On the famed south western coast of Sri Lanka, in the ancient Dutch outpost of Galle, hotels line the shore and are many and varied. But amongst them all, one stands out – distinctive as a beacon of light in the dark; and named likewise. Known and loved the world over, Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle, embraces a rugged outcrop along the coastline just before the city centre, and is the last unique architectural triumph of Sri Lanka’s iconic genius, Geoffrey Bawa. Minimalistic, stately and elegant this inspired creation will captivate you with its unparalleled wonder.
Step in to the hallway and step back five centuries. A dramatic enactment – a historic narrative depicting the ‘Battle of Randeniya’ spirals upwards. Sweeping alongside the stairway, Portuguese horsemen charge the brave local inhabitants; their fervour immortalized in shimmering copper and bronze envisioned by renowned artist Laki Senanayake. Follow the flight and step out into the lobby, then stand amazed at the vista before you – the astounding beauty of a land the ancient warriors fought to save or gain is now yours to claim, awhile at least.
But yours will be a battle of a far more pleasant kind – how not to indulge too much in all the luxuries you will encounter when you stay with us. The rooms are sumptuous, the cuisine, positively sinful, the pools as vast as the ocean they seem to blend into – and then there is the spa too, and that is bliss beyond compare. But bliss is what you will find at every turn at Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle; a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, it is the ultimate tropical retreat of lavish beauty in Sri Lanka.
Location of Jetwing Lighthouse - Galle
The largest city in the South and one of great significance in many ways, Galle is a wonderful blend of culture, history, beauty, tradition and everything else in between. A popular destination of choice for both locals and tourists, in the city and the outskirts of Galle, hotel properties flourish offering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Located in the South West corner of the island, Galle is a 146 km drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
The journey is a story in itself. Through the mayhem of the business capital Colombo, the palm lined resort towns of Wadduwa, Kalutara, Beruwela, Bentota, Kosgoda, Ambalangoda, Hikkadduwa , the brilliant blue sea will accompany you all the way to Galle, and often the rail track will do so too. Jetwing Lighthouse is conveniently located just a few kilometres before the bustling city centre of Galle and its historic Dutch Fort, yet stands alone away from it all on a rocky promontory facing the waves – a true refuge of peace.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and indeed one of the most unique hotels in Galle, Jetwing Lighthouse is renowned for its aesthetic design and overall splendour. But bliss lingers indoors for you too: luxurious chambers far too superior to be called mere bedrooms – and there are 60 to choose with expansive ocean views from all of them.
If you wish to repose in true stately manner, there are 3 themed suites to pick from too – Moorish magnificence, Oriental charm or Dutch antiquity – which would it be then? Pure Sri Lankan simplicity however, is also infused into the decor in a union of tradition and modernity.
Windows tinted in brilliant jade green, frame endless waves like a seascape masterpiece come to life. Polished teak glisten and burnished brass shine in the warm glow of old lanterns. Dark granite and pristine marble vie for attention as you sink into the burbling Jacuzzi tub. Afterwards, let the crispest linen and pillows feather soft, set golden slumbers adrift. The songs of the surf swishing gently amongst the rocks on shore may dare to breeze in to your dreams. Tomorrow, a whole new day of indulgence awaits you.
Matching the highest of standards offered at any luxury hotel in Galle the 60 Deluxe Rooms at Jetwing Lighthouse are beautiful havens that will provide you with all the comforts and amenities you will need to make you feel at home. Everything from ceiling to floor, every furnishing and fitting is meticulously designed and planned with great care, giving attention to the smallest of detail.
The traditional Dutch style teak furniture match perfectly with the polished teak floors exuding old world charm. The king sized bed is in similar style with soft pillows and silken bedding; a large sofa is yours to lounge in too.
Hidden away behind a folding door, the bathroom is spacious, with hot and cold water, bathtub and shower. All rooms have individual temperature controlled air conditioning and a ceiling fan, IDD enabled telephone, Large LED TV with cable channels as well. Large private balconies lead off the room – a spot, just made to watch the glorious evensong of the setting sun.
With some of the most astounding ocean views in Galle, 5 star hotel accommodation of the highest standard is yours to expect at a Jetwing Lighthouse Suite. Three exquisitely adorned suites, each with a unique theme offer you the most indulgent comforts and every possible amenity.
The themes of the suites pay homage to the ancient travellers from distant lands who sought the treasures of our bountiful land. The exquisitely refined Fa-Hsien Suite will take you back in time to ancient China with traditional prints and delicate vases, soft lanterns and lamps to set the mood. The heady charms of the ‘Ibn Battuta’ Suite will carry you off to vibrant Morocco, surrounding you with colours, rich textures and heavy decor. The “Speilbergen Suite” is reminiscent of the Dutch colonial era with characteristic furniture and distinctive colour combination.
While historic in artistic influence, no modern luxury is spared and all three suites comprise a large bedroom with king sized beds, a luxurious bathroom with a Jacuzzi and a separate lounge also decked to match the individual theme. Each suite also has its own expansive private balcony. In addition to all the standard facilities, a visitor’s toilet, an additional TV, a DVD player and a personal butler service is also yours.
