No, this years next best safari camp isn’t in Africa or roaming with the tigers of Northern India. It is on a beach in Sri Lanka. The Wild Coast Tented Lodge is surrounded by palm trees bending in the wind and the sound of crashing waves on the golden sand. Yala, the southernmost point of Sri Lanka, has an abundant leopard and elephant population. The usually elusive leopards roam freely here, mainly through the night while the elephants contently crash around during the day. This area has never been in the tourism spotlight as very comfortable accommodation has been sparse, however Yala is now a speck on the radar due to the opening of this unbelievable lodge.
It is an architects and interior designers dream with 28 arching cocoon-like suites. It boasts freestanding copper bath tubs, sumptuous four poster beds, only the highest quality bed-linen and plunge pools for each suite. The resorts intention “is to suggest an atmosphere of antique futurism, a pre-digital era with a mechanical mind frame that evokes a bygone era of luxurious travel”. This sounds dreamy. There are different suite options from family cocoons to private cocoons with pools. Many of these are surrounding watering holes designed to attract a variety of bird life and amphibians.
The camp boasts a beautiful dining spot creating modern Sri Lankan cuisine and a great bar, The Ten Tuskers, where hand-crafted cocktails are made with local ingredients.
There are endless options for activities and curated experiences to make your experience one for the books from a jungle afternoon tea to rural bike exploration.
Book your stay now while it is still a hidden gem!