Resplendent Ceylon's Wild Coast Tented Lodge (sister of Tea Trails and Cape Weligama hotels) offers a spectacular tented camp close to Yala National Park. A Relais & Chateaux property, this is a five-star resort offering state of the art amenities and unique accommodation.
The incredible location, nestled in between the jungle and the Indian Ocean, combined with exceptional wildlife experiences makes this an incredibly special place to stay.
Why we like Wild Coast Tented Lodge
The most striking feature about Wild Coast is the architecture. A blend of Jules Verne meets life on Mars these stylish tents sound rather odd but the beautifully designed canvas dwellings are a delight. Complete with copper bathtubs, super comfy beds and even a lovely wooden deck, it is by a long shot the boldest architectural and interior design in Sri Lanka.
28 Cocoon tents, designed to mimic the shape and colour of the rocks and boulders, have soaring vaulted ceilings and double glazed windows offering jungle views from the king size beds. Choose from the four secluded beach facing Pool Cocoons which come complete with private plunge pools and a further sixteen Cocoons dotted around watering holes offering vantage points for visiting wildlife. There are also family cocoons that have an adjoining Urchin tent, offering twin beds for children.
Made of bamboo, the open-air Ten Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion sit beside the enormous free-form swimming pool. Sri Lankan cuisine is served in open-sided restaurant The Dining Pavilion. Alternatively, dine under the Sri Lankan skies in the beach garden. Food is top notch as expected of a hotel of this standard. The speciality here is the seafood but don't overlook the roti with curries for breakfast.
A destination in itself, Wild Coast Tented Lodge offers exclusive experiences over and above the wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Malik and his team have provided a great place to spend at least three nights to enjoy the natural surroundings.
- Visit the Sanctuary Spa which uses two signature ingredients - Ceylon Tea and Cinnamon.
- Explore the hands-on conservation station dedicated to monitoring and protecting vulnerable wildlife within the area.
- Participate in lectures and workshops offering insights into the local environment.
- Make an excursion to ancient Buddhist sites.
Adjacent to Yala National Park, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is set on a rugged empty beach where the Indian Ocean meets the jungle. A destination in itself, Wild Coast Tented Lodge can be reached in around four hours from Galle. Please note Yala National Park closes in September.
The coast is at times windy and the beach setting is natural and undeveloped. Take care if you are swimming.