This exciting property is unsurpassed in the region for gracefully combining remote beaches with jungle wilderness. Close to one of the gates of Yala National Park, it receives its fair share of wild visitors, from monkeys to the occasional elephant that crosses into the buffer zone. It feels as if almost anything can happen here.
Chena Huts have broken new ground in their pursuit of a contemporary, luxury safari-side experience. Each hut is a capsule of opulence that blends beautifully into its surroundings. They all have private plunge pools, and there’s an expansive main pool too, if you prefer. It's a little surreal when you learn how well wired-up the rooms are, given you’re in such a wild location. Connect to the sound system and watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean. There really is nowhere quite like it. It's a premium property, with an accompanying higher price tag, but one that will live on for a long time in your travel memories.
On a rugged stretch of undulating beach peppered with low trees, not far from a gate into Yala National Park, this resort combines the region’s raw landscape and exhilarating wildlife.
Children over 5 welcome
Daily safaris included
Spa treatment rooms
Chena Huts was fantastic. The room was like a spaceship landed in the wilderness. The staff were so friendly and the food was something to look forward to.
Discover what to expect from staying at Chena Huts
Well-pace safaris are a key part of the experience. Sitting in a jeep for hours is an unavoidably sweaty, dusty and bumpy experience, but the superb landscape and wildlife mitigates any of that. The resort is a lovely place to relax and mull over the day's sightings, though they may continue in the resort grounds! Coming back to the huts to relax after an exhilarating safari drive really accentuates the feelings you’ve had out in the park. We always think through where a resort is best placed within a trip, and imagine how you might be feeling at that time in order to make the whole experience special. Chena Huts fills us with confidence, at whatever point in your itinerary you stay here.
There’s a safari drive included in each day of your stay, with a choice of heading out either in the morning or afternoon. You can do both if you like, as the wonderful safari opportunities are the primary reason to visit this part of Sri Lanka. Equally, however, there’s plenty of wildlife in the resort itself - you might spot a crocodile in the lagoon or even an elephant approaching the surf! Aside from that, just grab a beer and some binoculars and look out to sea, or unwind with a spa treatment before dinner.
The resort is small and has been very sensitively designed to cause as little disturbance to the environment as possible. They know how lucky they are to occupy such a spot, and go the extra mile to fulfil the expectations of their guests. Trees are not cut down but form part of the structures of the resort, and pathways have been raised above the vegetation to promote growth and encourage wildlife to make a home.
Electric buggies ferry tired guests around when necessary and the huts benefit from solar power and LED lighting. There’s even a sea water treatment plant on site.
Combine the island’s top wildlife crowd pleasers with some magnificent hidden gems and cultural highlights before spending some time on the beach.