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“Exceeding expectations!”
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Jetwing Lighthouse
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Jetwing Lighthouse was one of 4 hotels we stayed in Sri Lanka and definitely the best. Our friends had excellent experience at this hotel and recommended us to spend our honeymoon in the Jetwing Lighthouse.
We started our stay with Jetwing Kurulubedda – escape from city to nature, very cozy and private. The hotel in fact has only 2 rooms or better to say 2 chalets. Chalet itself is 2-storey building with small private pool on the ground floor, bedroom, bathroom and huge terrace on the first. Chalets are located in natural environment and surrounded by lush gardens. – creating very relaxing atmosphere. Originally we planned to stay in Kurulubedda for 2 nights, while on the second day, unfortunately, we experienced some issues with air conditioning, but didn’t have a reason to disappoint because were immediately offered to move to the Jetwing Lighthouse.
As honeymooners we were kindly upgraded to suite, the apartment was huge and comfortable: big bedroom with huge 4-posted bed even bigger living room, huge bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower. Suite has huge balcony and fantastic ocean view. Honeymoon cake and flowers from the hotel was very pleasant surprise for us.
Hotel itself is located atop of the hill right on the Ocean cost, such great location, chosen by most famous Sri Lankan architect Jeffrey Bawa, giving the possibility to admire fantastic ocean views from almost every spot in the hotel. Hotel grounds are well kept and garden is nicely manicured. Strategically hotel also very well located only 1 km from Galle (one of 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka), so if you are tired of lazy sun-bedding you can easily explore this nice town, either for sightseeing or shopping.
The food at the hotel was very delicious; we did try all restaurants and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of proposed dishes.
Hotel staff deserves separate mentioning and special thanks. The staff was friendly and hospitable, everyone did their best to make our stay good and meet our needs. They were excellent and did make our stay really unforgettable
Summarizing would like to mention that in every aspect (service, food, staff and room) hotel exceeded our expectations. We are really delighted that we stayed there and returned home absolutely happy! We can definitely recommend the hotel to all those who would like to spend unforgettable days in Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your extremely positive comment on Trip Advisor, and I would also like to thank you for taking the time to write up a review on the Jetwing Lighthouse. I am very pleased to hear that we exceeded your expectations, and I am pleased that you had a very memorable stay with us.

I would like to apologize for the trouble with the air conditioning you faced at Jetwing Kurulubedda on your second night, and we have looked in to it and got the issue fixed so that no guests will be troubled by such a problem in the future. Jetwing Kurulubedda is indeed a very different and unique property to enjoy nature, relax, and unwind. It was also our pleasure having you at the Jetwing Lighthouse, and thank you for your comments on food, service, and all the property in general. I will be passing on these very positive comments to the relevant managers and the entire team that works here who are dedicated to making sure all our guests are very well looked after. The design at the property is truly fascinating, and we compliment this with offering our guests the best possible levels of service and the best quality of food, accommodation, and facilities to truly create a one of a kind experience.

The Galle Fort does provide all our guests with the perfect location to spend the day walking and exploring the history behind not only the Fort but also the famous town of Galle. It has also become a very popular exploration site amongst tourist who enjoy taking in the different cultures and experiences that come together within this historic structure.

I would also like to invite you back to the Jetwing Lighthouse to enjoy this very exclusive property once again when your travels bring you to this part of the world. It would be the wish of the whole team here to have you back with us in the future.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

Everything about this hotel was lovely. The breakfast buffet was the best we experienced in all 7 hotels we stayed in.
Room was massive, even with an extra bed for my son. Sea view too.
Bathroom huge with separate bath and shower.
Evening buffet BBQ was great value with so much choice and live music
The hotel is a probably 5-10 min drive from the fort area, so we didnt explore the surrounding area, only visiting the fort so not sure what there is in walking distance.
Free wifi was very quick, again, the best we had experienced
And the staff were lovely, would definitely return

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to hear that you had a pleasant stay at the Jetwing Lighthouse. It is pleasing to hear of any guest who has a great experience, and I thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment on Trip Advisor.

I am happy to see that you were taken up with the food we provide to our valued guests, and that it exceeded your expectations. Our chefs work very hard to make every meal something any guest would enjoy and this kind of comment will only make them strive to achieve more satisfied guests. The rooms and the other facilities play an important part in guest satisfaction and I am happy you left satisfied.

There are a lot of things to see around the Jetwing Lighthouse, including the Galle Fort, some fascinating beaches, nature reserves, and some historic sites; this wide variety of sights around the property help in satisfying a wide range of guests who patronize the Jetwing Lighthouse.

I hope to see you back at the Jetwing Lighthouse, and the whole team would welcome you back. I also want to thank you for your extremely positive comments once again, while looking forward to your next visit.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

We (family of 5) had a brilliant 2 nights at this hotel to end our 2 weeks in Sri Lanka. It was a great spot from which to explore the fort (short tuk tuk ride away) and was so relaxing to just chill by the pool, walk on the palm-fringed beach (with the cows!!), feed the resident monkey and enjoy the beautiful smiles of the friendly staff. The rooms were luxurious, the pool felt like our own (never crowded), the food was tremendous (the hopper, dosai and pastry chef is a genius!)and the staff the friendliest of all our hotels. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing the Jetwing Lighthouse as your final destination on your trip to the stunning island of Sri Lanka, and I am very pleased that we were able to cater to your expectations leaving you with great memories.

