Hatton – Ceylon Tea Trails

The Relais & Chateaux Ceylon Tea Trails sets the gold standard for colonial-style luxury in the cool, misty Sri Lankan highlands. Nestled amongst English rose gardens, lush green lawns and working tea plantations, this sublime property invites its guests to play croquet, have a cuppa by the pool or relax on a cushioned cane chair out on the veranda enjoying the birdsong.

Accommodation is in 5 individual bungalows – each named after the tea planter who once lived there. Each one contains a number of beautifully appointed guestrooms, decorated with antiques, handsome teak furniture and four-poster beds. From dawn to dusk, enjoy the services of your very own butler who will bring you tea in bed, so you can start the day in style.

Ceylon Tea Trails is all about time-honoured planters’ traditions so expect a crisp gin and tonic after a leisurely afternoon walk, scrumptious high tea with finger sandwiches and freshly baked cakes as well as exceptional four-course meals that expertly fuse elements of English and Sri Lankan cuisine. With pristine hills and emerald valleys at your doorstep, hiking and biking can be enjoyed, before retiring to the spa for a well-deserved deep tissue massage or aromatherapy bath.

Location

How to get to Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails is located in Sri Lanka’s Bogawantalawa region, 140km east of Colombo. A road transfer would take approximately 5 hours.

Ceylon Tea Trails Activities

  • Nature walks
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Tea plantation tours

*Some activities available at extra cost

Ceylon Tea Trails Highlights

  • The gold standard for colonial-style luxury in Sri Lanka’s cool central highlands
  • Accommodation in beautifully updated former tea planter’s residences
  • Discreet butler service throughout your stay
  • Classic English high tea and other charming traditions
  • Spectacular walking and mountain biking trails

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The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Sri Lanka experience.

Sri Lanka Overview

Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

Combine With: Neighbouring India, Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Fly into the international airport north of Colombo, the capital.

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