Ceylon Tea Trails
Ceylon Tea Trails is the world’s first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands.
Sweeping lawns and swimming pools. English gardens filled with roses, dew filled agapanthus and spring crocus. Tea on the lawn with Dundee cake, scones, strawberries and cream or lunch alfresco by the pool, a summerhouse to meditate in or watch the forest wagtail flit from tree to tree. Tennis, swimming, croquet and classic board games all come together for a leisurely lifestyle. Ceylon Tea Trails boasts all this and more.
Life in all its variety is played out in the living rooms at Ceylon Tea Trails. Pale tones and natural wood create equilibrium in the midst of a hectic life. Each bungalow has many sitting areas, old wooden desks to write postcards with real stamps and not just email. Silk cushions, regency stripped footstools, huge spaces warmed by roaring log fires. Mulled wine or the finest spirits, a drink that thrills the heart. Old books, old prints, antique maps, rooms filled with flowers in vibrant colours. Wide verandahs. Time for relaxing on cushioned cane chairs waited on hand and foot by the discreet butler. Long expanses of slate to spend long afternoons with a gimlet, white wine and cucumber sandwiches or freshly roasted cashews, your butler at your beck and call. Watch the lake and study the garden bees, while reading Somerset Maugham. Spacious bedrooms, a private space to unwind after a long trek.
Each house at Ceylon Tea Trails comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys and from 4 to 6 rooms each – Master Suites with a separate living room and private gardens, Garden Suites with verandahs to private gardens, and spacious Luxury Rooms of great character. Rooms are named after past tea planter occupants.
Follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. Trek and picnic at spectacular locations each day in cool comfort. Heritage with a contemporary style and a non-hotel, private house ambiance is the hallmark of the Tea Trails experience.
This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you would prefer taking time to relax and unwind, observe life on a working tea estate whilst being pampered by your butler, enjoy a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool. Or explore the lush tea fields & visit a century-old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea.
Your day starts with the tradition of Bed Tea served by your Butler, who will also draw your bath. Your Chef will then suggest meals based on fresh produce and home grown vegetables and herbs. Guests can indulge in dishes from western fare to traditional Sri Lankan classics and tea inspired dishes. The afternoon cream tea is to die for!
Work the gourmet meals off with a dawn expedition to climb the famed 2250m Adam’s Peak holy mountain. The Peak has been an object of worship & pilgrimage by kings and commoners for centuries. Or take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sacred city of Kandy.