Laya Safari Hotel
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8.6
Excellent
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9.2
Exceptional
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Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
  • Yala National Park Information Centre3.57 km
  • Kirinda Fishing Port6.86 km
  • Kirinda Beach7.05 km
  • Kirinda Temple7.38 km
  • Tissa town11.56 km
  • Tissa Dagoba11.56 km
  • Tissa Lake11.56 km
  • Tissamaharama Bus Station11.97 km
  • Yatala Wehera13.41 km
  • Archaeology Museum13.47 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Laya Safari Hotel

    Laya Safari, Palatu Pana, Yala Tissamaharama, Yala, Sri Lanka - See map
    "Great hotel in beautiful location within the national park so only a 10 minute drive to safari entrance."
    Natalie - January 30, 2017
    Excellent comfort
    8.9 room quality and comfort
    Excellent service
    8.9 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Private beach

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Hot tub

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    Location score
    9.2/10
    Room comfort score
    9.0/10
    Review score - United States
    9.1/10
    Service score
    8.9/10
    Better than
    99
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    of Yala properties
    Better than
    99
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    of Yala properties
    Better than
    99
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    Better than
    97
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    of Yala properties
    Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center24KM
    Location rating9.2
    Nearest airportWeerawila Airport (WRZ)
    Distance to airport17.4 km

    Rooms available at Laya Safari Hotel

    8.9
    Excellent
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    Deluxe Room
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    • Room size: 62 m²/667 ft²
    • Beach view
    • 1 king bed
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    • Room size: 58 m²/624 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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                    What people love about Laya Safari Hotel

                    • 10.0
                      Exceptional

                      "The rooms are amazing and well furnished."

                      Virginie

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                      December 4, 2017

                    • 8.4
                      Excellent

                      "We enjoyed our stay."

                      CAROLE

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                      January 3, 2018

                    • 8.8
                      Excellent
                      Location

                      "The place is realy in the middle of nowhere, close to the entrance of Yala Park."

                      Rudy

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                      July 31, 2018

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                    7.6
                    Very good

                    "Comfortable stay with a nice infinity pool and small gym."

                    Subani

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                    August 31, 2018

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                    What they offer

                    10.0
                    Exceptional

                    "we enjoyed the dinner with delicious food in here."

                    Terry

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                    October 13, 2018

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                    8.6
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                    Cleanliness8.5
                    Facilities8.2
                    Location9.2
                    Room comfort and quality8.9
                    Service8.9
                    Value for money8.2
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                    9+ Exceptional (79)
                    8-9 Excellent (38)
                    7-8 Very Good (28)
                    6-7 Good (10)
                    <6 Below Expectation (12)
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                    Mar - May (27)
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                    Dec - Feb (66)
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                    9.6
                    Exceptional
                    Lisa from United States
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

                    Beautiful view and location”

                    Our room was right in front of the beach and close to the pool. Sleeping to the sound of the waves of the ocean was amazing. The hotel was clean, though I could see signs of wear and tear. The panel for the glass door was metal and starting to show signs of erosion. The metal garbage cans were rusty and the towels seemed like it had seen better days. For people that use a face towel, bring your own lol. It was a nice touch to see free roaming animals on the premises. Overall we had an amazing time and would highly recommend this hotel

                    Reviewed April 19, 2019
                    8.0
                    Excellent
                    Sheetal from Singapore
                    Group
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 1 night in August 2018

                    Amazing views”

                    Property is located right on the beachfront which meant amazing views. In the nighttime, animals (wild boars, buffaloes and rabbits) surrounding the property come out to chomp on the lawn which was an amazing sight. A hotel staff will be there to shoo them off though. We cannot comment on the breakfast spread, however hotel staff kindly packed a breakfast box for each of us for our early morning safari tour. Service at the only restaurant was terribly slow. We were the only ones there for an early dinner at 5.30pm yet it took an hour for our food to be served. The pool wasn't very clean either. All in all, still a decent stay.

                    Reviewed August 14, 2018
                    8.8
                    Excellent
                    Rudy from Belgium
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

                    Perfect relax location at the sea, to visit Yala Park.”

                    The place is realy in the middle of nowhere, close to the entrance of Yala Park. The view on the beach and sea is perfect. No restaurants in the neighbourhood, ... But did not mind as the restaurant was good, also with the view n the ocean.

