The Fortress Resort & Spa
Koggala, Sri Lanka
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Historic Boutique Escape with Daily Breakfast, Dinner and Cocktails

Experience the diverse history of Sri Lanka with a stay at The Fortress Resort & Spa. As a tribute to the country’s Dutch influences, this boutique property – a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection since 2006 – has been beautifully designed in the style of Galle’s ancient fort. This blissful break includes daily breakfast and three-course dinners, a 30-minute massage per adult, daily cocktails and more. Plus, two children under the age of five stay free with meals included.

travel Options


7 Nights
FORTRESS ESCAPE
Bed
Fortress Room
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  • Inclusions valid for two adults and two children aged under five (max. room occupancy is two adults and two children OR three adults. See ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Nightly three-course dinner from a set menu at White restaurant
  • One daily house cocktail per adult
  • One 30-minute head or foot massage per adult, per stay
  • 25% discount on a la carte meals across the resort

7 Nights
OCEAN UPGRADE
Bed
Ocean Room
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  • Inclusions valid for two adults and two children aged under five (max. room occupancy is two adults and two children OR three adults. See ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • A spacious room with view of the Indian Ocean and private balcony
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Nightly three-course dinner from a set menu at White restaurant
  • One daily house cocktail per adult
  • One 30-minute head or foot massage per adult, per stay
  • 25% discount on a la carte meals across the resort

9 Nights
FORTRESS ESCAPE
Bed
Fortress Room
Sold out
  • Inclusions valid for two adults and two children aged under five (max. room occupancy is two adults and two children OR three adults. See ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Nightly three-course dinner from a set menu at White restaurant
  • One daily house cocktail per adult, per day
  • One 30-minute head or foot massage per adult, per stay
  • 25% discount on a la carte meals across the resort

9 Nights
OCEAN UPGRADE
Bed
Ocean Room
Sold out
  • Inclusions valid for two adults and two children aged under five (max. room occupancy is two adults and two children OR three adults. See ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • A spacious room with view of the Indian Ocean and private balcony
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Nightly three-course dinner from a set menu at White restaurant
  • One daily house cocktail per adult
  • One 30-minute head or foot massage per adult, per stay
  • 25% discount on a la carte meals across the resort

7 Nights
BEACH UPGRADE
Bed
Beach Room
Sold out
  • Inclusions valid for two adults and two children aged under five (max. room occupancy is two adults and two children OR three adults. See ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • A spacious room with direct private garden access and views of the Indian Ocean
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Nightly three-course dinner from a set menu at White restaurant
  • One daily house cocktail per adult
  • One 30-minute head or foot massage per adult, per stay
  • 25% discount on a la carte meals across the resort

9 Nights
BEACH UPGRADE
Bed
Beach Room
Sold out
  • Inclusions valid for two adults and two children aged under five (max. room occupancy is two adults and two children OR three adults. See ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • A spacious room with direct private garden access and views of the Indian Ocean
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Nightly three-course dinner from a set menu at White restaurant
  • One daily house cocktail per adult
  • One 30-minute head or foot massage per adult, per stay
  • 25% discount on a la carte meals across the resort

Discover the history and beauty of Sri Lanka on this relaxing beachside break. Located along the sandy shores of Koggala, Southern Sri Lanka, you’ll never be far from beautiful ocean views. It’s also just a 15-minute drive to the ancient city of Galle, where you can get a taste for this fascinating country’s history. Visit the famous Dutch fort, learn about the traditional lifestyle of stilt fishermen and visit the sea-turtle hatchery, where you can find out about this endangered species.

Find out more about The Fortress Resort & Spa here .

What You’ll Love…

The Hotel – Boutique brilliance and stunning architecture

Arriving at this unique resort is an event in itself thanks to its beautiful beachside location and fascinating architecture. Designed to resemble the famous Galle fort, this boutique property places the emphasis on relaxation. Alongside an infinity pool, three restaurants and a tea-lounge, you’ll find an on-site spa, where you’ll receive a complimentary 30-minute head or foot massage for two.

