We stayed at jetwing Beach at the start of our Sri Lanka holiday. Relatively short drive from the airport after a long flight makes it a good choice. Pleasant welcome and then shown to our room on the 1st Floor overlooking the pool and beach. Decoration is a bit basic on first appraisal, could do with a brighten up. The soft furnishings eg chair, bed runner etc., could do with refurbishment, all very utilitarian and the bed was a bit hard (we found this elsewhere too) Bathroom was well appointed, some people may not appreciate glass walls, but you can draw the blinds, though this will make the room a little dark. the lighting is not that bright. Glad to have toiletries, not much in evidence in many of the hotels we stayed in.
We ate in the Black Pearl restaurant and the food and service were excellent, although unfortunately we practically dined alone. The Sri Lankan themed buffet n the following evening seemed plentiful. Being new to Sri Lankan cuisine we did not know what to go for, but the staff were very helpful in explaining some of the dishes. Breakfast was comprehensive with cooked food available from the chefs on duty and the Continental breakfast choice was good. The food was all covered and it felt that there was a good level of hygiene. The beach bar was nice for a snack lunch and drinks in the evening.
There is plenty of natural shade from the trees in the garden/beach area in which to relax. We did not explore the wider, public beach during the short time we were there, but saw plenty of people strolling along the waters edge. Unfortunately, this free access to the public beach does give rise to lots, and I mean, lots of beach sellers... and they are persistent which can be a bit of a nuisance. Also the Crows, lots of them and very noisy, but it is a tropical island!
On the whole it was a good induction to Sri Lankan hospitality ( they threw a small, informal, drinks gathering with a short talk on the island and an opportunity to meet the management). An acceptable stopover pre/post tour. If the rooms were a little more inviting, maybe a longer stay.
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March 20, 2013
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Thank you for your kind and detailed review posted on Trip Advisor following your stay at Jetwing Beach in Negombo Sri Lanka.
We were truly delighted that we have met your overall expectations during your stay with us. We thank you for pointing out some areas for improvement and rest assured that we will look into addressing them.
Once again thank you for staying with us and for your compliments. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Jetwing Beach, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I could be of any assistance.
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