THE NEAREST AIRPORT: Colombo International Airport
THE AESTHETIC: Chic cocoon canvas in the wilderness
THE ROOMS: 28 luxury tents
THE TRAVELLER: Lovers of splendour, safaris and scenery
THE DINING: Dining pavilion and experiential dining
THE INDULGENCE: Jungle wellness
THE ALLURE: Wild Coast Lodge redefines “safari” as a holistic wilderness experience. The estate is blessed with diverse habitat, ecology and scenery across the five sectors of the Yala National Park Complex and Bundala National Park which is a Ramsar Wetland. They aspire to showcase the entire spectrum of nature - leopards, geology, botanical diversity, critters, mammals, birds and reptiles. But that’s just part of the story. Steeped in the jungles of Wild Coast Tented Lodge's surrounding national parks are remnants of civilisations past, and ancient jungle monasteries, archaeological sites and places of worship that date back to mythical eras of the gods.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to Yala National Park, renowned for its leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated on a rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The unique design sees the man-made structures blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, thanks to the use of carefully selected natural materials.
The use of arched fabric structures allows each of the 28 tents to take on the shape and colour of the rocks and boulders that lay scattered nearby, whilst a clever layout in the shape of a leopard’s paw print alludes to the area’s most famous resident. The open-air bamboo-clad Ten Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion – designed to mirror the boulders scattered across the golden beach beyond – 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.
A sample of some of the resort’s most popular room categories. For a full list, click through to the Wild Coast Tented Lodge website.
Best Priced Villa
From US$812 Per Night
COCOON POOL SUITE
WRD Recommended Room
From US$936 Per Night
FAMILY COCOON SUITE
Luxe Villa Choice
From US$947 Per Night
Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge collectively contribute to local communities through the MJF Foundation and the environment through Dilmah Conservation.
The resorts contribute a percentage of all bookings to the MJF Foundation, while Dilmah Conservation focuses on biodiversity conservation, environmental education, research and development in the areas of sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation and heritage conservation.