Yala National Park, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Surrounded by unspoiled wilderness, Chena Huts is nestled amongst dunes and trees at the ocean's edge, lying within a few minutes from the entrance to Yala National Park. It is an ideal place to observe the magnificent profusion of wildlife and nature.
At a Glance
On the edge of Yala National Park, room rates are based on all-inclusive with game drives
Beachfront dining at the beautiful Basses Restaurant
Just 14 luxurious Cabins set over seven acres of land
Tastefully decorated and in keeping with the safari theme
All cabins are spacious with private plunge pools
As well as doing game drives, we recommend doing the bush walk from Chena Huts which allows you to encounter flora & fauna you wouldn't normally from a jeepScott Dunn team
Make sure to take a pair of binoculars with you to help you spot an array of different species of wildlife on a game drive in Yala National park.Scarlett Richard
As the newest addition to the Uga portfolio, and the most exciting new luxury accommodation option for Yala, Chena Huts is ideally located for exploring Sri Lanka's most famous national park. With just 14 individual cabins spread out over seven acres of land, guests can enjoy a safari experience without compromising on comfort or exclusivity.
Yala National Park is located in the south eastern corner of Sri Lanka, and has a very diverse landscape which attracts a wide range of wildlife, including 44 different species of mammal such as water buffalo, elephants, sloth bears and, of course, the elusive leopard. There are also plenty of species of reptile such as turtles, crocodiles and lizards, and it is fantastic for bird watching. Every stay at Chena Huts includes safaris within the park.
The spacious cabins have been tastefully designed to fit in beautifully with the safari feel of the property and location, with natural materials and neutral colors. The cabins at Chena Huts measure 71 square meters in size and are carefully climate-controlled, with a sitting room, bedroom, en suite bathroom and large outdoor deck which has its own 5-meter plunge pool.
Dining at Chena Huts isn't limited to the property's beautifully designed Basses Restaurant. With the emphasis being very much on bespoke and private experiences, guests can dine in their pavilions, or have a private table set up under the stars for a truly unforgettable evening.
There are 14 Cabins at Chena Huts, each one measuring 71 square meters. The cabins are carefully climate-controlled and have large outdoor decks with private plunge pools and sun loungers. The huts are tastefully decorated with a rustic feel that is very much in keeping with the safari experience. They are equipped with large beds, variable lighting systems, 42" LED TVs, mini-bars and tea & coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have free-standing bathtubs and twin sinks.
Cabins are spacious, measuring 71sqm, with private plunge pools, decks, free-standing bathtubs and twin sinks. All cabins have a safe, a Geneva Bluetooth Hi-Fi and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Children are welcome at Chena Huts but there are no specific childcare facilities available. A maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 can share the Cabins.
The main dining option at Chena Huts is Basses Restaurant. Guests can also enjoy 'destination dining' around the property or in-room at private tables. There is also a poolside bar and a spa. Also on offer is 24-hour guest service assistance, doctor on-call, IDD telephone, laundry, 24-hour security and all major credit cards are accepted.
No trip to Yala would be complete without a safari in the national park. The park boasts 44 different species of mammal, one of the highest leopard population densities in the world, plenty of species of reptile and 215 species of bird. Safaris are included in the room rate but guests can also enjoy whale watching from Mirissa (2-3 hours' drive away) or can visit nearby Kataragama which is a popular Buddhist & Hindu shrine and pilgrimage destination on the outskirts of the park.
Location & Directions
Yala National Park, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Chena Huts is located off the beaten track, a few minutes from the entrance of Yala National Park.
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.