The Wild Coast Tented Lodge, sister of Tea Trails and Cape Weiligama, is newly opened in the south entry point of Yala National Park. All three hotels are the only members of the Relais & Chateaux group in Sri Lanka.
Owned by the Dilmah family tea company, the latest creation is adjacent to the famous Yala National Park renowned for its leopard sightings. This is the first five-star resort under canvas offering state of the art amenities and uniquely shaped tents, referred to as Cocoons and Urchins.
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. And watch out for the accolades to pour in as there is nothing like it on the island.
28 Cocoon tents designed to mimic the shape and colour of the rocks and boulders in its environment 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. Take note that there are family cocoons which even have an adjoining Urchin tent, home to twin beds which are perfect 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 the dining pavilion with its cool designs open to the ocean breezes. Alternatively, you could 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 rotti 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 tropical haven of the Sanctuary Spa which uses the two signature ingredients of Ceylon Tea and Cinnamon
- Take a gourmet safari cruise inspired by local traditions
- Explore the hands-on conservation station dedicated to monitoring and protecting vulnerable wildlife within the area
- Lectures and workshops offering insights into the natural surroundings
- Excursions to ancient Budhist 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 Weligama Bay near 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.