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Secret Ingredients to a healthy holiday – Calamansi Cove Villas by Jetwing

Secret Ingredients to a healthy holiday – Calamansi Cove Villas by Jetwing

By Juliet Coombe


Buddha explained “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. “ And British prime minister and global strategist Winston Churchill was of the view, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” So what better place to experience this in practice than at the gorgeous Calamansi Cove Villas by Jetwing, where ancient village food traditions are integral in creating the daily delicious menu as health is at the heart of every Calamansi creation. The chef Thushara Hettiarachchi believes all food should be balanced with medicinal benefits to the body and within three days of his delicious dishes it will more than put the buzz back into your step.

The delightful Villa complex is set in the South Coasts most beautiful tropical garden, where the team encourage both inward reflection and outward activities whether going on a art tour or having a surf lesson. The day starts early with mindfulness cession or pre-dawn yoga under the coconut trees overlooking the beach happens if pre-booked, or for those who want to soak up the sunrise you can walk through the village and make a spiritual offering at the local Wijerama temple. As one delicious dish locally sourced is brought to the table, I wonder why at a time when people are so concerned with their health and its relationship to what they eat, we have handed over the responsibility for our nourishment to big supermarkets and faceless corporations. Something you will not experience at Calamansi Cove Villas where the fish and the crab is bought from the fishing boats that sit minutes from the restaurant. Dumith is one of the village fisherman that still uses the fishing nets and is one of many things you can experience in this unique property that conjures up Chilli Moringa Crab fish cakes, which are laced with healthy mooring leaves. The Moringa leaves are a natural detox ingredient that all the island grandmothers know about and pass on from one generation to the next. They are good for the body weight to control it and also balance your hormones, as crab is very heated food. Moringa also known as drum sticks can be found all round the island and the chef will happily do a cooking class demonstration that explains the benefits of each and every ingredient.