Based on the stunning Yala National Park, the Chaaya Wild Yala is at home on the lush, green, tropical plains. The exterior is sympathetically designed to fit into the national park and be part of it. There is a rustic luxury to the resort that really sets it apart from others that are available for Sri Lanka holidays, and that makes for an intriguing stay that resembles a game lodge that you’d find in Africa. It’s a four-star resort, one that is beauty personified and is the jewel of the south of the country.
With the national park being on your doorstep, safaris into the wilderness are common and very popular with guests, as well as seeing animals and wildlife up close and personal on excursions and trails. Once the sight-seeing is complete, you can bask in the swimming pool or have your breath taken away from Yala’s spectacular views.
Being tucked away in the wilderness, there are 8 Beach Chalets and 60 Jungle Chalets. Each one is designed, furnished and cared for to the highest degree. All modern facilities can be found such as WiFi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, hot and cold water, tea and coffee making facilities and spacious bathrooms.
There are wooden floors and décor that is akin to a rustic camp. Animal prints, rustic finishes, canvas and rugged furniture add the sense of occasion in the jungle. You get your very own veranda to look out over the jungle and if you stay in the Beach Chalets you have a stunning view of the Indian Ocean.
There is only one restaurant at the Chaaya Wild, but it’s a very good one. During your Sri Lanka holidays you’ll want to try different cuisine and sample traditional and local meals, although there are of course Western dishes too. There are Oriental, Thai, Malaysian and of course, Indian and Sri Lankan meals to be had at the main restaurant.
Here you have a stunning view from the observation deck over the jungle, and you can enjoy a cocktail, beer or glass of wine while the sun goes down and you’re having your meal. There is a 360-degree view of the forests and the Indian Ocean, showing that the restaurant has fine food and the best view in the house.