Jetwing Beach {Negombo, Sri Lanka}

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend 3 weeks in Sri Lanka with Andy and it was by far the best country and the most amazing holiday I’ve ever had. The people are so friendly, the weather was amazing (even I, a very pale Scot managed to come back with a pretty good tan) and the culture was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

But it dawned on me: when I went I wasn’t writing The Lifestyle Diaries, and so I’ve never shared my travels with you! That’s all about to change!

We met in Dubai airport (Andy had been in Africa for the last 6 months so I hadn’t seen him the whole time!) and then flew straight to Negombo where we spent our first 2 nights, in what can only be described as one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in!

We were staying at Jetwing Beach, one of the Jetwing chain of hotels. If you’re ever in Sri Lanka, I would highly recommend them. Not only are the hotels great, but the staff are excellent and so are the restaurants. Jetwing Beach is also part of the SLH chain, so you know you’re really in for a treat!
Let me take you on a little tour…
Starting with this swimming pool. One of two. I only managed to snap the one though unfortunately, but BOY what a snap it is!

It’s the most gorgeous infinity pool that takes you straight into the sea – or so it seems!
We spent hours each day swimming around, generally catching up and being a little bit silly!
// bikini (similar) //
But when you’d had enough of the pool (for a while) you were RIGHT beside the beach, complete with deck chairs, and very attentive staff waiting to bring you towels and any food  or drink that you ordered. Ideal!

^^ This was as bad as the weather got – and it only stayed like this for about an hour. Not bad for rainy season!

Now, I said that the restaurants (plural – I think there were 3 in this one hotel) were good, and this includes the very handily placed beach restaurant. The day literally went: pool > beach > pool > lunch > beach > pool. I certainly wasn’t complaining!


Okay, so for our first dinner we were feeling really lazy and just ordered room service (we arrived at about 6pm and were pretty tired from the travelling and all the excitement). But on the second night we got all dressed up and headed down to the really nice restaurant, Black Coral. Even if you’re not staying at Jetwing Beach it’s definitely worth a trip in for dinner, the food is superb.
I can’t even tell you how much seafood we ate during the 3 weeks as it was so fresh and so tasty.


^^ We were sat outside as it was one of those really warm, beautiful evenings but it was a little windy so excuse the hair!


And now for the suite… Boy, what a suite it was. Bedroom, sitting room, 4 wardrobes, outdoor balcony and a full outdoor bathroom. I never, ever wanted to leave. And can you blame me?!

On the second night our butler decorated the room to say goodbye – how sweet!



The lovely sitting room, complete with one of the many bottles of wine we had!


This bathroom was incredible. I loved the fact that the bathroom, and this incredible double ended bath was outdoors. It made for a very special area. And who can ever say no to a jacuzi bath?!



We had a view straight out onto the beach, it was really wonderful.

I spent so long on the balcony each day, just watching the waves (glass of wine in hand) and truly relaxing. I had been working over summer and my family and I were preparing to move down to England, so it was great just to be able to really chill out for a while.




Jetwing, you were incredible, I very much hope I’ll be back one day!

After a very relaxing stay in Negombo it was next stop Kandy!
Sri Lanka.

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  • Jaime

    Ahhhhh!!! This makes me so excited for my trip on Saturday! I'm looking forward to the pool –> beach –> pool, etc. pattern, which is what I tend to do during my beach holidays.

  • Yayyyy! Let me know where else you're going and I'll try and get at least one more post up for you before you leave 🙂

    Lauren xx

  • Jaime

    You are the sweetest! We're also heading to Galle and Galle Fort while we're there. And then the last place is kind of jungly (I forgot the name) and on the South coast … I'm hoping we'll get a trip in to Kandy and/or one of the elephant orphanages.

  • I'll try and get a post on Kandy or Galle (or both!) if I can!

    Even if I can't my email address is, just drop me an email if there's anything I can help you with!

    SO jealous that you're going on Saturday!! xx

  • This place looks idyllic and I love the goodbye note on the bed

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • It really was idyllic! Me too – it was such a sweet touch xx

  • steve.r hudson

    Great post, some very good photos, almost made me want to travel there.

  • Almost?! How about the Maldives instead..?!

  • I’ve only just read your Sri Lankan posts Lauren.. (well I’m making our way through them).

    We got back from our honeymoon in Sri Lanka on Friday night. Isn’t it just amazing? Totally wish I’d read these posts before though…

    We stayed here on our first night but then went off to start out exploring. So didn’t get chance to swim in the pool, but we did explore the beach. Such a lovely hotel – I think one of my favourite curries was served here.

    Sarah. X

    • What an amazing honeymoon destination! It’s such an incredible place – I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally want to go back!!

      Where did you visit? The food was incredible at Jetwing! xx

      • It was a wonderful destination for our honeymoon, I need to get my blog posts sorted. And share it! We want to go back already as well!!

        We went all over really Pinnawala, Kandy, Dambula, Trinco, Nuwara-Eliya, Ella, Yala, Galle and some coastal towns on the west coast. And breath.. ha!

        Maybe we need to get planning our return trips.. the trouble is there’s always other places on that list too, isn’t there?! X