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“The Houston Family, June 2014, 2 nights at the hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Cinnamon Wild Yala
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kirinda, Sri Lanka (Formerly Chaaya Wild Yala)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Kirinda
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“The Houston Family, June 2014, 2 nights at the hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing experience..to sit at the pool looking on to the watering hole watching crocodile, water buffalo, wild boar & even the odd elephant was fabulous. Our kids loved watching the monkeys in the hotel grounds, & a family of wild boar even walked through the outside bar area whilst we were eating. Only one small negative, was that we felt it would benefit from a small gymnasium..

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great hotel on the edge of Yala national park-we saw monkeys, deer and wild pigs in the hotel area! Near the lake very close by were crocodile, birds and even an elephant.
The bedroom huts were good, a little worn in places, but really we didn't spend much time in there, there was too much to do outside, with safaris etc. (remember to take binoculars).
Food choices were fine, sometimes a little limited. The restaurant was lovely, and the staff polite and friendly. They reserved the same table for us every evening, and remembered our drink order from the first evening!
The most exciting part was having to get an escort to and from your huts after dark in case there were any animals around.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wow! Where shall I start. The hotel is situated by the Yala National Park and couldn't be in a better location. There is a main building with an upstairs restaurant and above that is an obsevation area where you watch the local wildlife during the day or just look at the stars at night.
The rooms are remote chalets equipped with all the facilities. A family of wild boar can be seen strolling around and numerous monkeys playing. The monkeys have a habit of jumping on the chalet roof in the early hours, but who cares? It's part of Yala. There is also a large watering hole by the hotel where you can spot crocs and the occasional elephant and plenty of birds. The beach is 5 minutes away and a beautiful area to explore. Sea can be dangerous so use the hotel pool. Truly a wonderful place. As with all the other hotels the food and service are excellent.

Room Tip: Not required, all are excellent. Ask for a chalet on stilts if you want a sea view, although could b...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the Cinnamon Wild Yala. We did a wonderful safari trip in Yala and was able to see elephants, wild pigs, deers, leopards, various birds etc. It was refreshing after the safari to check into our room. When returning back from the restaurant we came upon a group of wild boars. The next morning we were greeted by the birds, squirrels and were entertained by the monkeys when having breakfast.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was slightly dubious on arrival that it was all a bit manufactured but despite the slightly unfinished feel to our hut I cannot fault the place. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The location is amazing and the wildlife is very real and very wild! An escort to and from your room after dark is provided as wild boar and elephants roam the site. The crocodiles in the lake are plentiful and can be viewed from very close quarters. The wild monkeys are on the large side and woke us at 5am jumping on our roof and trying our doors. The food and service are good and everyone Is very friendly.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed for 2 nights a couple of days ago. This hotel has everything you could want if you want to see Sri Lankan wildlife. The huts are a good size and easily fitted 3 of us. The pool area was beautiful and the bars and restaurants very good. BUT it is the wildlife around the hotel which sets it apart from others. Elephants wandering through the pool area, monkeys playing on your doorstep and a waterhole in view with an abundance of wildlife. It was amazing. My only slight criticism is that the air con, whilst new, was really noisy and had a light display that could not be dimmed. Made it a bit hard to sleep.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we've stayed at Cinnamon Wild overnight whilst visiting Yala. We can't recommend it highly enough. Lovely rooms in an unusual setting 'in the middle of nowhere' Good variety of food at dinner and breakfast. Can't comment on value as price included in cost of excursion to Yala but the experience of walking out of your room and seeing a troop of monkeys pass by yards away is priceless! So if you're going to Yala and want a holiday highlight make sure you get booked in here for the night

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cinnamon Wild Yala

Address: Kirinda, Sri Lanka (Formerly Chaaya Wild Yala)
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kirinda
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Kirinda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cinnamon Wild Yala 4*
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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Also Known As:
Chaaya Wild Yala Hotel Kirinda
Yala Village Kirinda
Yala Village Hotel Kirinda
Cinnamon Wild Yala Sri Lanka/Kirinda

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