Ceylon Tea Trails
Hatton, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Four colonial era tea planters' bungalows, infused with a new and decidedly gourmet vibe
Guests are absorbed into life on a working tea estate, whilst revelling in five-star luxury
Each bungalow has its own Manager, Chef and Butler
Each villa, built between 1890 and 1939, offers a taste of gracious living thanks to butler service and authentic period furnishings
The unique Tea Experience tour with the tea planter in residence will show you the wonders of Camellia Sinensis (the botanical name for tea)
The atmosphere is that of staying in a house party, rather than a hotel
After enjoying breakfast on your veranda, take a walk (not forgetting your camera) through the hills to another bungalow for lunch. You’ll build up your appetite and if you’re too full to walk home your driver will be at your disposal to come and pick you up!Scott Dunn team
If you are staying at Tientsin, head a little further along the road to buy single-estate tea from the Kotiyagalla estateScott Dunn team
Don't miss the evening tea in the beautiful settings overlooking Castlereagh, it's one of the most exhilarating experiences.Scott Dunn team
Playing croquet with a Pimms in hand makes for the perfect pre-dinner entertainment.Amber Hopkins
Borrow one of their walking route maps and enjoy a gentle stroll through the surrounding scenic tea plantations, keeping an eye out for wildlife and tea pickers hard at work.Amber Hopkins
Don't miss the hotel's complimentary ‘Tea Experience’, where you will be guided through the tea estate with a resident tea planter tea and Dilmah's Norwood factory on an insightful two-and-a-half-hour tour.Scarlett Richard
Meet our specialists
To start planning your vacation to Ceylon Tea Trails
Nestled amongst the hills of the Dickoya region in central Sri Lanka, at over 5,000 feet above sea level, is Ceylon Tea Trails which is the only Relais and Chateaux resort in Sri Lanka. The concept is very British, with high tea served in the afternoon and rooms decorated in keeping with the feel of the colonial era.
The hotel offers five classic colonial era bungalows with luxurious suites, a manager, butler service and chef. Rooms feature four poster beds, elegant bathrooms, some with verandas, opening out onto private immaculate gardens. The food is fantastic with Sri Lankan classics and seafood grills using locally sourced ingredients some of which come from organic vegetable plots around the estate.
The surrounding countryside is out of this world and guests can walk from one bungalow to the next, greeting locals on the way and taking in the fabulous views. You can be as lazy or as active as you want here, either lounging by the pool or trying some white water rafting, riding, tennis, croquet, boating or visiting local tea estates.
Excursions offered by the hotel include visits to Kandy the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka in the central highlands, Adam's Peak, Nuwara Eliya and the national parks of Horton Plains and Uda Walawe, Sri Lanka's top eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka and famous for its large population of elephants.
Ceylon Tea Trails offers guests four enchanting bungalows: Castlereagh, Summerville, Dunkeld, Tientsin and Norwood. Each cottage features five charming rooms and suites decorated in an unique style, ranging from neo-colonial to classic English. Some suites have verandahs leading out onto private gardens and bathrooms have gorgeous free standing baths to relax and unwind in after a long day exploring the surrounding countryside.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Children will enjoy all the activities on offer in and around the hotel. They will also love the cultural trips to local tourist destinations especially a journey to the Uda Walawe national park which is famous for its large population of elephants.
Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court (Tientsin) and library. The hotel offers a butler service.
Your meals are all included during your stay and comprise Sri Lankan or English breakfast, a three course lunch or Sri Lankan rice and curry, pre-dinner cocktails and a four course dinner. All the meals include recipes made from tea in line with the hotel experience.
The hotel offers complimentary swimming and tennis. