Reading all the other reviews on TripAdvisor made us decide to splurge on 2 night at Tea Trails, and it was something that we did not regret! After a very long and wobbly drive up the tea plantations, we first arrived the Summerville bungalow (which was one of the smallest bungalows on the whole estate). We were wowed by the bungalow, which had a view of the pool which was right by the lake. Service was impeccable, and the staff was always friendly and eager to please. We went on 2 hikes at Summerville based on maps provided by the staff and it was amazing! The weather was great and we got to walk through the plantations, seeing the local ladies delicately plucking tea leafs in the morning. We forgot the sunblock and got sunburnt up in the hills. Don't make the same mistake!
We moved to Tientsin on our 2nd night. Service was still great, but we preferred Summerville for its cosiness and the bungalow was also slightly more modern. Tried the spa service and it was a great relaxing experience, although slightly on the expensive side.
Regardless of which bungalow you choose, you will have a wonderful relaxing experience! The food was always amazing, regardless of whether it was western or Sri Lankan. The chef will always come out to discuss the next meal's menu with you, but we always left the decision to the chef because everything was absolutely delicious! Don't forget the free drinks that you can enjoy all day long!
Last but not least, the tea tour by Andrew Taylor was very educational. He told us everything there was to tea processing, which was a great way to complete our 2 days in the tea country.
- 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