Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Yala National Park
Scattered along an unspoilt beach on the edge of leopard-populated Yala National Park, Wild Cost Tented Lodge sits in a prime position. Not only will you be amongst some of Sri Lanka’s finest rugged landscape here, but you will also stay in the height of eco-luxury.
The architecture and interior design of this property make it a striking destination in its own right: the overall aesthetic is fresh and contemporary, yet effort has also been made by the Nomadic Resorts architects to blend the pavilions into their natural rugged surroundings.
The 28 rooms are inventive ‘cocoon’ and ‘urchin’ shaped tents that capture the essence of this state-of-the-art lodge with their soaring vaulted ceilings and modern amenities, including air-conditioning, speedy Wi-Fi and a Sonos sound system. Sophisticated design is also apparent with the vintage safari chic teak floors and canvas walls; as well as the glamorous four-poster beds and the stylish bathrooms with their copper freestanding baths and vast rainfall showers.
If you like the sound of spotting wildlife from the comfort of your own room, make sure to stay in a Cocoon Suite as these come with their own observation decks overlooking watering holes. Or, if you would prefer a private plunge pool to be on your doorstep instead, opt for a Cocoon Pool Suite.
In true Relais & Chateaux style, the service provided here is both reliable and spoiling: the approachable staff ensure you have a memorable time and the knowledgeable safari rangers are at the top of their game. Striking the ideal balance between friendly and professional, these naturalist guides really add to the whole experience and offer game drives regularly. We recommend joining as many as possible to have the highest chance of spotting the elusive Sri Lankan leopard in its natural habitat, as well as passing elephants, monkeys, sloth bears and peacocks as you go.
Post-safari, end the day watching the sunset over the golden sand dunes with a drink in hand before heading to the bamboo-clad Dining Pavilion for an authentic Sri Lankan dinner. Alternatively, you can enjoy an al fresco lantern-lit dinner on the beach if you are after a more private and romantic experience.
This eco-resort is a great option for honeymooners and families alike, and works well with its sister Resplendent Ceylon properties, Ceylon Tea Trails and Cape Weligama. We suggest adding Kumana Mobile Tented Camp into your itinerary if you have a real taste for adventure and would enjoy arguably the most immersive wildlife experience in Sri Lanka.
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