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Leopard Trails Specialty Camping

During the grand era of the British dominion, Ceylon was one of the world’s most sought after locations for truly exotic expeditions. The 1800’s witnessed the arrival of British adventurers such as Samuel L. Baker, and with them, hunting and exploration safaris replete with a small army of butlers, cooks, and trackers.  These explorers did not travel in a rough, rustic manner, but enjoyed well-furnished, spacious tents fully stocked with the finest food and drink. At the glorious height of the empire, a complete bar, expert cooks, local guides and the best camping paraphernalia were not out of the ordinary, but expected. These bespoke safaris expertly anticipated every possible need or want of British explorers in wild Ceylon.

 

Today, Leopard Trails Bespoke Tented Safaris returns to the original spirit and true essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of elegance, romance and adventure. We aim to provide a Sri Lankan safari experience in spectacular solitude and soothing comfort – with only the canvas walls of your tent separating you from the wonders of our remarkable bio diversity. We aim to provide an authentic back to nature experience that needs to be experienced to be appreciated.

Auraliya Villa

Auraliya is situated in an acre of tropical garden adorned by frangipani trees and coconut palms with breathtaking views over the property.  The villa is located in the middle of the idyllic Palatugaha beach enhanced by a stunning, unspoilt coral lagoon – one of only two villas with direct access to the beach on this exceptional reef-protected stretch of coastline.

 

Since it offers some of the safest year-round swimming and snorkeling on the South coast, Auraliya is also an especially good choice for families with children.

 

The house is designed in a courtyard shape featuring a central deep turquoise swimming pool. The floors and walls are light with polished white terrazzo and high ceilings are used extensively. The result is an airy, cool and fresh feel.

 

Living and accommodation areas are arranged around three large pavilions. The first provides a formal dining area with stunning views over the azure swimming pool in the garden to the glittering Indian Ocean beyond. Seating is flexible – either one large table for everyone or two separate configurations for adults and children. The choice is yours and the staff are more than happy to accommodate your changing requirements.

 

The middle pavilion provides a central chill-out area which is an ideal location for both socialising and serenity. Invisible by day, at night the fibre optics embedded in the pool mean that the stars twinkle both above and below you

Secret Hotel Yala

Wake up to the hushed murmurs of the wild, step outside and stretch yourself under the thick canopy of the forest. Be greeted by the lively bird songs of the woods as you make your way through the greenness, only to arrive at a tranquil beach side just in time to witness the rosy sunrise.

 

This is exactly what The Secret Yala offers, the best of both worlds in jungle and sea. The ideal camping location amongst Yala hotels from where you can easily get on board exciting Yala National Park safaris, we offer spacious luxurious tents which are sure to appeal to the nature lover in you.

 

We understand that part of the fun in staying outdoors is the chance to get close to nature. The five eco-friendly tents at The Secret Yala are designed to let you do just that. Tucked away between the idyllic shores of the beach and the thick jungles of Yala, our tents have been carefully put up so as to not upset the natural environment in anyway.

 

A perfect place to unwind after your thrilling safaris in Yala, our luxury tents which are some of the most sought after Yala accommodation options amongst hotels in Yala offer a secluded getaway by the sea where you can camp out under the stars.

Arika Boutique Villas

Deviating on a scenic route of 75 meters away from the A9 road that connects Matale to Dambulla, comes a path surrounded by a wild lush forest leading to one of the most unique and secluded getaway spots in the serenity of Sri Lanka. The Arika Boutique Villa; suitably named after the intricate water lily; is located on a heavily landscaped area marking the confluence of a local river and stream. With a portion of the hotel openly facing the stream and merging with the tranquility of its natural surroundings, its harness of this remarkable location undoubtedly highlight its environmentally friendly foundation and deem it as the perfect private hideaway.

The alluring aura subtly brings you to an inviting stairway that ends up at an age old door brought down from the culturally rich city of Jaffna; embedded on the seemingly raw but environmentally fitting brick wall that encompasses the luxurious stay within. Following the concept of the water lily; after which the hotel is named after; Arika is a complex two floored architectural marvel that is built around an indoor swimming pool overlooking the passing stream beyond the open deck.

The hotel boasts facilities such as a glass walled multi-cuisine restaurant to enhance a welcoming feel, a steam room for relaxation and TV karaoke lounge for entertainment. Having avoided damage to the surrounding environment as much as possible, the hotel also has a local Karandhatree indoors emerging from the courtyard. Most of the furniture is purely cement based and inbuilt to give it a natural perspective. Going along the lines of a green concept; using solar panels for water heating and recyclable materials for other aspects, to be eco-friendly; Arika prides its self to be the perfect secret escape for those who seek out pure tranquility.

