Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Light House Hotel - Galle

On the famed south western coast of Sri Lanka, in the ancient Dutch outpost of Galle, hotels line the shore and are many and varied. But amongst them all, one stands out – distinctive as a beacon of light in the dark; and named likewise. Known and loved the world over, Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle, embraces a rugged outcrop along the coastline just before the city centre, and is the last unique architectural triumph of Sri Lanka’s iconic genius, Geoffrey Bawa. Minimalistic, stately and elegant this inspired creation will captivate you with its unparalleled wonder.

Step in to the hallway and step back five centuries. A dramatic enactment – a historic narrative depicting the ‘Battle of Randeniya’ spirals upwards. Sweeping alongside the stairway, Portuguese horsemen charge the brave local inhabitants; their fervour immortalized in shimmering copper and bronze envisioned by renowned artist Laki Senanayake. Follow the flight and step out into the lobby, then stand amazed at the vista before you – the astounding beauty of a land the ancient warriors fought to save or gain is now yours to claim, awhile at least.

But yours will be a battle of a far more pleasant kind – how not to indulge too much in all the luxuries you will encounter when you stay with us. The rooms are sumptuous, the cuisine, positively sinful, the pools as vast as the ocean they seem to blend into – and then there is the spa too, and that is bliss beyond compare. But bliss is what you will find at every turn at Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle; a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, it is the ultimate tropical retreat of lavish beauty in Sri Lanka.


The largest city in the South and one of great significance in many ways, Galle is a wonderful blend of culture, history, beauty, tradition and everything else in between. A popular destination of choice for both locals and tourists, in the city and the outskirts of Galle, hotel properties flourish offering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Located in the South West corner of the island, Galle is a 146 km drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

The journey is a story in itself. Through the mayhem of the business capital Colombo, the palm lined resort towns of Wadduwa, Kalutara, Beruwela, Bentota, Kosgoda, Ambalangoda, Hikkadduwa , the brilliant blue sea will accompany you all the way to Galle, and often the rail track will do so too. Jetwing Lighthouse is conveniently located just a few kilometres before the bustling city centre of Galle and its historic Dutch Fort, yet stands alone away from it all on a rocky promontory facing the waves – a true refuge of peace.

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