Review: Jasper House, Sri Lanka



VILLA STYLE OPEN AIR ROOMS

FIVE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka.

  2. The beach is also one of the best surf spots in the country.

  3. The hotel is perched in the coconut trees, and feels like a treehouse.

  4. Open air luxury rooms: you fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping at the beach.

  5. Gorgeous top floor deck looking out to the Indian Ocean.


WATCH MONKEYS SWING IN THE TREES FROM BED

THE CONCEPT

This boutique hotel is all about embracing the incredible surroundings, making you feel as close to nature as possible. With no windows, you feel like you're sleeping next to the beach with the sound of gentle lapping waves. You wake to hear monkeys playing in the trees, and peacocks doing their morning dance. You also get the best air conditioning in Sri Lanka: a gentle cooling sea breeze.

Jasper House has the feel of a treehouse, yet all the benefits of modern luxury. Combining the two is genius - and celebrates the best of Sri Lanka.


THE VIEW FROM BREAKFAST

THE SETTING

The hotel is situated just 100 metres from Hiriketya Beach, a beautiful horseshoe bay which is a hidden gem of the south. The golden sandy beach is ideal for swimming, and even has a gentle all-year-round surf break, perfect for beginners. For more advanced surfers, there is a reef break a little further out. The hotel is surrounded by a well established coconut tree plantation.

Jasper House is ideal for those who want to spoil themselves with a touch of seclusion, yet also be right next to one of the best beaches in the country.


VIEW FROM THE SHOWER

THE ROOMS

12 villa style rooms. Most overlook the ocean or coconut plantation, while the lower rooms have direct access to the pool. The upper floors are all open air; without glass. The shower (also open air) hangs slightly out of the room, giving the feel it's even closer to the coconut trees. The genius of the design is that each open air room is completely private.

A mosquito net is provided around the four poster bed complete with luxurious sheets.

Heaven in the jungle!

HIRIKETIYA BEACH IS SUITABLE FOR ALL TYPES OF SURFING EXPERIENCE

THE ACTIVITIES

Surfing is available for all levels and the resort hires out boards for those who don't have their own. The beach is also perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Push bikes are available for a cycle through the beautiful jungle tracks and you can also arrange a trip to the nearby turtle sanctuary or even a safari.

The hotel has a beautiful pool under the coconut trees. We watched dozens of monkeys play in the treetops while enjoying a much needed break from the heat.

There's also a top floor lounge for relaxing, eating, or reading books and magazines.


BREAKFAST FROM THE TOP DECK

THE FOOD

A chef is always on-site at the top level deck to prepare food. The breakfast buffet includes fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs (any way you like), toast and jams with fresh fruit juices and tea/coffee. If the buffet is not available, you can order off an a-la-carte menu. Dinner options are displayed on a board each night; we were lucky enough to try the head chef's version of a traditional Sri Lankan curry (exceptionally good!). The one thing better than the food is their friendliness - a chef even offered us his birthday cake for dessert!


THE TOP DECK DINING AREA

THE SERVICE

The service was wonderful - from the warm greeting as soon as we arrived to the sincere farewell from the manager, Charith. The staff here are all incredibly genuine and will do anything to make your stay comfortable.


VIEW OF THE POOL

INSIDER TIPS

  • Take a free tuktuk ride to sister resort - Talalla retreat - where you can take part in one of their yoga classes. ($15USD - teachers are internationally trained)

  • Book early - with only 12 rooms this resort is often full.

  • Surf boards are available for rent at the resort. Try it - one of the best experiences you'll have!

  • If there's a pizza night at the restaurant - GO! We had the best pizza we've had in Sri Lanka by far. The pizza dough & sauce is made in-house by the talented chefs.


OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN FROM THE TOP DECK

GETTING THERE

  • Approximately 3 hours by private car from Colombo Airport (hotel can arrange transport for a fee).

  • 3hr air-conditioned express bus from Colombo to Matara in the south, then a 40 minute tuktuk

  • Train (times vary greatly depending on time of day) from Colombo Fort (centre) to Matara and then a 40 min tuktuk ride.

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POOL WITH A VIEW: WATCHING MONKEYS PLAY IN THE COCONUT TREES

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THE PRICE High season rates are around $150-180 USD, low season around 100-120USD per night.

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