The Fortress, Sri Lanka

The Fortress

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  • 7 Nights
  • 2 Adults
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Fortress room
  • Return flights from London Airports
    (Flights from alternative destinations in the UK are available at a supplement)
  • Stay between 01 May - 15 Jul 2019
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The Fortress

On the golden shores of Sri Lanka's southern coast, you will find this unique and incredibly stylish boutique hotel, which seems to epitomise elegance and sophistication. A member of the elite group Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Fortress Resort & Spa has been designed to reflect the historical heritage of its locality, the famed Dutch fort at Galle along the coast. Its formidable-looking frontage hides a tranquil oasis of verdant tropical gardens, stretching down to the ruggedly beautiful Koggala beach.

The construction of the hotel, with massive gates and whitewashed walls, features a striking fusion of Portuguese and Dutch design with Sri Lankan influences, and forms a quadrangle round a vast inner courtyard. The courtyard is the focal point of the resort, offering a relaxing space with luxuriant gardens and serene water features, hammocks slung between the trees, and a stunning infinity-edged pool with sunken bathing platforms, that seems to drop into the sea. The old-world ambience is intensified by the columns, terraces and large wooden doors in brilliant white, framed by landscaped lawns and fragrant frangipani trees.

The interiors, like the outside, display a perfect blend of traditional Sri Lankan and contemporary Dutch design. Throughout the resort, the polished cement and dark wood flooring, majestic pillars and lofty ceilings are softened by skilful lighting and beautiful fabrics. The building contains an exclusive boutique and an art gallery showcasing local artists, as well as a business centre, but still retains an atmosphere of intimacy and sense of commitment to personal service.

The Fortress has also earned accolades for its creative and innovative cuisine, offering everything from traditional Sri Lankan fare to Lebanese and Greek dishes, all using local ingredients. At Pepper, the main restaurant, you can gaze at the pool and ocean while enjoying both authentic Sri Lankan specialities and contemporary Asian cooking, and at the same time experience the theatre of the show kitchen, while the al-fresco Heat will enable you to enjoy savoury offerings from its wood-fired Tandoori and pizza ovens. For a really romantic rendezvous, book a meal at the breathtaking Duo, a glass-enclosed wine cellar with a white sand floor, where soft candlelight plays on the sparkling crystal, and a sommelier will guide you through the 2,000 wines as you enjoy the gourmet cuisine.

The place to go for cocktails with a modern twist is Sea Lounge -- you can try something different while sitting in retro bubble seats suspended from the ceiling. The T-Lounge, with its open spaces and spectacular views, offers the aromas, flavours and traditions of old Ceylon through the experience of tea. Here, in the central preparation area, you can learn about tea making and tea history, and sample some of the 30 premium hand-picked varieties on offer.

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Accommodation available at The Fortress

There are 53 stylish rooms and suites, all tastefully decorated in minimalist style and featuring high-level modern amenities, including Bose surround sound system, plasma TV and DVD player. All also feature full-length French windows, open-plan bathroom with rain shower and Jacuzzi tub, air conditioning, super-king bed (7 ft x 7 ft), complimentary WiFi, IDD telephone, espresso coffee machine, ceiling fan, private bar, day bed and sofa.

Fortress Room

Fortress Room

Measuring 65 square metres, 1 king-size bed, room opens out into balcony or terrace overlooking courtyard.

Beach Room

Beach Room

Measuring 70 square metres, on ground floor with direct access to pool and beach,1 king-size bed plus double sofa bed, private terrace, butler service.

Ocean Room

Ocean Room

Measuring 70 square metres, split level living area with high vaulted ceiling, balcony with Indian Ocean views, butler service.

Beach Splash Room

Beach Splash Room

Measuring 70 square metres, sofa, private indoor plunge pool with views of beach, butler service.

Ocean Loft

Ocean Loft

Measuring 140 square metres, split level accommodation, over-sized living room with luxurious rugs and contemporary furniture, indoor plunge pool, day bed, one bedroom on upper level with designer bed, direct view of ocean from balcony and throughout interior.

Fortress Residence

Fortress Residence

Measuring 240 square metres, two bedrooms, one with king-size four-poster bed and one with twin beds, ample living space, outdoor dining deck, private cantilevered infinity-edge pool, bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and both rainfall and rain shower.

Fortress Room

Measuring 65 square metres, 1 king-size bed, room opens out into balcony or terrace overlooking courtyard.

Beach Room

Measuring 70 square metres, on ground floor with direct access to pool and beach,1 king-size bed plus double sofa bed, private terrace, butler service.

Ocean Room

Measuring 70 square metres, split level living area with high vaulted ceiling, balcony with Indian Ocean views, butler service.

Beach Splash Room

Measuring 70 square metres, sofa, private indoor plunge pool with views of beach, butler service.

Ocean Loft

Measuring 140 square metres, split level accommodation, over-sized living room with luxurious rugs and contemporary furniture, indoor plunge pool, day bed, one bedroom on upper level with designer bed, direct view of ocean from balcony and throughout interior.

Fortress Residence

Measuring 240 square metres, two bedrooms, one with king-size four-poster bed and one with twin beds, ample living space, outdoor dining deck, private cantilevered infinity-edge pool, bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and both rainfall and rain shower.