Chena Huts

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Located deep in the south of Sri Lanka, the Chena Huts are the perfect platforms for exploring the turtle-laden Indian Ocean and the leopard-hotspot jungle of Yala National Park. Though the lodge’s exteriors say shabby-chic, the interiors scream opulent living, making it a luxurious retreat set in a wildlife haven that’s hard to beat.
Perfect forCouples and honeymooners after a lavish stay near Yala National Park.
In the know
  • 10 minutes from Yala National Park
  • Each hut has a private plunge pool
  • Nautical-themed restaurant
  • Jungle spa retreat

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Chic Design
  • Family-friendly

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Located above the beach, just 10 minutes from Yala National Park.

Rooms at Chenu Huts

Echoing the local architecture, Chenu Huts' mound-like cabins are enormous, climate controlled residences with lavish en suite bathrooms, large living rooms and shaded private plunge pools. Channelling a modern safari vibe, the palm-thatched huts are elevated above ground and linked by boardwalks, keeping you close to the jungle environment yet comfortably embraced in a luxurious setting.

Food and drink

Taking its name from the nearby reed and lighthouse, the nautical-themed Basses restaurant offers fine dining with a mix of healthy and indulgent options. For breakfast you can play it cool with porridge and fresh fruit or go all in and try Sri Lankan milk rice with curries or poached eggs with homemade gravlax. For lunch and dinner, the menu tends to showcase local ingredients, such as fish curries and coconut sambals, but also throws in a few European-style entrees for good measure.

Facilities

When you are not on safari and watching the resident wildlife, wallow in your free standing bathtub, take a dip in the heated swimming pool or be pampered and preened in the spa, with a soothing body-buffing ritual.

Activities at Chenu Huts

When on game drives to the park, think big and try to spot elephants, wild boar and buffalo, but when you cross over to the sand dune sculpted beach, think colour and keep an eye out for ibises, painted storks and the odd flamingo. Stretch your legs after the game drives by walking along the beach with a guide to track and spot sea turtles laying eggs.

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