We stayed in the Norwood bungalow for three nights and wished we could have stayed longer. I didn't realize the four bungalows which make up the tea trails were so far apart, so the bungalow is effectively your hotel and feels like home from home. The staff are extremely accommodating, with nothing being too much trouble. The food was fantastic and the chef seemed genuinely interested in creating dishes to suit individual tastes. Andrew Taylor's tour of the tea plantation was absolutely brilliant - very interesting and entertaining. I understand that Norwood is due to close for a re-vamp shortly though there was little to suggest it needs it, and highlights the standards they are trying to keep. The only blemish on the whole stay was the fact that our tour driver, whom we had been with all week, was not made to feel welcome. I understand that there were probably cultural issues, but we felt quite uncomfortable that he was made to feel inferior. Apparently the small bath towels are being replaced during the re-vamp. Otherwise, a fantastic, relaxing stay and the opportunity to get the laundry cleaned a great bonus. Can't wait to return.
- 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