The Blue Water gets 5-star status

by Roy Silva
The Blue Water in Wadduwa got its five-star classification last week when Paddy Vithana, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board presented Ajith Wijesekere, Chairman of the Hotel, the five-star authentication plaque at a simple ceremony at the Tourist Board office.

The Blue Water hotel, opened in 1998, was designed by Geoffrey Bawa on the concept ‘Intelligent Luxury’ and was managed by Jetwing Hotels from its inception.

The hotel revolves around a single theme, water, in, out and beyond in the form of the Indian Ocean. Blue skies, blue vistas and blue waters all around is the arresting beauty and charm of The Blue Water.

The architectural showpiece in the Jetwing family of hotels is situated just a short drive from the capital Colombo, in the coastal town of Wadduwa. Walking through its cool white corridors and greeted by the spectacular sight of a lush green coconut palm garden, one is hypnotised by the soothing sounds of cascading ponds and fountains.

The swimming pool is too good to resist - and beyond another coconut grove is the alluring Indian Ocean beckoning the visitor for an extra special experience of relaxation that could be had only at The Blue Water.

The hotel consists of 100 elegantly designed rooms with central air conditioning and offers the ultimate in luxury facilities. The hotel is also complemented by a restaurant - the Admiral Room, a 24-hour coffee shop - The Seven Seas, its very own night club - Blue Wave and the bar - the Porthole.

The facilities include a pool bar, gym/ health club, beauty salon, boutique and souvenir shop. Located ideally down the south coast, The Blue Water is the single choice of anyone seeking refuge for the soul. Many guests have also chosen the hotel as the perfect location for a wedding with a difference or a meeting/ conference in a more relaxed form. Always excelling in service and luxury, it has never failed to welcome discerning travellers.

Plans are underway to have an in-house spa and a speciality restaurant. The management plans to raise the high standards of the hotel further to meet the niche market needs of the high end travellers.

For those interested in excursions several options are available, such as Hikkaduwa Coral Reefs, Sinharaja Rain Forest (day excursion), Turtle Hatchery, ‘Kodduwa’ Island and the Buddhist Temple.

Jetwing Hotels are renowned for their personalised service and gracious hospitality, A totally unique holiday experience, with the highest standards of accommodation, cuisine and recreation. From sun-kissed beaches to misty mountains, from ancient cities to jungle safaris - wherever the visitors choose to roam in the Emerald Isle, Jetwing Hotels offer a service no other can match, says a spokesman for the hotel chain.