Just three miles west of the bustling, historic Galle Fort, Jetwing Lighthouse has a great location between a rocky headland and a sandy curve of palm-fringed beach. The restaurants, boutiques and cafés in Galle’s 17th-century fort are a five-minute drive away, while hotel activities include rainforest treks, whale watching and lowland tea estate visits. This hotel is a reliable choice for families and couples looking for a comfortable beachside escape.
The hotel was famously designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most revered architects, and noted Lankan artist Laki Senanayake worked on the hotel’s main staircase, giving an overall sense of space and light. Each bedroom has a generously sized ocean facing balcony and following an extensive upgrade in 2019, they have new flooring and the complete re-tiling of bathrooms and timber panelling. Aside from three themed suites, all 60 of the Deluxe rooms are identical and offer super king-sized beds, private balconies and bathrooms with built-in tubs and separate walk-in rain showers.
The two swimming pools, plus a shady children’s paddling pool, are never overcrowded, and the lower pool surrounded by gardens is a top spot to relax. The elegant spa with a separate Ayurveda wing is worth a visit to experience a spicy scrub or relaxing massage, and there’s also a fitness room and a floodlit tennis court.
The Cardamom Café offers informal breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, and outside are breezy tables-for-two facing the dramatic rocky oceanfront. For a more personalised dining experience opt for bar-restaurant Nihal’s, or head for cocktails at the Coat of Arms Bar or more casual Anchor Bar, and watch as the sun dips below the horizon.
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