From above, the cocoon-style accommodations of Resplendent Ceylon’s new Wild Coast Tented Lodge appear otherworldly – carefully placed pods that bely the five-star luxury and clever style that lies inside each.
Tucked neatly as they are on the edge of the white-sand beach and in the lush jungle of Yala National Park, the cocoons are meant to immerse guests in this stunning Sri Lankan environment without adversely impacting it. Wildlife Tented Lodge joins Tea Trails and Cape Weligama as the only Relais & Chateaux resorts in Sri Lanka, a gorgeous luxury tented camp overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. The Nomadic Resorts dream team – Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers working together – has created man-made structures that, while offering every creature comfort – do not detract from the surrounding landscape, and, in fact, make use of its natural materials.
Each of the 28 four-poster, king- bedded Cocoons boasts a vaulted ceiling, jungle views, colonial-meets- contemporary design, a handmade freestanding copper bathtub, teak floors and canvas walls. (the beach-facing Pool Cocoons also offer a private plunge pool). Day are spent out on game drives or on the dreamy beach, followed by a lavish dinner complete with a rotisserie, barbeque, Indian bread and meats from a tandoori oven, family-style spicy and savory plates and more, all inspired by the local Malay community at Kirinda. Guests gather in the open-air Ten Tuskers Bar or the enormous free-form swimming pool. Sybaritic spa treatments at the Sanctuary Spa are a must for the spa enthusiasts, where ocean breezes complement divine wellness experiences, many of which incorporate two native Sri Lankan ingredients, Ceylon tea and Ceylon cinnamon. This is a place for dreams and for true escape.