Priyankara Hotel

Priyankara hotel is a charming white villa with a combination of virtuous moments and joyful explorations. The hotel is enriched with a perfect surrounding of valued spots to provide you with everything possible for an enjoyable holiday. Each day at the hotel may be added to your memory with the wondering sceneries of evergreen paddy fields and the crystal clear blue lotus lake near the Hotel.

 

The homely atmosphere of the rooms at Priyankara hotel is enhanced with the cheery spaces and the annexed balconies in each room provide a breathtaking view of the Green paddy fields and the sparkling stream that runs across. Some of the exotic birds seen at the nearby bird’s sanctuary will surely make a friendly appearance and you will not be deprived of the melodious requests of birds every morning. The rooms are perfect illustrations of a bond between the nature and modernity.

The rooms are equipped with AC | Hot water | a TV with satellite channels | Fans | Individual Balconies overlooking paddy fields | a Mini Bar| a Complimentary Tea and Coffee Making Facility and a Hair Dryer.

Aliya Resorts & Spa

Nestled among lush greenery of rolling fields and decades old indigenous trees and chena growth of the dry zone of the Central Province, Aliya Resort & Spa invites you to relax and unwind, far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

Themed on the beloved Sri Lankan elephant, or ‘Aliya’ as it is known in the Sinhala language, this property has a distinct feel of living in a village, but with all the modern facilities required for a comfortable and idyllic stay. Our Sigiriya hotel ‘Aliya’ brings an authentic Sri Lanka resort experience of the sights, sounds and lifestyle of the locals in the Cultural Triangle.

 

The stunning backdrop of the Sigiriya Rock formation, or ‘Lion Rock’ as well as the Pidurangala Rock Temple are majestically flaunted with the simple foreground of the manicured lawns and stunning blue of the eternity pool that lines up with this breathtaking view.

 

Making this unique amongst other Sigiriya hotels, Aliya Resort & Spa features roomy chalets as well as charming luxury tented rooms that are set up on wooden deck platforms with all the modern amenities. Essentially a family friendly resort, have your every need taken care of with warm Sri Lankan hospitality.

 

Discover our carefree art of living where rest and relaxation are never hard to find.

Elephant Reach Hotel

Elephant Reach, located bordering the Ruhuna Yala National Park, invites travelers to enjoy the bountiful nature in its natural surrounding whilst experiencing authentic Sri Lankan hospitality combined with luxury. Thus the experience of a stay at Elephant Reach will be cherished by all who step inside this nature haven.

 

Located near the entry point of Yala National Park, Elephant Reach presents luxury in its simplicity combining nature. Another unblemished element of Elephant Reach is the Sri Lankan hospitality which truly makes the stay cherished and unforgettable.

 

At Elephant Reach you are bound to experience true Sri Lankan hospitality in unison with beauty of nature and wild life. Thus Elephant Reach ensures that its guest enjoy luxury in simplicity coupled with Sri Lankan hospitality, which makes them return to this Isle Paradise, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, our beautiful Sri Lanka.

FarCry Resort Wasgamuwa

The lush expanses of Wasgamuwa, where dry and wet zone intermingle, derives from the Sinhalese words ‘WalasGomuwa’ which translate to ‘Woods of Bear’, for its once prevalent population of sloth bear. It is in this un-spoiled sanctuary, set against stunning vistas of the Knuckles Mountain Range, at the edge of anature reserve beyond which the great Mahaweli river meanders its way, that Farcry Boutique Resort offers a serene haven for the discerning nature enthusiast.

 

Located a mere 25km from Wasgamuwa National Park and a convenient juncture to a number of neighboring attractions of both natural and historical value, FarCry invites its’ guests to venture into the gateways of Sri Lanka’s wilderness and history as they enjoy the rustic charm of local farm life and experience the gracious hospitality that is deeply rooted in the country’s heritage.

Deer Park Hotel

Deer Park Hotel in Sri Lanka is your window to the magnificent past of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilizations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Brace yourself for the legendary tales of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Kandy, as you travel some 2,500 years back in time and unravel the historical tapestry of the Cultural Triangle. It’s as much a spiritual journey as a cultural one. It’s a story of Buddhism, royalty, kinship, war and power – a story of dreams, visions and intrigues.

Amongst the many discoveries you’ll make in the Cultural Triangle is Deer Park Hotel, which emerges in rustic splendor from the lush tropical jungle bordering Minneriya-Giritale National Park. Wild elephants, leopards, sloth bears and crocodiles are just some of the majestic animals you might encounter on a jeep safari, or some of the 160 species of birds making the park a veritable birdwatcher’s paradise.

Wildlife enthusiasts don’t need to venture far though for a taste of nature. Known as the ancient hunting ground of Sri Lankan royalty, the jungle surrounding Deer Park Hotel itself oozes tranquility and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Individual cottages weave intimately around the forest, which echoes cultures past and present. Even the open-air bathrooms embrace the mystique of these grounds.

