Re­s­plen­dent Cey­lon an­nounces its new­est lux­ury re­treat in Sri Lanka- Wild Coast Tented Lodge

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Lo­cated on the edge of Yala Na­tional Park, this stun­ning re­sort is all set to wel­come guests from mid-oc­to­ber 2017 on­wards Re­s­plen­dent Cey­lon, the bench­mark for bou­tique, small lux­ury re­sorts in Sri Lanka has an­nounced its new­est re­sort of­fer­ing- the Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Lo­cated at the edge of Yala Na­tional Park in the South-east­ern part of the coun­try, renowned for its dense leop­ard pop­u­la­tion, this spec­tac­u­lar lux­ury tented lodge finds its place where the glo­ri­ous jun­gle meets a pris­tine beach over­look­ing the azure wa­ters of the In­dian Ocean.

Set to open in mid-oc­to­ber 2017, Wild Coast will be the third of Re­s­plen­dent’s trail of unique re­sorts across Sri Lanka, after the iconic Cey­lon Tea Trails and the stun­ning Cape Weligama. The Lodge will also be a mem­ber of Re­lais & Chateaux, which brings to­gether some of the finest ho­tels and restau­rants around the world.

Like its sis­ter re­sorts, Wild Coast’s aes­thetic ethos stems from its en­vi­ron­ment into which has been de­signed to seam­lessly meld. The en­tire re­sort, with its 36 vaulted tents, has been built us­ing metic­u­lously hand­picked nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

To il­lus­trate, the use of arched fab­ric and bam­boo al­lows each tent to take on the shape and colour of the rocks nearby. Two cat­e­gories of tents are on of­fer – Co­coons and Urchins. The Co­coons mea­sur­ing a gen­er­ous 55 sq. mt. are air-con­di­tioned and have el­e­gantly fur­nished in­te­ri­ors, fus­ing colo­nial ex­pe­di­tion chic with con­tem­po­rary de­sign in­no­va­tions, such as teak floors, free­stand­ing hand­made cop­per bath­tubs and four-poster beds. There will be 4 se­cluded beach-fac­ing Co­coons that of­fer pri­vate plunge pools, whilst 16 more Co­coons are dot­ted around five wa­ter­ing holes de­signed to at­tract a va­ri­ety of fauna in­clud­ing birdlife and am­phib­ians, where guests will be able to en­joy spec­tac­u­lar views from the out­door decks. An ad­di­tional 8 fam­ily Co­coons will house an ad­join­ing twin-bed­ded 20 sq. mt. Urchin tents, ideal for chil­dren and young adults alike. In an in­ter­est­ing aes­thetic move, the lay­out of the tents form the shape of a leop­ard’s paw print, when seen from above.

The Lodge also of­fers world-class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. An ope­nair bam­boo-clad “Ten Tuskers” bar and “Din­ing Pav­il­ion” wrap around the re­sort’s enor­mous free-form swim­ming pool. The cui­sine is au­then­ti­cally Sri Lankan and to keep things in­ter­est­ing the menu will change daily.

The ‘Sanc­tu­ary Spa’ will of­fer a range of nat­u­ral treat­ments de­vel­oped in­house with na­tive Sri Lankan in­gre­di­ents- Cey­lon Tea and Cey­lon Cin­na­mon.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge prom­ises to of­fer ex­cep­tional wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ences, al­low­ing you to im­merse your­self in some of the

rich­est bio­di­ver­sity in Sri Lanka. Ve­hi­cles will whisk you to the qui­etest corners of Yala Na­tional Park, whilst ex­pert nat­u­ral­ist guides will talk you through the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity of flora and fauna, in­clud­ing ele­phants, sloth bears and leop­ards. A va­ri­ety of lec­tures and work­shops will of­fer a deep in­sight into the fas­ci­nat­ing nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

The re­sort’s li­brary will also dou­ble up as an ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre where you can learn about the sur­round­ing wildlife in the park and watch doc­u­men­taries, fur­ther ex­plained by the lodge’s ex­pert guides and nat­u­ral­ists.

As with all Re­s­plen­dent Cey­lon re­sorts, Wild Coast is also de­signed to adopt a wide va­ri­ety of eco-friendly ini­tia­tives. Wa­ter from guest rooms and pub­lic ar­eas will be re­cy­cled for use in land­scap­ing and a so­lar plant will meet 40% of the en­ergy needs. Or­ganic waste will also be com­posted on site for use in the land­scape. The re­sort will house a con­ser­va­tion sta­tion ded­i­cated to mon­i­tor­ing and pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble wildlife within the sur­round­ing area, in­clud­ing the Sri Lankan leop­ard. Book­ings are now avail­able for Oc­to­ber 15, 2017 on­wards. Please con­tact: 0124-4309300, +94 117745730, or visit re­splen­dentcey­­coast­lodge-yala Rates start from USD 445 per per­son, per night on dou­ble oc­cu­pancy for a Co­coon Suite; fully in­clu­sive of- break­fast, lunch, af­ter­noon tea, din­ner, all bev­er­ages in­clud­ing house spir­its & wines, pre-sa­fari vict­uals, two game drives per day, Wifi, taxes & ser­vice charge.

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