The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
One of the foremost hotels on the island, The Fortress established a new benchmark for quality when it opened in 2006 which has not really been rivalled since.
Situated near Koggala, home of the famous stilt fishermen, it is ideally positioned to visit Yala National Park for some safari or Galle city which is much closer at only 20 minutes by tuk-tuk. With its impressive Dutch Fort, which The Fortress itself took some inspiration from, Galle is a pocket of culture and style that you can explore, should you ever want to leave the peaceful surroundings of the hotel.
With rooms starting at 50m2, most of them with sweeping ocean views, the hotel has an air of calm and sophistication within its courtyard walls. On entering the huge wooden gates, the view through the open air reception straight to the sea close by is one of the most iconic hotel introductions you will ever get!
Arrive in style
Whilst the new highway connecting Galle to Colombo is now open, cutting the journey time down to two hours, nothing beats arriving by seaplane. A majestic flight down the beautiful coastline brings you to within 15 minutes of the resort, having had the most amazing panoramic view of the west coast. Ask us for details.
Stunning 5* resort
7ft x 7ft superking beds
Luxury rooms all with free standing baths
2 Storey Loft Rooms with their own indoor plunge pool and balcony upstairs
The Fortress Residence
Amazing beach views
Right on the beach
The hotel is located very close to one of the turtle hatcheries; whale watching can be done from this coastline in March. Yala National Park, home of many leopards amongst elephants and other animals, is a two hour drive away and well worth visiting for 1-2 days. We have some more excellent accommodation here.
Map and travel information
Travelling to The Fortress could not be easier using our private chaufferred cars and people carriers or why not arrival in style by seaplane.