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Fortress of a thousand delights

Settled on the soft sands of the Sri Lankan coast, The Fortress, Business Destinations’ Best Luxury Hotel, Sri Lanka, 2013, gives guests unparalleled service and extraordinary luxury

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Enter a world of chic sophistication infused with boutique luxury as you step through the great wooden doors of The Fortress Resort and Spa on the famous southern beaches of Sri Lanka. Ensconced in the beachside town of Koggala, The Fortress is an oasis of tranquility, a place where you can leave the cares of the real world behind.

Let your eyes be enticed by silky white beaches as the warm waters of the Indian Ocean invite you in. One of Sri Lanka’s finest boutique resorts, The Fortress is a sanctuary of private luxury with world-class facilities that will ease your mind and purify your soul. Feel the special atmosphere of this pristine haven and cherish every moment you spend here.

Dutch-inspired architectural elegance and bronze sands greet visitors to The Fortress. The resort is a secluded paradise set in a locality abuzz with history and culture. While the Indian Ocean with its many thrills fringes its beachfront, the resort is just minutes away from one of the country’s best-loved southern heritage points, the city of Galle – a UNESCO world heritage city featuring a nineteenth- century fort – and is only an hour’s drive from the bustling city of Colombo.

The Fortress awaits you
All guest rooms and suites at The Fortress have been designed to reflect the colourful charm, tranquility and uniqueness of the resort. Guests can unwind in stylishly decorated rooms equipped with all the amenities to ensure an experience of absolute comfort. The 53 luxurious rooms feature full-length French windows, chic décor with contemporary Sri Lankan furnishing, and fashionable soft earth-toned upholstery.

Rooms at The Fortress offer a varied choice: on the ground floor the 12 beach rooms with their private jacuzzis offer spectacular views of the garden and shoreline; the four exclusive beach splash rooms have the added feature of a private plunge pool along with the jacuzzi and the panoramic views; the upper floor holds 22 ocean rooms with direct views of the Indian Ocean; while 11 Fortress rooms are found on both floors, each opening out into a private balcony or courtyard.

For a complete live-in experience, there are the two ocean lofts suites on the upper floor, replete with views of the gardens and ocean, private jacuzzi and plunge pool, as well as the two Fortress residences suites with stunning views of the beach and the ocean beyond.

All rooms at the Fortress are equipped with Bvlgari toiletries, while premium rooms also offer guests a personal butler on call, leaving them to make the most of a carefree holiday laced with luxury and without hassle. All resort accommodation is smoke-free and features spacious open-plan bathrooms, full-length mirrors, dual designer sinks and luxury hardwood flooring. Every room comes equipped with a cutting-edge entertainment system, featuring large televisions, Bose DVD players, MP3 players and satellite channels.

All of the essentials are covered by the in-room amenities, which extend to a private mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, as well as IDD-activated telephones.

Destination dining
At The Fortress dining has an extra dimension of luxury as guests can enjoy their meals within any area of the resort that they desire. Be it a meal by the swimming pool with your feet skimming the water, or a romantic beachside banquet beneath the stars, staff will be more than happy to comply with your request, giving you a unique destination dining experience.

Delve into superb culinary creations at one of the many restaurants and lounges, which offer a vast selection of Sri Lankan and Asian cuisine. From fine wines and cocktails to local Ceylon teas, every meal will be exquisitely accompanied. Guests also have the opportunity to cook the Sri Lankan way under the guidance of our chef. With an additional butler-served à la carte menu available around the clock in Fortress residences, lofts, beach splash and beach rooms, dining will always be a memorable experience.

A holiday made in heaven
Affectionately called the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a small country containing one of the world’s most diverse tourism experiences. From warm golden beaches to cool tea-draped mountains, from majestic ancient civilizations to breathtaking wildlife, and the legendary hospitality that has enchanted visitors from time immemorial, Sri Lanka is among the world’s top tourist destinations.

The Koggala beach is among the most beautiful stretches of the southern coast and is surrounded by stunning reefs teeming with exotic marine life. Swarming with brightly coloured fish, the reef is a paradise for any nature enthusiast. The beach itself is immaculately quilted by soft sand and bordered by shady coconut trees, giving an aura of peacefulness. As visitors to the Fortress look out into the turquoise waters of the ocean, fishermen on stilts conduct their daily work. Outside, a rich culture spanning centuries greets guests and inside, time stands still as a holiday of sheer luxury awaits.

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