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Chena Huts, National Parks

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In a tranquil, unspoiled spot surrounded by tropical jungle, flanked by a peaceful lake and over-looking the Indian Ocean, are these enchanting ultra-luxe ‘huts’, complete with sparkling plunge pools, private viewing decks and sumptuous furnishings. Undoubtedly unique, their setting in Yala National Park ensures total peace, disturbed only by the occasional elephant bathing 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.

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  • 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 fourteen 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.

  • 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.

    Other excursions include Humpback Whale spotting and visiting the dolphins that congregate in the waters around the Great and Little Basses reef. Or maybe you might like to explore the wrecks of the ancient Portuguese treasure-galleons that lie below the surface. Or step back half a million years back in time and marvel at the remains of the homo-erectus communities found amongst the coastal dunes. All expeditions are organised by the hotel and they will suggest itineraries to suit you.

    When its 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.

  • dining

    Captivating, panoramic 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.

  • 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.

  • location

    Remote and rural, the huts are located in 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 - home to the largest population of leopard in the world and the jewel in the crown of Sri Lanka's National Parks. Colombo Airport is around 6 hours away and the nearest town, Tissamaharama, is 20k away. The front desk is open 24 hours a day and can organise express check in/out if necessary and parking is free at the hotel.

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