there are lots of cheap restaurants on the beach. Although we only went once as the food in the hotel was so good. The pool is fabulous and very warm. Pleanty of sun beds with a flag for when you need anything. The pool man (I can't remember his name) is really sweet and would stop to chat most days. He also took us snorkelling on the beach where we were lucky enough to swim beside a Turtle! The beach to the right of the hotel goes on for miles. Although you can't swim as it is too rough it was really fun to play in the waves. The beach to the left of the hotel is good for swimming and snorkelling. Lots of locals swim here and there are ice cream & juice huts (two mr wippies cost us a total of 25p). There are people trying to sell ornaments and tuk tuk drivers wanting your custom but once we politely declined they would leave us alone.
We also borrowed DVDs from reception, they have a good range. There is also a pool table and library upstairs.
The spa- we had two massages which were great and the facilities are good (jacuzzi, steam, sauna)
The gym - well equipped although equipment a bit old. The trainer Gayan was great, my partner worked out with him for 2hrs everyday and he expected no money!
Trips & excursions - plenty of tuk tuk drivers on the beach and out the front of the hotel. We used a young man named Gemunu. He was incredible, we would call him and he would arrive within 30mins to take us wherever we wanted. He would then wait for us until we wanted to be taken back. He came to the beach everyday to see if we needed to be taken anywhere that day.
We went to galle, unawatuna, turtle hatchery and whale watching all with Gemunu.
The food - breakfast was amazing, egg hoppers, curries, fresh fruit, cereals etc etc. The hotel allowed us to eat early one morning when we were going on a trip and also did us a little packed box on our early departure. The food in the evening was amazing! It cost about £60 - £70 for 2/3 courses and drinks - sometimes wine. The food is incredible, we only ate out once. They have entertainment every night which we actually enjoyed. Maybe the singer wasn't the best but we enjoyed it and his take on the songs made it entertaining. The staff were great and would automatically reserve our table for us every night. Seafood night is good, lobster, prawns, tuna as much as you can eat. Sri Lankan night also very good with an extensive range of curries. BBQ night was our favourite though. The chefs do a great job the food is really good quality.
Could write an essay on this hotel, it was lovely. We were actutually very sad to leave, I wish we could have stayed longer.
- 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
- The Fortress Resort & Spa Sri Lanka/Koggala