The Fortrees

AREA South
FROM COLOMBO 116 km - 3 hours 30 minutes


This hotel is widely known in Sri Lanka as among the best when it comes to luxury, service and style. Located in Galle in the little town of Koggala, the Fortress is so named after the 17th Century Dutch fort located in its hometown (also among the 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka) after which it is modeled.The Fortress can be reached via road or air. Drive times from Colombo can vary with accordance to traffic but on a clear day three hours can be expected. Air taxi will take approximately 45 minutes.


The Fortress stands, imposing and majestic by the seaside, truly evocative of history. As it is modeled on the Galle fort, the architectural design follows classic Dutch and Portuguese lines and from the outside one could hardly guess the indulgent pleasures encapsulated within these daunting walls. The amenities are first class and the interiors- equally so, with Sri Lankan motifs pervading. Inside you will find an oasis- leafy green gardens, water features and tranquil daybeds and hammocks. The surrounding beach is one of the most expansive to be found anywhere in the south coast of the island and as the fortress is managed by the renown Per Aquum, whose resorts in both the Maldives and the Seychelles have garnered much acclaim, you can rest assured that the same standards are adhered too here as well.


There are 49 rooms and residencies on offer all of which are ‘naturally modern’. These are catagorised into five styles. All rooms feature large king size beds, private balconies or courtyards, open concept bathrooms and plasma screen TVs with Bose surround sound systems.

Fortress Rooms
Open out on to private courtyards or garden balconies.

Ocean Rooms
Located on the upper most floor, which overlook the gardens as well as the Indian Ocean. Ocean Rooms also feature high vaulted ceilings.

Beach Rooms
Fairly similar, though located on the ground floor and have the added indulgence of a Jacuzzi.

Ocean Lofts
Ocean Lofts are split level and feature two floors. The private living space is located on the ground floor, alongside the plunge pool and plasma screen TV. The upper floor houses the bedroom and its accompanying designer bed adorned in Egyptian cotton sheets as well as a daybed. The en suite bathroom features both rainwater and wall showers.

Fortres Residencies
At the zenith of all these offerings are the Fortress Residencies, which come with up to three bedrooms and a outdoor dining deck. The private pool here is cantilevered and an infinity one. Guests who choose this option will also have access to a 24 hour personal butler service.


There are three restaurants which serve a wide array of both Sri Lankan and international cuisine. Pepper looks out over the swimming pool and serves a combination of local fare as well as Asian. Pepper prides itself on incorporating traditional flavours with a modern twist and also features a show kitchen enabling guests to witness the loving and careful process that goes into preparing that perfect meal, firsthand. Heat serves al fresco cuisine with pizzas from the wood fired oven, homemade ice cream and fusion dishes while Wine3 aims to remind us of the longstanding romance between good food and good wine. Dining here takes place in a glass cave where even the cutlery and crockery are made of glass. With over 2000 different wines to be sampled and the finest of food, it truly is an experience unto its own. The poolside bar and T lounge also provide for interesting ways to spend an afternoon and a per aquum spa occupies an entire wing. Here, guests can experience a wide variety of healing treatments, massages and beauty regiments as well as water therapies such as sauna and hydro baths. The fully equipped gym gives you an ipod shuffle as you enter so that your workout has its own personalized soundtrack.


The beautiful beaches of Unawatuna, Mirissa and Tangalle are well worth a visit as well as the historic city of Galle and its 17th century Dutch fort. The Fortress also offers diving excursions in collaboration with a nearby PADI certified dive operator. For a full list of activities in the south coast visit our South Coast Destination Profile.

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