Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo and Jetwing Yala, Yala, two of Sri Lanka’s most well known properties, now unveil a further addition to their already diverse offering: beach access, complete with comforts such as beach bars, lounge areas, and a swimming pool.
Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing transformed the formerly known Blue Lagoon into the resort it is today – a sizeable investment in a piece of tourism history, due to its status as the country’s first resort and also Geoffrey Bawa’s first resort design. In the transformation, Jetwing ensured that the late master’s vision remained untouched, and expanded upon with 55 rooms and the longest pool in the area at a 100m in length. Overlooking the calm waters of the Negombo lagoon, the property has gone on to be ranked No. 3 on TripAdvisor for hotels in Negombo. The recently developed beach access lies opposite the hotel, next to Thalahena Villas by Jetwing and features another pool at 25m in length, a wholly Lankanesque beach bar – complete with bicycle seats for stools and trishaw hammocks – and a lounge area.
Launched in January 2014, Jetwing Yala is known as a beacon of the Deep South of Sri Lanka, and an oasis of luxurious indulgence in the middle of nature at its wildest. Only a few kilometers from the famed Yala National Wildlife Park, Jetwing Yala is fringed by forest on the sides and overlooks massive sand dunes and the Indian Ocean. With breathtaking sunsets and where the stars at night appear to only be an arm’s length away, the property is also testament to the Jetwing brand’s commitment to sustainability; featuring the largest privately owned solar park in the country – currently generating 40% of the hotel’s daily electricity demand. Adding another dimension to the resort is the beach area directly facing the resort; an expanse of pristine beachfront and soft sands as far as the eye can see, with a beach bar and lounge area along with internationally trained lifeguards patrolling the area during the day.
“Opening up the beach access at Jetwing Lagoon and developing the area at Jetwing Yala was an element we have spent some time developing”, said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “We wanted to make sure that the areas were in-line with each property’s unique personality, and function as an extension of the resorts themselves – complete with food and beverage facilities, seating, and safety and in the case of Jetwing Yala, the latest beach destination in the country”, he continued.
Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.