Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to Yala National Park, renowned for its leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated on a rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The unique design 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. 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.
Yala is teeming with biodiversity and a rewarding park for nature lovers. Besides being renowned for its leopard population, elephant and bear sightings, mugger crocodile density and migrant birds, Yala also hosts multiple historic archaeological sites that date back centuries.
Wild Coast Lodge redefines “safari” as a holistic wilderness experience. We are blessed with diverse habitat, ecology, and scenery across the five sectors of the Yala National Park Complex and Bundala National Park which is a Ramsar Wetland. We aspire to showcase the entire spectrum of nature – while leopards play a leading role in our theatre of the wild, they are not the only actor on our stage – from our geology, botanical diversity, critters, mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Our Cocoon tents bring to mind an anchored airship
The interiors fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations, from freestanding handmade copper bathtubs to sumptuous four-poster beds.
Our gourmet safari cuisine features a modern take on Sri Lanka cuisine and classics with a Wild Coast twist. Meals are inspired by nature and the freshness of local produce. The Ten Tuskers bar serves handcrafted cocktails featuring hyper local ingredients. Post evening game drive cocktails takes place in our rugged beach garden overlooking the ocean.
In the 1950s Merrill vowed to restore the fortunes of his country’s ailing tea industry, whilst sharing the benefits with the community. Merrill believed that no business was possible without the combined efforts of workers, staff, clients, consumers and in the case of tea - the environment.
Conceived by the Fernando family, Sri Lankan tea producers & founders of Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of small, luxury resorts offer the discriminating traveller a remarkable circuit across Sri Lanka, with a range of authentic experiences, while contributing towards local communities & the environment through the MJF Foundation & Dilmah Conservation.