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Fortaleza-Galle Sri Lanka

Overview of Fortaleza-Galle

This elegant colonial building, once a spice warehouse, was built around 1600 in the heart of Galle Fort by a Dutch merchant. More recently it has been converted into a boutique hotel with four air-conditioned bedrooms, each of which — filled with handmade furniture and decked with bright flowers — exudes its own personality.

Life in Fortaleza revolves around its beautiful restaurant and living area with its exposed original coral walls and its shaded courtyard with fresh herb planters, palms and banana trees. There you can relax on the day bed with a honeyed lime juice, tuck into some freshly caught fish, or share one of Fortaleza's signature table barbeques. Popular with weekenders from Colombo searching out delicious food, Fortaleza's chef is one of the best in Sri Lanka. We always use the freshest seasonal produce, grown locally, and we source only the best quality fish and meat.

Staying at Fortaleza will give you the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful town of Galle and the local area, indulge yourself, and eat well.

Accommodation of Fortaleza-Galle

Our four en-suite rooms each have their own personality. All have canopied mosquito nets over comfortable four-poster beds, air conditioning, luxurious white cotton linen, wonderful hand made furniture, books on the history of Galle and bright tropical flowers.

Upstairs, The Master Bedroom, with its 15ft ceilings and lazy day bed, exudes colonial grandeur. This room looks out onto Lighthouse Street and also the main courtyard.

The Library Room is flooded with light from a huge circular window on one side and original bay windows, complete with window seat on the other. Like the Master Bedroom it is on the first flooor, but occupies the corner of the building with windows on all sides.

Downstairs, the two smaller Turquoise Rooms are also light and airy. One looks onto Lighthouse Street through the main columned facade and the other faces Church Cross Street onto the Lighthouse Street veranda.

In addition, we operate the Barefoot Annex, a small house with a charming private courtyard just a short stroll from Fortaleza. Next to the Barefoot store, it is owned by the Sansoni family who own Barefoot and is decorated in their trademark fabrics. It comprises a double AC bedroom upstairs, a sitting room downstairs, which can accommodate one extra person and a small kitchen in the courtyard. With private space, its ideal for longer-staying guests.

Activities Available in Fortaleza-Galle

  • Diving & Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Photography and Filming
  • Surfing
  • Turtle Watching


Dining of Fortaleza-Galle

Our menu is eclectic, combining both Asian and Western ideas with the freshest ingedients, all prepared in our open kitchen.

From contemporary to traditional; try our Sesame Encrusted Tuna Salad, our Classic Fortaleza Burger, or our table barbeques.

Our head chef, Arun, worked in one of Singapore's best restaurants, and this experience has helped him create a flexible and experienced team with very high standards.

The best ingredients make for the best food, so we always use the finest seasonal fruit and vegetables grown in Sri Lanka's southern uplands. We also source only the best quality meat, and we buy our fish direct from Galle's fishermen each morning.

Try our Specials board, which reflects seasonal ingredients or special purchases such as fresh lobster or seasonal fish.

Facts of Fortaleza-Galle

City - Galle

Category - Galle Fort Villas and Hotels

Distance from Colombo - 116 Km (3 hour drive)

Distance from Airport - 146 Km (3.45 hour drive)

Price Guide - Rates On Request

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