                    Reviewed July 31, 2018
                    9.3
                    Exceptional
                    Ka from Hong Kong
                    Couple
                    Jungle Villa
                    Stayed 2 nights in April 2015

                    Excellent stay”

                    Closeness to Yala, Staff performance, Peacefullness

                    We stayed 2 nights in Laya Safari. The hotel is a bit isolated but it is so nice and reasonably priced that you don't want to leave the hotel grounds. The staff are certainly 5* quality and the food is great, especially the breakfast. The pool could be a bit cleaner but that is a minor issue.

                    Reviewed May 14, 2015
                    10.0
                    Exceptional
                    anthony from Australia
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in April 2015

                    True safari feel!”

                    Location; pool; split level accommodation.

                    Set on a desrted beach 12 kilometres along a red dirt road, you really felt you were coming to somewhere special, especially when you finally saw the jagged silhouette of the hotel on the horizon perched on the dunes overlooking the beach. It was total escapism and relaxation when we weren't actually on our jeep safari through Yala National Park where we were lucky to see a rare sighting of a leopard up close. The breakfast and buffet dinner in the Dining Room with its great views were both of an excellent standard, as you would not want to waste time going into town for restaurants. We loved the spacious split level room with balcony. A unique treat to stay here amongst nature! Woukd love to return!!!

                    Reviewed May 04, 2015
                    9.7
                    Exceptional
                    Vicente from United States
                    Family with teens
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 1 night in May 2014

                    Perfect place to stay for yala. National Park”

                    Individual chalets were spacious and special, location and view can't be beat, very attentive staff

                    Fantastic choice for visiting the park. The chalet's are nicely designed with fantastic views of the coast as well as specious and comfortable. We loved our time there. Food service takes a little while but worth the wait. Their rice and curry was excellent.

                    Reviewed June 02, 2014
                    5.6
                    Elise from United Kingdom
                    Family with young children
                    Jungle Villa
                    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

                    Great location for Yala National Park.”

                    Great location. Lovely pool area. Hotel needed maintaining more - blinds were mouldy etc. Buffet massively overpriced for standard of food. No other menu options. No breakfast available after a morning safari. Had to take a breakfast picnic which was poor - asked for a cheese sandwich without the tomato but hotel said no. Just needed more organisation and attention to detail and staff be more willing to accomadate small reasonable requests of guests.

                    Reviewed April 16, 2019
                    5.2
                    Stuart from Denmark
                    Family with young children
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

                    Dissappointing”

                    Travelled to Yala with wife and four kids. Must admit that the location is breath-taking, and regular visits from local wildlife made for a very authentic experience. The facilities however were very disappointing. The buildings, rooms, pool area, and facilities in general seemed run down and in desperate need of a refurbishment. The beach is amazing, but not fit for swimming due to the size of the waves and strong current. Definitely fell well below my expectations when considering the price. Staff were friendly.

                    Reviewed February 19, 2019
                    9.6
                    Exceptional
                    Bethany from United Kingdom
                    Couple
                    Jungle Villa
                    Stayed 4 nights in February 2018

                    Outstanding location, incredible service, good food and drink!”

                    We decided to go for a less expensive option in favor of location to the Safari. Laya has exceeded all expectations. The rooms are simple but have magnificent panoramic views of the beach. The pool is simple but well staffed - always someone ready to look after you. The staff have just been the best. They are so friendly and have helped make our stay really special. The place is 10 mins from Safari and the resort organizes everything. Highly recommended!!

                    Reviewed February 18, 2018
                    8.0
                    Excellent
                    Fabio from Italy
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

                    In the middle of the jungle!... in front of the sea!”

                    Yes that s exactly right in front of the sea and in the middle of the jungle is how i would describe the Laya.. the hotel staff is great.. the manager has been really helpful in multiple occasions.. he changed our room after an accident with "mosquitos".. and the restaurant has really good food considering location is in the middle of nowhere... on the cons side, it must be really hard to maintain such a facility i will give them that, but i think the hotel could/must be better mainteined and cleaned (eg wooden structures are pale and look old, i saw spider webs in multiple places etc). All in all I still suggest it because of the overall experience, i would do it again. A special thanks to the manager for making it much better!

                    Reviewed January 06, 2018
                    8.4
                    Excellent
                    CAROLE from Australia
                    Family with teens
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

                    Quirky buildings on beautiful beachscape”

                    Exceptional service in the dining room from Upul. Convenient location for safari tours. rooms are multilevel with a sunken living room allowing for views of the ocean from both the bed and the sofa. Lovely pool. We enjoyed our stay.

                    Reviewed January 03, 2018
                    9.2
                    Exceptional
                    David from United Kingdom
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

                    Beautiful location for a very relaxing stay”

                    We loved our stay at Laya Safari Hotel. All of the staff were brilliant and made our stay an absolute pleasure. Our room was wonderful - right on the beach with stunning sea views. We hope to go back some day.

