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Jetwing lighthouse Galle | Sri Lanka

Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Day two

6am –  Breakfast on the balcony deck. Sunrise. A distant music playing in the background, the weather is beautiful, a light breeze so jacket is on. No one is waiting for us, we are waiting for no one. Ahhh… the simple life.

8:00 am – We have checked out of Michelle Boutique Hotel in Balapitiya and planned to drive down south to Galle. Jetwing Lighthouse Galle in Sri Lanka to be precise.

It could take up to 1.5 hours, depending on how many stops along the way you make. For us. It took us the whole day. We stopped at markets, sea side fruit stands, passed through a Buddha statue given to the Sri Lankan people by the Japanese in results of the Tsunami…

You can stop on every street, in every small town, in every market. The road to Galle was so photogenic. the blue sea on your right, driving on a two way lane. Coconut trees, plants, flowers, grass everywhere. On your left, small markets, broken down homes from the facade of the Tsunami, colorful tree houses and little houses you can spot from miles away colored in red,yellow, blue and green. These were schools. Children’s’ graffiti drawn on them. That, put a smile on my face. We also too a drive to visited Taprobane island. Make sure to pre-book with them before heading there! Here is where we also stopped and distributed clothes for pregnant women and little children.

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We drove towards a temple, where less fortunate families go there and ask for help. We heard of this place through word of mouth. It was not so hard to find and once we did, we paused. We helped. You can read more about Travel Junkie Diary Initiative here. One of the best experiences of the day is when I climbed on a fisherman’s wooden stick pole in the sea and attempted to fish. It really does look harder than it is, it is something everyone should try!

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2:00 pm – Back to Galle Check into hotel

There was a valid reason why we chose (this small luxury hotel with 60 rooms) hotel:

1. It has an environmental policy. Its a ‘green ecological’ hotel, meaning they are committed to conserving energy & water, recycling, air quality & pollution management and reduction and the hotel also itself contains thematic historical pieces, the main being a spectacular & unique staircase, sculpted in beaten & welded copper & bronze with much history to it. Along the seashore of the hotel, starfish, Marine algae, reef fish, sea cucumbers, crabs can be seen.

2. It was very popular amongst travelers.

{Check in} Smooth, they took our bags up to room 416. The receptionist showed us to our room. She was brilliant. Explaining to us in a very tuned memorized speech where everything was, our toiletries, our window, how to switch on the Television and the fan etc. Then she opened the turquoise patio door, facing the ocean and the pool…paradise.

{Rooms} The room had an old vintage bohemian look. I remember noticing the windows with a wooden door closing it. The bed was clean & comfortable, we had a walk in shower and a bathtub. Almost everything the hotel uses are environmentally-friendly materials such as Shampoo,conditioner and soaps are all herbal products in refillable containers and ceramic no plastic. Fruits platter was presented in a basket made of natural products. No plastic. Neither the flowers in the toilet. I admired that. The patio was a great size and the sunrise from this angle was really to die for.

{Location} Minutes away from the old Dutch Fort and many other sites. You can even walk outside along the sea side. Going to the Dutch Fort was simple. Even in the evening you can stroll around the markets and coffee shops.

{Restaurants} The cinnamon room – Fine Dining Experience which we did not get to try. Cardamon Cafe – Breakfast was served there ( 7:30 – 10:00) which we did not have a chance to make that either. (Our breakfast the next morning was at 6am on the patio) lunch(12:30 – 15:00) & dinner(19:30 – 22:30) is served. Every day is different at Cardamon Cafe, every night is a different theme. We managed to have dinner there and it was probably the spiciest Tum Yum soup we ever had.

{Tours & Excursions} The hotel has a whole booklet & guide on that. You can chose from tracking the elephants or visiting the forest reserve, the Hiyare rainforest or paddy field tour and even a boat safari down the Mahamodara River and of-course the Galle fort, temples and even whale watching. There are bicycles for rent as well to explore the old Dutch Fort or just to go along the sea side road.

{Family Friendly} Baby cots are available FOC. Babysitters is also available. Since we did not travel with children, we had to ask around, there were families of 3 and families of 5. The kids where so happy, the property is very big with 2 infinity pools and 1 baby pool. A squirrel playing around kept one child entertained the whole day!

{Spa} Now, I heard wonderful things about this spa. We actually met 3 lovely ladies there, vacationing as they call it their honeymoon girlfriends trip thanks to the spa day activity they had! So,I had to give it a try! Two thumbs up! They have a wide selection of treatments to cleans and purify body, mind & soul!

{Sport Center} I stayed away from the gym, but had to see how it looked like at least. They had tennis & squash courts near the fitness center. All board games were available too!

Overall rating I would say 8/10

The only thing we regret today, is we wished we stayed longer in Galle. Next morning, we wake up at 5am for a very early check out and drive to Kandy. Stay tuned!

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5 comments

  1. Shiraz Ismail says:

    The season starts from Dec and ends in April. We highly recommended you to visit South during this season.
    Contact us if you want us to prepare a customised itinerary for you.
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  2. Jean Daou says:

    Wow Lovely images!! Nice write up! So what do you think of Christmas time in Sri Lanka? Should we book at Jetwing or should we wait for more posts? 🙂

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