Wild Coast Tented Lodge | Sri Lanka | If Only
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Overview

Cocoon-shaped domes, resembling the boulders strewn along the beach, house luxurious canvas tents with a décor inspired by the early adventures and pioneers, but with all the accoutrements of luxury travel in the 21st century, some even have private pools. The intricate sculptural dome of the dining pavilion makes for memorable meals, whilst the poolside Ten Tusker’s Bar faces the ocean and is adorned by a handcrafted bamboo chandelier. In true safari style, post evening game drive sundowners and canapes are held, not overlooking the savannah but in a rugged beach garden to the sound of the waves. Games drives and guided nature walks get you up close and personal to the abundant wildlife including a profusion of leopards, elephants with a penchant for midnight beach swims, sloths, and monkeys. These incredible wildlife experiences bookend days spent lazing by the pool, exploring local, rural villages by bicycle, visiting nearby cultural sites, or cooking up a feast with a Sri Lankan cookery class. For true relaxation there is also a Sanctuary Spa.

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At a glance

  • Boutique Hotel
  • 5 Star
  • 28 suites

Experiences

Dream

28 cocoon suites fuse the elegance and sophistication of expedition travel from a bygone era with low lung leather chairs, teak floors, vaulted canvas ceilings, and billowing curtains around four-poster beds, with modern day luxuries such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, Sonos speakers and exquisite ensuite bathrooms with copper bathtubs. All have private, furnished viewing decks overlook a watering hole, perfect for birdwatching in the cool morning air, and there are also four beautiful cocoon pool suites which boast a private plunge pool. Families with intrepid older children will love the family cocoon suites with urchin – a cocoon suite with a separate standalone twin-bedded space.

Dream

Eat

All meals are included, and the spectacular dining pavilion features a high vaulted ceiling, and the arched openings allowing the ocean breezes to flow and give a real sense of place. The food is gourmet safari meets modern Sri Lankan cuisine and includes a variety of dishes to suit all palates. The cookery classes are a great introduction to the spices and flavours of Sri Lanka and you can also enjoy a high-tea experience in the jungle. The equally impressive design of Ten Tuskers Bar has a mellow colonial feel with features including a bamboo chandelier, slouchy leather chairs and tables, and chess boards dotted around for genteel entertainment.

Play

With the Yala National Park as your playground, it’s no surprise that activities centre around the flora and fauna of the park. Generally regarded as having the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world, other wildlife encounters might include sloths and elephants who are known to use the swimming pools at the camp as a watering hole. One game drive a day is included but more can be arranged, whilst the guided bush walks are an immersive way to embrace your surroundings. Other less adrenaline-fuelled activities include guided rural bike tours and afternoon tea in the jungle.

Unwind

Four blissfully peaceful treatment rooms comprise the Sanctuary Spa at Wild Coast and the spa offers a diverse menu of treatments and therapies. Classic treatments such as Balinese massages sit alongside more unusual offerings such as a Ceylon Spices Herbal Massage. Two iconic Sri Lankan ingredients are highly prized, and you will find Ceylon tea and cinnamon scattered liberally throughout the menu available. There’s also a peaceful library and a fabulous swimming pool located by the bar and dining pavilions. You can sit in the bar and dangle your toes in the water beneath the covered area that always provides shade.

Family

Whilst not strictly a ‘kids club’ in the true sense of the word, the Junior Ranger program is an exceptional wildlife experience for younger guests. Guided by a Wild Coast ranger your children will learn how to pitch a tent, build a campfire and the safety precautions they need to be aware of. They’ll learn the art of bushcraft, learn how to identify animals through footprint identification and tracking, and leave with a specialist certificate. Children can also enjoy a range of yummy and immersive culinary experiences, including local cuisine and tailored to various age levels.

Getting There

Arrival Airport

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport

Transfers

Approximately a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from the airport

Climate

Southern Sri Lanka boasts the best weather between November and April, with most of the heavy rainfall falling in September and October. The UK's winter is also the best time for surfers to enjoy the waves near Weligama, although this is a good destination all year round for beginners.