Jetwing Beach - Negombo
Positioned right on the golden sands close to the charming fishing village of Negombo, the Jetwing Beach offers modern luxury in the midst of a tropical paradise. The first hotel in Sri Lanka to be admitted to the elite group of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it maintains a boutique charm and intimacy, despite the impressive range of facilities it provides. This makes it an ideal retreat for those who like to combine sophistication and stylish extravagance with a relaxed beach holiday.
Designed by Sri Lanka's most prestigious architect, the hotel's architecture makes the most of the scenic surroundings, set as it is in the midst of two acres of luxuriant palm trees and tropical gardens. Renovated from the shell of a previous hotel, the classic design in Geoffrey Bawa's signature minimalist style has been left intact, and overlaid with a striking modern finish. The walkways and gurgling water features of the grounds, and the open verandas round the building's exterior, take the fullest advantage of the tropical sun and cooling ocean breezes.
Inside, the public spaces display a harmony of soft colours and dark, rich woods, with a simple and bright decor that sets off to perfection the elegant, locally-sourced hardwood furniture pieces. Throughout the hotel, there are polished cement floors, and the walls are infused with a tinge of amber, giving the place an uncluttered feel. The bright, modern lobby, with white sofa seating, is enhanced with dramatic contemporary artworks hung around the walls.
Eclectic Range of Dining Options
The range of culinary options at Jetwing Beach covers everything from gourmet Western cuisine to authentic Sri Lankan dishes and casual beach snacks. The Black Coral Restaurant is considered one of the best dining venues in Sri Lanka, and offers evening haute cuisine in a beautiful setting with soft lighting and flickering torches. As well as international gourmet delights, you can try the "Go Sri Lankan" option to experience real indigenous fare.
The bright and spacious Sands Restaurant is open all day, and serves all meals from its open-plan expanse on the beach front. The breakfasts here are said to be legendary, and the weekly seafood barbecues draw visitors from miles around. As well as delicious buffets, they also offer an à la carte menu with healthy and vegetarian choices.
The most relaxed dining option is provided by The Deck, which sprawls between the sea and the pool, and allows you to sample both innovative cuisine and an array of tempting snacks, while enjoying superb ocean views and fiery sunsets. For the chance to experience Sri Lanka's wide variety of teas, the Tea Corner on the beach is open all day, while the Terrace Bar by the pool has an unrivalled collection of fine wines and unusual drinks, which they will pour for you at any time of day. And for that really special occasion, the hotel will arrange an intimate and romantic private dining experience on the beach, under the stars.
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