Very Good 1698 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • An upgrade to the next room type up is included for stays of four nights or longer (allocated at check in)
  • The special ayurvedic treatments at the on-site spa
  • Fortress Rooms have private courtyards or balconies; Beach Rooms have Jacuzzis
  • Turn-down service includes handmade macaroons and a cinnamon-infused oil lamp
  • Direct beach access
  • Take advantage of private dining: You can be served alfresco by a private butler anywhere on the resort grounds

What To Know

  • Better for adults, although families are welcome
  • Two full-service restaurants on-site, which is good; the area around the resort is sparse
  • Although some attractions are within walking distance, you’ll mostly need a car to get around
  • The hotel is more than 100 miles from Sri Lanka’s only international airport; transfers are about $170 per car, each way


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at The Fortress Resort & Spa in Koggala (Galle District), you’ll be minutes from Martin Wickramsinghe Folk Museum. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Handunugoda Tea Museum and Mihiripenna Beach.

Make yourself at home in one of the 53 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring minibars (stocked with some free items) and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Free valet parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

The Fortress Resort & Spa
Koggala, 82104 Sri Lanka


4.5 Very Good 1698 Reviews
Great place to rest & recharge
Reviewed 1 day ago

We loved our stay at The Fortress. The welcome drink and cool towel were much appreciated at check in. We had a huge room with views of the ocean. The staff were friendly and super helpful. The food was delicious. This is a great place to relax

Ideal place to end our tour of Sri Lanka
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently spent three nights here at the end of our Sri Lankan trip. I chose it as there are only 50ish rooms - don't like large hotels. This size made for an intimate feel and exceptional service. Nothing was too much trouble. I liked that the check-in was done in the room, much more relaxing after a long journey from the tea country. Food was wonderful - most expensive meals of our stay in Sri Lanka but still much cheaper than UK. The most expensive buffet was the Seafood for £15 each to include all you could eat of Oysters, Lobster, Sushi etc etc and the desserts were awesome! The buffets were varied and so extensive that there was something to suit everyone.
Our Ocean room was wonderful - huge bathroom, lovely toiletries, great bed and stupendous views of the Indian ocean! Huge pool with plenty of sunbeds overlooking the waves of the ocean.
It was good to see single people and less able people staying. I would guess that is due to the service as I could see less able people being collected from the room and accompanied into the restaurant. Lots of return guests which testify to the excellence of this lovely hotel

Want to go back!

Needs some work -don’t get your hopes up!!!!
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I stayed in the hotel for 3 nights with a room on the second level with sea view - beautiful view over the pool and falling asleep to the waves at night was a dream, big rooms with open plan out to the balcony. When we first arrived we got a very dirty room - but they changed us quickly the day after with a bottle of wine waiting in the room!
The restaurants are ok - food tasty and service is ok they are very eager to take your plate before you finish they are pulling your plate away..... or will hoover over you until you are done. We decided to take the tapinjaki dinner one night to splurge a little - it was not worth it -it was done in a minute and NO show -just a guy making dinner on a hot plate and you get the seafood and the meat- when you are looking for dessert- they want to offer you rice ?
Later on we revived ice cream - that costed us 120euro?Dont do it total scam !!!!
Dont take transport outside the hotel - total scam - hotel is in on it and want to charge 20usd to go to the fort !Font pay more then 400-500 each way !!!!
The tiles in the pool are falling off and rooms need updating - ok stay ..air con is super noisy and no water pressure Dont get to exited and don’t get your hopes up!!

Great place to relax, swim, eat.
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was the 5th stop on our tour - basically to relax. When we arrived, the tall front walls and entrance gates resembled a fortress. Beyond was a magnificent veranda and the sea! Reception staff were very attentive and greeted us while our room was readied. The room was on the ground floor, large, comfortable and included a plunge pool.
Food options were many, including buffet options. The breakfast buffet was excellent, including Sri Lankan food.
Staff fabulous.
A lovely place to stay and relax. We will definitely stay there again.

Perfect honeymoon location to relax and explore.
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for 5 nights during our honeymoon exploring Sri Lanka. Its location meant exploring nearby beaches and Galle was easy. The staff were the friendliest we came across especially the pool guys and we especially enjoyed our complimentary yoga session with the resident teacher.