In August this year I was invited by the Sri Lankan tourism board to visit Sri Lanka along with several other bloggers from around the world. We spent 10 days touring the island, meeting the amazing people of Sri Lanka and seeing what the island had to offer. During our trip we spent 3 nights in Jetwing Kaduruketha and LOVED it! Here’s everything you need to know.
About Jetwing Kaduruketha
Jetwing Hotels was founded in 1970 and is a Sri Lankan owned hotel chain. In fact, Jetwing Hotels is my favourite hotel chain in Sri Lanka. Jetwing Kaduruketha is located on its own compound in Wellawaya, towards the south of the island. It is surrounded by mountains with paddy fields and streams bordering the property.
Jetwing Kaduruketha has a strong agrotourism culture. They employ local farmers to farm their paddy fields and then split the produce 50/50 between the hotel and the farmers. Jetwing seem to take their commitment to the local community very seriously. They employ staff from the surrounding area and organise clean ups at local tourism spots to prevent pollution.
Jetwing Kaduruketha has 25 private bungalows. All are spacious with a sort of open-plan, airy theme. I was in a one bedroom bungalow with a large double bed. The bathroom felt like it was outdoors even though it was fully enclosed. Ultimately the bungalow gave the effect of being part of the natural world surrounding it.
There is no air conditioning, that horrified me at first. But actually the fan was enough to keep me cool. There was wifi in the rooms (very important) and plug-in mosquito repellents. Mosquito nets hung above the beds as well for extra protection. Each room has a small outdoor deck area for lounging.
Staying at Jetwing Kaduruketha is a very organic, natural experience and you will need to accept a certain amount of fauna interaction. For instance two of my fellow bloggers had close encounters with frogs in their rooms. I was jealous, I love frogs. Unfortunately for me I had a giant moth, but a helpful member of staff quickly removed him from my bathroom.
There is a beautiful pool with a great view across the paddy fields. They also have an Ayurveda spa with three different treatment rooms. Here you can get a relaxing massage using traditional ayurvedic herbs and oils. There are on site laundry facilities and as I mentioned before there is free wifi.
Each party visiting Jetwing Kaduruketha is provided with their own butler. Ours was called Eranda and he was amazing. He arranged day trips for us and took us to a “secret waterfall” near the hotel which was a highlight of our trip. Your butler can also give you a tour of the grounds, showing you local flora and explaining the agrotourism culture of Jetwing.
The food is a la carte (even the breakfast). You can get Sri Lankan food and Western food. The Gnocchi from the dinner menu is incredible and filling. You can dine al fresco under the stars or in room for a special occasion. Otherwise, the restaurant seats around 60 people comfortably and has a fully stocked bar. While we were there we were lucky enough to be treated to a cooking demonstration. The chef showed us how to cook traditional hoppers and roti. I highly recommend trying the Sri Lankan breakfast at least one morning during your stay, and don’t forget to eat it with your hands.
What Did I Think?
I LOVED Jetwing Kaduruketha, in fact, we all did. Our butler Eranda truly made our experience unforgettable. It was such a beautiful place, perfect for relaxing and having time to yourself. There were enough things to do during the day to keep us all occupied and in the evenings we were all happy to chill by the pool or just have a great meal and go to bed. If you do get a chance to visit Sri Lanka then I highly recommend a stay at Jetwing Kaduruketha. I recommend booking with Booking.com, it’s the site I always use. And make sure your butler takes you to the secret waterfall, you won’t regret it!
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