Sneak peek: Hilton Yala Resort, Sri Lanka

Opening late August, Hilton Yala Resort is a new resort located on the edge of Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park with a design that is set to maximise the experience with nature, with minimal impact on the environment…

double bed in centre of room with floor to ceiling windows looking out over Sri Lankan landscape at Hilton Yala Resort

Considerately built around an active elephant corridor, guests at Hilton Yala Resort will experience up-close wildlife encounters with some of the country’s most iconic residents, safely from a collection of design-led rooms, suites and villas. Personal Safari Rangers lead enchanting tours of the surrounding reserve, both on foot and by Jeep, where elephants, leopards, buffalo, sloth bears and crocodiles live amongst the lush vegetation.

aerial view of exterior of Hilton Yala Resort looking over the pool towards the hotel

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This latest resort offering by Hilton, is home to a collection of restaurants, including contemporary Sri Lankan and Asian-inspired Dhira, grilled meat and seafood-focused Sandali and versatile bar and coffee lounge Vanya. Overseen by head chef Jerome Tissera, guests can look forward to Lanthaaruma, the resort’s bespoke dining experience, where fully customised menus along with a personalised dinner menu and wine pairing options make for an unforgettable adventure.

seating around tables in front of a dark wooden bar with views out across the jungle at dusk

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Built with nature as the primary focus, the striking resort – which also features a state-of-the-art, jungle-facing spa – has been designed to ensure minimal environmental impact and minimal vegetation loss, with tree preservation prioritised throughout the design process and bio areas set up to provide a haven for local wildlife.

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