Having read the reviews and studied the Tea Trails web site my expectations were high and I’m please to say that these expectations were met during our two-night stay. We stayed at Castlereagh Bungalow – it is a beautiful setting, oozes colonial style, the food was excellent and service attentive without being over bearing. We had a garden suite that was very spacious, comfortable and tastefully furnished. The bathroom was also very spacious with a large roll top bath and rain shower. The bedroom had French doors onto a private terrace and garden where we had high tea served one afternoon. Each day you discussed meal options with the chef and having spoken once about a particular dietary requirement they catered for it on every occasion. One example of the level of service is the way that, while having a drink before diner, the bathroom is cleaned and tidied (as well as the usual turn down). We walked one of the tea trails one afternoon – well worth it for the views (if you plan to do this take pens for the few local children you may encounter) and also the tea experience at Norwood Tea Factory was fascinating (thank you Andrew!).
It is worth mentioning that we stayed in 7 different small properties during our trip and while this was by far the most expensive, I feel it delivered.
- 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