We stayed two nights in Norwood Bungalow as part of our honeymoon touring Sri Lanka and it was by far the most amazing and memorable place we stayed. We were lucky enough to have the entire bungalow to ourselves which was fabulous, but even if you were sharing there is planty of space to maintain privacy. When you arrive the staff tell you to treat it as 'your home' and they really made us feel so special and you want for absolutely nothing whilst you're there. The food is fabulous - easily on a par with some of the best restaurants we've eaten at in the UK. We ate western food the whole time we were there as a break from rice and curry but they will basically cook whatever you like. The chef comes out to greet you each day and relays his proposed menu for lunch and dinner and when he was plannign to do prawns, which my hubbie loves but i don't like he quite happily just whipped up a fantastic dish of King Fish for me instead.
The room was lovely - four poster bed with roll top bath - and impeccably clean. We especially loved that your 'wake up call' is the butler bringing you 'bed tea' and a bespoke newspaper!
The gardens are really beautiful and the view is stunning. We didn't get chance to visit any of the other bungalows but i can highly recommend Norwood, especially as it has a lovely pool and is nearby the tea factory - the tour of which is so interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed.
The walks around the villages and tea plantations are lovely but consider wearing long trousers and closed-in shoes as there are leeches in the wet areas!
The only regret we have is not staying longer! We cannot wait to go back!
- 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