"Heaven. Tortuous climb on narrow roads with many hairpin bends but well worth it to arrive here at the Tea Trails Norwood Bungalow. Perched in the midst of the Norwood Tea plantation we have one of 5 luxury rooms. We have a butler, waiter and chef. The latter comes to discuss what we would like to eat. For lunch we have pea and mint soup (organic produce from their own garden), cheese ravioli and cinnamon apple pudding with ice cream, made for us. It is excellent. Our lunch is accompanied by decent wines, which are complimentary, and we finish with orange pekoe tea from the estate. Then relaxing by log fire before changing for dinner. After dinner the waiter enquires about our preferences for breakfast and at what time we would like 'bed tea' served in our room on waking. The views are splendid and the threat of rain has disappeared leaving a gentle evening glow." So we noted our first day at Tea Trails, Norwood.
Norwood is one of 5 bungalows which make up this 'hotel'. They are all individual and enjoy totally separate and different locations. Guests can access each for meals travelling by foot, bicycle or minibus. We had the Wyatt room at Norwood, a recent addition but still very much in keeping with the others, which while being a bit smaller was still a good size, complete with king- size bed, desk, chaise-longue and classic bathroom and bath (complete with proper, non leaking, plug on a chain!)
The essential element of a stay here is peace and relaxation in beautiful surroundings while being looked after by a fabulous staff team. Everything is made easy and everything is included. Meals are at time to suit you. If it becomes cool in the evening log fires are lit. The grounds are immaculate, bushes trimmed and tidied by hand. There are vegetable plots and raised beds with herbs discreetly placed above the bungalow which provide ingredients for the lovely food. After dinner, or at any other time, guests can avail themselves of drinks, complimentary, from the small bar area in the lounge though staff are only too willing to make and serve. The range may be small but includes good single malt and blended whisky, premium gin etc.. Cocktails are also available and staff do not skimp on the alcohol!
In short, we loved our all-too-short stay and wish we'd known more about Tea Trails before we booked our tour in Sri Lanka. It had not featured in the Kuoni brochure and we had made special request for it (our driver had not visited before). If we were to return to Sri Lanka we would almost certainly build in more time at Tea Trails, perhaps combining stays at more than one pif their properties. Very highly recommended.
- 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