Chena Huts

In Sri Lanka’s deep south, the rustic farming villages around Tissamaharama are divided from the teeming animal and bird life of Yala, Sri Lanka’s oldest and second-largest natural reserve, by a belt of semi-protected jungle running down to the sea.  For centuries, people here have farmed small clearings in the jungle called ‘chena’, sleeping beside their crops in modest huts to protect them from hungry elephants.

Here today, nestled among dunes and trees at the ocean’s edge, you will find Chena Huts, a Yala Hotel, which is the latest addition to Uga Escapes’ world-renowned portfolio of luxury boutique hotels.  Overlooking a beach where sea turtles come to lay eggs by moonlight, and elephants that wander down from the nearby jungle to play in the surf, Chena Huts is fringed on one landward side by the tropical jungle and on the other by a saline lake where ibises, painted storks and even flamingos may be seen, wading in the shallows.

For guests at Chena Huts, easy access to these natural wonders involves no compromise with comfort or good taste.  At this small, select property, the ‘huts’ are in fact 14 luxurious detached cabins with plunge pools that boast of its own private pavilions offering fine views of the surrounding wilderness and seascape.  Guests can enjoy fine dining at the Basses restaurant and sip cocktails at the Bar.  A swimming pool and other amenities for recreation are available at Chena Huts as well.  One needs to take only a short walk in any direction to find themselves surrounded by unspoilt nature and find a place to invoke its spirit and calm one’s own.

Title image by: Uga Escapes





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