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Hotel The Fortress Hotel 5 star
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If your ideal holiday involves luxurious surroundings, fine dining, a high level of comfort and the very latest facilities, then this is the place in Sri Lanka for you. It is a heavenly retreat recommended for couples looking for a health-boosting break.

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    Location 3.44 /10

    The hotel is located in Galle, on the south coast of the island, and just a few minutes' drive from Galle fort. The city itself has a Dutch Colonial past and is located 71 mi south of Colombo.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The guest rooms here offer an impressive level of comfort, and for once there is nothing that can be criticised about either the decor or the amenities provide - unless you include the 20 minutes it takes to work out how all the various appliances work, that is! The 49 rooms all overlook either the Indian Ocean or the lush gardens, and all have a balcony accessed via a large picture window. The rooms have an ultra-comfortable double bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, the latest equipment such as an iPod docking station, DVD-player, flat-screen television, remote controlled dimmer lighting system, cordless telephone, cupboards which light up when you open the door, air-conditioning, etc. There is also a lounge area with a sofa and coffee table, and some of the rooms have the sleeping area up a few steps. The huge bathroom can be accessed either from the bedroom or the corridor. The bathroom includes both a shower and a bathtub (even a jacuzzi bathtub in the suites and the rooms overlooking the sea), hospitality products, large mirrors so you can check out your outfit, a hair-dryer, bathrobes, slippers... basically, everything you would expect of a hotel of this calibre.
    There are also 6 split-level loft suites which have their own private indoor pool - the ultimate in luxury! - but these are rather on the small side, so don't plan on doing any lengths.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    The hotel opened in November 2006 and features Dutch Colonial architecture, although the architects also drew inspiration from the old Galle fortress to combine modern and tradition styles. The entrance to the hotel consists of an imposing wooden door fit for a fort, which opens into a long interior courtyard, whilst the reception hall is up a few steps and overlooks the sea. The views from here really are superb, and when you factor in the sophisticated decor, the attentive staff and the luxurious surroundings, even the most demanding of guests will soon be feeling at home! The area between the hotel and the sea is taken up by a very large infinity pool which is bound to appeal to both athletic swimmers and those who just like to take a refreshing dip. No games or entertainment are organised; what you'll find instead are relaxation areas and raised bars with wooden framed roofs, or outdoor bars with stylish decor, where you can sit back in one of the white leather pouffes dotted around. One thing this place is certainly not short of is places to relax in peaceful surroundings under the sun, facing the sea. For a real treat, take yourself off for a pampering session at the Sen Spa, a haven of tranquillity with stylish, luxurious decor, as well as a hammam, a sauna, a yoga pavilion, a gym, treatment and massage rooms and an ultra-stylish relaxation room. Need we say more?

    Food and drink 9.45 /10

    The gourmet cuisine is one of the main attractions at The Fortress, and whilst the Heat restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine, the Pepper offers more traditional Sri Lankan dishes, heavier on the spice but just as sophisticated.Culinary evenings are held on Wednesdays, when there is a Sri Lankan night with a cooking demonstration, and on Saturdays, when a generous and tasty buffet of very fresh seafood dishes is prepared before your very eyes and served by the pool! Last but not least is Wine 3, the hotel's gourmet restaurant, which is unusually housed in a wine cellar with glass walls and sand floors and can only accommodate 12 guests at a time. With over 2,000 bottles of wine, you''re spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a tipple to accompany the creative cuisine of chef Hunter Reynolds!
    If you prefer something simpler, like pizza, the hotel can cater for that, too, as it even has its own wood burning pizza oven!

    Beach 6.95 /10

    The fine sandy beach here is a public one, and although it isn't very wide, it does stretch for miles. Remember, though, that the currents can be dangerous at certain times of year. You'll find no deckchairs or parasols here, but there are some in the gardens, a metre above the sand, so you can still relax and enjoy the sea air!

    To know

    A cocktail evening is held every Wednesday so that guests can get to meet each other over a drink.
    The hotel belongs to the Per Aquum group, which also owns two other luxury hotels in the Maldives.
    The hotel also offers free cooking lessons, and the kitchens here open on to the restaurant, a sure sign of quality.
    The hotel has only 49 guest rooms but 160 members of staff!

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      spa, sauna, hammam, wellness, massage, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Impeccable staff.
    • Tasty cuisine.
    • The decor and amenities in the guest rooms.
    • Superb spa.

    disadvantages

    • The beach.

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