A fascinating world of exclusive adventures awaits you at Jetwing Blue Negombo, whether you decide to explore the town or journey beyond it.
Negombo, a quiet beach village, is less than an hour’s drive from Colombo and 30-minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport. The main draw of sprawling Negombo is its proximity to the international airport, which is just 10 kilometres away. As a result, tourists like me arrive here after travelling through Sri Lanka and stay at one of the beach hotels as a final stop before returning home. However, Negombo is a better place to get a feel of Sri Lanka than Colombo, and it boasts a fantastic selection of hotels, friendly locals, an intriguing historic neighbourhood, and a lovely beach to laze at!
A few miles south of the beach, Negombo Town offers a distinctive look into coastal Sri Lankan life, complete with a touch of old-world colonial elegance, a cheerful fish market, and a plethora of colourful wooden boats.
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JetWing Blue Negombo
Jetwing Blue in Negombo drew me to their nostalgic shores to begin my own story, as the timeless Indian Ocean spoke tales of the past with each wave. I was made to feel at home, and Jetwing Blue Negombo even shared the island’s enchantment with me through their exquisite meals. After all, don’t we all want to stay in a new country’s hotel and be embraced and treated as if we were their own?
On this very shoreline, about 50 years ago, Jetwing, the hospitality brand, was established by a Sri Lankan family who brought to life in a quaint beachside villa; the qualities of passion, humility, honesty, and perseverance, and they have since inspired a world of luxury over the tropical island. Jetwing Blue has been a pioneer in several sustainable initiatives that ensure their unwavering commitment to protecting the environment and enhancing communities. Jetwing Blue Negombo was, in fact, the first hotel in the Jetwing Blue family to establish an off-grid solar photovoltaic system, an effluent treatment plant, and even an on-site glass bottling plant.
Junior Suite Beachside Luxury
The luxury lodging at Jetwing Blue (the 1st-ever Jetwing hotel and the only 5-star property in Negombo) perfectly complements Sri Lankan hospitality. Each of Jetwing Blue’s 21 super deluxe rooms and six suites is a luxuriously spacious area that will make you feel comfortable. Given all primary suites were booked for a wedding, I could only manage a club-junior-suite with a palm-fringed view of the ocean. The views were impeded by the palm trees, but I still had a far sight of the ocean and could hear the waves through my spacious room.
Through its private balcony, my junior suite 219 provided spectacular views of the shore, while the interiors echoed the hotel’s concurrent essence with the typical blue and white design. The junior suite also has a twin bath with a luxurious bathtub and rain shower, as well as various other modern conveniences like satellite television, a mini bar, and free Wi-Fi. Suites at Jetwing Blue are lavishly spacious and charmingly welcome, serving as the ultimate enjoyment on a sunny beach.
The sumptuous beachfront suites have been beautifully created with a modern aesthetic to complement the stunning seascape and contain every contemporary necessary you need, as well as the addition of a personalised butler service as a delight of Jetwing’s famed hospitality. Two swimming pools, in-house boutiques, a spa, and a ballroom that holds up to 800 people make up its additional facilities.
While I prefer to order in the room, I couldn’t resist indulging at “The Kitchen,” Jetwing Negombo’s open kitchen with segregated dining themed after different spices. The Kitchen at Jetwing Blue is bound to whet your appetite, with the olfactory cacophony of an open kitchen as its highlight. Order from their vast à la carte menu or feast on a spectacular buffet while watching your food being prepared; making you feel right at home.
I ate at this lavishly spacious beachside restaurant, which has stunning views of its coastline and the Indian Ocean beyond, for all my meals. While here, my tastebuds were treated, to a range of eastern and western cuisine and everything in between. My favourites were mud crab curry, grilled prawns, roasted lamb, and desserts.
Swing Seats in the Pool
Another reason I believe this hotel attracts people all year is its lovely pool, which contains swing seats in the shallow waters. Even if you are not a swimmer, you can spend hours sitting on the swing chairs and enjoying the beauty of the ocean. The seats face the Indian Ocean, and the pool provides a clear view of the coastline, adding to the enjoyment of the experience. This hotel is ideal if you are planning a beach holiday with your family, a WFH, a corporate meeting, or if you are a solo traveller like myself looking for some peace away from the bustle of the outer world.
Places to Visit in Negombo
Scenic Negombo attracts visitors largely due to its proximity to the international airport. Many travellers stay at one of its beach hotels after exhausting flights or use Negombo as their last stop before heading home. It is also the ideal Sri Lankan city for honeymooners and families because of its fascinating attractions. A few miles south of the capital, the town offers a glimpse into coastal life in Sri Lanka. You will love Negombo and take in the local culture. The major draws of Negombo are the Lagoon, Fishing Village, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, Dutch Fort, St. Mary’s Church, Beaches, Dutch Clock Tower, and Hamilton Canal. Negombo is also the largest fishing village in the nation. It is well-known for its production of cinnamon in addition to tourism.