Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to the Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated in a stunning location where the jungle meets a pristine beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge’s unique design, masterminded by a consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, 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 twenty eight cocoon 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 uniquely shaped tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, truly represent a luxury five-star resort room under canvas, offering all amenities including air-conditioning.
The open-air bamboo-clad 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. The library doubles up as an educational centre where guests learn about the wildlife in the park and watch documentaries, further explained by the lodge’s expert guides.
The 55m2 king-bedded Cocoon Suites boast soaring vaulted ceilings, offering jungle views from the double-height double glazed facades. The interiors fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations, 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. The Cocoons are dotted around watering holes attracting wildlife, which can be viewed from outdoor decks. Four secluded beachside Cocoon Pool Suites also offer private plunge pools. The Family Cocoon Suites sport an adjoining twin-bedded 20m2 Urchin, perfect for older kids, offering privacy and space for parents and children alike. All rooms offer air conditioning, teak floors, Wi-Fi, included minibar & Sonos audio.
- Cocoon Pool Suite x 4 with king bed
- Cocoon Suite x 16 with king bed
- Family Cocoon Suite x 8, comprising a Cocoon and separate Urchin with twin beds. The Urchin is about 5m away from the Cocoon, connected by a raised walkway.
The Sanctuary Spa at Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a tropical haven for the Spa enthusiast, offering a double and 2 single treatment rooms. Situated in one of the most vibrant and spectacular settings in Sri Lanka, bordering the pristine ocean and dense bush. This unique setting contributes to a sense of well-being. Key to THE wellness experience is two native Sri Lankan ingredients, Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon, both of which used liberally in oils, scrubs and poultices.