I cannot speak highly enough about the experience at Ceylon Tea Trails. This is definitely a place that has got the formula right. We stayed in Norwood Bungalow, which has a beautiful position higher up the hills - so magnificent views over the tea plantations and valley. The house is beautifully restored and is immaculately maintained. The gardens are magnificent, with amazing flowers (plus the largest bamboo I have ever seen - spectacular) and there is a lovely pool.
The whole experience really gives you the feeling of living the life of a Tea Plantation Manager. The Team who run the house are wonderful - friendly and great service. The fully inclusive factor of the experience makes Tea Trails excellent value for money. From your morning tea delivered by your Butler, through to the amazing breakfast, three course lunch, high tea and and a four course dinner, you literally roll out the door on your departure. The standard of cuisine is first class and the Chef comes to discuss all menus with you prior to any meal (a nice touch). On our last night, we had an amazing Sri Lankan feast - the table was literally groaning with food!
The decor is classic and well laid out. My only critisism would be that because the shower is over an old fashioned bathtub, the curtain is very restrictive and therefore does not make it easy to shower. A highlight of the attention to detail is the little sprig of tea that is placed on your bed at turndown.
There are a nice range of activities for you to do. We went biking around the lake, which was a lovely ride. Our Butler arranged for us to have lunch at Castlereah and we also stopped in at Summerville. Both bungalows are again beautiful. I prefered the layout and decor of Castlereah, to Norwood - but Norwood's gardens and position in the valley is better. Summerville has a beautiful lounge and its garden overlooking the lake are lovely. Our Guide was very professional and enjoyable to spend time with.
There is a DVD library, music system, boardgames etc... and evenings are spent around a beautiful fireplace.
The homes are between 4 and 6 bedrooms. We luckily were the only people at Norwood Bungalow, so I am not sure what the experience would have been like if other guests had been there. The bungalows are great places to take over with a group of friends, or family - perfect for a celebration.
When visiting Sri Lanka, you MUST incorporate Ceylon Tea Trails into your visit. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had and will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort, is a collection of five colonial era tea planters' bungalows restored to impeccable style, offering a taste of gracious living in 26 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton
- Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka/Hatton