//by: José Berrocoso//
The sexy scaled curves of Wild Coast Tented Lodge lend a slice of cocooned luxury to Yala National Park, a place where the Indian Ocean meets jungle.
Leopards. Elephants. Water buffalos. Sloth bears. These aren’t the animals you typically associate with a beach retreat, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Sri Lanka’s Wild Coast Tented Lodge, on the edge of Yala National Park. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated in a stuning location where the jungle meets a pristine beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
A nature-lover’s paradise, Wild Coast offers exceptional wilderness experiences, allowing guests to immerse themselves in some of the richest biodiverity in Sri Lanka. Rangers will take you to the quietest corners of Yala National Park and explain the incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including elephants, sloth bears and leopards.
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 nerby, whilst a clever layout in the shape of a lepard’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 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 picnic al fresco on the sand dunes, watching dusk settle over the Indian Ocean.
The premise’s 28 tents form the shape of a leopard’s paw print when seen from above. Room décor fuses colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations. Teak floors and canvas walls mixed with dark leathers and metallic hardware bring these rooms to the forefront of fashion, while such modern amenities as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and Sonos streaming audio ensure the comfort of guests.
COCOON SUITE: Centered around a luxurious four-post king-sized bed, this spacious accommodation covers 55 square meters. The room features a combination of colonial and contemporary design, typified by such elements as teak wood floors and dark leather details. The luxurious bathroom is fitted with a free-standing, handmade copper bathtub. A private outdoor viewing deck overlooks a watering hole designed to attract a diverse array of fauna and flora. Guests are encouraged to upgrade to a Cocoon Pool Suite to enjoy a private pool and expansive views of the beach.
FAMILY COCOON WITH URCHIN: This spacious accommodation features two separate structures. One structure is the luxurious Cocoon Suite, which is directly connected to an “Urchin” structure via a boardwalk. The Urchin structure covers 20 square meters and is appointed with two twin beds, a personal bathroom, and outdoor shower. This accommodation is designed to allow families to enjoy communal and private moments alike while also in close proximity to one another.
You will be treated to an array of gourmet safari cuisine with a Sri Lankan flair, served in the bamboo Dining Pavilion open to the ocen breezes. Or dine romantically in the natural beach garden under a star-studded Sri Lankan night sky.
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 vibrand and spectacular settings in Sri Lanka, bordering pristine ocean and dense bush. This unique setting contributes to a sense of well-being. Key to their wellness experience are two native Sri Lankan ingedients, Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon, both of which are used liberaly in their oils, scrubs and poultices.