Step beyond the amber-coloured walls of The Fortress Resort & Spa – Galle, Sri Lanka and you’ll think you’ve struck gold. Designed in the style of a historic fort, this exclusive beach retreat encircles lush gardens and luxurious features. Inside you’ll find a heavenly Ayurveda spa, Yoga pavilion, an inviting free-flowing pool and a selection of restaurants. With the glittering Indian Ocean just beyond, The Fortress Resort & Spa feels like an undiscovered treasure.

Each room comes with a private terrace or balcony, while suites promise individual plunge pools and butler service. Expect enormous beds, crisp white fabrics and ultra-modern furnishings. Spend your days on a stylish lounger beside the pool, as the waves lap at the beach just below. Then experience utter bliss with a signature ‘water therapy in the exotic surrounds of the hotel spa. By night, feast on fresh seafood, Sri Lankan spiced dishes or Mediterranean menus – with chilled cocktails afterwards.

Speak to the dedicated Journeys Concierge who can help you plan trips and tours to discover the region. The Fortress Resort & Spa puts you close to Galle, where you can wander the town, admire Dutch colonial architecture and visit the renowned fort. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is within day trip distance too. This spectacular lowland rainforest is home to unique flora and fauna. Visit the wildlife sanctuaries of Yala or Uda Walawe to observe wild elephants and leopards. For a chance to relax in a beautiful setting, Koggala Beach, which fringes the hotel, boasts pristine sands and swaying palms.

ACCOMMODATION

All guest rooms and suites at The Fortress have been designed to reflect the resort’s colourful charm and tranquility, allowing guests to relax and unwind in the most stylishly decorated rooms equipped with all the amenities that ensure an experience of absolute comfort. 53 luxurious rooms await you at The Fortress, with full-length French windows, modern residential-style décor with contemporary Sri Lankan furnishing, and fashionable soft earth-tone shaded upholstery and cushions..

Fortress Residence

The ultimate in sensual living space. Located on the upper floor and features two bed rooms and outdoor dining deck. Offers guests outstanding experiences, with a private cantilevered infinity edge pool to enjoy magnificent views of the coastline. Guests in these Residences are pampered by their 24 hour personal butler, catering to their every whim.

Ocean Loft

The design of these spilt-level rooms creates a one-of-a-kind experience on each of their two separate floors. An oversized living room, interior plunge pool & inviting daybed. The upper floor houses the bedroom, showcasing a designer bed adorned in soft Egyptian cotton & a sumptuous daybed with a Wide Screen & Modern bluetooth accessible Geneva sound system.

Beach Splash Room

Four uniquely designed Beach Splash Rooms are located on the ground floor, offering a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.

Beach Room

Located on the ground floor. Views on to the gardens, beach & the Indian Ocean beyond. Highlights of these rooms include the open plan bathroom with large bath & slit-level living area. Guests also have the added bliss of enjoying a Jacuzzi bath whilst taking-in the magnificent view.

Ocean Room

Located on the upper floor overlooking the Indian Ocean beyond. There rooms feature high-vaulted ceiling, a king size bed, open plan bathroom with rainfall shower & bath, Wide Screen , Modern bluetooth accessible Geneva sound system, air conditioning, overhead fan, in-room safe, IDD telephone & Complimentary WIFI is available in these rooms.

Fortress Room

These Rooms feature a king size bed & open plan bathroom with rainfall shower & bath. Rooms open-out onto your own courtyard or garden balcony. Wide Screen , Modern bluetooth accessible Geneva sound system, air conditioning, overhead fan, in-room safe, IDD telephone & Complimentary WIFI is available in these rooms.

DINING

The best in culinary delights are served daily at the two conventional restaurants Pepper & Heat which offer everything from international and Sri Lankan cuisine to wood-fired Pizzas, and Indian Tandoori specialties, while the Duo (Surf & Turf) an unique wine cellar restaurant which aims to celebrate the experience of wine and fine dining together in a breathtaking setting. Dining at The Fortress will take your taste buds on a sensational journey.

Heat

HEAT is all about relaxation. The al-fresco dining, out in the open to the sound of the sea on the pool deck, creates the apt ambience to savour global cuisine and savoury offerings from the wood-fired Pizza and Tandoori ovens.

White

White facing the stunning free form swimming pool and the azure ocean, blends the flavours of Old Ceylon with Modern Asia to create Sri Lankan fare in a show kitchen, where cooking methods and ancillary preparations can all be experienced. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, international cuisine is also quite a signature.

T-Lounge

T LOUNGE with its verandah-like open spaces and spectacular sea and garden views is the tea connoisseur’s enviable space to experience the traditions, conventions and multiple flavours of Ceylon Tea.

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. Menus from all open outlets are served in the room personally, and if the guest wishes, course-by-course.

WELLNESS & SPA

Spa Naturel, an inner sanctum reflecting the rich colours of the surrounding culture and nature. Complementing the global menu of international therapies, the spa incorporates the indigenous culture of Sri Lanka by offering signature Ayurveda 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. Spa Naturel focuses mainly on Ayurveda rituals with natural ingredients sourced locally by our in-house Ayurveda doctor for the mind, body and spirit using herbal 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 bodily infirmity but encourages social, spiritual, emotional and psychological well being. Our well trained local and foreign therapists specialized in their treatments provides you warm and genuine care that flows through their hands to relax, and heal your body and mind.

GALLE, SRI LANKA

Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, Galle’s core is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. A key part of the Fort’s appeal is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Sure, tourism now dominates the local economy, but this unique city remains a working community: there are administrative offices and courts, export companies, schools and colleges.

Most travellers are utterly seduced by Galle’s ambience, and it’s undoubtedly southern Sri Lanka’s one unmissable sight.


SRI LANKA

The Undiscovered Country

You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless scores of travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of uncertainty kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries.Now, however, all that has changed.The country is moving forward quickly as more and more people discover its myriad charms. Lying between the more trodden parts of India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka’s history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably alluring. It’s the place you haven’t been to yet, that you should.

So Much in So Little

Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area. Sri Lanka’s 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details even as they shelter in caves or perch on prominent peaks. More recent are evocative colonial fortresses, from Galle to Trincomalee.Across the island, that thing that goes bump in the night might be an elephant heading to a favourite waterhole. Safari tours of Sri Lanka’s pleasantly relaxed national parks encounter leopards, water buffaloes, all manner of birds and a passel of primates.

It’s So Easy

Distances are short: see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living human-planted tree in the morning (Anuradhapura) and stand awestruck by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in the afternoon (Minneriya). Discover a favourite beach, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling a mellow village, marvel at birds and wildflowers, try to keep count of the little dishes that come with your rice and curry. Wander past colonial gems in Colombo, then hit some epic surf.Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still often uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it.

Rainforests & Beaches

When you’re ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, with their temperate, achingly green charms. Verdant tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see them from a spectacular train ride.And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and often untrodden, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you’ll be near a sandy gem. Should you beat the inevitable languor, you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds. And you’re always just a short hop from something utterly new.

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