Uga Chena Huts
In Sri Lanka"s deep south, the rustic farming villages round Tissamaharama are divided from the teeming animal and bird life of Yala "“ Sri Lanka"s oldest and second-largest natural reserve "“ by a belt of semi-protected jungle running down to the sea. For centuries, people here have farmed small clearings in the jungle called chena, sleeping beside their crops in modest huts to protect them from hungry elephants.
Here today, nestled among dunes and trees at the ocean"s edge, you will find Chena Huts, a Yala Hotel, which is the latest addition to Uga Escapes" world-renowned portfolio of luxury boutique hotels. Overlooking a beach where sea-turtles come to lay eggs by moonlight and elephants wander down from the nearby jungle to play in the surf, Chena Huts is fringed on one landward side by the tropical jungle and on the other by a saline lake where ibises, painted storks and even flamingos may be seen, wading in the shallows.
For guests at Chena Huts, easy access to these natural wonders involves no compromise with comfort or good taste. At this small, select property, the "˜huts" are in fact luxurious detached, private pavilions offering fine views of the surrounding wilderness and seascape. Guests enjoy fine dining at the Basses restaurant and sip cocktails at the Bar -. A swimming pool and other amenities for recreation are available. Yet one need to take only a short walk in any direction to find oneself surrounded by unspoilt nature, and find a place to invoke its spirit and calm one"s own.
Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness, Chena Huts is among the top hotels in Yala, Sri Lanka to preserve and embrace its natural surroundings. Being well off the beaten track, lying at the end of a specially built road that connects with the main Tissamaharama "“ Yala highway a few minutes from the Yala park entrance, it is 315km from Colombo"s international airport and 20km from Tissamaharama, the nearest town. Located in an ideal place to get away from it all, to observe the magnificent profusion of wildlife and commune closely with nature Chena Huts is also in close proximity to the Bundala National park which is regarded as one of Sri Lanka"s best locations for Bird watching.
To intensify the wilderness experience, this spacious 7acre property accommodates only fourteen 1130sq ft guest cabins. This includes a 781 sq ft climate controlled living space. Exteriors, featuring design cues from the vernacular architecture of the region, are designed to harmonize with the jungle environment; interiors gently emphasize the "˜safari" theme, with log furniture, African-style and rustic motifs that belie the ultra-modern comfort and convenience within. Chena Huts by Uga Escapes truly stands out for the ambiance provided for the guests amongst the Yala hotels in Sri Lanka.
Each of these well-appointed cabins contains of a living area, bedroom, en suite bathroom and shaded outdoor deck with built-in 5m plunge pool. All are equipped with variable-intensity central lighting systems, 42" LED TV, mini-bar and facilities for making tea and coffee. The luxurious bathrooms feature free-standing bathtubs and twin vanity consoles.
Common amenities at Yala resorts include a 200m2 swimming pool with poolside bar (concealed behind a waterfall) and electric buggies for guest transport on the premises.
24-hour guest service assistance
Doctor on call
All major credit cards accepted
Geneva Bluetooth Hi Fi
In Cabin Safe
Uga Chena Hut
Chena Huts offers access to Sri Lanka"s largest and oldest national park which has the highest leopard population density in the world. Yala stuns visitors with its variety of biomes "“monsoon, semi-deciduous and thorn forests, grasslands, freshwater, marine wetlands and sandy beaches where the only footprints you will see belong to foraging birds and animals. Broadcasting 44 different resident mammal species and dozens of reptile species including turtles, crocodiles, flying snakes and elegant fan-throated lizards. Yala has no less than 215 resident and migrant birds, of which the flamboyant peacock is one of the most common. Excursions throughout the region can be arranged based on request. Explore Sri Lankan wildlife and nature at Chena Huts, making the most of your escape even more rewarding!
Visiting the Ruhuna National Park, familiarly known as Yala, is on top of the list of things to do in Yala. It stuns visitors with its variety of biomes "“ monsoon, semi-deciduous and thorn forests, grasslands, freshwater and marine wetlands and sandy beaches where the only footprints you will see belong to foraging birds and animals.
It is the largest and oldest of a chain of six national parks and three sanctuaries in the vicinity, and by far the richest in biodiversity, boasting 44 different resident mammal species and one of the highest leopard population densities in the world. There are also dozens of reptile species including turtles, crocodiles, flying snakes and elegant fan-throated lizards. As for birds, Yala has no less than 215 resident and migrant species, of which the flamboyant peacock is one of the most common.
Apart from Yala and its satellite parks, other nearby attractions include the Great and Little Basses reefs (best reached via Mirissa), off which blue and humpback whales congregate and dolphins frolic, and where the wrecks of Portuguese treasure-galleons lie scattered across the seafloor; Kataragama, an ancient forest shrine on the edge of Yala, sacred to a local deity often identified with the Hindu god Murugan, that attracts tens of thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims during the July-August festival season; and Bundala, another sanctuary whose jungles and wetlands attract as many bird species as Yala does, and where the remains of Homo erectus communities half a million years old or more can be found among the coastal dunes.
Expeditions to all these locations, including all-day tours of Yala and whale-watching expeditions from Mirissa, are easily arranged at your convenience.
Taking its name from the nearby reefs and lighthouse, famed in seafaring history and lore, the Basses restaurant is decorated to an appropriately nautical theme and features urbane fine dining in a spectacularly out-of-the-way location. Should you wish to take your meals under the stars of by the beach near a bonfire these options are also available. With a captivating beach front and an enchanting lagoon bordering the property, Chena Huts, being amongst the most unique Yala boutique hotels, has plenty of unique locations to dine in private.
Set amidst a secluded sanctuary, Chena Huts offers the perfect escape in which to enjoy some personal pampering. Being one of the most luxurious spa resorts in Sri Lanka, you can get away from it all and indulge in a truly unique wellness retreat. Setting the ideal atmosphere in which to experience the ancient healing powers of Ayurvedha or rejuvenating beauty treatments that are more than skin deep.
We have a wide range of treatments and therapies for you to choose from in our spa menu, including signature spa treatment if you desire to treat yourself to something extra special.