For centuries, the local 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 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 boutique resort, each of the 14 luxurious huts are detached, private cabins, offering fine views of the surrounding wilderness and seascape.

Luxury Cabin

Th luxury cabins feature design cues from the local architecture of the region and are designed to harmonize with the jungle environment. Interiors gently emphasize a ‘safari’ theme, with log furniture, rustic motifs that belie the ultra-modern comfort and convenience within. Each cabin contains a living area, bedroom, en suite bathroom and shaded outdoor deck with built-in plunge pool. The luxurious bathrooms feature free-standing bathtubs and double vanity consoles.

1,130 sq ft, including 781 sq ft indoor and climate controlled living space.

The Basses

Taking its name from the nearby reefs and lighthouse, famed in seafaring history and lore, the Basses restaurant 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. 

Private Dining

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.


Included in guests stays are morning and evening game drives to Yala National Park. Yala stuns visitors with its variety of biomes – monsoon, semi-deciduous and thorn forests, grasslands, freshwater and marine wetlands and sandy beaches where the only footprints you will see belong to foraging birds and animals. It is the largest and oldest of a chain of six national parks and three sanctuaries in the vicinity, and by far the richest in biodiversity, boasting 44 different resident mammal species and one of the highest leopard population densities in the world. There are also dozens of reptile species including turtles, crocodiles, flying snakes and elegant fan-throated lizards. As for birds, Yala has no less than 215 resident and migrant species, of which the flamboyant peacock is one of the most common.


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.

Main Swimming Pool

A great area to relax and enjoy an afternoon between game drives. The main pool is a perfect place for a swim and to chat about your morning sightings with other guests.