Discover the wildlife of Yala National Park on jeep safaris from a luxury resort before heading to a secluded beachfront location on Sri Lanka’s south coast.
3 nights Yala National Park all-inclusive including daily game drives, 7 nights Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
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On the beach - 8 days
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Tastefully restrained yet stylish and luxurious, this resort is set on a rocky outcrop overlooking one of southern Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches. It's an exclusive hideaway with a wide range of facilities but offers great value for money.
Carved out from a mature coconut plantation and offering beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is an extremely tranquil place. From the hotel's contemporary design to the highly polished service there's great attention to detail and guests are very well looked after. There's a good choice of dining options with Italian, Mediterranean, Sri Lankan and international cuisine and the chance to dine on a cliff edge, on the shoreline or by the pool. You can learn to cook local dishes on a Spice Spoons cookery course or join a tasting session in the wine cellar.
The hotel overlooks a secluded beach that offers good swimming, though there is also a wonderful 25 m (82 ft) pool, a spa and dedicated children's and teens' clubs. Take a trip to the nearby town of Tangalle for an insight into local life. It's a sleepy place with an old world charm and local restaurants serving fiery hot dishes.
The 152 rooms and pool villas here are understated yet refined with elegant decor, custom-made furniture and plenty of luxurious touches such as wine humidors and coffee machines as standard. Pool villas are larger and offer private plunge pools and gardens.
Before the beach - 4 days
Yala National Park
During colonial rule, Yala National Park’s plains and forests were a hunting ground, but now they’re home to a healthy leopard population as well a diverse range of colourful birdlife, elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears and spotted deer as well as other animals. A protected area, Yala is one of Sri Lanka's biggest national parks.
A luxurious resort nestled between Yala National Park and the Indian Ocean coastline, Chena Huts has just 14 'huts', each with a spacious deck, plunge pool and views of the surrounding landscape and ocean. The nearby saline lake is popular with birdlife while elephants saunter out of the jungle to visit the beach and turtles lay their eggs on the coastline.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
152 rooms, 6 restaurants, 1 pool
Set on an extensive coconut plantation on Sri Lanka's southern shores is the luxurious Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.
The resort enjoys a secluded location on a picturesque beach along with a great range of facilities. It’s in a handy spot for exploring the south coast, something which the hotel makes the most of with a range of excursions in the surrounding area. There’s plenty of imaginative dining options here while the spacious rooms are light, elegant and modern.
The resort welcomes guests of all ages and offers a kids’ club for 3-12 year olds free of charge.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle has a secluded location on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The resort is set on a beautiful stretch of golden sand which feels very private as the bay is framed at either end by rocky outcrops.
The small town of Tangalle is just five minutes away by Tuk Tuk with a scattering of local restaurants while the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle is just two hours' drive away.
This luxurious resort has a beautiful beach and a range of rooms and villas that are great for both families and couples. Although larger and perhaps not as characterful as some of the small, boutique hotels so common in Sri Lanka, it offers much more in terms of facilities along with excellent dining.
The 152 rooms and villas are set in groups of three storey buildings or stand-alone villas positioned among the coconut palms. With elegant contemporary décor and plenty of space, they offer a comfortable base with all the amenities you would expect including air conditioning, minibar, television, coffee machine and wine humidor.
Beach Poll Villa
These villas are set closest to the beach. Offering 64 sq m of inside space they also have a terrace equipped with sunbeds, dining table and private plunge pool.
Deluxe Ocean View Room
The largest of the rooms at the resort, these 49 sq m rooms have ocean views from their balcony or terrace.
Garden Pool Villa
These spacious villas are 64 sq m with an additional terrace furnished with sunbeds, dining table and private plunge pool.
Ocean View Pool Villa
The Ocean View Pool Villas offer 64 sq m of inside space as well as an additional terrace with sunbeds, dining table, private plunge pool and of course ocean views.
Premier Beach Access Room
A spacious 45 sq m in size, these rooms have a balcony or terrace with daybed and chairs overlooking the garden.
Premier Ocean View Room
With views of the ocean through the coconut palms, these 45 sq m rooms have a balcony or terrace with daybed and chairs.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The resort’s pool overlooks the ocean and is a great spot for relaxing but if you’d like to be more active there is an excellent fitness centre here along with a floodlit tennis court, a badminton court, as well as yoga and meditation. There is a surf centre at the resort offering lessons, and bicycles are available to explore the area.
