A New Safari Lodge to Open in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan family behind the Dilmah Tea brand and Resplendent Ceylon group of hotels will open a luxurious tented wildlife camp in December 2016. The Wild Coast Tented Lodge will be situated on a pristine beach on the edge of Sri Lanka’s spectacular Yala National Park, and is set to become a leading destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

The Wild Coast Tented Lodge will comprise 28 vaulted tented suites, each offering the same level of comfort as a traditional luxury hotel, but with the excitement of a safari-style wilderness experience. Each air conditioned suite will measure a generous 55sqm and will be furnished to the highest specifications, including sumptuous outdoor bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, in-room massage areas and private decks.

Ideal for couples and honeymooners, the four secluded beach-facing suites will have their own plunge pools; while a further 16 suites will be dotted around five watering holes designed to attract a variety of birdlife and amphibians. The Family Cluster will be home to eight sizeable tents and a play area equipped with slides, swings and rope ladders. Each of the family suites will come with an adjoining twin-bedded children’s ‘Urchin Tent’ so that both adults and children can have their privacy.

A bamboo-clad bar and restaurant will serve up creative daily changing menus of Sri Lankan cuisine, whilst a delicious “picnic tea” will form part of the safari drive experience. The Ayurvedic Spa will offer a unique range of natural Sri Lankan treatments using local herbs and plants. Other facilities will include a steam bath, an oil massage area, a yoga pavilion and a relaxation deck. The library area will double up as an educational centre where guests can learn about the wildlife in the park and watch documentaries accompanied by explanations from the lodge’s guides.

Exceptional safari and educational experiences will allow guests the chance to immerse themselves in a restored and rejuvenated part of the wilderness that is home to some of the richest biodiversity in Sri Lanka and one of the highest leopard population densities in the world. The active souls can also head to the onsite dive centre, where they can discover the diverse world that lies beneath Sri Lanka’s waters, including the haunting wrecks of many Portuguese treasure-galleons.

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