Set in Sri Lanka's exotic deep south, way off the beaten tourist track and bordered by the breathtaking Yala National Park, the all-inclusive Chena Huts spa resort has a distinct ‘lost in paradise' feel.
While you might think of a ‘hut' as a simple and rustic escape, Chena Huts are in fact a beautiful selection of secluded and detached cabins, full of luxury and showcasing the most magnificent wilderness and seascape views. (‘Chena' is a word that refers to small jungle clearings farmed by the ancient people of Yala).
Located amongst ocean dunes and trees, with a tropical jungle on one side and a saline lake on the other, the scenery really is exceptional. Watch painted storks and flamingos paddle in the lake, as you cradle a cocktail from your shaded deck - what a way to begin your holiday.
The fourteen climate-controlled cabins are privately spaced in a seven acres each, and measure an impressive 1130 sq ft inside (the largest in the area). Designed to blend with their tropical jungle surroundings, they include a ‘luxury safari' theme that features African-style art and natural materials throughout.
Relax on comfortable log-crafted furnishings in your relaxing living area, or outside on your deck...which includes a built-in private plunge pool. Mix your favourite drink from the fully equipped mini-bar, or indulge in a bubble-fest in the freestanding bathtub. The choice is yours!
Wake up from a sound night's sleep to be greeted by those amazing views, an ideal backdrop for morning coffee as you plan the day ahead.
You'll want to visit the on-site Basses restaurant, of course. Nautical-themed (‘Basses' is a name that comes from the nearby reefs and lighthouse), you can enjoy sumptuous dishes in the restaurant itself, or on the beach under the stars.
The opulent spa is another must-visit, in which you can spoil yourself with the ancient healing powers of Ayurvedha, as well as a wide selection of replenishing treatments that will leave you feeling like a brand-new version of yourself.
If you feel like exploring further afield, then Yala National Park is truly stunning, bursting with exotic wildlife and rich in biodiversity. Here you can feast your eyes upon over 44 resident species that include leopards, flamingos, flying snakes and fan-throated lizards. Why not experience them all up close, on a morning or evening safari drive?
Meanwhile, you can watch dolphins and whales from the Great and Little Basses reefs, an historic location where the wreckage from Portuguese galleons lie on the sea bed.
Oh, and you can also immerse yourselves in the cultural side of Yala, with a guided visit that takes in the sacred Katharagama forest shrine and Kindira temple.
There is so much to experience with a break at Chena Huts, all of it so relaxing and heavenly that you may feel this is the closest you'll ever get to paradise on Earth.
Things to note
Yala National Park is closed annually during September & October due to the prevailing dry season in the region. However, excursions and game drives to alternative destinations and satellite parks in the area are offered.
Tried and tested
"A superb property, the rooms were fabulous, large, clean & well set out. Could not fault any of the facilities, the staff were lovely and very friendly, the bar and restaurant were very nice and had many choices to choose from, The spa was very nice also. In summary a wonderful property that I enjoyed very much, thank you for making my stay so enjoyable."
"We enjoyed our stay at Chena Huts. It is one we will remember forever. Every small detail was covered and every single staff member to the maintanance man, receptionist, pool guys, waiters were second to none. We did not want to leave at all and are already looking at booking our next Uga experience. Thank you for the best stay and a special thank you to Aranguraru our waiter."
"It was paradise on earth! Best part of our Sri Lanka trip. There is nothing I can critique about Chena Huts, it's been amazing."
Region: Yala, Southern Province
Cost (from): £810 per night
Sleeps: Up to 3 per cabin
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Bathrooms: 1 per cabin
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 923
FacilitiesCabins sleep up to 3, double bed, extra bed on request, ensuite bathroom, free-standing bath tub, twin vanity console, air conditioning, living area, Panasonic flatscreen TV, DVD player, Geneva sound system, Bluetooth connection, tea & coffee making facilities, bottled water, free mini-bar (soft drinks only), WiFi, shaded private deck, private plunge pool. Game drives, all meals, National Park entry with snacks and drinks, 6 daily laundry items and shared transfers to/from park are all also included in the rates.
Safari, wildlife spotting, birdwatching, wetlands tour, beaches, coastal walks, swimming, reefs, diving, snorkelling, cycling, whale watching, temples, spa treatments.
At a glance
- Breathtaking selection of fourteen luxurious cabins for two, secluded in a beautiful jungle and ocean setting just five minutes from Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Ideal for honeymooners!
- Colombo International Airport is a six-hour drive away. Transfers can be arranged to and from the airport.
- Each climate-controlled cabin features a mini-bar, en-suite bathroom and a shaded deck with private plunge pool.
- The resort also includes a spa and on-site restaurant.
- Experienced rangers are available to escort guests on personalised safaris, and cultural tours of the local area can be arranged.
- The nearest town is Tissamaharama, 20km from the site.