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Sri lanka’s New Beachfront Safari Camp – Conde Nast Traveller

Sri Lanka's new beachfront safari camp

A quite extraordinary new safari camp, Wild Coast Tented Lodge, has opened on a beach in Yala National Park, with leopards to one side and the ocean on the other.

 

 

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Cocoon Pool suite in Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Yala National Park

Credit: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

This year’s hottest new safari camp is not in the savannahs of Kenya, or the deltas of Botswana, or even the tiger territories of Northern India. It’s on a beach, where palm trees sway and the soundtrack is the surf pounding the sand.

This is Yala, the southernmost point of Sri Lanka, an untapped wilderness where leopards slink in the night and elephants thunder during the day. It’s remained off the radar for so long because there simply wasn’t anywhere that comfortable to stay. Tents, yes, and simple guesthouses. But here, just opened on 1 November, is the most extraordinary lodge.

From the team behind the highly elegant and considered Cape Weligama and Tea Trails comes an architectural anomaly, 28 arching cocoon-like suites, with freestanding copper bath tubs, serious bed linens and plunge pools. Others will follow no doubt, but for now, there’s nowhere smarter in this national park to lay your head.

 

Wild Coast Tented Lodge opened on 1 November 2017

 

Bathroom at Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Yala National Park
A bathroom at Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Credit: TIM EVAN-COOK
Leopard in Yala National Park Sri Lanka
A leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Credit: CHANDIKA JAYARATNE
Interior of a room in Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Yala National Park Sri LankaInside Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Credits: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

Beach at Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Yala National Park at nightThe beach at Wild Coast Tented Lodge at night

Credit: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

Beach at Wild Coast Tented LodgeThe beach at Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Credit: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

Inside of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Inside Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Credits: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

View of the Cocoon Pool Suite in Wild Coast Tented LodgeOutside Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Credits: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

View of the plunge pool in Wild Coast Tented LodgeThe view from the plunge pool at Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Credits: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

Leopard in Yala National Park Sri Lanka A leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Credit: CHANDIKA JAYARATNE

 

 

 

View of the Wild Coast Tented Lodge Sri LankaWild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

Credits: TIM EVAN-COOK

 

 

 

 

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