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The 68 low-key yet luxurious chalets are scattered across the 10-acre site, surrounded by the dry-zone scrub jungle that’s characteristic of much of Yala. A central communal area spills onto the tree-spiked pool terrace, while a modern 2-floor pavilion houses a restaurant plus a rooftop observation deck that’s perfect for sundowners and nightcaps under the stars. The ambiance is serene and it’s ideal for nature lovers of all ages, attracting a mix of couples and families. Most guests use the hotel as a springboard for safaris in the park, but there are plenty of other activities on offer, too, including bird watching, visits to cultural sites and tailored wildlife photography sessions.
The hotel is located just inside Yala National Park, on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka. The nearest village is Kirinda, famed for its rock-top Buddhist shrine, while Tissamaharama, a thriving lakeside town, is 30km away. It’s a 6-hour drive from the capital, Colombo.
Cinnamon Wild has 2 types of chalet, Jungle and Beach, both of which share similar décor and facilities. In keeping with the game-lodge aesthetic, the cosy, tangerine-hued interiors are furnished with safari-style chairs and tables, metallic sinks, wood-framed double beds, and either terracotta tiles or warm wooden floorboards. Textured timber-based lamps and rattan bed runners provide a touch of rusticity, whilst furnished terraces or balconies absorb the jungle views.