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Ceylon Tea Trails
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hatton
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“Summerville Bungalow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

The best view on earth! The hosts were very friendly and the food was extravagant! The view is just pure paradise... This is a must see place! Best honeymoon destination ever. The tea plantation was such a nice experience and the weather was just perfect

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Spent two nights here, and loved every minute despite the long drive; tip no 1 - try to get the seaplane transfer as part of your itinerary. In fact, get your travel agent to do it for you. The sight of the Cinnamon Air seaplane gliding in to land on the lake, and the thought that some lucky visitor has just had the most marvellous transfer, was amazing.
Not a lot to do here, but enough to keep you busy. The two hour trip to the tea factory was surprisingly enjoyable. Tip no 2 - the journey to the tea factory from the Norwood bungalow that we stayed in was only 10 minutes, but it was 45 minutes from some of the other bungalows. Norwood doesn't have a lake view, but it has got a magnificent location high in the hills with a wide-spanning view. The one hour walk (all the energy we could muster!) was also enjoyable, with the guide to point out things of interest.
Accommodation - absolutely beautiful. Spacious, well equipped (the Andrew room we had with a beautiful free- standing claw-foot bath and his'n'hers sinks could, not be faulted). The newly built dining room conservatory extension was also really nice.
Staff - could not be more friendly and obliging. Attentive, but not intrusive. This included the chef coming to you every day to ask what you wanted for dinner that night!!! In the end, we went with his suggestion every day, and I don't think you can get better food. Beware the Sri Lankan curry special - you won't want to eat for a week. And they ask you if you want more!!!
Beautiful, huge swimming pool, so even when the bungalow is full, there was plenty of space to feel uncrowned.
A beautiful two night stay, especially if you've just come from a few days hectic temple visiting - this will certainly give you the surroundings to recharge your batteries. Just don't forget that seaplane transfer!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

Excellent. Very friendly staff. Great views and rooms. What's not to like. Adam's Peak was quite tiring and the hotel guide was nice but not completely fluent in English. We managed to get to the top but we're then crushed and could not leave for an hour. Stuck there behind a crowd of people not being able to see the sun rise :( So do not do that on a public holiday or Sunday

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Best place to stay in Sri Lanka, Its a bit of a trek to get there but we stayed at Tientsin and castlereagh the former was our prefered it had so much more character and felt like you owned the place.I was pregnant and had bad morning sickness but everything here was perfect and I did manage to relax even if I didn't get out much.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Cobham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights at this fantastic bungalow, originally built in 1868 which is really a 6 star hotel in disguise. With just 6 rooms, you really do feel like living as a colonial tea planter.The setting was magical, the service and food magnificent and the quality of the rooms beyond the very best hotels I have had the privilege of staying elsewhere in the world.
The walks in the tea plantation were a real experience, the locals were incredibly friendly, curious and a pleasure to chat to.
I cannot recommend this bungalow hotel enough, together with its unique location.
The Morris family

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

This is an outstanding hotel which is impeccable in its management and service. Absolutely recommend this. Stayed at Castlereagh bungalow and it was outstanding.
The scenery is fabulous - when you get there. be brave with the roads getting there.
Tea Factory tour interesting and informative. You don't have to love tea to enjoy here but it could help!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ceylon Tea Trails
Address: Dunkeld Estate, Hatton 22000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Hatton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hatton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ceylon Tea Trails 5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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