It is difficult to add a great deal to the superlatives that have been given to Tea Trails on this site. Tea Trails comprises 4 diffierent luxury bungalows located within tea plantations near Hatton -- each with only 5 or 6 rooms. Ours was Castlereagh, which has fabulous views of the beautiful lake of the same name, from its terrace and well-tended garden, and its backdrop of green-clad hills. Everything about it was idyllic, including the luxuriously appointed bedrooms, the great pool (with croquet lawn alongside) and the immaculate service from the friendly, well-trained staff, who were helpful and attentive without being fawning and obsequious (a problem in many upmarket hotels). We must give a special mention to the house manager, Bandera, who was charm and helpfullness personified. And then there is the food -- 4 meals a day, including afternoon tea, if you could manage them, all served with perfect style on the terrace -- with free wine and other drinks. The food itself was superb, at least Michelin one-star standard, with some quite subtle and sophisticated flavour combinations (possibly too sophisticated for children/ young teenagers). The menu combines Sri Lankan themes with European dishes and the results were almost always delicious -- and looked beautiful on the plate. If you are prepared to splash out on a few restful, pampered, expensive days in Sri Lanka, this is the place to stay.
- 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 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton
- Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka/Hatton