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RE­S­PLEN­DENT CEYLON—THE hospi­tal­ity arm of Sri Lanka’s pre­mier tea brand, Dilmah—has cre­ated some beau­ti­ful re­sorts in the high­lands of Bo­gawan­ta­lawa Val­ley and at Weligama on the is­land’s sun-kissed south coast. So it comes as no sur­prise that the lat­est ad­di­tion to its port­fo­lio is a knock­out too. Set above a boul­der-strewn shore­line near the en­trance to Yala Na­tional Park, Wild Coast’s 28 co­coon-like tents are roomy and rest­ful un­der their taut PVC mem­branes, with cam­paign fur­ni­ture, cop­per bath­tubs, and gauze-draped beds pro­vid­ing se­ri­ous crea­ture com­forts. Tasty Sri Lankan dishes like buf­falo curd–mar­i­nated king­fish are served in a domed pav­il­ion where arched open­ings frame views of the In­dian Ocean. But the real at­trac­tion is the wildlife. Yala is home to ele­phants, spot­ted deer, sloth bears, vivid birdlife, and—the an­i­mal ev­ery­one wants to see—leop­ards, and stays here in­clude two game drives a day. Leop­ard sight­ings are by no means guaranteed, but the lodge’s guides en­sure an en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ence re­gard­less. —94-11/774-5730; re­s­plen­dent ceylon.com; dou­bles from US$894, all-in­clu­sive

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