Think of the Jetwing Yala as a gateway to Yala National Park; a bridge between all the creature comforts man could want and the wild, untamed bush that lies just a stone’s throw away.
Overlooking the ocean, this luxury hotel has been meticulously crafted using local materials, including thatch and stone, to blend into its natural environment. The result is a sumptuous combination of superb rooms, perfect service, excellent food and views to die for.
You’ll experience fine Sri Lankan hospitality in this coastal wilderness retreat. The dining options are varied, with both Sri Lankan and international fare served with zing. The Sri Lankan food in particular is sublime and if you want the ultimate dining experience whilst in Yala, a private dinner by torch light amongst the dunes can be arranged.
The pontoon style pool is magnificent as are the jaw dropping views from the super comfortable sunbeds that surround it.
Hues of red and green are a theme throughout the hotel’s 80 rooms, bringing tropical vibrancy and a sense of the bush into your luxury retreat. All rooms have outdoor terraces or balconies with sensations views. The superior rooms have wilderness views, whilst the deluxe rooms have ocean views. All rooms are spacious with hardwood floors in the bedroom and sitting areas. The bathrooms are well appointed, with glorious rain showers and large surface-mounted sinks.
And then there are the Jetwing Yala’s commendable eco credentials. Sustainable tourism is always at the forefront of Yonder minds and the Jetwing Yala embraces the same ethos. It boasts the largest private installation of solar panels in Sri Lanka. But of course they are discretely tucked away, so as not to spoil your views. The air conditioning is powered by a sustainable biomass boiler and the hot water is mainly produced through flat plate solar panels. Wow! These are credentials to shout about and we have no doubt Yala’s precious wildlife is equally impressed!
RATING: Wow factor
Thoughts on a postcard
The thatched beach bar, on the ocean’s edge, was heavenly in its simplicity. We didn’t even need to ask Malik, the ever-attentive barman, for an endless supply of Ice cold beers and chilled king coconuts.