Wild Coast Tented Lodge, located in the buffer zone of Yala National Park, is a luxurious campsite offering accommodation in 36 uniquely designed cocoons. It is the latest addition to Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of high-end hotels. Taking in natural colours and shapes of the area, this Relais & Châteaux resort is designed by a group of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers with the intention of seamlessly blending in man-made structures with the local landscape.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to the famous Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. This luxury tented camp is situated where the jungle meets a pristine beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Wild Coast Lodge’s design uses arched fabric structures that allows the 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. While the main buildings, made of bamboo, blend in with the distinctive rock formations of Yala, the air-conditioned tents offer state-of-the art amenities.
The open-air bamboo-clad Ten Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion wrap around the resort’s 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. Guests learn about the wildlife in the park and watch documentaries in the library.
The property offers vehicles to tour the quietest corners of Yala National Park and expert naturalist guides talk guests through the incredible diversity. The Sanctuary Spa borders pristine ocean and dense bush and uses native Sri Lankan ingredients, Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon.
Start the day with breakfast on the lake or enjoy a memorable dining experience in the nearby cave.
The tents at Wild Coast Tented Lodge are uniquely shaped and are referred to as Cocoons and Urchins.
Cocoon Suites: The 55 square metre Cocoons come with high ceilings and offer jungle views from the double-glazed facades. The tents are furnished with teak floors, canvas walls and king-sized beds. Four Cocoons are beach facing with private pools, while the remaining 16 are situated close to watering holes in clusters of four.
Family Cocoons: These 55 square metre Cocoons have an adjoining twin-bedded 20 square metre Urchin tent which are ideal for children and young adults. The Cocoon and Urchin are connected by an open pathway.
Cocoon Pool Suites: Offering a similar layout as the Cocoon Suite, these pool suites are furnished with four-poster king-sized beds and leather furnishing. In addition, the Cocoon Pool Suite also has its own private pool making it the most exclusive category at the resort.
All Cocoons and Urchins are air-conditioned with Wi-Fi, minibar facilities and ensuite bathrooms with h/w showers.
The meals at Wild Coast Tented Lodge comprises of a gourmet safari cuisine with a Sri Lankan flair served at their bamboo Dining Pavilion. Breakfast features a variety of traditional Sri Lankan and international favourites, Lunch has a la carte options with post evening game cocktails and dinner is a lavish affair.
If guests book on all-inclusive basis they will enjoy breakfast, lunch, evening tea, dinner, all beverages including house spirits and wines and two game drives. The beach stretch at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, although accessible, is not suitable for swimming. Guests need to be aware of the possibility of wild animals entering the resort from time to time as the property sits on the buffer zone of the park. Guests are advised to follow the comprehensive safety guidelines set in place by the hotel to ensure their safety as well as that of the animals.
Most popular facilities
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Bath or Shower
- Spa Bath
- Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
- Toilet paper
- Wardrobe or closet
- Cleaning products
- Coffee machine
Pets are not allowed.
- Cooking class Additional charge
- Bike tours Additional charge
- Walking tours Additional charge
- Hiking Off-site Additional charge
- Seating Area
Food & Drink
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
- Entire unit located on ground floor
Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
- Airport drop off Additional charge
- Airport pick up Additional charge
Pool and wellness
- Swimming pool
- Spa Facilities
- Sun loungers or beach chairs
- Pool/beach towels
- Outdoor pool (all year)
- Outdoor pool
- Massage Additional charge
- Spa and wellness centreAdditional charge
- Daily housekeeping
- Airport shuttle (additional charge)
- Trouser press Additional charge
- Luggage storage
- 24-hour front desk
- Room service
- Family rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- Air conditioning
- Safety Deposit Box
- Hardwood or parquet floors
- Private entrance
- Ironing Facilities