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Sri Lanka


Located on the golden southern coast of Sri Lanka, The Fortress is minutes away from Sri Lanka's most historically interesting living city, Galle. Guests are greeted at Bandaranaike International Airport by our hosts and escorted to their resort getaway by their chosen means of transfer. Arrive at the picturesque Koggala Lake by helicopter or drive through the rich colourful culture that Sri Lanka is known for in your own private luxury car.


The Fortress, a resort in Galle, Sri Lanka  

A hotel fashioned in the style of a powerful fortress. Rising next to the beach, the resort’s walls enclose verdant gardens and water features, a spa featuring Ayurvedic treatments, a freeflow swimming pool, wine cellar, restaurants, boutiques and exquisitely appointed rooms, lofts and residences.
The resort’s architecture forges historic Dutch and Portuguese styles with the motifs of Sri Lanka. Galle’s most innovative resort experience.

Resort concept and philosophy
Recreating history, the architecture of The Fortress is styled after Galle's famed Dutch Fort. Naturally modern design forges historic Dutch and Portuguese styles with Sri Lankan motifs, innovative architecture and designer amenities. Rising next to the seaside, the resort’s walls enclose verdant gardens sheltering hammocks, daybeds and stunning water features. All of the 49 'naturally modern' guest rooms feature 7ft by 7ft super king beds, open plan bathrooms, and state-of-the-art entertainment systems with plasma screens, Bose DVD players and surround sound. The Spa enrobes guests in exclusive experiences and environs whilst offering an array of signature treatments, yoga and meditation along with the ancient South Asian healing art of Ayurveda.

Resort services include 24-hour reception hosts; luxury car service; Tuk tuk service; airport transfers; butler service; babysitters on request; 24-hour in-room dining; poolside service; wedding hosts; Wi-Fi internet access; IDD telephone services; laundry, valet services; and foreign currency exchange.

During your stay relax in the free flowing swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, watch your favourite movies in the comfort of your own room, book your private session of Yoga in the comfort of the Yoga Pavilion or work out in our fully equipped fitness center. Our Little Adventurers Zone is the answer for parents travelling with kids. Don’t forget to browse through the attractive souvenir and jewellery boutiques

Guests Rooms & Suites  

Inspired by the Dutch Fort design, there are five distinct styles of guest rooms and residences, each creating sensual living spaces with a naturally modern twist. All are designed with either private courtyards or balconies, with views onto the magnificent gardens, water features or golden beaches out to the Indian Ocean. The suites boast of indoor plunge pools or your own private pool. A cutting-edge entertainment system and designer fittings include plasma screen, Bose DVD and sound system, air conditioning, overhead fan, private bar, in-room safe and IDD telephone.

Fortress Rooms
The Fortress Rooms feature a super king 7ft by 7ft bed dressed in Egyptian cotton and an open plan bathroom with rainfall shower and bath. Rooms open out onto your own courtyard or garden balcony.


Ocean Rooms
Located on the upper floor with views into the gardens, beach and the Indian Ocean beyond… Highlights of these rooms include the open plan bathroom with large bath and split-level living area with magnificent views and feature high vaulted ceilings.

Beach Rooms
Similar to the Ocean Rooms, the Beach Rooms are located on the ground floor. Guests also have the added bliss of enjoying a Jacuzzi bath.

Ocean Lofts
The design of these split-level rooms creates a one-of-a-kind experience on each of their two separate floors. Guests enter into an oversized living room with indoor plunge pool, inviting daybed, plasma screen and Bose DVD sound system. The upper floor houses one bedroom, showcasing a designer bed adorned in soft Egyptian cotton and a sumptuous day bed. The stunning upstairs bathroom features both rainfall and wall showers.

Fortress Residences
The ultimate in sensual living space, The Fortress Residences are both on the upper floor of The Fortress and each feature one, two or three bedrooms and outdoor dining deck. Each offers guests astounding experiences, with a private cantilevered infinity edge pool to enjoy magnificent views of the coastline. Guests staying in these residences are pampered by their 24-hour personal butler, catering to their every whim.


Wherever you eat or drink and whatever you eat or drink at The Fortress, innovative creative design, incredible flavours and the freshest, finest ingredients are its hallmark. Whether you seek authentic Sri Lankan specialities, Mediterranean fare al fresco, funky decor and new age cocktails or a gastronomic journey matched with incredible wines, dining at The Fortress will take your taste buds on a sensational journey.

Facing the stunning free form swimming pool and the Indian Ocean, Pepper combines the tastes of Old Ceylon and Modern Asia to create incredible Sri Lankan fare. Using the history of Sri Lanka’s cuisine, spices and traditions, customary flavours are presented in an exciting and creatively modern way. Pepper features a show kitchen, which allows guests to witness the arts of the Asian kitchen, spice preparation, cooking methods and flare of Sri Lankan cuisine. Whether you choose the Sri Lankan breakfast, A seafood delicacy for dinner or our specialty deserts, the imaginative twist on traditional dishes will wow the palate. Modern international fare is also available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Service hours: 7.00am to 11.00am breakfast; 12.00pm to 4.00pm lunch; 19.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs dinner, seven days a week).

Savour the flavours of the world for lunch or dinner at Heat, a relaxed al fresco restaurant, located by the pool and beach, set beneath cascading trees. Homemade ice cream, a customized salad with fresh ingredients and dressings of choice prepared-to-order at your table, and hot creations from the wood fired pizza oven such as a Sri Lankan Curry pizza, and wraps (from Greek to Lebanese). Funky fusion Mediterranean dishes. (Service hours: 7.00am to 11.00am breakfast; 12.00pm to 4.00pm lunch; 19.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs dinner, seven days a week).

In-Room Dining
Twenty-four hour in-room dining is available for guests wanting to indulge within the intimate settings of their room, loft or residence.

Sea Lounge
This is cool seaside funk and the place to go for edgy décor, music and new age cocktails in the surrounds of old Ceylon. The Sea Lounge offers cocktails with a modern twist, tea infused cocktails and other hip concoctions while surrounded by glistening lights and a starry night sky. (Open 9.30 hrs to midnight, seven days a week).

T Lounge
T is the open-plan, airy Sri Lankan tea lounge with spectacular sea and garden views, which offers the flavours, aromas and traditions of Ceylon through tea. With a central preparation area, guests can watch and learn about the tea making ceremony and the story of Ceylon tea. Over 30 Dilmah premium handpicked teas are on offer, including many specialties such as ‘white tip tea’, which is said to fight infection and strengthen the immune system. Enjoy a cup of afternoon tea with our homemade cheese cake to compliment the setting. (Open from 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs, seven days a week).

Lime Spa  

An inner sanctum reflecting the rich colors of the surrounding culture and nature close by. Complementing our global menu of international therapies, the spa incorporates the indigenous culture of Sri Lanka by offering signature Ayurvedic therapies that are non-invasive while true to form. Before and after treatments, guests can indulge in complimentary 'Sublime' water therapies which include a sauna, steam and hydro-bath.
Focusing mainly on Ayurvedic rituals with natural ingredients sourced locally by our Ayurvedic Doctor for the mind, body and spirit using the newly created essential oil products. Ayurveda is a time tested ancient system of medicine which is now popular around the world. It is a science that not only addresses to bodily infirmity but encourages social, spiritual, emotional and psychological well being.

*Six dual Spa suites
*Ayurvedic lounge and treatment sanctuary- don’t miss the Ayurvedic Herbs on display
*Manicure/Pedicure and Facial Zone
*Sensuous relaxation spaces
*Aroma Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi, and Vitality Showers
*Yoga pavilion and fitness studio