                    Reviewed January 02, 2018
                    10.0
                    Exceptional
                    Virginie from Switzerland
                    Group
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

                    Exceptional”

                    Amazing place ideally situated not far away from the entrance of the Yala park. Surrounded by wilderness with the ocean nearby, a lot of wild animals naturally show up around the hotel. The rooms are amazing and well furnished. It's the perfect place to relax

                    Reviewed December 04, 2017
                    6.0
                    Eva from Singapore
                    Group
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

                    Nice view from hotel rooms”

                    Charming rooms with sea-view balcony where we can see cows and swimming pool area. On first night, we found flying insects crawling on all the walls and tables...and some bit my travel partner. Housekeeping was prompt to come do an insect spray/killing and changing our sheets after thousands of insects fell dead on it. Their advise is to switch off all lights (except one small one) to keep out such insects. Literally walking around room in the dark for both nights we were there. Not likely to return again.

                    Reviewed March 20, 2017
                    10.0
                    Exceptional
                    Natalie from Australia
                    Family with teens
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

                    awesome”

                    Decided to splurge for our Yala adventure. Great hotel in beautiful location within the national park so only a 10 minute drive to safari entrance. Great staff, amazing food for breakfast buffet and awesome room with comfy beds. Room had a bath with view of the ocean from which we could see dolphins swimming.

                    Reviewed January 30, 2017
                    10.0
                    Exceptional
                    Priyanka from India
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

                    Loved Laya”

                    We absolutely loved our stay at Laya. The staff was wonderful The food was really good and they were sweet enough to make a salad which wasn't there on the menu Would highly recommend this place if you are going for the Safari at Yala The view is spectacular and the rooms are tastefully done up The highlight was the service .They do know how to take care of their guests!

                    Reviewed January 14, 2017
                    10.0
                    Exceptional
                    Kate from United Kingdom
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

                    AMAZING!!”

                    O my gosh this hotel is amazing!! The room/suite is very spacious with a huge bed and a great bath and shower (just remember to close the blind). The swimming pool is breathtaking along with the view of the unspoilt beach. The food -wow, we had buffet each time and it tasted great - breakfast and dinner. There are gym facilities which we used which were great. The staff are great, very friendly and attentive. This hotel was the highlight of my Sri Lanka tour, it was great, photos don't do it justice!

                    Reviewed January 05, 2017
                    8.8
                    Excellent
                    Rachel from United Kingdom
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 3 nights in November 2016

                    Saved by the Staff and Location”

                    This hotel is a victim of its location. Situated by the India Ocean it has fantastic views but takes a battering from the wind and sea-air. It must have been a lovely hotel once but is now tired and tatty. The staff were very attentive, especially Opul who looked after us so well in the restaurant - thank you again Opul. Other staff were very obliging and helpful. Our room overlooked the sea but that is probably the only good point. The a/c worked either freezing col or not at all. The bathroom is large with a bathtub and shower but was a bit dirty and the washbasin was very slow to empty. The sheets and towels were thin and worn and the pillows were lumpy. The food was satisfactory and reasonably priced. There is nowhere else to go to eat. On our first night there were only 4/5 rooms occupied - we arrived at the bar and the lights were off - the barman put lights and a/c on for us. The hotel is in a fabulous location with friendly, helpful staff but it needs a facelift to encourage visitors to return.

                    Reviewed November 23, 2016
                    9.2
                    Exceptional
                    José from China
                    Group
                    Jungle Villa
                    Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

                    Awesome place”

                    Really happy we stayed here. Staff was super friendly, the place is absolutely gorgeous, the prices (e.g. Restaurant) are very reasonable... only comments is that the floors/insect situation could have been slightly better but to be honest, you're going to a national park, it's normal. Also the spa wasn't really a spa. Other than that, breathtaking rooms, views and location.

                    Reviewed November 23, 2016
                    8.0
                    Excellent
                    Daniel from United States
                    Couple
                    Deluxe Room
                    Stayed 1 night in October 2016

                    Great view of beach and sunset”

                    We enjoyed our stay primarily because of the beautiful view of the beach and sunset directly from our room. There is a great infinity pool. The rooms could use a bit of an upgrade for the price you are paying (tub seemed a little dirty, room was not airtight and felt humid). Also the staff came into our room with tea and coffee while we were inside, which was a little strange. Overall though, I would recommend staying here as it is a nice hotel.

                    Reviewed November 02, 2016
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