We chose the hotel only as it was the only 5* hotel in Negombo and we are glad we did. The hotel is very quiet although I think for some days it was full.
The rooms are lovely, huge bath and monsoon shower. We had acres of space even with the additional bed for our 5 year old (a proper bed not a sofa bed)
The pools were great, the main infinity pool is absolutely huge with a deep under cover pool which interconnected with the children's splash pool. In honesty the main pool is not that deep and with steps down the whole length it was heaven for our son.
We ate in the hotel a few times, the Sands restaurant is OK, they try very hard but buffets are not really our thing. One big bonus on half board is that it includes room service, a god send when we got back from a tour late.
On the nights we ate out, Lords was good food but a bit on the expensive side probably better for a romantic dinner, the owner Martin was nice and allowed our son to feed the fish and terapins. Unlike many other reviewers we did not like Coconut primitive , we did go on a weekend so it was busy but they were very slow and the menu was limited but cheap. We loved Bijou and eat there twice, very western menu but we had to compromise with a non curry eating child. We had a three course meal with drinks for around 4000 rupees incl service, not that bad.
Things you must do whilst in Negombo.
We met a fabulous tuk tuk driver in Mohamed on our first day, he made a real effort to show us the real Negombo. The Sunday market is a must, fascinating and huge. We bought some King coconuts to drink on the way round for 20 rupees each, eveything was there, including red bananas. It helped having our tuk tuk driver with us, he could explain what everthing was and what is was used for.
The lagoon and dutch canals are worth a trip and it is definately worth going to the Jasmine Villa for a massage, it was heaven.
Outside Negombo we only went on a two day tour which we wish we could have extended. When you go to the elephant orphanage you first see the elephants in the field they are kept in and then shown down to the milk feeding pen. We were not very keen on this bit of the orphanage experience, but seeing the elephants bathing in the river and having fun was magical. There was a three week old baby which was trying to play with the 10 month old elephants and watching them playing in the water was worth the trip.
The temple of the tooth in Kandy was very interesting, we went late at night and there is definately something magical about it at night..
Sigiria, Lion Rock was amazing and the highlight of our holiday including my five year olds, we thought it would be the day he struggled but he was off on a mini adventure. We had a short rest stop between climbing Lion Rock and the Dambulla Rock Temple which us adults found very interesting but my son did get a bit bored.
The Botanical Gardens in Kandy our well worth a visit, not something I would think I would be interested in but we wish we could have spent more time there.
We will definately go back to Sri Lanka and have fallen in love with the people and country. The only two bits of advice I would give to any traveller are, be careful over the price of anything many shops will bump up the price with you being a tourist, which did get annoying. Secondly, be very clear to tour guides what you want to do and do not settle for a 'standard' tour. We had to have firm words on not being taken to a 'factory' for a tour, particularly when the silk factory tour was a half hearted 2 minute presentation in a shop. Having said that the tea factory was a working factory and very interesting - I think it is important to be clear on what you want to see and what is not for you.
I hope everyone has as good a time as we did.
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- Surrounded by the rhythmic sounds of the sea, Jetwing Beach lies near the golden sands of the resort town of Negombo, basking in the glorious tropical sunshine of this island paradise. Incorporating a unique blend of space and style in its design, this inimitably charming hotel is ideal for a fun family holiday or an intimate couples retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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