History: Ensconced in a natural rainforest, Chena Huts draws on the traditions of old farmers who cared for the land for centuries.
Location: Just a few minutes’ drive from Yala Park in Sri Lanka’s deep south, this hotel offers a chance to get away from it all.
Service: The well-versed staff can assist with everything from providing electric buggies to advising on wildlife or recommending the dish of the day.
Set right on the coast in southern Sri Lanka, Chena Huts occupy seven acres of the rainforest and dunes beyond Yala National Park, so its 14 cabins are surrounded by unspoilt beauty and natural wonders. With the ocean on one side and the country’s oldest natural reserve on the other, to stay here is to utterly escape into nature. In thatched huts with private pools, guests will find a little oasis of comfort and convenience, where crisp bed linens and wifi come as standard and flamingos and storks wade in the lake nearby. Nautical-themed Basses restaurant offers fine dining on the beach or in romantic private locations, and the poolside bar serves cocktails from behind a waterfall. Guests seeking a little pampering during their stay in paradise can retreat to the spa for a range of indulgent treatments, to heighten the sense of peace and tranquility.
Though named for the abodes of farmers who for centuries lived in modest huts by their small clearings in the jungle, the 14 “huts” by Ugo Escapes are in fact luxury private pavilions, fitted with every comfort and convenience.
With exteriors designed to reflect the surroundings and traditions of the region, Chena Huts boast nearly 800 square feet of elegantly-appointed, climate-controlled living space. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom featuring a freestanding tub, and the lounge area, fitted with 42-inch LED TV, leads out onto the deck and private plunge pool.
Beyond the comfort of their well-equipped hut, guests will find staff are on hand to assist in any way necessary and the on-site amenities, including a pool and spa, are world class.
For guests looking to stretch their limbs and swim a little further than their private plunge pool will allow, the communal pool boasts more than 2000 square feet, perfect for long, languorous laps. After a refreshing dip, the poolside bar awaits beyond its waterfall cloak with refreshing drinks and snacks.
For the ultimate oceanside dining experience, not only does Chena Huts invite guests to the onsite restaurant, Basses, but it also offers an array of private locations for meals on the beach, from picnics to banquets. Meanwhile, guests looking for an aperitif or digestif will find a selection of refreshments in the bar.
For a cocktail at sunset or a comforting night cap after a sumptuous dinner, the poolside bar at Chena Huts is on hand with a comprehensive listing of classic cocktails and international wines, ready to be enjoyed by the water.
Diners can indulge in elevated local and international fare at Basses restaurant, which takes cues from nature and serves up fresh, seasonal dishes. It’s named and decorated in homage to local nautical lore.