Yala itself in now circa four plus hours from Colombo after the extension of the southern highway. Jetwing Yala is conveniently located around 10 minutes from the park gate. The entrance some how lacks the impact expected from a resort hotel but once you walk you you realize its beautifully constructed round a very location relevant theme. The rooms and bathrooms are large, airy, full of light and beautifully decorated. ours on the third floor had a large balcony facing the ocean. ( I particularly loved the large beds and the open to sky shower area) I think all rooms have a fabulous view of the ocean. You must take a walk across the very private sand dunes ..so so peaceful out there. The staff were very friendly, helpful and always with a smile, albeit most seem quite new. The outer deck of the Restuarent is what I preferred for dinner, with the clear sky's above and the constant sea breeze. The menu had sufficient variety, and the food was presented beautifully. The flavors were however somewhat pedestrian. will I go there again...definitely !
- 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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