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Here is a gorgeous tranche of dense bush and pounding ocean lying in the buffer zone adjacent to Yala, and within 10 minutes of the park’s thriving populations of elephants, leopards, crocodiles, sloth bears and eagles. Fringing the jungle, the beach is a steep, wide ridge of golden sand, carved with dunes and small inlets and set with the occasional wind-strafed tree and huge, flat lozenges of rocks upon which the rough swells of the Indian Ocean slam in spumes of white spray.

FT How to Spend It

On the fringes of Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge completes the trio of Resplendent Ceylon hotels on the island. Animal enthusiasts will love the back-to-nature excitement of this luxurious safari camp whose tented ‘cocoon suites’ offer panoramic jungle views… act as front-row seats to watch the visiting wildlife.

Harper's BAZAAR Travel Guide 2018

This is Sri Lanka’s first luxury tented camp, a Jungle Book world set in eight acres of scrubland on the south eastern coast, where 28 pod-shaped cocoon suites are plonked yards from a wind-scoured beach. And very lovely it is too… And how fabulous is this? A free-standing copper slipper bath set in a space that’s pure Kipling-era chic: leather planters’ chairs mix with vintage-style trunks and gleaming parquet; repurposed copper is used in taps and basins.

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