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Camping is not what is used to be - just look at Dolphin Beach, Sri Lanka’s first tented hotel. Just 2 hours north of Colombo airport, it is set on a sandy strip demarcated by coconut trees, and lies between a lagoon and a golden-sand beach. Custom-made from outdoor living experts in Rajasthan, the 7 sleeping tents are shaded by over-hanging coconut thatch and make use of natural materials such as wood, rope and bamboo. Cool, airy interiors are decorated with mirrored fabrics, and large sea-facing verandas with L-shaped padded sofas are a restful place to enjoy the natural environment.
Dolphin Beach is on the Kalpitiya Peninsula on the northwest coast of Sri Lanka, 120km north of the capital Colombo, and separated from the mainland by the Puttalam Lagoon on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. It is set back from the beach on an undeveloped sandy stretch and is home to natural habitats of diverse fauna and flora.
There are 7 tents in 2 categories - Family and Double - all named after different types of dolphins. They either have one double bed or 2, so the larger ones are perfect if you're travelling with 1 or 2 kids (there's a cloth divider between the bedrooms and the bathroom is located towards the back, through the second bedroom).