It was a rainy Saturday morning when our team members representing each division met at the garden of Jetwing House and commenced the journey to the “Little Rome”. The name “Negombo”, first being used by the Portuguese, it is still found to have remaining of structures belonging to the Portuguese Era, the religion-wise, Catholicism is made popular among the villages due to Portuguese influence.
Earth includes of four major elements, Water, Fire, Earth and Air. The best combination of Earth, Water and Air is at its best in Negombo, this can be added with a bon-fire at the beachside with your friends, chill out and relax, enjoy delicious plate of Sea food, with a spicy dish of Crab, calamari at its’ best, shrimps and fresh fish bought at the Negombo fish market. The lives of most villages depending on the day sale at the fish market count the lives of their families, school children and infants.
My last visit to Negombo was to visit the Four Pillars of Negombo, Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Lagoon, the four hotels down the coastal area of Negombo, and Jetwing Lagoon being the latest member of the Jetwing Hotel chain, offers a unique experience to its guests, away from the beach, yet closer to an ocean of uniqueness.
Our first stop was at Jetwing Blue, the very first property established by Jetwing Hotel chain, was former known as Blue Oceanic Beach Hotel, started with simple six room property, and located on the beach itself. Today it stands up with 112 spacious and comfortable rooms, with all facilities and comforts fit for a royal. The Suite room that’s fit for a King offers a great variety of treaties, a relaxing sitting area facing the beautifully located Indian Ocean facing you, a front balcony providing a massive stretch of the Negombo Beach, and the facility to dip in a tub of water and still not miss the view of the Indian Ocean.
Right next to the first Pillar of Success lays Jetwing Beach, a wonderful property, again down the coastal belt of Negombo. The sleepy blue ocean that gives the color to Jetwing Beach offers a great view from the suit room.The indoor sun bath concept of Jetwing Beach in suit rooms, offers a great deal of privacy and unique ideas to create a wonderful holiday for its guests is truly amazing.
Jetwing Sea on the other hand is a quiet place. What would be the feeling if your own home has a green lawn that is neatly trimmed and cut and the path leads straight to a golden sandy beach with bright blue waves hitting the shore and the curves of the sailing Catamaran adds to the colors of nature? This would be the exact view out from the lawn of the ground floor rooms and from the balcony of the upper floor rooms.
Jetwing Lagoon, on the other hand, has a unique touch of the concept of a peaceful home by the lagoon of Negombo, the breeze that flows across the Negombo lagoon, and gives a relaxed atmosphere for the guests to sit back and enjoy your vacation.
The hundred meter pool that runs from the entrance to the other end of the open area, gives the very feeling that you are bathing at the lagoon itself and the water that gives you a cooler environment brings you into an eco friendly environment and much more closer to nature’s delights.
The exclusive feeling that welcomes you to the fishing village of Negombo, adds more color with a night stay at Jetwing Lagoon. It is one property that should not be missed and especially with the breathtaking view of the Lagoon and the pool will leave you with a memory of a life time with your family or friends.
The cuisine at all hotels gives the best of the sea food in Negombo. The four pillars of Negombo has been built and come to an untouchable level not only by improving and enhancing themselves, but also by helping the villagers, the local fishermen to build up their lives, cope up with the difficulties they face due to poverty. This is not only a charitable aspect of the group, but also to make sure the growth of such wonderful properties do offer greater employment opportunities for the community around and be a part of the society and the economy as a whole.
By Milani Wickramaratne