This hotel is literally inside Yala National Park - there are no boundaries between the hotel and local wildlife so it is a very unique experience to stay here. When we arrived, the staff said that we could not walk to our room unaccompanied at night due to the wildlife - we didn't really take this seriously, but then we saw all sorts of wildife around the hotel - elephants, wild boar, monkeys, even a crocodile relaxing a few metres from the swimming pool!
The location is very good for enjoying an early morning safari in Yala and Bundala National Park is about 1 hour away.
The quality of the room really exceeded our expectations. The room was wonderful - perhaps it has been recently renovated as it had a fresh feel. It was spacious, had a good air conditioner and bathroom (although the shower head was quite low, this didn't cause any dramas).
It was great to relax by the pool in between safaris, although the water was a little dirty.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the buffet. It was OK - it had a wide selection of freshly made food such as pizza, pasta, salads and a good range of Sri Lankan options too.
The service in the hotel and restaurant is what let this place down a little. It seemed we really had to ask for things that should have been done automatically.
- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Wild Yala Hotel Kirinda
- Chaaya Wild Yala Hotel
- Yala Village Kirinda
- Yala Village Hotel Kirinda
- Cinnamon Wild Yala Sri Lanka/Kirinda
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cinnamon Wild after undergoing a brand enhancement is more than a resort; it is an extension of the Yala National park and is intended to be part of the National park. It is designed to represent rustic luxury, resembling a game lodge. Cinnamon Wild Yala exceeds guest expectations with interiors that give the camp look and feel, embedded with large trunk boxes, old vintage furniture, director's chairs and indigenous artwork. ... more less
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