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Jetwing Lighthouse - Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    Jetwing Lighthouse near Galle is an elegant hotel with a touch of history and class, the architectural triumph of Geoffrey Bawa. Set overlooking the Indian Ocean on the outskirts of the colonial town, the hotel allows for relaxation and cultural exploration. 

    Client testimonial: "The hotel is majestic in its setting and the spiral staircase in the entrance hall is impressive and powerful."
    Mr & Mrs C, April 2016

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,320 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The Jetwing Lighthouse near Galle is a wonderful first-class resort hotel by the sea with excellent facilities. The hotel is distinctly Sri Lankan, lush and tropical with stunning views, as well as nature reserves and activities nearby.

    Hotel description

    The Jetwing Lighthouse sits atop a small rocky promontory commanding superb views across the blue waters of the Indian Ocean just two kilometres from the town of Galle , whose historic Dutch fort was the inspiration for the architecture of the hotel. This architectural triumph of Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, is minimalist and elegant, dramatic and entirely captivating. The long walls and tall colonnades, in whitewash and ‘Samara’ yellow, give the Jetwing Lighthouse a pleasant coolness, in contrast to the tropical heat outdoors. A magnificent spiral stairway rises around the rotunda of the building and along the length of its railing is a sweeping tableau in brass and copper recalling ancient local history. Outside the Jetwing Lighthouse hotel, an angular swimming pool dominates an upper patio bordered by the poolside bar and café. From here, steps lead down to an expansive lawn strewn with loungers and parasols and another inviting deep blue swimming pool, looking onto a palm-fringed sandy beach. A heavenly Spa nestles in a corner by the beach, catching the sea breeze. In the evening, the restful atmosphere of the Coat of Arms bar with its splendid batik ceiling beckons for an aperitif, followed by dinner in the Cinnamon Room or Cardamon Café. Seafood and fondues are amongst the Head Chef’s specialities and for ultimate romance you can dine amongst the rocks. The 60 deluxe bedrooms at Jetwing Lighthouse are spacious and elegant, with enormous wooden-framed beds and soft linen sheets. Teak writing desks are positioned underneath picture windows which frame a view of the Indian Ocean. For unique décor and extra space, go for one of the three themed Suites – revealing Bawa’s take on Arabic, Chinese or Dutch style. Daytimes at the Jetwing Lighthouse can be spent relaxing by the pool or beach, exercising in the gym, enjoying a massage at the tranquil Spa or exploring historic Galle Fort and the nearby beaches and countryside.


    nr Galle, Sri Lanka

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year.

    Distance from airport

    About 3 hours by car.

    Closest airport

    Colombo International Airport.

    Room types

    Jetwing Lighthouse offers 60 Deluxe bedrooms and 3 Suites.

    All rooms have private bathroom with bath and shower, balcony or terrace, sea view, air conditioning, telephone, television, radio, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, safe.
    Deluxe room. Large private balconies with seaviews.
    Suite. Lavish theme suites, Bathroom with Jacuzzi, a guest toilet and a large private balcony, butler service.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle include: two restaurants, bar (air-conditioned with pool table), poolside bar and café, BBQ ‘On the Rocks’ available, two swimming pools, children’s pool and natural rock pool, the Spa, light entertainment, gift and jewellery shops, babysitting service available, business centre with internet facilities, weddings can be arranged, nature walks with resident naturalist

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Tennis and squash courts (racquets and balls available), cycles, billiards, table tennis, indoor games, gym.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Near to Jetwing Lighthouse are historic Galle – The Dutch Fort with its two museums, narrow streets and ramparts; Galle markets and shops, Galle cricket stadium, Stilt fishermen in the shallow sea waters, Low country tea estates, Lace-making, Cinnamon farms, Mahamodera river (boat trips), Kottawa and Hiyare Rainforests, Samakanda organic farm (walks, rice & curry), Unuwatuna beach.
    Activities nearby: Elephant Safaris, River boat rides, Nature trails and trekking.
    Usually operating between December and April: Snorkelling and diving at Hikkaduwa, Whale watching boat trips off Mirissa, Hot Air balloon rides.

    Sports nearby


    Children are very welcome.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    Standard Category Luxury – First class

    Whilst Jetwing Lighthouse is a first-class beach resort hotel, it offers a complete holiday experience rather than primarily ‘beach’. Please note, however, that the shoreline in front of Jetwing Lighthouse is quite rocky with only small expanses of golden sandy beach and if you are primarily looking for safe swimming and miles of uninterrupted sandy beach, we recommend you look elsewhere.


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