Where the Indian Ocean meets the Jungle… Resplendent Ceylon’s latest creation is Wild Coast Tented Lodge, adjacent to the world famous 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 rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Wild Coast Lodge’s unique design, masterminded by Nomadic Resorts, 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 28 tents to take on the shape and color 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 their main buildings, made of bamboo, blend in with the distinctive rock formations of Yala, their uniquely shaped tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, truly represent a luxury five-star resort room under canvas. The 55m2 King bedded Cocoons 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. Four secluded beach facing Pool Cocoons offer private plunge pools, whilst a further sixteen Cocoons, in clusters of four, are dotted around watering holes designed to attract a variety of birdlife and amphibians, which can be viewed from each Cocoon’s outdoor viewing deck. The family area Cocoons sport an adjoining twin-bedded 20m2 Urchin tent, perfect for kids and young adults, and offering privacy and space for parents and children alike.
When dining at Wild Coast Tented Lodge you’ll be treated to an array of gourmet safari cuisine with a Sri Lankan flair, served in their elegant bamboo Dining Pavilion open to the ocean breezes. Or dine romantically in their beautiful natural beach garden under a star-studded Sri Lankan night sky. Breakfast features a wide array of traditional Sri Lankan & international breakfast favourites. Lunch is a la carte with perennial favourites with a wild coast twist, comfort food, healthy options & more. Post evening game drive cocktails and snacks takes place in their beautiful beach garden. Dinner is a wondrous affair featuring uniquely wild coast fare, inspired by nature and the freshness of local produce.
Offering state-of-the art amenities including air-conditioning. 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. Cocoons & Urchins offer air conditioning, hot and cold running water, teak floors, Wi-Fi, minibar, Sonos streaming audio. The Sanctuary Spa at Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a tropical haven for the Spa enthusiast. Situated in one of the most vibrant and spectacular settings in Sri Lanka, bordering pristine ocean and dense bush, it is blessed with fresh ocean breezes – this unique setting contributes to a sense of well-being. Key to their wellness experience are two native Sri Lankan ingredients, Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon, both of which they use liberally in their oils, scrubs and poultices.