I am a little late in posting this but we stayed at Tiensin bungalow for three nights at the beginning of November. We were right to stay the three nights, rather than two, as the journey from Colombo took 4.5 hours, following an overnight flight, so we didn't arrive on our first day until 7.30 pm. We hired a car and driver via Mr & Mrs Smith - turned out to be JetWing so we maybe could have booked them directly. Do not be tempted to hire a car yourself - roads and driving leave a lot to be desired! Plus there aren't many signposts!
The weather seemed to have a pattern of being very warm and sunny in the mornings and clouding over and some rain in the afternoons. It rained both afternoons we were there but honestly didn't matter as was still warm, nothing like English rain! Also quite nice to be cosy on the verandahs with tea watching it.
Tiensin was delightful with beautiful views and gardens and a lovely, but initially rather cold, 20 m pool. There is a very calm atmosphere and a well appointed drawing room with lots of books. Other reviews on here have mentioned the village which lies slightly below the property - yes you can hear music but we liked it and thought it added some local colour. There area also lots of birds flitting about and often kites overhead.
The food was delicious and portions just the right size. Sri Lankan curry night was our favourite. Apart from the this the food tended to be more European.
We didn't visit any of the other bungalows as the journey time was around an hour or so to get to them and we were planning on having a relaxing time. Other guests did go to other bungalows for afternoon tea. We swam in the pool a lot and read books. We did have a massage each which was brilliant and very good value.
We did the Norwood Tea Factory visit and Andrew was very enthusiastic and informative - so passionate about his tea and the tasting we did was entertaining.
Mahesh, Sanath and the rest of team of boys running Tiensin were always very helpful, smily and cheerful and nothing was too much trouble. A great start to our Sri Lankan holiday!
- 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
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