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.