The spa (a winner in the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards) also offers a traditional Ayurvedic menu, where you can discover the ancient healing practice through massage and handpicked oils to suit your body’s needs.

The Room – Modern comfort and private outdoor space

Relax in the comfort of your huge 750 square-foot room, which opens up into either a private courtyard or balcony. Each room comes with a King Bed, spacious open-plan bathroom with dual designer sinks and deep-soaking tub, and a world-class entertainment system with flat-screen TV and Geneva Bluetooth surround sound system.

Best of all, two children under the age of five stay free, with daily breakfast and dinner included.

Ocean Upgrade: Treat yourself to an Ocean Room, which offers direct views of the Indian Ocean from your private balcony.

Beach Upgrade: A Beach Room allows you to step directly into a private garden, with unspoiled views of the Indian Ocean beyond.

The Food – Daily breakfast buffet and nightly three-course gourmet dinner

Start your day at the resort’s signature restaurant, White, where you’ll tuck into an included daily buffet breakfast. On offer you’ll find a huge variety of hot and cold Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and American dishes. Your escape also includes a nightly three-course table d’hôtel / set menu dinner at the White restaurant. For those who like a bit of variety, you’ll also receive 25% off the a la carte menu at White and the other one-site restaurants, Duo, a romantic candlelit spot with a collection of 2,000 wines, and Salty Snapper, a laidback seafood restaurant located in the resort’s garden.

Every evening, each adult will be served a complimentary cocktail at the sea bar, offering beautiful ocean views. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the T-Lounge, where you can taste premium handpicked teas, discover the story behind Ceylon tea and witness a traditional tea-making ceremony.

See & Do – Explore Galle City and beyond

While staying at The Fortress, you’ll only be a 15-minute drive from historic Galle City. Spend a day visiting the famous fort and the fascinating National Museum, housed in a 17th century Dutch building. For nature enthusiasts and keen hikers there’s the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which offers walking trails and plentiful opportunities for spotting wild animals. Get up close to sea turtles at the hatchery, where you can find out about helping this endangered species, visit the Yatagala Rock Cave Temple, experience tea and cinnamon plantations and so much more during your time in Sri Lanka.

Perfect for… Families, foodies and history buffs

Soak up the culture, cuisine and architecture of fascinating Sri Lanka.

Valid for travel until 21 December 2019 (bookings must be made before 31 October 2019).

Blackout Dates: Not valid for travel on

22 December 2018 – 10 January 2019

Surcharge: A non-refundable surcharge per room, per night, applies payable directly to Luxury Escapes at time of booking. Dates and prices are identified in the Booking Calendar.

1 November 2018 – 21 December 2018

11 January – 28 February 2019

1 March – 5 April 2019

6-28 April 2019

1 November – 21 December 2019

Check Availability: To confirm your dates of stay at purchase, click on 'Check Availability' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates. Dates with a surcharge are identified.

Buy Now Book Later: If you want to secure this offer and don't know when you want to travel please select 'Buy Now & Book Later'. This will secure your package and give you the flexibility to choose your travel dates - within the book by and validity period and subject to availability. To select dates post purchase, simply select 'My Escapes' under the 'My Account' tab and follow the prompts.

7-Day Change of Mind ‘No Questions Asked’ Refund Guarantee: Things don’t always work out. Our 7-day Change of Mind Guarantee is there to help. Within 7 days of purchase we’ll happily provide a full refund on cancellation of your escape (so long as you don’t have a confirmed booking/stay in the next 14 days).

Feel Like Changing your Dates? No worries…

You can make one (1) change to the date of your booking provided the change is made no less than 45 days before the start of your original booking date and provided you choose dates which are of an equal value and are available. Any change to booking dates is subject to and must be made online in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Fortress, Ocean and Beach Room – Package valid for two adults and two children under five

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults and two children under five OR three adults. See the 'Extra Guest Policy' below:

Extra Guest Policy: An additional guest (aged 12 and over) may stay for a surcharge of USD 80 per night, sleeping on a rollaway bed with accommodation and breakfast only. Payable directly to the hotel.

