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“Tea Plantation relaxation”
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Ceylon Tea Trails
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hatton
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“Tea Plantation relaxation”
Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

We arrived late in the day after the drive from Kandy.
The Planters house we stayed in was built in 1888 and the staff was fantastic. We shared the home with five other couples with our own butler and cook. The manager was always present to look after our needs. Breakfast was made to order with every kind of Western option and Local foods as well. Afternoon tea was great as well as the drinks in the reading room before dinner, so civilized. Dinner was fabulous as well with several options to choose from. The best thing about the stay was the views of the mountains and the tea plantation. So relaxing and being waited on four times a day. Really a relaxing stay, unfortunately we stayed on two nights, but would have stayed longer if we had planned our trip differently.
Overall fantastic experience and cannot say enough about the great service we received. Truly one of the best experiences if any vacation we have had in 35 years.

Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

we spent a truly wonderful two nights at the Norwood bungalow - it was the highlight of our 16 day tour of Sri Lanka. The staff were superb - nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a gentle smile. The setting is breathtaking - beautiful hills all around - and the air felt so fresh. There is a lovely swimming pool and great walking trails. And the food... absolutely delicious and plenty of it! A really special place.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Our mistake was only staying two nights in the Summerville bungalow, a minimum of three is a must. It has all been said in previous reviews, but staying here is truly luxury. The location of Summerville and Castlereagh have to be the best, stunning views over the reservoir and tea plantations.
Our butler, Bandara, and all the staff, run the place like a well oiled machine, and it all seems to happen as if by magic. The food is superb, and the chef is more than accommodating with regard to menu preferences. We tried both Sri Lankan and Western dishes and all were excellent. We took the boat to Castlereagh and walked the trail through the plantations, before returning to Summerville for afternoon tea.
We did the tea factory tour, which is very interesting, Andrew is indeed a knowledgeable guide, we learned a lot. But be aware that if there is a public holiday, and tea has not been picked, the tour will not run the following day. But you could always e mail to check on tour dates before finalising your booking. To return here is now on our " must do " list.
Thank you to all at Tea Trails

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We were a bit worried that Tea Trails could not really improve on an already wonderful and luxurious holiday in Sri Lanka. This was dispelled immediately on arrival at Norwood. Jagath and all the staff were absolutely top quality in every respect. This is magical, and absolutely worth the money. Instant calm.

Just the nuts and bolts: beautiful buildings and gardens, great rooms, top notch cuisine (including high tea) with a daily consultancy with the chefs for individual fine tuning, including the ability to take any meal at any of the bungalows, all drinks inclusive with a good wine choice, free transport between bungalows, free mountain bike hire (brand new, high quality bikes), marked walking and cycling routes, swimming in a proper 25m pool, croquet, tennis at Tientsin, a really excellent tea production tour - these are all included. Beat that in Europe for the price !

Then add a friendly, informative guide to bring the extraordinary flora and fauna to life - well worth the small fee - and the things that can't be bought: the location, the air, the light, the climate, the views and the fabulous people you meet everywhere, in what must be the most beautiful 'industrial' landscape in the world.

This works whether you want to lounge about, dash about, or both. A unique and faultless experience. We'll be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Even to a jaded traveller like me, this was an amazing and very memorable place to stay; my only regret was not staying longer. We stayed in the Tientsin bungalow; simply impossible to fault the experience, the food, the quality of the room, the service. It's a unique and very beautiful area, but it is also of exceptional interest for anyone with even the slightest interest in history, economics or agriculture. The tour of the factory is a must (and it's included) - Andrew Taylor is a superb guide. Make some time to go for a walk through the plantations and see/meet some of the Tamil workers who hand pick the tea leaves.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We stayed at Norwood Bungalow and everything about this place was superb. The service, the views, the pool, the food--everything! While quite a journey to reach, worth the trip. If I return to Sri Lanka, this is a definite to return to!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Tea Trails, Summerville bungalow is a gorgeous place to relax and enjoy the best Sri Lanka has to offer. All inclusive; the service, food and setting could not be faulted. We stayed 2 nights at Summerville and loved dining on the terrace overlooking the lake. It was superbly peaceful and beautiful. We took the very informative tour of the Tea Factory with Andrew Taylor and used this opportunity to lunch at Norwood bungalow , then walk for about 2 hours to Castlereigh bungalow through tea plantations and small villages, before being paddled across the lake back to Summerville. We recommend doing this.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ceylon Tea Trails
Address: Dunkeld Estate, Hatton 22000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Hatton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hatton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ceylon Tea Trails 5*
Number of rooms: 26
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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