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Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux

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Dunkeld Estate, Hatton 22000 Sri Lanka
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 12 hotels in Hatton
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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Tea Trails is part of the Resplendent Ceylon “best of Sri Lanka” circuit, created by the family-owned​ Dilmah Tea Company. Three Relais & Chateaux resorts; Tea Trails, Cape Weligama & Wild Coast Tented Lodge, form an enchanting "Route de Bonheur (Happiness)" from tea fields to clifftop beach & safari lodge. Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of five colonial era tea planters' bungalows restored to impeccable style, offering a taste of gracious living in 27 suites and rooms, with butler service and original furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals. Walking trails connect the bungalows which are from 2km to 15km apart. Follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. Rates are fully inclusive of gourmet meals and drinks, including spirits and wines. Even service charges, taxes and laundry are included. We won't bother you with bills.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
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Airport transportation
Couples massage
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Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Mosquito net
Shared lounge / TV area
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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danny Gnosall wrote a review Dec 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
The tea trails are an incredible experience. Not sure it’s quite worth the price tag but all the same it’s not something I regret at all as we had a wonderful time for the three nights we stayed here, even as we weren’t blessed with the best weather. The service is next level and the food is also pretty amazing, with multi course meals four times a day. The tea factory tour is great and we really liked experiencing the different bungalows. We stayed at Norwood and Sanjay was an absolute gem. Our other pick would have been Dunkeld for the amazing pool and view
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your stay at Ceylon Tea Trails. We're sorry the weather wasn't at it best but are pleased the service, food and comfort made up for it. We look forward to having you back soon. Best, The Resplendent Team
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Alvaro wrote a review Nov 2021
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Ceylon Tea Trails has been one of the best experiences we had in our trip in Sri Lanka. The treatment is very great and within the hotrl you feel like being in home. The staff (Sanjaya, Ajith, Nesa, Ravi and Ravindra) is really warm and helpful and there you will have a great experience with a Tea factory. We will come back to Ceylon Tea Trails.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Ceylon Tea Trails. We look forward to having you back at our bungalows in the tea country. Best, The Resplendent Team
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Edward Larkin wrote a review Nov 2021
San Francisco, California2 contributions
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The best of the best. Gorgeous area, absolutely unrivaled luxury hotel, fabulous activities, and amazing culinary experience. Most notably, the staff was the most personalized and thoughtful that I have ever encountered (Nilantha as our main point of contact, Ravichandran the great chef, and Kumara and Aruna helping out as well.) We recommend without any reservation and ourselves will be staying here again in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank you for your positive rating on your recent visit to Ceylon Tea Trails. Ensuring a personalised and customisable service is at the heart of what we do at Resplendent Ceylon. Looking forward to your next visit. Best, The Resplendent Team
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Unclegus621 wrote a review Nov 2021
Guttenberg, New Jersey70 contributions37 helpful votes
This was our first trip to Sri Lanka and we just finished our first leg at Ceylon Tea Trails (Castlereagh) for three nights. Everyone in our group are seasoned travelers and have experienced “five star service” from properties across the globe. And yet, we agree that our stay here was among the very best in terms of customized service, quality of food, location and overall experience. The staff (specifically Sanath, chef Samantha, Janaka, Priyantha, and Danushka) consistently exceeded expectations and ensured that every aspect of our stay was flawlessly executed. Special requests (can we take lunch today in the gazebo?) were met with enthusiasm and genuine care. The private jacuzzi area is a special treat. We cannot recommend the property enough.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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We are incredibly grateful you took the time out to leave us review. Glad our team was able to exceed expectations during your stay. We will be sure to share your feedback with them. Do enjoy the rest of your stay on our island and we hope to see you again soon. Best, The Resplendent Team
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Georgia and Will wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had an unforgettable experience at The Ceylon tree trails (18-20Nov21). Despite the weather being varied, the incredible surroundings as well as the exceptional staff provided a great setting to relax and enjoy everything the bungalows has to offer. We stayed in the Dunkeld Estate which is accessible via boat across the reservoir once passing through the main town of Hatton, or around the perimeter directly by car. On arrival you are welcomed by Nilantha and his team who’s attention to detail was professional and personal. We stayed in the master suite which had a sitting room, master bed and large bathroom with walk in shower. The room opened up to a private garden with a further seating area, though the recent weather had made walking on the grass barefoot somewhat difficult given the recent rainfall! Breakfast lunch and dinner were a centrepiece of each day, all meals comprised of 3-4 courses which were discussed and explained by the resident chef who was masterful. Whilst being no set menu, there was a suggested order of play and many alternatives were available but if I’m honest his suggestion always fit the bill. Alcohol and soft drinks run freely. During the afternoons (weather permitted) we used the infinity pool and jacuzzi. This offered great views and photo opportunities as it practically sits on the edge of the sloped hillside; the vistas are breathtaking. We also spent our time walking some of the trails; one which took you to the top of the hillside where you will be welcomed by friendly locals. Leeches can be a problem during the wetter months but main trails were a safe place, by and large. You will see many tea pickers and I would recommend going to visit the Dunkeld tea factory for its tour which is hosted by Barnard, both knowledgeable and friendly; the methods used in the area for tea production are over 150 years old and the tour provides a great insight. Can’t extend my thanks and praise to Nilantha and his team enough, we’ll certainly visit again.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank you for such a detailed review of our bungalows. Nilantha and his team will be pleased with the positive feedback. Looking forward to hosting you again soon. Best, The Resplendent Team
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PRICE RANGE
$625 - $1,091 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
Sri LankaCentral ProvinceHatton
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux
Which popular attractions are close to Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Nearby attractions include Christ Church Warleigh (1.6 miles) and Mohini falls (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Top room amenities include a fireplace, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Conveniently located restaurants include Golden Spoon Restaurant and Cafe, Tea Hills Restaurant, and Railway Lodge Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux have airport transportation?
Yes, Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Ceylon Tea Trails - Relais & Chateaux have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.