Once again Jetwing Hotels combines amazing luxury with awe-inspiring wildlife in their latest creation of Jetwing Yala. Another link in the family of Jetwing properties, Jetwing Yala is one of the newest ventures of Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand which is opening its doors in the untamed and fascinating world of Sri Lanka’s most well known animal kingdom. The sheer biodiversity of the Yala National Park with its elephants, peacocks, leopards and crocodiles is best summed up in the words of the Lonely Planet, which refers to it as “The Jungle Book brought to glorious life “. It is amidst this rich tapestry of flora and fauna that Jetwing Yala has emerged, an ideal destination for those who want to leave behind the hectic pace of everyday life and indulge in the unspoiled natural beauty of the wilds.
The BBC named the Yala National Park one of the best wildlife destinations in Asia and they had many good reasons for doing so. It is home to a diverse number of species and a range of eco-systems. Yala has around 32 mammal species, a number of reptile and lagoon fauna species as well as over 230 resident, migrant and endemic bird species. It is considered one of the best places in the world to see leopards due to it having one of the highest leopard concentrations in the world. In Yala the sight of leopard hunting wild boar proves that these spectacles are not only relegated to photographers from National Geographic.
Likewise, Yala is also the place to catch a glimpse of more than your fair share of wild elephants rambling across the road or grazing in the scrub jungle. When all is silent is only the sounds of the wild that can be heard and this creates a magical world with no rules and restrictions aside from those formed by nature.
Thus it is without doubt that Jetwing Yala is set to become the natural choice of residence for wildlife enthusiasts and safari holidaymakers as it seamlessly blends in with its surroundings. Located just outside the vicinity of the Yala National Park, the hotel has been built along the concept of it being one with nature. Nothing of the surrounding environment amidst which it has been built will be destroyed or vandalized as Jetwing Yala seeks to exist in harmony with its natural surroundings. This beautiful and elegant hotel will feature 80 rooms and 18 luxury tents for those who yearn for the wild outdoors.
Each room will either have a balcony or a terrace which will give guests a wonderful look-out point onto the wilds of Yala when they awake and when they go to sleep. The rooms are decorated in earthy muted tones with a splash of red and green to accentuate the colours of the wild and no expense has been spared in ensuring that guests experience the ultimate in comfort which is why rooms come fully equipped with hot and cold water, WiFi, Satellite TV and a mini-bar to make it a home away from home.
Jetwing Yala will also serve up some of Sri Lanka’s most delicious cuisine while not forgetting the culinary influences of the rest of the Asian continent. Dining will be a delight as it can range from tree-house dining to alfresco dining to even dune dining. After the thrill of a safari or perhaps a week of safaris guests can swim, play tennis or badminton or try out some yoga in order to enjoy some of the other services on offer at the hotel.
In essence it is the aim of Jetwing Yala to reconnect man with nature and vice-versa, for in the words of the famous poet Ralph Waldo Emerson “In the woods, we return to reason and faith”.
Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.