Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
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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
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Chena Huts
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.
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.
Jack Mace (Staff)
I was seriously impressed by Chena Huts - what a place! Located on the south west corner of Yala it's hard to beat in terms of location. It's on the coast, in the jungle and boast the accolade of being the closest hotel to the park. As it's so close it does mean that you get many visitors which just adds to its charm. We had an elephant drinking out of the receptions pond, wild boar coming to graze in front of us during supper and monkeys playing the trees above the pool. The resort itself is run like a luxury safari camp with 14 amazing villas located around the jungle, each reached by raised pathways. On the midst of the villas there's a lovely pool area, a small spa and a lovely bar / restaurant area with views down to the beach and a famous lighthouse 13km off shore. The rooms are some of the nicest I've ever seen - they are huge! Each room has king bed, standalone tub, comfy seating area and a garden with a private pool. One of the other huge selling points is the staff, they were fantastic from start to finish and we couldn't have been looked after any better. Chena Huts is not cheap, but if you make the most of the resort on the all-inclusive basis I think its well worth the money!
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
Chena Huts is the most luxurious option within the area and offers instant access to the park, which is known for having the largest concentration of leopards in the world. Each of the 14 pavilions are beautifully designed and furnished to emphasise the safari theme and come with their very own terrace and plunge pool to relax in in between game-drives. Combining luxury with adventure Chena Huts offers an all-rounded stay where the experience of game drives is parallel to the luxury of accommodation, the food is great and the staff are very personable.
Rikki Poynton (Staff)
Probably one the coolest hotels I have ever stayed in, Chena Huts are a unique collection of spacious thatched chalets set right on a wild stretch of beach right near the entrance to Yala National Park. It's the perfect balance between wildlife and relaxation.
Chena Huts, Sri Lanka - Kids Stay FreeChildren aged 12 and under stay, eat and drink for free at Chena Huts, Sri Lanka plus an additional 50% off your second cabin.
|Book from||16 August 2018 to 19 December 2019|
Chena Huts - Bush Walk
During your stay at Chena Huts, the bush walk takes guests more off the beaten track and allows them to see flora and fauna that wouldn't normally be encountered during a game drive.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Morning Safari - Yala National Park
Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Honeymoon to Sri Lanka
Koggala, Yala National Park, Nuwara Eliya & Bentota
from $3800 pp 12 nights
- A lovely honeymoon itinerary with relaxing beach stops sandwiching stays with a little more action and adventure in Yala National Park and the Hill Country
- Take the slow lane along Sri Lanka's southern coast with a dash of wildlife in Yala National Park
- Enjoy a private driver/guide throughout as well as expert naturalists in Yala National Park
Sri Lanka and The Maldives in Style
Colombo, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Galle & North Malé Atoll in The Maldives
from $6700 pp 13 nights
- An incredibly varied trip of Sri Lanka taking in beautiful scenery, wildlife, tea plantations and colonial history
- Stay in beautiful historic hotels and bungalows that were built during the colonial period
- End with time on a private island in The Maldives, home to some of the finest beaches in the world
Sri Lanka for Young Families
Kegalle, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Kotugoda
from $3700 pp 12 nights
- Perfect for younger families as well as families with teenagers
- See some of Sri Lanka's most wonderful highlights without too much driving, ideal for families with younger children
- Go in search of leopards in Yala National Park
Wild Sri Lanka
Kotuguda, Wilpattu, Sigiriya, Gal Oya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park & Galle
from $5200 pp 15 nights
- Get off-the-beaten track with this 15-night itinerary
- This trip takes in three of Sri Lanka's National Parks where you will have the opportunity to see some incredible wildlife
- With expert guiding throughout, this is a perfect trip for nature lovers
Location & directions
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Chena Huts is located off the beaten track, a few minutes from the entrance of Yala National Park.