Jetwing Yala of Jetwing Hotels was adjudged the ‘Best in Resource Efficiency’ by the Wild Asia Awards, awarded at the PATA Travel Mart 2015.
Wild Asia aims to recognize tourism operators who are making a positive difference in the destination where they operate by adopting sustainable management practices.
Jetwing Yala is the only Sri Lankan property to be recognized this year, winning the award for Best Resource Efficiency – which is given to properties that exhibit ‘excellence in waste, water and energy management and sustainable architectural design in order to minimize environmental impact’.
Jetwing Yala was launched in January 2014, and has established itself as the beacon of the Deep South of Sri Lanka. Featuring 80 rooms and 10 luxury tented villas, Jetwing Yala brings world class luxury and hospitality to the wilderness of Yala, overlooking massive sand dunes and the vibrant hues of the Indian Ocean. The entire property was designed from ground up to be as sustainable as possible, to match the local ecosystem by maximizing natural ventilation and lighting, along with muted colours to complement the surroundings.
Energy conservation initiatives include illumination through 100% LED lighting and feature LED backlit TVs in guest rooms; a biomass boiler that burns cinnamon wood (sourced through local suppliers) for night time hot water generation along with providing steam for an absorption chiller which supplies the hotel’s entire air conditioning needs (similar to Jetwing Lagoon); a central solar hot water system for daytime demand; and the largest privately opened solar park in the country that is already providing 40% of the hotel’s daily electricity demand.