This is an attractive and immensely stylish 4-star resort, of contemporary design yet also possessing an intimacy that successfully creates a relaxing and welcoming environment. It is set in glistening paddy fields a short distance along the coast from the main entrance to Yala National Park. The proximity of wild, boulder-strewn beaches at Kirinda and Nidangala also gives it special appeal. An appealing addition to Yala’s range of accommodation, it looks sure to become a firm favourite. The general manager, Vassa, supervises a highly-attentive staff and is a keen wildlife photographer with an enlightened view towards conservation. Yala is the second largest natural park in Sri Lanka and reputedly has the highest density of leopards in the whole world (although they are classified as “vulnerable” due to habitat loss and other threats so sustainable tourism is strongly encouraged. The park is also home to elephants and many other species.
There are six rooms, four in one block and two more in a separate villa. Deluxe King Suites have a size of 53 sq m and the Deluxe King Rooms are slightly smaller at 45 sq m. All rooms have a/c and fan, king-sized bed, wi-fi, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, fridge, kettle, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, hair dryer, work desk, wardrobe, bathroom with shower, bidet and toiletries. There is also both room service and laundry service. The décor and theme of the rooms draw their inspiration from the Yala safari experience. Each room emphasises sustainability, utilizing existing structures wherever possible, and opens up to views of lush green rice paddies. Luxury amid the wilderness.
Food is highly regarded at Wild Culture. The daily breakfast offers à la carte, continental or Full English/Irish options. There are also all-day snacks. The restaurant favours recognisable Western dishes, seafood and Sri Lankan cuisine. Vegetarian, vegan and halal options can also be requested. The sizeable swimming pool is a dominant feature of this small property and is enhanced by a pool bar and deck with sunbeds and easy chairs and a surround sound system. There is also a TV lounge, a wash room / powder room and a baby dining room. There is no alcohol licence but guests can BYO and there is a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages.
Why we like it
There is a spacious and cosy feel to this stylish and well-planned hotel which also wins praise for its restaurant and staff attentiveness.
Wild Culture is just inland from Nidangala and Kirinda beaches, a few miles west of Yala National Park.