This was our third visit to The Jetwing Lighthouse, and so you could say we're fans. The hotel's position on a promontory overlooking the sea is exceptional, and the staff are first class. We also like the large rooms (all sea facing) and the good selection of well prepared food in the restaurant. You can, if you wish, opt for a romantic dinner on the outside terrace, accompanied by the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks.
There are two large swimming pools, one having a lovely sunbathing lawn with sunbeds and hammocks. Light lunches can be had at the Pool Bar, where you can observe a monkey, which seems to have adopted the hotel (but please don't feed it).
We were also fortunate this time, in that the Womens T20 World Cup was being played in nearby Galle, so we got to see England play and win twice. Galle is only a 10 minute tuk tuk ride (500 rupees return including waiting time). The hotel have their own tuk tuk drivers, trained as one of their community programme initiatives....which includes teaching local children to swim in a specially built pool near the hotel. Galle Fort is well worth a couple of visits to see the old Dutch buildings and to walk the Fort Wall from the Clocktower to the old lighthouse. We like to buy our quality gifts in the Fort at The Orchid House (next to old lighthouse) and Style on Church Street. Best though to buy spices outside the Fort at the spice stall in the main market.
Between November and March the hotel runs whale watching trips, led by their resident and knowledgeable environmentalist, which we hope to try on our next visit.
- 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