I wanted to give myself some time to relax before the start of Travel Blog Conference Asia. To be honest, I was pretty nervous about meeting everyone and definitely didn’t want to be jet lagged.
So I decided to accept an invitation to stay at a hotel for the first few nights.
The hotel was located close to the airport and right on the beach. The room was unexpectedly luxurious. The breakfast buffet made me excited to start each day. The private balcony on the beach allowed for lots of quiet wrting.
It was, in short, a great value, and the perfect place to start to my Sri Lankan adventure.
This Runaway Hideout is Jetwing Sea in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
*Like all Runaway Hideouts, all opinions expressed are always 100% my own
Jetwing Sea is located in Negombo, which is just 12 kilometers or a 20 minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport. It’s ideally situated on a somewhat secluded stretch of beach, where you can enjoy a jog or bathing without the crowds.
Unfortunately, as a result of it’s relative isolation, the fishing village of Negombo and it’s attractions is a good walk away.
Jetwing sea has 3 types of rooms, the standard for around 60$, The deluxe for 150$ and the Suite for 500$. The rooms epitomize a high 4 or even 5 star hotel. They brilliantly blend tropical aesthetics with a modern design. The resulting feeling is one of luxury and relaxation.
The breakfast buffet was the highlight of my stay. They really thought of everything. They had omelet, crepe, and fruit bars. Lots of different fresh fruit juices and smoothies. And a range of European breads and pastries. The best part about the buffet, it’s included with the room.
Jetwing beach is all about eating well, enjoying swims in the pool, and exercising on the beach. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can catch a cab into town and check out the famous fish market and colonial Dutch fort. Additionally, you can also go out on a traditional Sri Lankan fishing boat located just steps from the hotel.
Jetwing Sea is a luxurious hideout at a great value. It’s a place where you could easily spend a week simply relaxing and getting a taste of Sri Lanka. It’s also a hotel whose proximity to the airport makes it the perfect place to start any Sri Lankan adventure.
Just a side-note, Sri Lanka is fairly strict when it comes to visas. All travelers must obtain an ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization prior to arrival. Only then will you be granted a 30 day tourist visa. For more info on obtaining or extending your Sri Lanka tourist visa, check out srilankavisa.org.