Jetwing Era Beach features eight spacious bedrooms, four of which have direct ocean views from the first floor of the lofty main building. A pair of curved staircases sweep up to these suites from an expansive entrance lobby presided over by an antique Jaffna horse whilst matching carved steps slip down into the garden towards the saltwater swimming pool and sea. Living and dining areas housed in a pair of identical pillared pavilions lie to either side of this expansive swimming pool whose greenish hue matches the ocean beyond. To its left is a bar furnished with squashy beige sofas and to the right,an elegant restaurant with dining table for ten. In front of each are deep front verandas spilling diners and imbibers into the outdoors, drawn magnetically to the panorama of the sea.
A stretch of palm-pricked lawn stretches between the pool and a granite seaside terrace topped with loungers and black parasols. As you top up your tan from here, you can count the huge ships drifting gently by on the hazy horizon and listen to the mesmerising melody of frothy white rollers tumbling gently onto the sandy shoreline below. At the end of the day, as the sun sinks into the sea, the increasingly inky sky soon becomes illuminated by a fierce twinkling of stars, which makes this spot a romantic destination for candlelit drinks or dinner. Although it has its own restaurant, Jetwing Era Beach is well placed for visiting local wining and dining outlets, and is only a fifteen-minute drive to Galle.
Located on the first floor of the hotel, these four suites feature king-size four-poster beds andoverlook the pool, garden and sea. Opening directly onto a shared front balcony furnished with dining tables, suites 1 and 4 are the largest in the hotel, and feature the most spacious interior sitting areas.
Garden view suites
These twoground floor suites feature Dutch-style king-size four-poster beds andcome with their own private courtyards. They open directly onto the garden,and are situated merefootsteps from the expansive swimming pool.
Opening straight onto the main lobby area, these two guestrooms – one double and one twin – areparticularlywell suited to less mobile guests.
Extra beds and baby cots are available.
– Ride inland on mountain bikes to discover a stunning emerald landscape of paddy fields, white-washed Buddhist temples, and rural villages
– Spend the day on one of the golden beaches along the coast: Unawatuna, Thalpe or Mirissa
– Head to Sinharaja and take a walk through dense, virgin rainforest, home to thousands of plant and animal species
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
Wake up to continental, English or Sri Lankan breakfasts, accompanied by fresh fruit platters, juices of the day and local tea and coffee. Lunches are leisurely affairs when you may indulge in salads, soups and light meals, although the full restaurant menu – which lists a selection of international dishes – is always available.
For dinner, dine onhomemade gnocchi, Sri Lankan rice and curry, rack of New Zealand lamb, Australian beef steakand a melee of fresh fish and seafood, including lobster. A wickedly tempting selection of desserts finishes off any meal a treat. Children are well-catered fortoo and the menu lists a generous selection of kid’s meals.
The hotel bar sells both local and foreign liquor, along with wine and beer. Cocktails are a popular sunset pastime and the arrack cocktail makes a wonderful aperitif. Fresh juices, soft drinks and sodas featureon the menu too.