- Luxury property with sumptuous, colonial feel
- Pool, tennis courts, mountain bikes
- Tea plantation tours and nearby lake
- White water rafting, sea plane trips
The majestic Ceylon Tea Trails resort is found nestled in the Bogawantalawa region of Sri Lanka’s famed ‘Tea Country’, known for its spectacular mountain views and lush and vigorous tea bushes which produce delicious and fragrant tea throughout the year. The five luxurious bungalows that make up the resort were originally built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj, and now boast the iconic status that comes with having been the world’s first ‘tea bungalow resort’. Today, the restored bungalows feature period furnishings, open fireplaces, and butler service. Chefs serve gourmet cuisine in the dining room, on a terrace overlooking the swimming pool, or in guest rooms, and there’s plenty to do both at the hotel and in the surrounding area.
The sumptuous accommodation comprises five very private bungalows which are well spaced-out across the property; Norwood, Tientsin, Castlereagh, Summerville, and Dunkeld. Each bungalow has between four and six rooms ranging from garden or master suites, to luxury rooms. They all house a comfortable seating area, wide verandas, and fabulous views of the nearby lake. There’s a dedicated manager, chef and butler for every bungalow, and the communal sitting room and library create a relaxed and sociable ‘home from home’ atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea and dinner are all included.
Guests can enjoy a dip in the inviting pool, or work up a sweat on the tennis court, and the surrounding area offers a wealth of opportunities for exploring and sightseeing. The resort provides complimentary mountain bikes for exploring the tea gardens, the forest, or the nearby lake. Alternatively, guests can opt to walk to the tea gardens and join a group tour to learn about the tea making process and enjoy a tasting session. White water rafting is on offer in Kitulgala, which is 75 minutes away, and Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are fantastic destinations within relatively easy reach. A trip by seaplane to the bustling tea-hub town of Hatton is another possibility. Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, is a five hour car journey away.
Children are welcome at Ceylon Tea Trails. Although there are no specific facilities for them, it’s easy to keep younger family members entertained with the swimming pool and tea plantation tours. Note that there is no babysitting service and parents are reminded to supervise their children at all times.
- Historic, colonial bungalows
- White water rafting, nearby golf club
- Scenic train rides with waterfall views
- Visit Ella and climb Adam's Peak
- 5-room boutique hotel
- Spectacular lake and mountain views
- 10-metre infinity swimming pool
- Lush garden edged by tea bushes
- Farm-stay on peaceful tea estate
- Rural setting with splendid views
- Simple, rustic accommodation
- Hiking, cycling, estate tours
- Contemporary property, rustic feel
- Field archery, tea plantation and waterfall visits
- Pool, spa, gym, yoga
- Well equipped games room
- Unpretentious, pristine property
- Located in a thriving tea plantation
- Hiking, birdwatching, plantation tours
- Archery, helicopter rides
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I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
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