The resort arranges a variety of activities and classes including cookery classes with a trip to the local market or you can try your hand at local arts and crafts. Each evening the sundown ceremony is accompanied by local musicians. Films under the stars are shown beside the pool weekly.
Food & drink
There is a great range of dining at the resort. The main restaurant, Journeys, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving international cuisine buffet style.
Il Mare, set in a beautiful clifftop location, is a fine dining, à la carte restaurant offering the best from the Italian seafood dishes. The menu concentrates on the fresh catch of the day and signature handmade pasta dishes and it is open for lunch and dinner Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Set by the beach, Verele is also open for lunch and dinner Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The unique concept here is Teppanyaki inspired dining but fused with the flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine.
El Vino, open for dinner, focusses on Mediterranean cuisine with tapas style dishes, degustation menus and wine pairing.
To complete the options, the poolside bar is open until sunset for cocktails and snacks while traditional high tea is served in the lobby lounge each afternoon. The hotel can also arrange private dining in a choice of intimate settings.
The excellent spa has four double and four single treatment rooms along with a beauty salon and offers therapies from Sri Lanka and across Asia.
Yala National Park
Location: Yala National Park
The main attractions of Yala are its size and the diversity of its terrain, which allow for a wider range of wildlife. The park covers an area of almost 1,000 sq km (386 sq miles) and is comprised of a mixture of scrub, grassy plains, dense jungle, brackish lagoons, a coastal fringe and rocky outcrops.
A small information point introduces you to the park, which is home to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world. Elephants can easily be seen by the water’s edge between October and May, while waterbirds pick their way through the shallows and crocodiles bask in the sun.
Accommodation: Chena Huts
Nestled in southern Sri Lanka between Yala National Park and the wildlife-rich Indian Ocean coastline, Chena Huts is the newest property from Uga Escapes.
There are just 14 ‘huts’ at Chena, each private and detached with spacious decks, great views of the surrounding landscape and ocean, all with plunge pools. Everything is included at Chena, all meals, drinks and activities, including game drives into Yala National Park.
Post-safari, enjoy drinks in the bar, take a dip in the pool or wine and dine in the nautical Basses restaurant.
Day by day
Board your overnight flight to Sri Lanka
On arrival in Colombo you will be met by our representative and assisted with the transfer to the Cinnamon Air check-in for your two hours light aircraft flight to the south coast. Here you will be met and escorted to your private vehicle for the 80 minute transfer to Chena Huts. Set between Yala National Park and the Indian Ocean, the 14 luxurious 'huts' here are private and spacious with great views.
Yala National Park's size and diverse terrain means it offers a wide range of wildlife. There is a great variety of birdlife and it's home to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world. During your visit you may see elephant and buffalo as well as crocodiles, wild boar and spotted deer.
Today you will enjoy early morning and late afternoon jeep drives to give you the best chance of spotting wildlife with time to relax and enjoy your hotel in-between.
Another day of morning and afternoon jeep safari drives to spot wildlife.
Between the drives, relax at your luxurious 'hut' complete with pool and spacious, beautifully designed accommodation. The resort sits between jungle, a saline lake where you can spot storks, ibises and flamingos and a quiet beach where turtles lay their eggs.
Today you will have a private road transfer to your beach hotel, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle. Passing freshwater and saltwater lakes en route, the journey takes just over two hours.
Settle in and explore this beautiful resort and its secluded location. There's a wide range of facilities as well as plenty of space to relax if you would rather take it easy.
You may like to simply relax at the resort's pool today and enjoy the ocean views or stroll along the beautiful beach. If you'd rather be more active there's a surf centre at the resort that offers lessons. Tennis and badminton are also available and you can explore the local area by bicycle.
The resort arranges a range of activities and classes. Why not try a cookery classes with a trip to the local market?
If you'd like to explore the local area, the hotel can arrange a variety of excursions. You could visit a tea plantation or explore Galle, about an hour's drive away.
Days 9 - 11
Today you will be collected from the hotel for the transfer back to the airport for your flight. The private road transfer takes approximately five hours but if you would prefer, a seaplane flight takes just 90 minutes.
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