So, discover the beauty of Sri Lanka. Explore its stunning wildlife, rich cultures and lost civilizations. The royalty of ancient Ceylon never had it so good!

Jetwing Yala Hotel

Welcome to a world with no rules, no restrictions… welcome to Yala – untamed, mysterious, and magical.

 

For centuries, this incredible destination has been revered as an unparalleled testament to the beauty of the wilderness, nature in its purest and rawest form. Probably the best place in the world to spot leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and a whole host of birdlife, Yala promises unforgettable discoveries and exciting adventures.

 

An upcoming property by Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing Yala is set to open very, very soon. Akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes, Jetwing brings a concept like no other – where freedom and adventure is yours, always yours. Set within the immediate outskirts of the park, the property will feature 82 rooms and 14 luxury tents – with lighting and hot water generation powered through a solar photovoltaic system backed up by a grid supply. Opening in October 2013, Jetwing Yala brings a wildlife experience complemented with the finest in luxury and comfort, and unmatched anywhere… right to your doorstep.

Saraii Village

Saraii is a tourist destination, which promotes sustainable tourism. The name “Saraii” originates from the Hebrew language; and means “the essence”. In this context, at Saraii we hope to allow guests to experience the ‘true essence of Sri Lanka in its unadulterated form’. We hope to give the guests an opportunity to enjoy and immerse them in a truly authentic ‘Sri Lankan’ experience.

The basic differentiation between Saraii and other guest establishments is that we provide a more natural form of tourism as opposed to packaged tourism. Saraii allows tourists to enjoy themselves while being responsible of their surrounding environment. It allows the tourists to make conscious choices about how they wish to spend their time at Saraii.

At Saraii, a tourist can expect to feel the fine balance between nature and good living. A tourist will be inspired to make their own choices, while being made to understand the impact they make on their surroundings, making their holiday a sustainable one.

Saraii is situated in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka in Wirawila, Hambantota district. Wirawila has a small airport, which supports amphibious aircrafts and is in close proximity to many wild life sanctuaries. Namely they are Bundala, Yala, Wirawila, Udawalawe, Lunugamwehera and Debarawewa Sanctuaries. Situated in the dry zone, these sanctuaries are home to many birds, elephants, water buffalo, deer and many other large and small mammals.

The historic town of Tissamaharama is located about 5-10 mins away from Wirawila.  Tissamaharama is dominated by lotus-filled lakes, lush green paddy fields and giant dome-like Dagabas (Buddhist temples) dating back to the second century BC. The jungle shrine of Kataragama, located about 20-30 mins away has great religious and historical significance and brings together Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians each day to worship at its numerous temples. Each day, at specific times, Kataragama’s Hindu shrines come alive when poojas (devotions) are presented to the Gods. There is a perahara (procession) at Kataragama for the gods every year during July and August, which is a must see.

Saraii is also 15-20 minutes away from the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Kirinda a beautiful seaside village which is easily accessible by road from Saraii, where tourists can enjoy diving, whale watching and surfing, making Saraii a perfect location for those interested in marine experiences. The Sri Lankan government also plans on opening a new international airport in Maththala, just about 15 minutes away from Wirawila in 2012. Thus making Saraii easily accessible by air as well as by land.

Tourists who visit Saraii will be able to visit all these places, enjoy excursions, or just relax with a book at Saraii, depending on their preference. Come stay at Saraii to enjoy the true experience of Sri Lanka while being one with the environment.

Cinnamon Wild Yala

Named as a tribute to the surrounding milieu of the Yala National Park which houses the highest density of leopards in Asia, Cinnamon Wild Yala sits adjacent to the park boundary and could very rightfully be positioned as an extension of the park. A property that was first established in 2002 as an eco-friendly resort for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild Yala opened its doors after an extensive re-construction and refurbishment as a world-class game lodge, conceptualizing the unique architectural features of the ‘Wild’ into its rustic exteriors and luxurious interiors.

 

The main restaurant offers a variety of both Eastern and Western delicacies. The main bar faces the villu, where guests could enjoy their favourite local or international beverage over a friendly conversation and also offers a range of snacks and fresh fruit juices. The observation deck bar situated on the top floor of the hotel not only offers drinks to quench one’s thirst, it also offers a 360° view of the forest and the Indian Ocean.

 

Designed to four star accommodation standards, the chalets are spacious and enjoy an almost 360 degree view of scrub jungle, located well away from the public spaces to give ample privacy but nevertheless in close proximity for fellowship and gatherings if needed. The rustic luxury of the well-appointed rooms will surely transcend your expectations and many lucky visitors have seen leopards on the rocks which border the hotel.