The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

THE name of this ho­tel sounds nice and beachy, and so it is. Jetwing Blue is at Ne­gombo, 12km from Colombo’s Ban­daranaike air­port, and has the feel of a re­sort with di­rect sea-and-sand ac­cess and sim­ply de­signed gue­strooms with tiled floors, crisp white linen blinds and ca­sual decor. Most flights from Aus­tralia (via ports in Asia) ar­rive in Colombo in the mid­dle of the night, so it’s bliss to wake up to the gen­tle sounds of waves and the jet­lag-clear­ing prospect of a walk on the beach and ex­cel­lent egg hop­pers from the sub­stan­tial buffet spread in the open-sided Kitchen restau­rant. The ac­com­mo­da­tion com­prises 82 deluxe, 21 su­per deluxe and three fam­ily rooms as well as six suites, but I am more than con­tent in the ba­sic cat­e­gory, with tons of space and a rain­shower with plenty of power. I don’t have time to try the spa be­fore I head up-coun­try but the menu prom­ises en­tice­ments such as an­tipol­lu­tion pu­ri­fy­ing body scrubs plus san­dal­wood, turmeric and honey wraps. The well-re­garded Jetwing Ho­tels group op­er­ates 19 properties in Sri Lanka, in­clud­ing the Ge­of­frey Bawa-de­signed Jetwing Light­house at Galle. More: jetwingho­tels.com; wildlife­sa­fari.com.au.

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