Galle, in the South of Sri Lanka is rich in history, sites to visit, and excursions to keep you occupied during your stay. The Jetwing Lighthouse provides you with an ideal base from where you can explore this part of the country, especially the magnificent Galle Fort. We also believe we provide our guests facilities and services to enjoy while at the Jetwing Lighthouse, and is ideal for those who wish to stay within the property and relax and unwind.

I will personally pass on your comments on the team in general and the chef who is in charge of making hoppers, dosai, and pastries. I believe that the associates are the difference between a guest’s stay being good and great, and our team is specially trained to make sure that a guest enjoys the best possible experience while staying at Jetwing Lighthouse.

I would also like to thank you for your Trip Advisor comments, and look forward to seeing you when your travels bring you back to Sri Lanka.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
General Manager

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

It was an elegant hotel. Very well situated to the sea and the town. Stayed only one night, wished we stayed longer to enjoy the hotel more.

Room Tip: Only one night stay. Room was conveniently located at the restaurant level.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. I am extremely glad you had a enjoyable time at the Jetwing Lighthouse.

It is a truly unique hotel with its own kind of elegance. Most of our guests are stunned by the beauty of the property. I would also like to say that it was a pleasure to have you with us and to invite you back for longer the next time your travels bring you to Sri Lanka.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

The view from our room is incredible, the room itself is great. Unfortunately I won't get to try the spa but the prices are pretty good for such a high end place. The service is lovely. My only complaint is that there is nothing on the room service menu that is vegetarian but that will not impact most people.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor. It is our pleasure to have been able to have you at the Jetwing Lighthouse. The standards and quality of service is something we work hard on improving everyday, as we believe that there is always an aspect we can improve on, and it is very pleasing to hear of a guest like you who speaks so highly of the Jetwing Lighthouse.

Our vegetarian menu is something we are looking at expanding and improving further to cater to the growing numbers of vegetarians that frequent the property, and we are looking to add to the few options we have existing on our in room dining menu. I would also like to point out though that we as a team are very flexible on most grounds, including personalizing a dish as best as possible to cater to each guests demand.

Thank you for choosing the Jetwing Lighthouse while in Southern Sri Lanka, and we very much look forward to having you back us.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Another of Geoffrey Bawa's acclaimed architectural works, this hotel has a charm brought about by fusing historical the Portugese-Lankan history and good old fashioned Sri Lankan hospitality. Added to this that the majority of the rooms have a view of the bristling Indian ocean metres away from you, meaning that the stay here is always great. We also tried the spa here, and the very relaxing surroundings of the stand-alone spa area, was excellent, as were the treatments we received. Whilst the rooms are large, clean and have an antique style, there are no mod-cons to speak of. But with the view who needs them?

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Some of the best views of the Indian ocean, history, great food and beverage options, and high levels of service comes together at Jetwing Lighthouse to give a guest a one of a kind experience. The design by Mr. Bawa is bound to leave any guest relaxed and calm, while the sunning sight of the Indian ocean from the rooms is something that must be experienced. It was our pleasure having you with us.

As the General Manager here, it is always a pleasure to read comment such as yours, where guests have absolutely enjoyed their stay with us. I will pass on your special compliments to the spa, and the team who are in charge of giving guests nothing but the extensive selection of treatments we have on offer. Here at the Jetwing Lighthouse, we tend to have a very antique set up, and is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday, and I am glad to see you enjoyed every aspect of your stay here.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Jetwing Lighthouse in the future, and take this opportunity to thank you for your positive comment on Trip Advisor.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We spent a day at Lighthouse last year with a group of friends and had a wonderful experience! Designed by great Master Architect Geoffrey Bawa, the architecture is one of its kind! Amazing sea view from all the rooms and the lounge! We reached there when it was dark and it was fun sitting outside the lounge sipping our drinks catching the sea breeze. And I fell in love with the circular staircase dipicting history of Galle! Too good!
We had a grand dinner at the coffee shop and enjoyed some Srilankan delicacies. Though I am a vegetarian, there was no problem of getting food of my choice.
I would love to go there again and again!

Room Tip: The suites are superb!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your positive feedback on Trip Advisor. Jetwing Lighthouse is a simply stunning piece of design by no doubt one of the best and most unique architectural masterpieces by the late Mr. Bawa. The property is known for its design qualities, and we do our part in providing the best quality food, beverage, and service to compliment the world class design. The stairway too is a truly unique design and our guests find it absolutely amazing.

It was our pleasure having you at Jetwing Lighthouse, and being able to serve you as you expected. We expect to see you back at Jetwing Lighthouse in the near future and Thank you once again for your positive feedback. I look forward to welcoming you on your next trip here.

Sincerely,
Robert Claesson
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Additional Information about Jetwing Lighthouse

Address: Dadella, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
#3 Family Hotel in Galle
#3 Spa Hotel in Galle
#4 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#5 Romantic Hotel in Galle
Price Range: £165 - £356 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Jetwing Lighthouse 5*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic landmark that stands along the Galle coastline, Jetwing Lighthouse blends minimalist elegance with splashes of sophistication set amidst breathtaking ocean views. Designed by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa, this luxurious hotel lets you indulge in the finer things in life as you travel back in time and explore Sri Lanka's colonial past. ... more   less 
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