When Sri Lanka started developing high end, boutique accommodation for discerning travellers, an inexperienced company decided to make inroads into the hill country and called itself Tea Trails.
It managed to carve a reputation as the place to stay in the region. For over a decade now, Ceylon Tea Trails remains at the top of its game with five lovingly-converted plantation bungalows offering a handful of pretty rooms with spectacular views.
Unlike a standard hotel set-up, Tea Trails offers accommodation in a choice of five differently-styled colonial bungalows, each lovingly restored, where visitors can indulge in luxurious surroundings that feel almost like a private home. Stepping out from the bungalows, you are surrounded by tea plantations within the exquisite green hills, something very special indeed.
Castlereagh, Norwood, Summerville, Dunkeld and Tientsin bungalows are situated within a certain distance of each other, so it’s possible to walk between them should you wish either to stretch your legs or even to eat lunch or dinner in a different venue. Some guests choose to divide their stay between two or more lodges but I think that’s a mistake; far easier to base yourself in one and not have to worry about packing and unpacking.
There isn’t much in the way of specific sightseeing, one of the main attractions it would seem. With very pretty gardens, a pool shared with only a handful of other residents, sweeping views, fabulous home cooking and plenty of books and board games, the atmosphere at Tea Trails is one that lends itself to complete relaxation.
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