Surrounding wilderness and seascape.

A tropical jungle

For centuries, people in Yala have farmed small clearings in the jungle called ‘chena’. Today, set amongst dunes and trees at the ocean’s edge, you will find Chena Huts, Yala hotel in true Uga Escapes’ style. 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. At this small, select property, the ‘huts’ are in fact luxurious detached, private cabins, offering fine views of the surrounding wilderness and seascape.


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.

  • Size – Sq.ft. 1130
  • Number of rooms – 14
  • Check in – 2PM
  • Check out – 11AM

Things to Do in Yala Sri Lanka

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!

Dining in Yala

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 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.


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
  • IDD telephone
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour security
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Geneva Bluetooth Hi Fi
  • In Cabin Safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Spa