You can hope to see many species of birds including storks, kingfishers and peacocks. The animals residing in the park include crocodiles, elephants and buffalo.
Cinnamon Wild is a forest lodge resort that offers comfortable chalet accommodation within a lush jungle, with some of the chalets set right by the beach. You’ll be able to spot a variety of wildlife here, from exotic birds and playful lemurs to passing elephants and maybe even a leopard.
Relax on the beach, head out on safari in the nearby Yala National Park or indulge in a spa treatment, before tucking in to dinner amongst the trees and hitting the rooftop bar, where you can take in panoramic views of the forest and ocean while enjoying a sundowner.
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The majority of the accommodation here is in Jungle Chalets, which are rustic in style to blend in with their surroundings but offer comfortable furnishings and a good range of amenities, including air conditioning, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, safes, hairdryers, minibars and tea/coffee facilities. At 45 square metres they offer ample space, with an en suite bathroom and the option to add an extra bed.
A handful of Beach Chalets are also available, which have an elevated position on stilts and are accessed via wooden stairways. Set close to the beach and ocean, they offer great views from private terraces. While they offer slightly less space than the Jungle Chalets, they come with the same modern amenities.
Cinnamon Wild is located just ten minutes from the entrance of Yala National Park and reached by a causeway over a saltwater lagoon. The property is set within a jungle stretching to the beach.
Food and drink
Tuskers is Cinnamon Wild’s main restaurant and is located above reception, offering views of the surrounding trees from its deck. Sri Lankan and continental cuisine is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner in a buffet style. A number of wild dining experiences are also offered, including bush dinners, picnics and private dining by the lake.
There are two bars on site, including Pugmarks, a cosy indoor bar close to reception showing international sports on TV, and Peacock Bar, located on the rooftop for the best views across the surrounding wilderness and ocean. Here you can sip cocktails as the sunsets while looking out for wildlife below.
The Jungle Chalets are the best option for families as they are more spacious and have the option for an extra bed. In addition, the Beach Chalets have balcony balustrades that are of a design that could present a hazard to children.
Facilities and activities
Guests can make use of the large outdoor pool, and after a busy day of exploring the national park the spa is a great place to relax with a soothing treatment. The lodge also offers a range of activities and experiences, including guided walks, jeep safaris and night drives.
A number of accessible rooms are available here, which have special features such as wider doorways, low mirrors and handrails in the showers. Ramps are also found throughout the premises to ease access for wheelchairs.
Located within Yala's buffer zone, this hotel offers modern facilities while allowing you to feel surrounded by nature. It's also close to the coast, and while it isn't suitable for swimming, you can sit back in the sunshine and enjoy the views.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.