The Indian version of the highly acclaimed show The Night Manager is on the verge of releasing its second season. The seven-episode, two-part series gives us a glimpse into some brilliantly picturesque places across the globe, one of them being Shailendra (Anil Kapoor) and Kaveri’s (Sobhita Dhulipala) oasis in Sri Lanka. The thrilling plot also comes with its fair share of stunning visuals; this mysterious place in Sri Lanka with its private beach, sumptuous sea views and infinity pools seems very irresistible.
Nestled on a cliff that extends into the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean sits the Jetwing Saman Villas. Surrounded by lush coconut plantations, this is the property that the OTT couple calls home. This elegant hotel, with its understated charm, is conveniently situated just a few steps away from the pristine white sands of Bentota Beach. This boutique hotel offers a luxurious experience and is situated in the tranquil fishing village of Aruwella, along the western coast of the island.
The hotel features 26 suites and a duplex villa, all offering breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, a coconut plantation, an infinity pool, a rejuvenating spa, and two exclusive beaches. The suites are designed to provide utmost comfort and indulgence, equipped with outdoor bathtubs, private pools, and sun decks. These amenities and the idyllic coastal surroundings make it an ideal destination for a sunny coastal getaway.
Brainchild of Daya Ratnayake and architect Geevaka de Soyza, the vision was to create an open-plan hotel and must I say that the duo nailed it. Hashan Cooray, Director of Marketing and Development, at Jetwing Hotels, says ‘‘The initial plan was to build a 78-room hotel. But the team soon realized that this kind of large construction would be at odds with the serene nature of the surroundings. So, they pivoted to the current 27-room plan. The whole idea was to build a luxurious, yet tranquil space where people can enjoy a tropical getaway with absolute bliss.”
The resort effortlessly combines contemporary luxury with the timeless allure of its natural environment, creating a captivating design that delights the senses. Guests are welcomed into a tranquil haven nestled by the Indian Ocean, where meticulous attention has been given to every architectural and design element. Upon arrival, visitors are immediately captivated by an entrance that is visually striking and serves as a preview of the resort’s overall design concept.
The resort’s design philosophy embraces the use of natural materials such as timber, stone, and thatch, creating an atmosphere that exudes warmth and comfort. The incorporation of these elements establishes a strong connection with the surrounding natural environment. The clean lines and open spaces throughout the resort also contribute to a sense of contemporary sophistication and elegance. It is the perfect marriage of modern luxury and timeless allure.
The architectural design of the villas embraces an open-air concept, allowing for ample natural light and ventilation. Large windows and sliding glass doors blur the boundaries between the indoor and outdoor spaces, providing breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding greenery. This seamless integration with nature creates a sense of harmony and tranquillity, immersing guests in the beauty of their surroundings.
The interior spaces of the villas are designed to create a sense of tranquillity and relaxation. Using natural materials such as teakwood, rattan, and bamboo infuses the spaces with warmth and a tropical ambience. The furniture and decor feature clean lines, contemporary forms, and plush upholstery, striking a balance between modern sophistication and comfort. Carefully selected artwork and handcrafted decorative pieces add a touch of cultural richness, showcasing the local artistry and craftsmanship of Sri Lanka.
The villas at Jetwing Saman Villas offer a range of layouts, from intimate one-bedroom options to spacious multi-room suites. Each villa is thoughtfully designed to provide maximum privacy and comfort for guests. Luxurious bedrooms feature plush bedding, sumptuous linens, and elegant furnishings that create a serene and restful atmosphere. Spacious en-suite bathrooms are equipped with modern fixtures, including rain showers and deep soaking tubs, providing a blissful retreat for relaxation.
The open-plan restaurant features a combination of sleek modern design and rustic accents. High ceilings with exposed wooden beams, soft lighting, and natural textures create an inviting and sophisticated ambience. The dining area seamlessly extends to an outdoor terrace, allowing guests to enjoy their meals while basking in the soothing ocean breeze.
The architecture of the resort is characterized by its low-rise design, blending harmoniously with the natural landscape. One of the standout features of the resort is its impeccably designed bathrooms. It boasts a luxuriously deep marble bathtub, inviting guests to indulge in ultimate relaxation. The shower, designed to mimic the sensation of bathing in a rainforest, adds an immersive and refreshing experience.
For those seeking an indulgent experience, the Saman Villa Suite is highly recommended. This duplex villa showcases luxury without being ostentatious, demonstrating a tasteful balance of luxurious elements. Marble, wood, and terracotta accents are thoughtfully incorporated, solidifying its well-deserved five-star status. The ground level of the suite is dedicated to a sitting room and lounge area, providing ample space for relaxation and socializing. On the upper level, guests will find a spacious bedroom, flooded with natural light, creating a serene and airy atmosphere. As a cherry on top, a private pool awaits, offering an exclusive and refreshing retreat for guests to enjoy.
The ambience of the hotel resonates perfectly with the character portrayed by Anil Kapoor, a well-travelled and affluent businessman. Its serene location, coupled with the luxurious facilities and attention to detail, creates an atmosphere that appeals to discerning guests seeking an exquisite retreat. From the villas’ serene bedrooms and bathrooms to the elegant common areas, every space within the resort is designed to provide guests with a memorable and immersive experience that captures the essence of Sri Lankan hospitality.