Much of what is relevant has already been mentioned by previous reviewers. The hotel is new, it is big and it is staffed, where possible, by young and enthusiastic locals. So, there are some teething problems. The rooms are generous, comfortable and up to date, although the single empty power point in the room was hardly sufficient in these days of needing to recharge untold numbers of devices.
The view from your expansive verandah over pool, sand dunes to the Indian ocean is wonderful. If he is available, get the delightful young naturalist to accompany on a walk along the foreshore. He is bright, knowledgeable and committed.
As someone else has commented,the hotel does look like it has been set up for large groups of tourists and if you score one of the rooms furthest from reception, you will get lots of healthy exercise! But the restaurant seems to handle large numbers really well. The system was well organised, everyone was made to feel important,even the smaller tables for one or two,service was efficient and the food was delicious.
Now, Yala National Park. My comment. If you want to safari, got to Africa! This place was a shambles. Our vehicle, like others, started out just after dawn , as that's when animals are at their most active. However, this did not take into account the 40 minute wait, along with untold numbers of other vehicles at the ticket centre. I'm reliably told there is only one ticket machine for the 400 or so vehicles all attempting to get into the park at roughly the same time. It is a disgrace. Some of these vehicles held children , bored out of their minds, their anticipation of their adventure draining away. You people in the hotel industry, vitally connected to the park, need to use your influence to get the system streamlined.
There are also far too many vehicles for a relatively small park. And not enough animals to be shared around. There was one ludicrous incident, ot a distant sighting of a leapord up a tree, causing a major traffic jam as 50 to 60 vehicles converged. Then we all just sat there, unable to move.
So, keep your safari expectations low
On the other hand, your expectations of the Jetwing Yala Hotel may well be exceeded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For centuries, the incredible destination that is Yala has been revered as an unparalleled testament to the beauty of the wild, in its purest and rawest form. Arguably the best place in the world to spot leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and a whole host of birdlife, Yala promises unforgettable discoveries and exciting adventures.Akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes, Jetwing brings a truly one-with-nature concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala boasts a tremendous commitment to sustainability and the environment, bringing a wildlife experience complemented with the finest in luxury and comfort. Located on the beach, the property also boasts the only swim friendly ocean stretch is Yala which also houses a fully fledged lifeguard station and beach bar so that guests can enjoy the Indian Ocean to the fullest degree. ... more less
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