This was our second visit to The Lighthouse, and we were pleased to see that the high standards had been maintained.
Its position overlooking the sea (all rooms) is unmatched, and being only a short tuk tuk ride from Galle, allows you to explore the lovely old Dutch fort and its shops. Do take time out to walk around the fort walls - start at the Clocktower. The Hotel has a number of tuk tuks, and the fare to Galle is about 600 rupees return, and the driver will stay with you in Galle as long as you wish. Do tip if you have received good service or dally.
The Hotel rooms are spacious and well equiped, with a large bed, settee, desk, satellite TV and a wooden chest. The bathroom is also large with a walk-in shower, and good toiletries. They also provide a cafetiere, kettle, teas and real coffee, with a welcome bowl of fruit. All rooms have a balcony or terrace.
It's more of an adult hotel in my view, although children are made very welcome.
Very soon after arrival you start to chill. It's a lovely quiet location, very relaxing.
There is a spa with a range of treatments, although as the Hotel was quiet, I think they could have attracted more business by offering some deals/discounts. Still, it was cheaper than UK spas.
The adjacent beach is beatiful and kept clean, although the sea is not safe to swim in at this time of year. You can walk the beach safely, and without any hassle.
The food was again excellent, with a wide choice, including intenational and Sri Lankan options. We particularly enjoyed the fresh fish, and the desserts!
Staff make a hotel, and those at The Lighthouse are the frendliest and happiest I have come across....well led by Manager Robert and his deputy Janaka.
It was low season when we visited (May/June) but the weather was good, with only the occasional shower. The two large pools were generally empty. The odd spell of cloud was welcome, and the temperatures were hot throughout - never once wore a sweater/cardigan. It's a good time to visit on this evidence.
The new road from Colombo is due to open this summer, so the transfer from the airport will be quicker.
I don't think you will be disappointed if you visit The Jetwing Lighthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An iconic landmark that stands along the Galle coastline, Jetwing Lighthouse blends minimalist elegance with splashes of sophistication set amidst breathtaking ocean views. Designed by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa, this luxurious hotel lets you indulge in the finer things in life as you travel back in time and explore Sri Lanka's colonial past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jetwing Lighthouse Galle
- Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel Galle
- Lighthouse Spa