Resplendent Ceylon is to open its third project in Sri Lanka.
Yala has become a must-visit wildlife destination on the island, where tourism has been booming in recent years.
The Fernandos opened clifftop Cape Weligama in 2014 and own the country’s first tea bungalow resort, Tea Trails, which they opened in 2005.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge will be a “safari-style luxurious tented wildlife camp” set on a pristine beach on the edge of the park with 28 canvas and bamboo “suites”.
Each one will be air conditioned and measure 55m2 featuring outdoor bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, in-room massage areas and private decks.
Four beach-facing suites will have their own plunge pools and a further 16 suites will be set around five watering holes designed to attract a birdlife and amphibians.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge will also feature The Family Cluster, located away from the couples’ suites, with eight sizeable tents and a play area and each family suite will also have an adjoining twin bedded children’s ‘Urchin Tent’.
There will also be an Ayurvedic spa, while a library area will double up as an educational centre and a dive centre is also being created.
Safaris will be in super-quiet hybrid vehicles and various learning experiences will be on offer for guests daily, including lectures on wild elephant behaviour, bird watching workshops and nature walks.
Resplendent Ceylon said it is hoping to open a further three projects in Sri Lanka which will see it complete a luxury “trail” across the island, including in the “cultural triangle” near Dambulla and on the east coast near Trincomalee.
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