Child Policy: Up to two children (aged under five) may stay free of charge, sleeping on exisiting bedding or a shared sofa bed with accommodation and meals as per the package included OR one child aged 5-11 may stay for a surcharge of USD 21 per child, per night, sleeping on a rollaway bed with accommodation and breakfast only. Payable directly to the hotel.

Baby Policy: One infant (aged two years and under) may stay free of charge and will not count towards maximum room occupancy. A cot can be provided by the hotel free of charge.

Connecting rooms are not  available.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to website’s terms and conditions.

  • On-site spa
  • Three restaurants, bar and tea bar
  • Infinity pool
  • Complimentary kids' club
  • Babysitting service on request (a fee applies)

Getting to Sri Lanka is easy. Sri Lankan Airlines runs direct flights from Melbourne to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Flights also depart for Colombo from most major Australian cities with one or two stops en route, with carriers including Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia.

The hotel is located approximately two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Colombo airport.

Need Flights? We have a dedicated team who are able to assist with all your flight requirements. If you need a stopover or are looking at travelling to more destinations, our team can help. Contact our flights concierge team using the phone number on our website.

The Fortress Resort & Spa
Koggala, Habaraduwa, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
We were two couples visiting Sri Lanka for a family wedding and stayed at the Fortress for a week in August. It is a beautiful hotel set in stunning surroundings and run by charming, courteous and quietly helpful staff. They went out of their way to help us on all occasions. The food was consistently excellent at every meal. The rooms were tastefully luxurious and we returned daily to delicate petal patterns arranged on the freshly laundered sheets. It was such a pleasure to be able to watch the Indian Ocean rolling in behind the incredible infinity pool while sitting on the balcony - or even from the bed. We absolutely loved our stay and would highly recommend it.
- TripAdvisor
If only life could stay like this. We finished our month in Sri Lanka with a gorgeous 8 night stay at The Fortress. Being off season, we received extra special attention, with our every desire anticipated. Days rolled into a lovely routine of gym(very well equipped), breakfast ( more hoppers!) pool ( wonderful attentive service that might include turtle watchng) lunch (maybe) sleep or excursion to neighbouring towns, happy hour ( bargain) dinner ( always varied and excellent quality) then sleep again. Coming in from the dusty main road, through the massive grand fortress doors is like coming into an oasis - the temperature drops, the noise drops any tension drops. It is not a brand new resort but is kept in excellent condition and has beautiful clean grounds and gardens . Beware the ever present cheeky crows - the staff do a great job repelling them with their laser pointers. I must mention the Spa - I had a mani and pedi - just lovely (thankyou Susan!) and we had a massage as well. There is a jacuzzi and steam room as well as lovely reading nooks. We spent much of our time in our Ocean room, very spacious, balcony, great bed , pillow menu, daily clean and turn down. Can I move in permanently???
- TripAdvisor
A short break to thaw out from Melbourne winter: reached by 2/3 hour air conditioned car from Colombo Airport (around A$80) the high wall of the resort and formidable huge double wooden gates hide a superb Dutch colonial style resort which overlooks expansive lawns and pools to the wild Indian Ocean. Greeted with a long cool iced tea as you are processed while seated in comfortable elegance before being escorted to your room: in our case an upper style with vaulted ceilings and wide private balcony overlooking the lawns, pool and out to the crashing waves of the ocean: breakfast is a large assortment of styles, eggs cooked to other and served with style in a venue which continues the lawn/pool/ocean outlook....dine is a similar fine style affair and lunch options include poolside service. In room dining is efficient and equally tasty: menus for dinner change daily Staff are courteous, efficient and professional Not any complaint at all
- TripAdvisor