Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Jungle Beach Resort

Rates from (inc tax)$130.34

Price information

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Contemporary castaway villas


Literally lush Kuchchaveli

Jungle Beach Resort in Sri Lanka – just north of Trincomalee – offers the Walden lifestyle with a luxury safety net. This boutique stay’s lagoon and beachside villas – cloaked by mangroves in a 10-acre nature reserve – may feel remote, but they’re just a hanging walkway away from a top-flight restaurant and cocktail bar. Throw in a fleet of staff, and jungle-wide WiFi, and you’ve got the simple rural living Thoreau craved. Well, almost…

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Need to know


48 luxury villas.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Arrivals can stow their luggage away and dine, drink or swim while they wait.


Double rooms from $130.34, excluding tax at 28.89 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD168.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

An introductory yoga session is included. A lavish Continental breakfast spread costs US$32 an adult, US$16 a child.


Planning to get on one knee? Or even if you already have, staff can set up swoonsome stage dressing for a special private meal: a lantern-lit beach picnic under the stars, or a table on a tree-ringed terrace, with a five-course meal or fresh seafood to snack on.

At the hotel

Spa, private beach, gym, library with DVDs to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In-rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, iPod dock, radio, minibar, tea and coffee service, free bottled water. Jet skis and bikes can be borrowed on request.

Our favourite rooms

Villa decor is smart and modern; however, it’s the otherworldly scenery that steals the show. With this in mind, we love Room 15, a beach cabin set away from the main building, for its seclusion, scenic views and private beach access. If staying in a Lagoon Cabin, request the upper level to catch scintillating sunsets in all their glory.


The curvilinear pool meanders around the natural path of jungle vegetation; lined with green tiles to mimic the lagoon, it’s kept cool and shaded by the tree canopy. The bar’s just a few steps away, but staff will happily ferry drinks to your day-bed. The Jungle Cluster villas share a pool, and the beach is safe for swimming year-round – with calm waters and a fleet of lifeguards on patrol.


Uga spa is set by the beach. There are two open-air treatment rooms, where guests can indulge in Swedish and Balinese massages, facials, and ayurvedic and rejuvenating treatments. Couples’ treatments are available on request, and a spa therapist can be summoned to your villa. Hatha yoga and meditation classes are held on the beach in high season.

Packing tips

A torch for safe nighttime manoeuvring, and an Indiana Jones-style fedora for jungle posturing.


Getting to the hotel might be tricky, but all public areas have wheelchair access and villas 21 and 22 are outfitted for disabled guests.


All ages welcome. Extra beds for under-12s (US$15 a night) and cots for under-3s (free) can be added to all villas, and babysitting is available (must be booked a day in advance). There’s kids' yoga, toys and bikes to borrow, water polo and crab hunting.

Food and Drink


Top Table

Cross-legged on the beach, or add a few candles to your villa’s terrace table – more than two diners are definitely a crowd here.

Dress Code

Tropical brights and batik. Keep arms and legs covered – this is prime mozzie territory.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Vichalya Fernando crafts oh-so-fresh seafood dishes – garlic-sautéed rock lobster, prawn cocktail with caviar, and charred cuttlefish – using the catches of the day; he makes excellent curries with vegetables and spices grown nearby, too. The intimate tree-pierced restaurant pavilion has the lilypad-laced lagoon to one side and tables spilling onto the beach on the other, with upper and sunken levels for extra privacy. Breakfast is also served here: a generous spread with doughnuts, croissants, breads, fruit juice or a smoothie, yoghurt, eggs any style, sausages and beans, and a few extra treats.

Hotel bar

The open-plan bar is next to the restaurant and pool, with white sofas and candlelit tables under a thatched roof. Beer, wine and champagne grace the menu, but it wouldn’t be a tropical getaway without an outrageous coconut-and-rum concoction, which the bartender will happily shake up for you.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10.30am, lunch from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, and dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm.

Room service

Burgers, baguettes, soups, sandwiches and salads are offered round the clock. Order breakfast in bed for a languid lie-in.


Jungle Beach Resort
27th Kilometer post. Pullmudai Road, Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka


Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (, and hop on an air taxi ( to Trincolamee China Bay domestic airport; the hotel is a 40-minute drive from there. Flights arrive at Colombo from the UK and Europe via Doha International; flights across the Pacific arrive via Kunming Airport, or direct from Australia.


