The Lighthouse in Galle is fantastic, ideally located (less than 20 minutes away from the town centre), two pools and a private beach which offer breath taking views of the sunset and a great place to unwind after exploring Galle.
The hotel is also able to arrange whale watching tours and Galle is apparently one of the best places to see whales with a hit rate of 95% in season. During our excursion we saw 10 blue whales but the groups who had gone out the day before had also seen spinner dolphins and a pod of killer whales.
The food is good but not as good as the food at Jetwing Beach or Warwick Gardens, though the fine dining restaurant is a great place dinner on the terrace if the weather permits, we had very romantic views of the ocean cut through by a crystal clear moon reflecting off the water, it was magical.
Visitors should definately reserve a day to visit the Galle Fort and you can have quite a lot of fun wandering the streets and visiting some of the old churches and libraries.
Finally, you can also learn how to surf at Galle and Bentota. We didn't but there are several surf schools set up by the beach which are ideal for newbies because the waves and current aren't as rough as they are in a place like Negombo.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Jetwing Lighthouse Galle
- Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel Galle
- Lighthouse Spa