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Reviewed October 9, 2012

This was our third visit to The Jetwing Lighthouse, and so you could say we're fans. The hotel's position on a promontory overlooking the sea is exceptional, and the staff are first class. We also like the large rooms (all sea facing) and the good selection of well prepared food in the restaurant. You can, if you wish, opt for a romantic dinner on the outside terrace, accompanied by the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks.

There are two large swimming pools, one having a lovely sunbathing lawn with sunbeds and hammocks. Light lunches can be had at the Pool Bar, where you can observe a monkey, which seems to have adopted the hotel (but please don't feed it).

We were also fortunate this time, in that the Womens T20 World Cup was being played in nearby Galle, so we got to see England play and win twice. Galle is only a 10 minute tuk tuk ride (500 rupees return including waiting time). The hotel have their own tuk tuk drivers, trained as one of their community programme initiatives....which includes teaching local children to swim in a specially built pool near the hotel. Galle Fort is well worth a couple of visits to see the old Dutch buildings and to walk the Fort Wall from the Clocktower to the old lighthouse. We like to buy our quality gifts in the Fort at The Orchid House (next to old lighthouse) and Style on Church Street. Best though to buy spices outside the Fort at the spice stall in the main market.

Between November and March the hotel runs whale watching trips, led by their resident and knowledgeable environmentalist, which we hope to try on our next visit.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank mendiprambler
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The Lighthouse Hotel has never failed to impress us with it's excellent location on a rocky outcrop, friendly service and dedication to conserving it's idyllic surroundings. The rooms are spacious, the high point being the large bathroom and views of the swimming pools and the Indian Ocean beyond.

As you walk in, watch out for the iconic display of an encounter between the Portuguese and the Island inhabitants artistically spiraling up the main stairway. The main restaurant has an impressive panorama of the waves breaking against the rocks where you can enjoy a Continental Buffet meal with a succulent array of seafood or just watch the soft glow of the sunset as you relax with a cocktail in the evening.

One of the impressive points that ticks my check list is the fact that the Lighthouse Hotel is dedicated to being an Eco-friendly hotel, striving to reduce their carbon footprint and visibly encouraging guests to share in this vision, e.g. instead of flowers randomly picked from trees you would find artistically arranged dry twigs in your room.

This fantastic hotel stemming from acclaimed architect Geoffrey Bawa's designs is also undoubtedly one of the best places to set off on a quest to experience Whales and Dolphins (although one really needs to allow these majestic creatures their personal space - so best to watch from a distance!). Don't forget to soothe your mind, body and senses at the Spa - a definite winner!

What a fabulous weekend stay at the Lighthouse Hotel - we'r definitely returning for more! :)

Room Tip: Higher Floors offer the best view of the ocean :)
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank E C
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Sri Lanka Navy has held two maritime conferences(two day events) named "Galle Dialogue" in 2010 and 2011. I attended both events as an organizer and Liaison staff. The five course menu served for official guest dinner was the best I have had, the feel, the looks and the taste were at its best. We will be going there in Dec 2012 for this years conference and I hope they will do an even better show for participants from Sri Lanka and 20 other countries.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Prashantha A
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Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here as part of our trip to Sri Lanka for the world twenty20 cricket. On arrival we were met warmly by the staff and invited to managers cocktails that evening. Our room was wonderful, maintained to a high standard (although our mini bar fridge broke down but they soon replaced it). Towels and mineral water were replaced on a daily basis. Breakfast consists of a fantastic buffet with cooked western breakfast possible as well as omelettes cooked to order and all the usual cereal and fruit options. We had one evening meal in the fine dining restaurant which was nice and not too expensive. The main restaurant serves a curry buffet each night and we only ate there on the special BBQ night for Poya. This meal was a treat; Mongolian cooking, BBQ meat done to order as well as loads of salad, sushi etc.
the hotel is situated about 10 mins in a tuk tuk from town which should only
Cost you 300rs. Watch out for the throng of tuk tuk drivers hanging around outside, they have a tendency to over charge for standard trips to unawatuna etc. sometimes it was better to walk a bit down the road to hail a tuk tuk and haggle on the price.
The hotel has a naturalist so you can use him to book safaris etc. but be warned, he is not the cheapest. We went down to the tourist info in town and sourced a driver there.
The hotel has a gym and two swimming pools, one of which is 25m long so is
Ideal for doing lengths.
Overall we had a lovely experience, there is nothing quite like the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks to rock you to sleep each night.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank hlmackenzie
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The hotel is still very beautiful and having stayed there few years back, it was definitely a place i wanted to drop by at least for a drink during my visit to Galle. The apple/pineappple/melon combo fruit drink was rather watery. The iced tea was still very very good. The stewards were very polite, welcoming and helpful. This was in contrast to the attitude of a manager who was anything but welcoming. Perhaps it was because me and my friends were the only locals on our own on the terrace area or maybe it was because we were not overnight guests. The manager stared a few times and seemed to find our presence annoying. Then a security manager type comes and very politely goes about finding out what we are doing there. When I mention that we're waiting for our drinks he promises to make sure the drinks arrive soon. I did notice he did not ask any of the foreigners or the locals who were with foreigners there the same question. I felt it was an insulting and demeaning way to treat customers, and far from what i expect from a hotel I've patronized more than once before. Though it is definitely a beautiful hotel, a warmer welcome is best found elsewhere if you are not white skinned.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ricki E
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