Tea Trails was the most expensive hotel on our honeymoon itinerary (although as it's all-inclusive it actually worked our cheaper than Ulagalla), and therefore held the highest level of expectation in mine and my husband's eyes. Having perused their website many times before travelling, dreaming about what it would be like staying in an exclusive bungalow, with chef, butler and spectacular setting etc., we were not disappointed.
Although it poured with rain the whole time we were there, meaning we didn't much feel like making use of the swimming pool or our private garden (we had a garden suite), it was even more magical in a way as we simply stayed in and made use of the beautiful living spaces, reading, relaxing, drinking and rather fortunately, spending social time with a lovely family who were staying in Summerville Bungalow with us (they were the only other residents until our last night, when a lone traveller joined us). On our last night instead of sitting out on the rain-soaked veranda on separate tables to dine, we all ate together from a long dining table in the bungalow and had a great time enjoying the culinary delights the chef treated us to. I have to say the food was of an exceptional quality, and by far the best we had on the trip.
The staff were attentive but never overbearing. The rooms were spacious, classically furnished with exceedingly comfy beds and pillows. The whole bungalow oozed elegance and class, without being pretentious. It felt like home. Not many hotels can make such a claim; I recommend it whole-heartedly.
P.S. Tea factory tour is a must!
- 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