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Fruity History – Passion at Calamansi Cove by Jetwing

Fruity History – Passion at Calamansi Cove by Jetwing

By Juliet Coombe

Calamansi is derived from a South Asian small round citrus fruit that ripens into a bright orange and is found in abundance in the surrounding Balapitiya area. If you want to see what it looks like you need go no further than the entrance of the property, this exotic, natural, healthy rejuvenating Calamansi fruit is a cross between a miniature lemon and a lime, which we suggest you try while staying at the property. It leaves a note of sweetness on the tongue and is the colour palette of not only the villa logo, but also the interiors of each of the 12 villa rooms with wonderful mixes of green, yellow and orange in the throws for the beds and matching cushions.

The fruit the hotel is named after
The fruit the hotel is named after

Calamansi Cove by Jetwing is also hidden artistic treasure nestled in an oasis of peace and luxury; a special place only accessible via small village lanes, which makes having a Jetwing chauffeur driver essential. The locals say this is a place where silence speaks for itself and one feels within days totally renewed in energy and happiness. The other guests spoke of the wonderful surprise they had, on arrival, owing to the contrasting approach down the back streets of Balapitiya that gave no clue to the architectural magic that is Calamansi Cove; hidden away between the town and the sea. It marvellously blends natural beauty, well thought-out architecture and excellent, artistically presented food. Each villa is named after a fruit and their vibrancy is captured in the paintings done of them for the recreational area in front of the villa, by one of the islands most famous painters, Janaka De Silva, who is currently working on an underwater exhibition with a group of the Islands most exciting contemporary artists.

The architecture of each villa is brilliant; incorporating natural light and surroundings. Guests also enjoy excellent shower rooms, private gardens with ample seating and overhead ceiling fan, mini bar and a tea and coffee station. Fabulous French picture windows look out onto your garden, filled with birdsong, the occasional naughty monkey and Buddhist chanting in the morning; all part of the magic of this beautifully landscaped tropical spot.

My room was passion and the painting of the passion fruit turned out to be none other than leading Sri Lankan artist Janaka De Silva
My room was passion and the painting of the passion fruit turned out to be none other than leading Sri Lankan artist Janaka De Silva

Each suite has its own name after a fruit and mine was Passion and if it is not with a lover, you will find your own roof terrace for sunset watching is picture perfect for photography and combines as a truly lovely romantic spot, if you are an artist, to put your easel up and create your own masterpiece of this tropical Eden. It would only require a few splashes of paint to capture the voodoo of this inspirational area, that has taken the best attributes of Sri Lankan culture and beautifully mixed them together into a place of love that everyone who stays would clearly love to return to again and again.