SRI LANKA: Jetwing Vil Uyana wins at World Travel Awards

Vil Uyana Forest DwellingThe Jetwing Vil Uyana, located in Sri Lanka’s famous ‘Cultural Triangle’ has won the coveted Sri Lanka’s Leading Boutique Hotel award at the recently held World Travel Awards.   A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a marvel of architecture and design with an unparalleled combination of nature and luxury.

Speaking in relation to the event, Jetwing’s Head of Sales and Marketing Ishanth Gunewardene was happy to say: “Our product and quality of service is now world class and gaining popularity internationally and that is testament to our dedication and commitment to true Sri Lankan hospitality and our innovative approach. Accolades like this only help to further the strides we are making in this regard and has resulted in Jetwing becoming the premier hospitality brand in Sri Lanka”.

The Jetwing Vil Uyana is World Discovery’s first choice of accommodation in the Cultural Triangle and is featured in several itineraries including our 12-day Best of Sri Lanka tour.

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Jetwing Vil Uyana named amongst World’s Best Ecolodges

Vil UyanaThe National Geographic Traveller magazine has included Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sigiriya in its list of the ‘World’s Best Ecolodges’.  Launched in 2006, the Vil Uyana has been a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ since its inception and continues to offer superb accommodation and service.  With 25 dwellings situated over four distinct habitats – water, forest, paddy and marsh – the lodge is located close to the famous Rock Fortress of Sigiriya and is a pioneer of eco-tourism in Sri Lanka.

“From its very beginning, Jetwing Vil Uyana was a property close to my heart,” Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray said. “We put in a lot of ideas, hard work, and effort; which to be quite honest we had our doubts about at times. Over the past few years, the property has been a shining star, and is talked about all over the world, what more could you ask for?”

Jetwing Vil Uyana joins other innovative lodges from all over the world, from countries such as South Africa, Greece, China, Poland, and Indonesia. “This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. The lodges we selected capture the Society’s spirit of exploration and commitment to the environment,” Associate Editor Amy Alipio said.

You can enjoy a stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana on several World Discovery tours, including the popular ‘Sri Lanka Highlights’.

‘The Elephant Gathering’ – one of the world’s top wildlife spectacles

Sri Lanka’s image as a nature-based tourist destination has been given a boost by Lonely Planet, which has named the ‘Elephant Gathering’ of Minneriya as one of the world’s “10 greatest wildlife spectaculars.”   Every evening during the dry season between 150 and 200 elephants assemble on the banks of the Minneriya Reservoir to graze on the tank bed, where grasses have sprouted due to the low water levels.   The elephants turn to this much needed fodder at a time when foliage in other areas dry up.   The ‘Elephant Gathering’ peaks in August and September, at the height of the drought.  According to wildlife authorities, the Minneriya gathering is the largest grouping of wild Asian elephants at any given time.  The sad news, however, is that the gathering may be threatened.  If a plan to retain the Minneriya waters in the dry season is carried out, the temporary grasslands on the bed of the Minneriya tank would disappear, and the number of elephant visitors would decline. This would affect the area’s elephant population, which depends on the temporary grassland as fodder in the dry season. The baby elephants would be especially seriously affected.   That the ‘Elephant Gathering’ has gained international recognition may help in lobbying for keep the Minneriya tank for the elephants.

The Jetwing Vil Uyana is the perfect base for visiting the Minneriya Reservoir.  Three nights at the Vil Uyana are included on World Discovery’s Sri Lanka Highlights itinerary.