We've just returned from an 8 night stay at the Fortress and loved it!
Whilst it's true that the 4 hour transfer from the airport is a nightmare after a long flight - it's well worth it once you arrive there (NB we have been told that all air taxi transfers from Colombo have been suspended so you will have to endure the 4 hour drive for the time being!)
The hotel is, like a lot of the previous reports have said, amazing. It's relatively small, so never crowded, and has such a peacful feel that it's impossible not to come away feeling refreshed and relaxed.
We had an Ocean room and the view out to the Indian Ocean frrom our bed was fantastic - the beach rooms also face the sea but as they are on the ground floor I think that the views may have been obstructed a little bit by trees/sunbeds etc.
The rooms are elegantly designed, spacious and spotlessly clean. The beds are absolutely huge and super comfy! There are some nice touches in the in-room facilities such as the ipod.
The pool itself is lovely with a jacuzzi section and has a beaultiful view out across the ocean.
It was never crowded and there were never any issues getting sunbeds!
You can't really sunbathe on the beach as the tide comes practically up to the wall that surrounds the hotel and the sea is quite rough for swimming. However, there is a section of the sea that is protected by a reef where you can swim.
Bar and Restaurant
The bar and resturant areas are beautiful and chilled out. There are two menus to choose from (Pepper - the a la carte menu and Heat - grills/pastas and pizzas)
The food really was excellent and the cost was reasonable compared to the UK - 900 -1,500 ruppess for a main (but not compared to what you pay in the local village!). Every price on the menu is subject to 10% service charge and 15% tax which is not included in the price printed on the menu.
The thing that really bumps up the bill is wine which is extortionate compared to what you pay in the UK. The average price of a bottle of wine was around 5,000 rupees (ex tax and service charge)
The only negative that we have was the buffet evening (once a week) which was expensive and not worth it in our opinion.
We also ate in a local village called Unawatuna which is about 20mins away in a tuk tuk (600 rupees). Here you can eat fresh seafood for next to nothing. We paid approx £15 for a slap up and delicious meal for 2 people including cocktails and beers..
The best restaurants that we went to were Hot Rock and Coral Lite.
The hotel staff were excellent and the service that we had far exceeded service that we are used to in the UK, without being overbearing.
Overall a fantastic holiday and we would love to return.
- 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