One of the cultural and historical capitals of Sri Lanka, the sea has provided Galle with a mesmerizing cultural tapestry populated by fascinating stories from the ancient spice trade all the way through to colonial invasions.
Only 15-minutes from Galle’s stunning 16th-century fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the city’s restaurants, boutiques, rainforest treks, lowland tea estates, and Koggala Lake boat trips – the Jetwing Lighthouse hotel stands majestically atop a rugged outcrop of rock, with waves breaking on the rocks below.
Designed by legendary Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and blending traditional and contemporary elements inspired by the surrounding area, from the sea the hotel looks like a ship waiting to launch from the headland, and from the land the building resembles a fort, with the main entrance nestled behind a rampart-like façade.
Inside the hotel itself, you will find the height of luxury and the home of Sri Lankan hospitality. With elegant, simple décor that uses rich woods and splashes of bright colour reflecting Sri Lankan scenery throughout the hotel, and a series of unique suites that boast either Chinese, Moroccan or colonial Dutch-inspired décor, Jetwing Lighthouse is something of a Sri Lankan style icon. Additionally, for a holistic holiday, Jetwing Lighthouse offers a number of wellness facilities, a fully equipped gym, and manicured gardens that play host to two swimming pools, a separate pool for children, and a blissful spa offering a selection of ancient Ayurvedic treatments and tropical therapies that refresh and revitalise your mind, body, and soul.
If that wasn’t enough to fuel your passion for a Sri Lankan getaway, Jetwing Lighthouse has cultivated a reputation for serving only the finest gastronomical delights in each of its five magnificent international restaurants. The hotel also places great importance on their green initiatives, with a strong focus on both environmental and community activities and a commitment to creating a connective, eco-focused environment; something that’s very understandable when considering that the southern coastline of Sri Lanka is home to innumerable incredible species, including one of the largest resident blue whale populations in the world.
With a stunning waterfront setting and distinctive elegant design, the accommodation at Jetwing Lighthouse invites you to make yourself comfortable in the confides of one of 85 beautifully furnished Geoffrey Bawa designed guestrooms and suites. Most rooms feature private balconies, incredible views, modern amenities, and an enchanting ambiance.
Fine dining inspired by the exotic spices that have drawn travellers to these shores for centuries and featuring seafood delicacies and fresh produce handpicked from local markets.
One of the only restaurants in Galle to offer 24-hour dining, serving buffet spreads and set menus featuring international cuisine, the Cardamom Café gives you the freedom to eat indoors or outside.
Named after, and curated by, world-renowned executive chef Nihal Senanyake, Nihal’s specialises in a wide range of culinary delights prepared with a quintessentially Sri Lankan touch.
A slice of Italy by the seas of Galle – using fresh and organic local produce Lorenzo’s provides a mouth-watering variety of pizzas including; vegan, vegetarian, meat, and seafood options.
On a welcoming cobblestone terrace and beautifully manicured lawn you will find The Verandah. Enjoy an exquisite selection of snacks, cocktails, mocktails and more, all overlooking the sea.
A sophisticated bar decorated with flags of British and Sri Lankan origins and featuring a snooker table for some recreational entertainment.
Activities and Entertainment
On top of on-site entertainment and cultural shows, Jetwing Lighthouse’s location provides unrivalled access to some of the most inspiring activities and areas of natural beauty in all of Sri Lanka. The Mahamodara River for instance, serves as a fascinating safari to spot a number of birds, reptiles, and more, and the legendary hill of Rumassala is shrouded in myth and folklore due to its connection to the Hindu epic of the Ramayana.
The waters of the southern seas give guests the opportunity spend a day fishing with expert local fisherman or watch blue wales and dolphins in their natural habitat. The magnificent Galle Fort and old town of Galle are also nearby, providing ample chance to explore this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, and North of Galle, the historic Ariyapala Masks Museum is found - preserving the traditional art of Sri Lankan mask making.
1/12 - Aerial view of Jetwing Lighthouse
2/12 - Poolside at Jetwing Lighthouse
3/12 - View to the beach from Jetwing Lighthouse
4/12 - Dining at Jetwing Lighthouse
5/12 - Restaurant at Jetwing Lighthouse
6/12 - Bedroom at Jetwing Lighthouse
7/12 - Bathroom at Jetwing Lighthouse
8/12 - Relaxing at Jetwing Lighthouse
9/12 - Aerial view of Pool and resort Jetwing Lighthouse
10/12 - Playing Pool at Jetwing Lighthouse
11/12 - Beachside dining at Jetwing Lighthouse
12/12 - The Beach near Jetwing Lighthouse
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