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Chena Huts

In a tranquil, unspoiled spot set amongst the golden dunes and lush greenery of Yala, are these enchanting ultra-luxe ‘huts’, complete with sparkling plunge pools, private viewing decks and sumptuous furnishings.

Undoubtedly unique, their setting bordering Yala National Park ensures total peace, disturbed only by the occasional elephant bathing in the natural watering hole or by the vibrant pink flamingos on the lake. Wildlife aside, our favourite feature just might be the resident’s cocktail bar set behind a waterfall.

Facilities & Activities

Acres of wilderness lie just beyond the doorstep. Rich and varied, there are forests, grasslands, freshwater lakes, marine wetlands and silky soft beaches touched only by the balmy Indian Ocean. Daily safaris, with experienced guides, introduce you to the incredible range of flora, fauna and wildlife that are found here – as well as the obvious lure of leopard and elephants, be entranced by turtles, crocodiles, flying snakes and the many resplendent peacocks strutting their stuff.

When it’s time to relax, the huge pool surrounded by tropical greenery, with its private cocktail bar set behind the waterfall is a tempting place to head for. Or opt for a Swedish massage or facial in the lovely spa. Wander down to the beach and enjoy the sounds of the Indian Ocean or sit by the shores of the tranquil lake and watch the occasional elephant splashing in the shallow waters. If you are especially lucky your visit might coincide with the annual arrival of sea-turtles laying their eggs on a moonlit beach.

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Dining

Coastal views are the backdrop to the traditional Sri Lankan fare that’s served up at the nautical-themed restaurant here. Fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced, mouth-watering dishes are complimented by fine wines and freshly served cocktails. Or should you wish to dine privately, then the lovely staff will set up a table for you overlooking the peaceful lake, on the beach under the stars or wherever takes your fancy.

Rooms

Firstly, dismiss all pre-conceived ideas you might have about what constitutes a hut; these huts are like nothing you have seen before! More akin to elegant, private sanctuaries they are nestled amidst the dunes and trees at the ocean’s edge. The soft lines are designed to harmonise with the wilderness outside, whilst inside you’ll be in 5* heaven. The 14 spacious cabins offer plush earthy interiors, sumptuous furnishings, safari-style log furniture and en-suite bathrooms with stand-alone baths. They all enjoy stunning views from their shady private decks which feature personal plunge pools.

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Family

Children are welcome here and they’ll love the adventure of staying in huts. The pool is a good size or their own private plunge pool will keep them entertained while you soak up the scenery from your wooden deck. Please note that although the beach is lovely for walking, it is too rough to swim and the hotel is rural and remote so stock up on all essentials before you arrive. One complimentary extra bed or cot per room can be provided and will need to be requested upon booking. Should you require more beds, there will be a small charge.

Sustainability

Uga Resorts are proof that luxury and sustainability really can go hand in hand and a dedicated Sustainability Team has been set up to ensure all hotels in the group meets the targets for minimising energy, water and waste. Uga Chena Huts is also actively involved in various community projects including road cleaning and donations to local schools for repairs and educational supplies.

Location

Remote and rural, Uga Chena Huts is located the untouched wilderness of Sri Lanka’s stunning South-East coast. They are at the end of a uniquely constructed road that ends on the outskirts of Yala National Park. Colombo Airport is around 6 hours away and the nearest town, Tissamaharama, is 20km away.

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