Face it, no matter how many plush beds, 600-thread-count linens, and luxe rooms you’ve spent time in, it still is infinitely cooler to say you’ve slept in an elephant. And now you can. Kumbuk River is a gorgeous oasis on the southeastern Sri Lankan coast, set amidst a wildlife sanctuary brimming with amazing sights. Here, one spends their days trekking around this area known as Yala, exploring the riverfront, taking a dip in the herbal therapeutic pool before seeking a coveted glimpse of an elephant in the moonlight and then retiring in one. The structure is indeed the world’s largest “elephant”, which sleeps up to 10 comfortably in its surprisingly spacious belly comprised of bedrooms, a staircase, full bathrooms and a lounge. It’s even said to gently rock guests to sleep as it sways ever so slightly on a breezy evening. Everything here is entirely centered around the environment, from the complex’s construction, to the full integration of the concept in the guest experience where the property’s team spends time teaching all guests about Sri Lanka’s biodiversity and conservation efforts. By the time you leave, you’ll be fully aware of how Kumbuk River Resort’s sustainable efforts help local suffering rural economies as well. www.kumbukriver.com