A few steps inwards from the rugged coastline of Sri Lanka’s deepest south is the magnificent wilderness of the Yala National Park. Both locals and tourists visit the reserve in reverent pilgrimage of the wealth of flora and fauna within its boundaries, among some of the finest in the region.
Jetwing Yala, on the borders of the sanctuary, has been the beacon of hospitality in this region for two years and seeks to further enthrall visitors with the introduction of the new Jetwing Yala Tented Camp; an experience that melds the best of the terrain’s natural wonder with the luxury of a 5-star property.
The Jetwing Tented Camp, located only 200 metres away from Jetwing Yala, allows guests to experience the luxurious embrace of the signature Jetwing hospitality alongside an opportunity of being ‘one with nature’ in a manner that only camping can ensure. The rustic design of the 10 tents has been perfected so that they seamlessly blend with their wild woodland surroundings. Coupled with unbeatable views of the wild southern landscape and immediate access to the open ocean, visitors can indulge in the spoils of a beach bar and lounge area manned by internationally-trained lifeguards.
Whether it is an al fresco dinner on the verandah, a meal within its cozy confines or a supremely romantic dining experience on the sand dunes by the sea, the dining options are endless. The chefs at Jetwing Yala and each tent’s personal butler come together to create an atmosphere of unparalleled comfort while surrounded by the abundance of Sri Lanka’s natural landscapes. Jetwing Yala itself is a short buggy ride away and guests may choose to have their meals at one of the hotel’s renowned restaurants.
A visit to this corner of the island would be painfully incomplete without a safari into the depths of the Yala National Park. The reserve is more that merely picturesque – it is a homage to the natural riches that Sri Lanka has been blessed with. While waiting for a sighting of the rare Sri Lankan leopard, travelers can feast their eyes on the herds of Sri Lankan elephants as they frolic with their young in the heat of the southern sun. Visits to the park can be arranged with ease when staying at the Tented Camp and guides who have extensive experience on the natural characteristics of the land are ever-willing to accompany guests on a journey to one of the most spectacular corners of the island.
Tented Villas, Jetwing Yala, Sri Lanka
Not far from Yala’s boundaries are the Bundala and Udawalawe National Parks that boast their own rich varieties of wildlife. Guests at Jetwing Yala can also experience the thrill of diving, snorkeling and shipwreck diving at the Great Basses Reef, along with a range of beach activities and water sports. The deep south is also home to the Kataragama Shrine, one of the most revered places of worship for those of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths alike.
Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.