Hidden gem in Sri Lanka

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Just opened, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is located right on the beach and next to the world-famous Yala National Park, where leopards roam free. It’s a spectacular, exclusive tented camp right on the edge of the jungle, with a rugged private beach overlooking the Indian Ocean.

What sets the resort apart is not only its extraordinary location but also its design, both ground-breaking and unique, featuring 28 cocoon-like tents, called Cocoons and Urchins, inspired by the egg-shaped boulders strewn along the beach. But that’s not all – the entire lodge is designed in the shape of a leopard’s paw print! Each domed canvas tent is filled with décor reminiscent of great journeys of discovery: teak flooring, leather chairs and freestanding copper bathtubs rub shoulders with state-of-the-art facilities such as WiFi, air-conditioning and an excellent sound system.

All the resort’s main buildings are made of bamboo to blend in with the distinctive rock formations found in Yala. The Dining Pavilion is open-air, as is the Ten Tuskers Bar, both of which wrap around the resort’s enormous free-form infinity pool. Food here is a modern take on traditional Sri Lankan dishes, and dinner is a highlight, showcasing rotisserie and barbecued meats. But it’s the activities that take you out of the resort that cause a stir, from sundowners and picnics al fresco on the sand dunes, to exploring a kaleidoscopic underwater world sprinkled with historic wrecks and going on safari in Yala National Park.

Guests can swim and snorkel in the scenic bay beneath Cape Weligama, explore hidden coves by kayak or learn to surf. The resort’s Dive Centre offers a comprehensive range of PADI dive courses as well as other offshore activities including private sunset cruises, banana boating and big game fishing. And did we mention you can go whale watching on a luxury catamaran in open waters, or explore sleepy little villages, paddy fields, lagoons and ancient temples on guided cycle rides?

Further afield there’s Mirissa’s vibrant boat harbour and the historic Galle Fort, where cobbled streets are lined with ochre-washed colonnaded houses, Colonial churches and popular jewellery boutiques. And last, but not least, there’s the Yala National Park, rich with wildlife, just waiting to be discovered.

Back at the resort, you can refresh yourself at the sumptuous Spa, which utilises two Sri Lankan ingredients – Ceylon tea and cinnamon – in its varied wellness and beauty treatments.

If you are interested in booking an exclusive honeymoon in Sri Lanka at this, or a choice of other stunning resorts, let Thompsons Holidays assist. They specialise in this exotic area, and have all the information you require to ensure your honeymoon is one-of-a-kind.

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