A new lodge in Sri Lanka will let you spend the night in a cocoon suite on the edge of a Sri Lankan national park.
The Wild Coast Tented Lodge opened on 1 November on a beachfront along the edge of Yala National Park, the country’s most famous national park, home to wildlife like elephants, crocodiles and monkeys. The lodge is inspired by wilderness safari camps, but contains 28 luxury tented “cocoon suites”. The tents offer a hotel-like experience and jungle views through massive glass entrances.
There are four beach-facing suites in the camp that have their own plunge pools. There are also 16 that surround water holes that attract local wildlife, giving guests a chance to watch animals from their own private deck. Bed and breakfast rates start at US$384 per tent per night. An open-air bar and restaurant wraps around a massive swimming pool, so guests can take in some Sri Lankan cuisine and cocktails as they watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
With its proximity to the national park, the lodge also allows the chance to take a drive into Yala National Park, while “expert naturalist guides talk guests through the incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including wild elephants, sloth bears and illusive Sri Lankan leopards”. Those who are interested in learning more about the wildlife can attend lectures and workshops on topics like bird-watching or wild elephant behaviour.
According to the lodge, the camp will also be home to Sri Lanka’s foremost leopard conservation station and the first in the Yala area. The hotel will have a conservation site for monitoring and protecting wildlife in the area, including leopards.
The focus on sustainability will extend further, with the lodge recycling greywater and composting waste to be used in landscaping, and using 40% solar energy.