Staycation At Jetwing Lake Hotel, Dambulla, Srilanka: Review
Food & Drinks
Safety & Security
The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is known to be the heart of timeless culture and history. Upon this ancient and holy land is located one of the finest hotels, Sri Lanka has ever seen, the Jetwing Lake Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. The tag line of the hotel is “luxuriate in our heartlands of history” makes perfect sense once you have stayed in this hotel and made the most of your vacation with the comfort and warmth of the hotel. The hotel is open for guests to discover the magic of their regal heritage.
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The hotel is located in Dambulla, which is 170km away from Colombo. It sits at the heart of the country’s cultural heritage, a region celebrated for its historical civilization, landmarks, and enlightening stories. The nearest bus station is Dambulla Bus Terminus which is around 5km away from the hotel and the nearest railway station is the Habarana Railway Station (29km away from the hotel).
The hotel is adorned with luxuries of a modern hotel, with 94 rooms of 3 variants each room has a sprawling balcony which opens into the dry zone forest giving an absolutely serene view. Of the 3 variants of rooms, the deluxe rooms are the most spacious and painted and decorated with earthly colors, which seems to blend in with the environment around. The same feel extends to the super deluxe and the suits. In addition to accommodation, the other amenities include Wi-Fi and a minibar of refreshments. Apart from the balcony, the rooms are adorned with plush bathtubs and mini jacuzzies (in suits) to give you the utmost feeling of a relaxing vacation. The bathrooms are very tastefully done in pure white marble. For the rooms to be beautiful and elegant is normal, but for them to be maintained exactly the same for several years is just what the hotel specializes in. The level of hygiene and cleanliness of the rooms is top-notch giving it a brand-new feeling.
The best part of any vacation should be trying good and exotic food, the Jetwing Hotel is a treasure trove for exotic plates and one can choose among 6 different cuisines. The menu is sprawling with food items that are globally and locally inspired. Your taste buds are sure to be pleased with the local delicacies as well as cuisines from all over the world. The glamorous ambiance only adds to the superiority of these restaurants.
The name is inspired by the forest surrounding the hotel, and the main idea of the restaurant and its food revolves around the blend of two cultures mainly Chinese with a strong Sri Lankan core to it. The restaurant has indoor seating and is open for both lunch and dinner.
The Canopy Bar
Unlike Lu Lin, The Canopy Bar has outdoor seating in the veranda and is located on the terrace heightened as tall as the trees that surround it. it is the best spot to enjoy an evening drink with a loved one and celebrate your holidays and special days. The bar offers a variety of drinks to choose from while enjoying the lush surroundings of the place they call home, Dambulla.
After dining at the top amongst the trees and environment, the hotel provides you with a different set up for a different mood. The Isle restaurant is located by the infinity pool of the hotel on the ground level providing you with a 360- degree view of the pool as well as the environment surrounding it. it is ideal for breakfast and lunch under the warm but soothing Dambulla sun.
Unlike other restaurants that serve specific dishes as per the fixed menu, this striking feature of the hotel is bound to make your stay utmost special and memorable. You can design the type of dining favorable to you, it can be by the lake or by the pool or even a Jetwing lakeside BBQ. With the table set as per your choice and taste, it could be adorned with flowers and sweet-smelling candles and much more. They are always ready to serve you with the finest of Sri Lankan hospitality.
Safety And Security
To ensure a good holiday, one must make sure the place they are headed to is safe and won’t be troublesome. The safety of the guests and their belongings are of utmost importance for the hotel. At the time of booking, they verify the identity of the guests with their passports and other valid documents. All vehicles entering the premises and scrutinized. There are facilities for baggage scanning and metal detectors for all guests entering the hotel. You cannot enter the premises without a valid reservation. The safety of the belongings is ensured by the way of secure locks and safes in each room. Even the room service staff proves to be very honest and helpful at any given time. In case of a medical emergency, they always have a doctor on call. There is almost no reason to worry when you’re staying with Jetwing Hotel and one can be assured of a hassle-free holiday.
“All good things come at a price” is often quoted, but isn’t always true, especially not if you are staying at Jetwing, which is no less than a 5-star hotel and that too affordable.
Per night cost of a deluxe room without breakfast is USD 84
And per night cost with breakfast is USD 94
If you include all meals then it goes up to USD 120 per night.
Though not very cheap, no good hotels around the world would give you such a price for all the luxuries that we experience at Jetwing Lake hotel. There are many offers during the vacation seasons and one must seize that opportunity to get the best price.
It is located 175km away from the city of Colombo, and that makes it easy for tourists to explore other places and get away from city life. The nearest bus station is Dambulla and is convenient for transport. The Sigiriya Rock fortress is one main tourist attraction, it is a steep climb of several 1200 steps and the view from the top is breath-taking, it is a historical site and one of the heritage sites of UNESCO. The Dambulla cave temple is also a famous UNESCO world heritage site that consists of ancient paintings of Buddha and his life within the caves. The structure from outside has a big buddha statue made of gold and thus the name Golden Temple of Dambulla.
You can spare a few hours to go around the Dambulla market to get an insight into the lives of the people and buy wares from them like handmade bags, jewels, and pots.
It’s a pure delight to be in Sri Lanka and even better when you are put up in such a fantastic location overlooking such a beautiful lake. The place is serene and tranquil and away from all the noise pollution of the cities and towns and that is what makes it truly special. The overall experience of staying at Jetwing Lake hotel has been an honor, very rarely do you come across such nice hotels with a blend of luxury and culture with a welcoming staff and an administration so efficient.
I was invited by Srilanka Tourism Promotion Bureau on a FAM Trip but as always, all opinions are my own.
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