Here at House of Coco we nurture our wanderlust hearts through our jaunts around the globe. From cities to sleepy beach towns, every destination holds something new and exciting to discover. Our newest writing duo, Eulanda and Omo Osagiede jetted off to discover the Sri Lankan coastline at Jetwing Blue Negombo hotel.
Negombo is anything but a sleepy beach town. It’s economy thrives on commercial tourism. The stylish Jetwing Blue Negombo is poised to take full advantage of its prime beachfront location with its new contemporary look.
When you first enter the hotel lobby, you are submerged in a palette of creams, blues, accents of golden-yellow, and hints of red. The artwork on display embodies coolness, breezy modernity, and easily prepares your senses for the lush beach views to come. We were upgraded to a super deluxe room, which included a balcony view directly overlooking the Negombo beachfront. The inviting lobby color palette carried on into the room decor as well. In addition, the room was bright, spacious, and covered in aqua blue tiles. A Zen-like feeling calmly took over as we lounged across the linen material covered sofas positioned next to the bed.
The bathrooms had a separate bathtub and rainfall shower, complete with a stone bench, perfect for an even more relaxing shower experience. However, the bathroom in our particular room was located adjacent to the room door, meaning that upon entry into the room, one could see directly into the bathroom due to its knee-level to ceiling glass enclosure. Although this valiant design effort was clearly intended to create the impression of more space, the location of the bathroom didn’t seem to flow seamlessly with the entire design of the room.
Sri Lankan hospitality is renown for a reason, and we experienced it the moment we walked into the room. We were pleasantly surprised with a platter of fruit, and a beautifully presented chocolate cake. This attention to detail extended to their cuisine and cocktail offerings as well. That evening we enjoyed a choice of creative and delectable cocktails before dinner. Having paid close attention to their global clientele, Jetwing offers continental western, traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and a mix of multi-ethnic fare.
The restaurant opens out onto the beach, and we were glad when we were soon seated at a highly sought out table-for-two. However, our dining experience (along with several others) was visibly disturbed by a few local dogs. The lonely creatures kept coming up close to several tables, begging with their eyes for food. They were shooed away by staff, only to return several times. Despite this minor inconvenience, the food (served buffet style) was delicious. Vegetarians, pescetarians, and anyone with special dietary needs will be happily spoilt for choice. The staff were extremely helpful and happily answered any questions we had regarding cuisine choices.
Jetwing Blue Negombo’s proximity to 4 and 5 star restaurants is a plus. If you desire to try food outside of the hotel’s facilities, there is a wide variety within walking distance. Try the trendy Sushi Bar Samurai, right next to the hotel for a light lunch. If you fancy shopping, the hotel is located along a thoroughfare that hosts several leather goods and arts and craft shops. Bargaining is totally welcome and is expected.
The highlight of the property is the pool area. Designed to look like a row of bespoke wooden beach chairs floating over the water on the first pool tier, many guests took advantage and sat outside, soaking their feet in the shallow tier, protected from the sun’s powerful rays by the delicate canvas overlay extending above the chairs.
The beachfront is separated by a thin grove of palm trees, and although the beach is public, it was completely empty while we were there, minus the friendly woman selling batik sarongs. Extending for several miles uninterrupted, it is perfect for a scenic walk or run along the coastline or simply to sit and watch wind surfers battle the waves with skill.
We didn’t get to try the hotel’s luxury spa services, which we were informed were available. Whilst exploring the property after dinner, we stumbled upon a traditional fire dance by two male dancers. They dazzled the crowd with their dexterous moves, and fearlessness. We could overhear music playing at what looked like an on-site club. However, as we had an early flight to the Maldives the next morning, we prefered to get some sleep rather than dance the night away.
If you have a stopover in Colombo, Sri Lanka, or if you need to journey inland, or off the island for your next destination, consider Negombo as a great option. Only a twenty-minute drive away, its proximity to Colombo airport is extremely convenient. However, don’t expect to experience much traditional Sri Lankan culture in Negombo. As mentioned earlier, Negombo thrives on tourism. One great asset about the city is that it doesn’t feel overcrowded, unlike similar sized coastal destinations. Jetwing Blue Negombo is a great option for the traveller desiring a beach stopover with a taste of luxury.
For more information on Jetwing Blue Negombo, visit here. 3 night stays are available from £567 based on two adults, including breakfast.