We spent 3 nights at Tientsin and are particularly glad we did. The trip is fairly tortuous, wherever you come from (we'd come from Galle, and it was 7.5 hours - partly because our Red Dot-supplied driver didn't know how to get there.....). However, from the moment you arrive you are made to feel at home and comfortable.
It's pretty remote up there, and there isn't much around, but they lay on all sorts of activities designed to make the most of the stunning surrounding countryside - we just went for a tour of a tea factory, took a guided walk around the estate and went up Adam's Peak, but there are plenty of other options too.
The staff were all excellent, although special mention must be made of Damian, the manager, for his ability to make sure that everything is done for guests with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of efficiency. And the food was outstanding.
It'd be interesting to try one of the others - Castlereagh looked like a nice setting right on the reservoir, and has a pool too, but I can't recommend Tientsin highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ceylon Tea Trails comprises four luxurious colonial era tea planters bungalows connected by walking trails through stunningly beautiful Ceylon tea gardens. Each villa, built between 1890 and 1939, offers a taste of gracious living thanks to butler service & period furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals. 20 exquisite rooms and suites in all. Tea Trails is Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort. Rates are fully inclusive of gourmet meals and drinks, including top shelf spirits and wines. Even service charges, taxes and laundry are included. We won't bother you with bills... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton
- Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka/Hatton