The Fortress – Koggala/Galle


Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the Fortress Ava is a stunning hotel that was designed as the Dutch Fort by Galle. Despite its history there is a modern flair to the Fortress and it encompasses Sri Lankan, Portuguese and Dutch styles, and is perfect for anyone on their Sri Lanka holidays. Being located on the golden beach, there is a fantastic contrast of lush tropical gardens, an Ayurvedic spa and water features. There are 49 lovely rooms which have 7 x 7ft super-king size beds, state of the art entertainment systems, open plan bathrooms and stunning views.

Guests are greeted at the Bandaaranaike International Airport and whisked away to the hotel. The drive is just as stunning as the hotel itself as you wind your way past Lake Koggala and see all of the tropical colours of the landscape that Sri Lanka has to offer.


There are five distinct styles of rooms which are all as beautiful as each other. They have courtyards or balconies, looking out to the Indian Ocean or have garden and water feature views. There are 11 Fortress Rooms that are 65sqm, and have an open-plan bathroom with rainfall shower and bath. There is a plasma screen TV, IDD telephone, espresso machine, air conditioning, overhead fan, day bed, private bar and in-room safe.

The 12 Beach Rooms have 70sqm of space, views onto the gardens and the Indian Ocean. The highlights of the rooms include split-level living and a large bath in the open-plan bathroom.

There are 18 Ocean Rooms that are located on the ground floor and span 70sqm. There are high-vaulted ceilings, a Jacuzzi bath as well as garden, beach and ocean views.

There are six Ocean Lofts which have split-level living, and an indoor plunge pool. There is an inviting day bed, oversized living room, plasma TV and Bose DVD system, as well as a wall and rainfall shower. The super-king size bed has soft Egyptian cotton linen. Each loft is 140sqm.

There largest rooms are the two Fortress Residences which are 240sqm. These stunning rooms have an outdoor dining deck, cantilevered Infinity pool, as well as stunning views of the coastline. There is a 24-hour personal butler too. Simply Sri Lanka Holidays recommends the Residences if you’re looking for an incredible accommodation to stay in.


There is a good range of restaurants at the Fortrees Ava, which include Petter, Wine3, Heat, T and the Sea Lounge.

Pepper has a wonderful selection of authentic Sri Lanakan specialities as well as flavourful international cuisine and has a central dining venue.

Wine3 has a wide range of Old and New World wines in a glass cave.

Heat is ideal for having a lovely wood-fired pizza set amongst the lust gardens.

T – is where you can enjoy true Sri Lankan tea and at the Sea Lounge you have tea-inspired and flavoured cocktails. There is destination dining around the grounds or you can choose to dine in your room, or even have dinner on the beach!


The Fortress Ava has a wide range of  leisure facilities that include a yoga pavilion, fully-equipped gym, swimming pool. SCUBA diving training, water sports centre, boutiques, Little Adventurer’s Club, wedding pavilion, bicycles for hire, art gallery from local artists, turtle hatchery and a CD/DVD library.

The hotel’s facilities include poolside service, IDD telephone service, WiFi Internet, 24-hour in room diving, luxury car service, butler service, tuk tuk service, resort naturalist, laundry, dry cleaning and valet service, bath menu, pillow menu and foreign currency exchange service, which gives you everything you could ask for on your Sri Lanka holidays.


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