The hotel’s remote locale makes a hire car handy – if you’re quick on the draw with the horn and brake, and are an able cow dodger. Acquire an international driving licence and recognition permit before you go. Airport transfers (US$50 one-way) and drivers for excursions can be arranged. Colombo is a four-and-a-half hour drive away; Jaffna, three hours, and on-site parking is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Blessed with picture-perfect beaches, curvaceous lagoons and unspoilt swathes of jungle, Kuchchaveli and its rural surrounds remain untouched by the country’s tourism boom, for now. Jungle Beach Resort’s remote locale means you’ll spend most of your time on site, but there’s plenty to do when you’ve finished contemplating the reserve’s natural beauty: swim and sunbathe, play volleyball or beach football, or get bendy in a hatha yoga class (held in high season). There’s an underwater Vegas of neon reef fish to see on snorkelling and scuba-diving trips, or you can zoom over the ocean on a jet-ski or sailboat. For trips off site, you can self-drive, but an easier option is getting the hotel to hire drivers and plan a day trip for you. If you want a change of scenery, of sorts, head to groomed Nilaveli beach or wild Uppuveli – 20–30 minutes’ drive away. Trincomalee town, a former Dutch colony, has plentiful historic sites, including one of the world’s most impressive natural harbours (the site of many a colonial sea-battle). Circumnavigate Portuguese-built Fort Frederick’s walls, and see the sacred tree, gold Shiva statue and Chola bronzes at Koneswaram Temple, both perched atop Swami Rock. The site also has a vertigo-inducing Lovers’ Leap. Swap soaking in mineral-rich waters, for a fun yet unceremonious bucket dousing at Kanniya Hot Springs, a 25-minute drive from the resort, and wander through the unearthed dagaba base and statuary at Thiryaya archaeological site – a 10-minute drive north from Kuchchaveli. Nature lovers can hop on a dolphin and whale-watching trip, spend the day on Pigeon Island National Park, spy hornbills in the wetlands by the hotel or arrange a day trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (+94 (0)35 226 5284), 6km away, but hiking and biking through the jungle provides plenty of flora and fauna-spotting opportunities.

Local restaurants

The Dutch Bank Café (+94 (0)26 222 2377) is a small brunch and lunch spot in Trincomalee, which serves up reliably good nasi goreng, kothu (egg and meat in a spicy sauce), grilled fish and sweet dishes for very low prices. Take a porch seat or head to the rooftop terrace for harbour views.

Local bars

Part of Aqua Hotel, a 20-minute drive away in Uppuveli, upper-deck open-air Fernando's Beach Bar (+94 (0)77 854 6139) has plenty of driftwood trappings and rattan flourishes, and panoramic ocean views. Wine and colourful cocktails and served fairly sharpish; food service is somewhat laid-back, but after a couple of many-hued drinks you won’t care.



Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this tropical retreat in Sri Lanka and unpacked their sari silks and beach-scavenged shells, a full account of their boutique beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a message in a bottle from Jungle Beach in Kuchchaveli…

Villa rooftops, peering like shy critters over the jungle canopy are the only sign there’s a luxury resort here. Each newly arrived guest is given a frangipani flower to put in a bowl at reception – a pretty solution to small-talk ducking – but this token is likely the most you’ll see of them; essentially you’re a trial-basis castaway, with all mod cons. Foliage-fondled treehouse-style structures, a lagoon as busily beautiful as a Monet painting and thick clusters of tropical greenery make you expect a singing bear or loincloth-clad man-child to roll up to reception wheeling a smart Samsonite number. In between sand lolling, seafood devouring and perfecting your perfectly tousled castaway hair, there are hornbills, geckos and grass snakes to seek out, tree-lined paths to bike on and temples to day-trip to. It’s the ideal ‘if Lost were a rom-com’-style stay for loved-up high-end hippies.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Jungle Beach Resort’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything, the room, the surroundings, the food and the staff. We arrived after minor a motorbike accident and the staff were amazing and compassionate. They did everything to make us comfortable and nothing was too much effort. The food was out of this world, but reasonably priced, we will definitely be going back.


Stayed on 19 Sep 2016

We loved

The seafood, the beach! The pigeon island excursion to see sharks, dolphins and turtles was a trip of a lifetime. Trincomalee farmers' market is worth a visit as well for some local colour. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

'By name' personal service. As a 48 room resort, it isn't quite as personal as some of Uga's other properties.


Stayed on 8 Oct 2015