It is not just the unique architecture and luxuries that draw visitors from near and far to our hotel. Dining in Galle at our legendary restaurants have become somewhat of a tradition for epicureans of discerning tastes, many of whom drive south from Colombo and elsewhere. For here, you can let indulgence reign supreme.
Light or ‘haute’, cuisine is an art form. Presided by renowned chef Nihal Senanayke, the signature fare from our kitchens is much sought after. Our fondues are famed, our seafood specials longingly remembered in lands afar. In the refined ambience of the Cinnamon Room determine for yourself its reputed fine dining experience.
For a more laid back but equally impressive feast, the Cardamom Cafe hosts buffets most grand. Scrumptious snacks will tempt you throughout the day at the Anchor Bar & Grill – and follow you to the poolside of course. Find your way to the Coat of Arms Bar – named after its exquisite batik ceiling, and the best of spirits, liquid and otherwise, awaits you there.
The Cardamom Cafe
With a reputation for excellence agreed upon by both Sri Lankans and visitors to Galle, restaurants the likes of Cardamom Café are indeed hard to match. Open 24 hours, this is our main restaurant where ample space, lavish spreads and magnificent views are all laid for you.
Offering two dining options – air conditioned comfort indoors or outdoors on the terrace where the sea breeze keeps you cool, you can enjoy all your main meals here or settle for light refreshments anytime day or night too. A variety of menus including special diets, vegetarian/vegan and kids menus, are also yours to choose from and the truly vast buffet ‘feasts’ are reputed even beyond our shores. Scrumptious culinary delights planned and prepared under the guidance of our award winning Executive Chef Nihal Senanayake – one of the best in Sri Lanka.
The Cinnamon Room
With a wide and well deserved reputation as one of the finest fine dining restaurants in Galle, the gastronomic delights on offer at the Cinnamon Room is an exploratory journey in itself. Whether you are a devoted gastronome on the lookout for unusual delights or simply want to treat yourself to a memorable dining experience the Cinnamon Room is a place of unique ambience and exceptional cuisine that will certainly sate the needs of both.
Open for dinner only, here the renowned signature dishes created by Executive Chef Nihal Senanayake are yours to savour at their best. The extensive a la carte menu includes daily specials as well as a range of other options. Like the fare, the mood is sheer perfection too. Soft candle light and star-lit ocean views will accompany you indoors or out, where a romantic dinner on the breeze blown terrace will be enchantment itself.
Anchor Bar and Grill
In the cosmopolitan bustle of Galle, bars and eateries are plentiful of course, but few have the casual yet classy atmosphere or the incredible cuisine of the Anchor Bar and Grill. Ideally located, it overlooks the pool on one side and the vast Indian Ocean on the other. Comfy seats face both the pool and the ocean so you can pick your spot of choice, but do take a minute to admire the life-size anchor against the wall; an authentic artefact from a maritime past.
The mood is light and relaxed – so is the fare. The snack menu is as wide as the sea views with a range of sandwiches, burgers, grills and more to tempt you and many special health options too. The kids of course have their own menu to fight over. The beverages on offer will spoil you for choice – heady mixes of all kinds with the best of cocktails, mocktails and smoothies to keep you company even until the pool closes for the day.
The Coats of Arms Bar
With truly breathtaking sunsets over unbroken ocean views of Galle, nightlife can be blazing with excitement or as chilled out as you want it to be at this unmistakeably novel bar. Named after its unique decor – an exquisite ceiling decorated with antique flags bearing the coat of arms from both Sri Lankan and British origin, it has an elegant old world charm that adds to the warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The open terrace is just perfect to bid goodbye to the Sun, made even better with your favourite ‘toast’ to cheer it on. For a spot of action, the Snooker table will certainly take a cue, and the dart board a few well aimed hits. The giant LED screen TV and an extensive movie collection will also oblige you with a full range of action of every sort.
Open till 2 am- there is plenty of time to sample all the temptations at the bar – with some succulent bites and snacks to keep you otherwise replenished too.
Facilities at Jetwing Lighthouse - Galle
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and an iconic landmark on the South coast, Jetwing Lighthouse is a truly distinctive hotel in Galle that also offers the very best of facilities and services that complement its fame.
Here, we have everything you may call for and more to make sure your days are spent in supreme comfort, and as magical as the surroundings. Complete with all the amenities you may want, from hot/cold showers, cable TV, IDD and internet service, car rental, childcare to a doctor on call and more; you also have the best of service to attend to your needs too.
There is a fully equipped gym with an expert personal trainer to make sure that you work off all that wonderful gourmet fare, and not one, but two expansive swimming pools to take leisurely laps or soak all day if the mood takes you. The kids have their own pool too. If you want some sporting action there is flood lit tennis, squash, table tennis and a pool table. Yoga and meditation is available for those who prefer more sedate pursuits. An enticing gift shop with exotic offerings for you and yours, will also keep you browsing in the most tempting way too.
Activities Available in Jetwing Lighthouse - Galle
City - Galle
Category - Beach Hotels
Distance from Colombo - 116 Km (3 hour drive)
Distance from Airport - 146 Km (3.45 hour drive)
Price Guide - Rates on Request
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