I am writing this review on the penultimate day of our 7-night stay at the Lighthouse. This is our third trip to Sri Lanka in the space of just over 2 years. Last week, as we motored from place to place, we told ourselves this should be it. We really must go somewhere else next time. But after a week at the Lighthouse, we are sorely tempted to return yet again. Why? Well, the iconic design of this landmark Geoffrey Bawa building, with its varied concrete textures tempered by colonial wooden warmth; the position on a rocky promontory, bashed by the waves of the wild ocean; the view back to Galle Fort, which (while so pricey now) is still so unique and alluring and a mere 10-minute drive away; the wonderful staff, taking typical Sri Lanka hospitality and service to a new level… The service is great and personal. 2 examples. We met some people in Sigirya, who turned out to be finishing their holiday with a couple of nights here. We informed the front desk, who immediately made sure these people were given the room right next door to ours. Early on we identified a room right at the end of our corridor on the 4th floor, which is designed slightly differently from the others - bordered by a right-angle of balcony with an unimpeded sunset views. Within 5 minutes of requesting a transfer to this room, we were given it for the last 2 nights of our stay. No problem. No request undealt with. Another great touch was a cocktail party on our 3rd night, hosted by the General Manager for longer-stay guests - chic canapés and good drinks on a beautiful terrace. The breakfast buffet is great, but the food, while on the face of it creative and well presented, verges sometimes on the bland. But that is the sole criticism. We will, I'm afraid, be back!
- 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