Situated along a pristine beach on the fringes of the renowned Yala National Park, Wild Coast Tented Lodge will combine the comforts of a luxury hotel with the back-to-nature excitement of a wilderness safari camp when it opens in October 2017.
A nature-lover’s idyll, Wild Coast Tented Lodge will offer exceptional wildlife experiences, allowing guests to immerse themselves in some of the richest biodiversity in Sri Lanka. Expert naturalist guides will be on hand to talk guests through the incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including wild elephants, sloth bears and illusive Sri Lankan leopards, whilst a variety of lectures and workshops will offer an insight into the fascinating natural surroundings.
The third offering from the Resplendent Ceylon collection of hotels, the 28 tented “cocoon suites” will boast soaring vaulted ceilings, offering panoramic jungle views from the double-height glass facades. The interiors will fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovation, from freestanding handmade copper bathtubs to sumptuous four-poster beds. Teak floors and canvas walls complement dark leather touches and repurposed metallic hardware for an eclectic and design-led aesthetic.
Four secluded beach-facing suites will offer private plunge pools, whilst a further 16 suites will cluster around watering holes, attracting a variety of local wildlife which guests can view from the comfort of their private deck. The family cluster comprises eight cocoon suites with adjoining ‘urchins’, miniature add-ons to the main suites accessed by a walkway, which will offer privacy and separate sleeping spaces for parents and children alike.
The open-air bamboo-clad bar and restaurant – designed to mirror the boulders scattered across the golden beach beyond – will wrap around the resort’s enormous free form swimming pool. Guests can enjoy creative daily-changing menus of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in the restaurant, as well as sundowner cocktails and picnics al fresco on the sand dunes, watching dusk settle over the Indian Ocean.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge will exemplify the Resplendent Ceylon sustainable ethos, with a wide variety of eco initiatives. The hotel will also boast a conservation station dedicated to monitoring and protecting vulnerable wildlife within the surrounding area, including the Sri Lankan leopard.
This is all about having an immersive experience with the incredible wildlife and Sri Lanka’s magnificent biodiversity.
This October's opening of Wild Coast Tented Lodge, a new property from Resplendent Ceylon, gives guests comfy digs situated directly within the park.
Leopards, sloth bears and jungle cats are among the safari thrills for guests in these 28 luxury tents opening at the edge of Yala National Park in mid-2017. Outdoor bathrooms and private decks are perks of these chic vaulted "cocoons", while the four secluded beachfront abodes have private plunge pools in addition to a vast free-from swimming pool.