Chena Huts

Between sand dunes and jungle by the ocean’s edge, Chena Huts is a perfect base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park.

Nestled amongst sand dunes and jungle by the ocean’s edge, Chena Huts is a sublime base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s famed Yala National Park. Its low-slung thatched huts are in fact indulgent private guest pavilions – 14 in all, designed to harmonise with their natural environment. Each of these have their own 5m plunge pool. Inside, amid the rustic timber bed frames and furniture are ultra-modern amenities from dimmable lighting systems to minibars and enormous bathrooms with free standing baths.

At the heart of Chena Huts is a fine dining restaurant, with a nautical theme and fabulous views. However, if you wish you can have your meal near the bonfire under the stars, or even out on the beach or by the bird-filled lagoon which borders the property. There is also a large central pool, a poolside bar and a secluded spa, with a wide range of Ayurveda treatments and beauty therapies to choose from.

Most visitors come to this part of Sri Lanka to explore Yala, an expansive reserve brimming with elephant, peacock, sloth bear and leopard. Neighbouring it is the lesser-known Bundala, a wilderness popular with migrating avian species from all over the world. Both are best explored early morning or late afternoon with a knowledgeable local guide; however, these excursions should be booked in advance due to their popularity.

Location

How to get to Chena Huts, Yala

Chena Huts is around 5.5 hours (310km) from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport.

Chena Huts, Yala Activities

  • Morning and evening game drives in Yala National Park
  • Bird-watching in Bundala National Park
  • Bush walks
  • Spa treatments

*Some activities are at extra cost

Chena Huts, Yala Highlights

  • A stunning luxury safari lodge at the edge of Yala National Park
  • With a bird-rich saline lake at its doorstep
  • Ocean on one side and jungles on the other
  • Sumptuous thatched guest pavilions filled with modern luxuries
  • A fine dining restaurant and fabulous day spa

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Accommodation

Below are a selection of our preferred hotels in Sri Lanka. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

98 Acres

98 Acres is a romantic retreat set amid working tea plantations in the misty highlands of Ella, a small, laid-back town in central Sri Lanka.

Amangalla

Charming Amangalla is set inside a grand old building built in 1684, with the ramparts of the famous Galle Fort just beyond.

Amanwella

Amanwella is a secluded seaside retreat set beside a fine, sandy beach flanked by swaying coconut palms.

Cape Weligama

The Relais & Chateaux Cape Weligama sets the standard for luxury accommodation on Sri Lanka’s captivating south coast.

Ceylon Tea Trails

The Relais & Chateaux Ceylon Tea Trails sets the gold standard for colonial-style luxury in the cool, misty Sri Lankan highlands.

Chena Huts

Between sand dunes and jungle by the ocean’s edge, Chena Huts is a perfect base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park.

Gal Oya Lodge

Secluded Gal Oya Lodge offers access to one of Sri Lanka’s least visited wildernesses, where swimming elephants are sometimes seen on boat safaris.

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Guests at the exclusive Jetwing Vil Uyana may be treated to views of iconic rock fortress of Sigiriya on a clear day.

Jungle Beach

Jungle Beach is a secluded beach resort in Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s unspoilt northeastern coast with the feel of a luxurious tree house.

Kahanda Kanda

Idyllic Kahanda Kanda is an ideal base for exploring Sri Lanka’s southern beaches and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort.

Mandira Bungalow

The Mandira Bungalows in Hatton offer incredible luxury and time-worn traditions amid the temperate central highlands of Sri Lanka.

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Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Sri Lanka experience.

Sri Lanka Overview

Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

Combine With: Neighbouring India, Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Fly into the international airport north of Colombo, the capital.

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