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Experience Bawa Brilliance at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel

Experience Bawa Brilliance at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel

By Juliet Coombe

“Architecture cannot be totally explained but must be experienced . . . ”- Geoffrey Bawa

Sat atop the jagged cliff rocks, Jetwing Lighthouse has a commanding view of colonial Galle Fort where it draws its influences from, and climbing the stairs as the ‘Battle of Randeniya’ where the Portuguese take on the locals unveils itself, one starts to understand the full mastery of the place. This now world staircase famous sculpture was commissioned by Bawa and created by artist Laki in Diya Bubula (Water Bubble), his home and open air art studio in the forest outskirts of Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

This now iconic hotel in the south was created two decades ago in 1997 by world famous architect Geoffrey Bawa and was the first luxury place in the area to stay and eat out at the time. It was to be Bawa’s last emblematic hospitality creation, built at the height of his career ; he designed this fabulous property around its natural environment so not even a rock or boulder had to be removed. The hotel they said at the time “couldn’t be built”, it has since gone on to win awards and was the first hotel in Sri Lanka, during the civil war, to become a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Jetwing Lighthouse Club view
Jetwing Lighthouse Club view

Jetwing Lighthouse is not only proud of its unique architecture including the more recent Club class wing created by Bawa’s protégé, Channa Daswatte (who also worked on Jetwing Warwick Gardens). A place visitors can truly enjoy the amazing setting over spectacular food created by Sri Lanka’s leading chef Nihal, whose fine dinning restaurant is considered quite outstanding. The new Jetwing Club wing retains its Bawa traditions, adding world-class club services to the areas most popular lifestyle property that pampers to every whim and wish. Whether it’s high tea or happy hour this is the place to be.

Jetwing Lighthouse Club includes a Spa treatment
Jetwing Lighthouse Club includes a Spa treatment