Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $776.73, excluding tax at 30.29 per cent.
Rooms are sold an all-inclusive rate, which covers one game drive a day, all meals (including a pre-game drive snack and afternoon tea), and all drinks.
Cocoon Suites and Cocoon Pool Suites can fit one child on an air mattress for $125 a night. Under two’s stay for free, over-twelve's are considered adults.
Yala National Park closes for a period each year, usually in September and October. The lodge will remain open at this time, but game drives will take place in other nearby parks.
At the hotel
Large, wild grounds including a beach and bushland; spa; free WiFi; laundry. In rooms: minibar; Sonos sound system; air-conditioning; coffee machine; tea-making facilities; free bottled water; Ophir bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Cocoon Pool Suites are the most indulgent, coming with a private plunge pool that overlooks the beach; you’ll also be close to the bar and restaurant. Adventurous types might prefer one of the Cocoon Suites near a watering hole, as you’ll increase your chances of getting close to the wildlife.
The freeform infinity pool radiates outwards from the dome-shaped bar and restaurant pavilions, so there’s a covered portion that’s always cool and shady. The open-air portion is fringed by a lawn that’s scattered with sunloungers, all of which face the ocean. The pool is saltwater, unheated and has a shallow end.
The spa has four treatment rooms and a wide-ranging menu, offering classics like Swedish massage alongside more unusual offerings like the island spice scrub. The spa team prize two Sri Lankan ingredients, Ceylon tea and cinnamon, which are used liberally in their products.
Kit yourself out with breezy khaki trousers, olive-green shirts and a safari jacket. If you have them, bring your own binoculars too – you don’t want to miss out on a fleeting glimpse of a leopard while you wait your turn.
The wild grounds and layout of the tents mean this hotel isn’t particularly suited to wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome, but the wild landscape means it’s best suited to over-5s. Family Cocoon Suites have an adjoining ‘urchin’ tent with twin beds for kids. A cot (free) or air mattress (at an extra cost) can be added to all tents.
The entire lodge was designed to have a minimal impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Solar power is used to heat water and food waste is used for bio gas. All cleaning and bath products at the lodge are also environmentally friendly.