Luxury hotel holiday Jetwing Beach Negombo

A luxurious beach hotel on the west coast of Sri Lanka, originally designed by Geoffrey Bawa and now boasting a variety of facilities. An excellent option for beachside relaxation at the start or end of a touring holiday, thanks to its convenient location less than 10 miles from Colombo airport. 
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo

Jetwing Beach is a luxury 4-star boutique hotel in a beautiful coastal location. Excellent spa facilities and a wide variety of dining facilities - including the unmissable signature dining experiences - afford guests a relaxing and idyllic experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location A minutes' walk to the beach, approximately five miles to the centre of Negombo

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo International Airport

Distance from airport About 20 minutes by car

Hotel facilities and services

Two swimming pools, Two restaurants, Health Food Corner, Special & Private dining options, Terrace Bar, Wine cellar, Spa treatment rooms, Professional Childcare Centre, Babysitting, Laundry, Dry Cleaning service, Gifts and jewellery shops, DVD libraries, Parking, Postal facility, Left luggage, Gym.

Complimentary watersports

Diving (from December to March), snorkelling, windsurfing, waterskiing, boat and catamaran tours.

Land sports

Day and night tennis, Gym.

Out and about nearby

Negombo with the remains of Dutch Fort, The Hamilton Dutch Canal, Catholic churches, Fish markets, Fishing boats, Seafood, Beaches, Tourist shops and restaurants (mostly mid to lower end), fashion shops; Angurukaramulla Temple, Boat trips on the sea, in lagoon or up the Maha Oya river and along the Dutch canal, Deep sea fishing, Birdwatching and Boat trips in the Muthurajawela wetlands, Professional Watersports centre. Jetwing Beach offers a couple of complimentary tours to its hotel guests enabling visitors to Sri Lanka to find out more about local life. The morning fishing village tour (1 hour walking tour) takes you to see fishermen and their traditional outrigger canoes and catamarans, and hopefully the fresh catch such as seer, skipjack, herring and mullet. lobster and prawns are caught in the lagoon. The Temple visit (every other Sunday, lasting one hour) takes you in a vehicle to a nearby Buddhist temple where you see practising Buddhist monks and a children's Sunday school in action. Excursions further afield: Colombo (1+ hour drive); Archaeological sites of Yapahuwa, Arankele or Dambadeniya; Wilpattu National Park (12 hours trip)

Sports nearby

Diving, Cycling and Nature tours.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,490

Holiday Code WW86

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo

Nestling between palm trees along a charming stretch of beach on Sri Lanka's west coast, Jetwing Beach was the first hotel in Negombo to become a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The cool, contemporary architecture of Jetwing Beach complements the natural environment whilst allowing guests to relax in luxury, with minimalist interiors in the bedrooms and suites creating bright and unfussy surroundings. Originally designed by Geoffrey Bawa, the Jetwing Beach was renovated entirely in 2004. Large glass doors open onto a private balcony or terrace that overlooks the sea, an attractive feature of each room, and the suites benefit from butler service. Set in lush tropical gardens, Jetwing Beach hotel also has tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. A professional water sports centre, scuba diving and windsurfing are available nearby and safaris and game drives can be organised on request. The spa at Jetwing Beach has two treatment rooms and a steam room, and there is an Ayurvedic centre with a selection of traditional treatment programmes at its sister hotel, Ayurveda Pavilions. International and local cuisine is served in the Sands Restaurant, which is open 24 hours and is partly open air. Alternatively, the fine dining restaurant, Black Coral, is open in the evenings. After dinner, relax with a cocktail or a glass of wine at the Terrace Bar, overlooking the hotel's grounds. Jetwing Beach is in an excellent location for exploring the surrounding area: the fishing town of Negombo with its churches, temples and mosques, Dutch fort and colourful local shops, the nearby Murhurajawala marshlands and the Dutch Canal.

Room descriptions

Jetwing Beach has 75 Deluxe bedrooms and 3 suites.

Deluxe Room A private terrace or balcony, Bathroom with a luxury bath tub, separate rain shower, AC, Satellite TV, DVD/CD player
Suite with butler service. Lounge or sitting area, a long balcony with a day bed and an open courtyard (or patio) equipped with rain dance shower, Jacuzzi and two sun beds. Bathroom with a luxury bath tub, separate rain shower, AC, Satellite TV, DVD/CD player.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,490

Holiday Code WW86

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Jetwing Beach in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 30 minutes’ drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is the first or last stop on a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Additional information

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 2 years of age are accommodated free of charge. There is a professional Childcare Centre (daytime excluding meal times) for children aged 4 months to 13 years old.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,490

Holiday Code WW86

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo

About Negombo and west coast

An Expressions holiday to Sri Lanka's Negombo offers travellers the chance to experience Sri Lankan heritage and culture. Negombo is an important fishing town with Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage. It is also a popular holiday destination because of its proximity to the international airport and its beachfront location. Due to the Portuguese influx back in the 16th century, the inhabitants are predominantly Catholic. The country’s Dutch legacy is seen in the remains of the grand Dutch Fort and the Dutch canal (now called Hamilton Canal) which runs from Colombo to Chilaw via Negombo. Although large parts of the canal are in disrepair, it is being revived and you can see gaily-painted boats using it as a waterway. The beaches at Negombo are wide and good for beach walking, although it is a struggle to keep them clean as urban debris washes ashore daily. The currents can be strong here, so it is better to swim in the hotel pool. It is fascinating to see how the fishing industry dominates life in coastal Negombo - the fish market, the auctions, the stalls along the beach. The tourist resort area of Negombo, known as the Golden Mile, caters to a wide spectrum of holidaymakers on a range of budgets, mostly the mid to the lower end. It’s lively at night and has bars, restaurants, tourist shops and fashion outlets, selling everything from flip-flops to colourful batiks and handlooms.

Highlights of Negombo

For nature lovers and birdwatchers there are the Muthurajawela wetlands where four varieties of kingfisher are frequently seen, as well as Negombo Lagoon. Offshore wrecks and a reef provide spots for diving (November to April, when the seas are calmer). PADI instructors, some other water sports and fishing trips are also available. Whale-watching and dolphin-watching boat trips are possible further north off Kalpitya, though this is a 3-4 hours drive away.

Cultural highlights of Negombo

In and around Negombo there are plenty of things to see and do: Dutch Fort remains; St Mary’s Church; Angurukaramulla Buddhist temple (murals); Fish markets, fishing boats and port; Select fresh seafood for your lunch or dinner; The Dutch canal (called Hamilton canal) and Maha Oya river – boat trip; Muthurajawela wetlands and Negombo Lagoon for birdwatching and nature; Some water sports and diving; November to April; Fishing; Tourist shops and restaurants (mostly mid-lower end), fashion shops; Inland to the archaeological site of Dambadeniya; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital of Colombo is 40 km away, offering a range of shops, restaurants and sightseeing.

Climate in Negombo

With daytime temperatures of between 26° C and 33° C, Negombo is hot and humid, though sea breezes cool and refresh the air. The evenings are slightly cooler. The main monsoon brings unsettled weather between May and August.

Travel around Negombo and Sri Lanka

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Negombo to Colombo International Airport: 20 minutes, Negombo to Sigiriya: 3 – 3.5 hours, Negombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Negombo to Colombo: 1-1.5 hours.

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