The Fortress Resort and Spa: A Natural Wonderland

The Fortress Resort and Spa: A Natural Wonderland
July 25, 2018 Bradley Cox

The luxurious Fortress Resort and Spa is located in the historic town of Koggala, an oasis of tranquillity in Sri Lanka where you can leave the cares of the real world behind. The resort blends timeless elegance and colonial style design set against the backdrop of Galle Beach.

Green Globe recently awarded The Fortress Resort and Spa its first certification in acknowledgement of its sustainable management and practices.

The Fortress Resort and Spa is dedicated to protecting the awe-inspiring wildlife that dwell in neighbouring areas – on land and sea. Guests are invited to participate in a range of ecological initiatives that bring them closer to nature.

The south coast of Sri Lanka including the beach areas in and around the resort are nesting sites for five endangered sea turtle species namely the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green Turtle. The resort takes a hands-on approach to their conservation through the creation of the Relax and Release Turtle Conservation Project and its own turtle hatchery. From October to April each year, guests can observe nesting behaviour of these gentle creatures and also experience first hand the thrill of releasing newly born hatchlings into the sea. Other activities promoting biodiversity include whale watching, heading out to explore national parks and rainforests, and visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Closer to home, in line with green practices at The Fortress Resort and Spa, guests can tour the onsite organic kitchen garden that provides fruits, vegetables and herbs utilised in Sri Lankan dishes and Ayurveda treatments offered at the property.

To reduce energy consumption, the resort is currently replacing all lights with LEDs and has plans to changeover to high efficiency pumps in the future. Furthermore, all hot water in guest rooms is powered through solar water heaters.

In support of regional development, guests are treated to a weekly show showcasing Sri Lankan culture and traditional crafts such as beeralu lace are displayed. In addition, the resort works closely with the local three wheel (trishaw) drivers association thereby giving local residents an opportunity to earn a livelihood through tourism.