Living in the wild

New Delhi (IANSlife) Don’t put away your summertime outfits just yet. Pack your colourful sarongs or a vibrant shirt and shorts set for a dune walk, and a khaki outfit to get lost in the woods, embracing nature and admiring wild animals from afar. As the harsh winter approaches in India, the chilly season may disadvantage sun-kissed lovers and adventurous people, but have you considered the ideal option to escape the frigid season by the Indian Ocean’s shoreline?

The weather in Sri Lanka is moderate all year, although November to April and February to December are the best times for experiencing the pristine nature of the “Teardrop of India”. Aside from its gemstones, tea, and spices, Sri Lanka boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, its stunning landscape and rich biodiversity with a distinct ecosystem will undoubtedly leave an imprint on your heart.

Defying the hustle and bustle of city life, immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture, cuisine, and adventure, as the newly launched Hilton Yala Resorts awaits to transport you to an exotic tropical paradise with its peaceful resort set adjacent to the Yala National Park.

Located 45 minutes away from the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Hilton Yala Resort is designed to immerse guests in the wonders of nature. The resort boasts striking architecture that draws from Yala’s natural beauty. The 42 stylish rooms, suites, and villas feature contemporary interiors that are decorated in neutral tones with safari chic accents and local artworks, which add subtle hints to the locals. The vast windows draw the eye to the resort’s natural surroundings which is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Ground floor rooms feature private pools, which span from eight to 16 square meters, while those on the level above offer private hot tubs, providing a serene space for guests to unwind.

At the heart of the quintessential hamlet is the outdoor pool, which blends seamlessly with its breathtaking surroundings. The resort also features a fully equipped gym and a state-of-the-art spa that sits beside the main building, providing relaxing treatments in a beautifully designed space.

Unforgettable Expedition

With its strategic location in the wilderness and along the coast, the opulent resort provides the best of both worlds. Although swimming is prohibited due to the rocky terrain and strong currents, led by a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) trained rangers, one can take a dune stroll along the Indian Ocean’s shoreline and may certainly take Instagrammable pictures.

Amidst the ocean’s waves and roar, the resort offers an elevated and environmentally responsible safari experience – with trained rangers. Therefore, all you have to do is hop in a car and head out on a safari in the country’s epic Yala National Park to catch a real-life glimpse of a leopard roaring, an elephant grazing grass in the lush green forest with its family, and a myriad of bird capturing their meal.

The best time to be on your feet and explore deep within and beyond the resort’s boundaries is in the morning. To experience an exotic view of wildlife activities, you must cut your sleep short and go for a walk in the bush – assisted by rangers. Wear long sleeves, trousers and a hat to shield yourself from the sun’s rays.

Sri Lanka is a sanctuary to many wildlife animals, aside from the hotel’s unparalleled activities, you can visit Sithulpawwa Buddhist Monastery, Bundala National Park, Weerawila Bird Sanctuary, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, Lunugamvehera National Park, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, and Kirinda Maha Viharaya, all of which are only a few hours away.

Magic on a Plate

Eating delicious and nutritious foods boosts one’s mood, energy, and capacity to think clearly. And what else can we ponder about while on vacation? The resort has three restaurants on the property to provide guests with an elevated personalised experience of cuisines ranging from local to worldwide.

Experience the flavours of contemporary Asia at Dhira, the all-day dining establishment; at Sandali, a premier dining destination known for its Western cuisine or indulge with cocktails at night at Vanya, while enjoying scenic views. For a truly memorable meal, one can venture into the wild to experience Lanthaaruma, the resort’s bespoke dining experience set between the lush jungle and the lapping waves of the Indian Ocean, where a fully customized menu of the freshest and highest quality ingredients is accompanied by sommelier-selected wines.

Travelling gives a platform to engage with diverse people and cultures, explore hidden treasures, and most importantly a sense of self-discovery. May you find the delight of freedom and the acceptance of our diverse identities and perspectives on life as you take on this journey to the Hilton Yala Resort.

The protection of Yala’s biodiversity and environmental sustainability is at the centre of Hilton Yala Resort’s ethos, with the resort designed to ensure the utmost care for the surrounding environment, ecosystem and local communities. Hilton is working with many local partners to advance efforts to preserve and protect local habitats and biodiversity as part of their destination stewardship efforts.

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