Do you want to escape to the countryside during your trip to Sri Lanka? Experience the breathtaking beauty of the island’s natural landscapes and spot exotic animals while enjoying an indulgent stay at the most luxurious Sri Lanka wildlife hotels.
Boutique hotels in Yala
Yala is Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife destination because it’s one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild. In between jeep drives through Yala National Park, relax in the lap of luxury at these dreamy boutique hotels.
Chena Huts by Uga Escapes
The rooms at Chena Huts by Uga Escapes are not easily forgotten. Each private chalet is open-plan, with a central bed facing a lounge area and twin sinks and a bathtub behind the headboard. Outside is a private decking area sheltered by foliage where you can cool off in a plunge pool while soaking in the sounds of the sea.
Mouthwatering cuisine is another highlight, especially the fresh seafood served at the regular beach barbecues.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Luxury knows no limits at Wild Coast Tented Lodge which is also well-placed for Yala National Park. At night, enjoy private dining under the stars and sleep in a ‘cocoon’ that oozes comfort. During the day, swim in the pool that winds inside to the characterful copper bar and restaurant.
Private guides will take you into the park in state-of-the-art jeeps complete with delicious picnic.
Glamping by a national park
Seeking something more adventurous for your Sri Lanka vacation? Go glamping by a national park for an intimate nature experience without compromising on creature comforts.
Ceylon Wild Safaris
Ceylon Wild Safaris is set on the border of Yala National Park, providing almost instant access for your daily wildlife activities. The staff at Ceylon Wild Safaris are expert naturalists with unparalleled knowledge of the island’s wildlife, and have a shared passion for photography. This guarantees you the best sightings and snaps of Sri Lankan wildlife during your trip.
The ‘tents’ are fitted with king-sized beds, a seating area, ensuite bathroom, and air-conditioning. A deck with private plunge pool is at the front of each room but offers complete privacy.
Leopard Trails Wilpattu
At the opposite end of the country is Leopard Trails Wilpattu, a more authentic camping experience on the border of Wilpattu National Park that is nevertheless elevated. Accommodation here is comfortable, and the food is some of the best you’ll have during your trip – authentic local dishes with a twist are served by the bonfire under the stars.
The guides at Leopard Trails have exceptional knowledge of Wilpattu and Sri Lanka’s wider wildlife, and strive to provide amazing animal sightings to each and every guest.
Luxury nature resorts
You don’t have to stay by a national park to experience and incredible wildlife hotel in Sri Lanka. These luxury nature resorts are set in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, close to the island’s most iconic ancient attractions.
Jetwing Vil Uyana
No matter how much you’ve traveled, you won’t have seen a nature resort like Jetwing Vil Uyana. Individual dwellings are grouped around different environments, from marshland and forest to peaceful waterways. The open-sided design means that you can look out from the comfort of your room, or you can unwind outside by your private pool.
With perfected service, fantastic food and superior facilities, Jetwing Vil Uyana is the best Sri Lanka wildlife hotel for slowing down and soaking in the serenity of nature.
Utter opulence awaits at Uga Ulagalla. Constructed next to a reservoir with a traditional manor house at the center, this resort sprawls out across 58 acres of idyllic paddy fields and woodland. The lavish villas are utterly peaceful and private and provide everything you could want with an elegant colonial-era design.
Nature is inescapable at Uga Ulagalla. Peacocks strut in the undergrowth, monkeys and birds traverse the treetops, and the nights have the soundtrack of crickets and croaking frogs. There are also endless wildlife activities to choose from, such as birdwatching, horseback riding, and walking tours of the estate. Pair these experiences with some soothing treatments at the sensational spa.
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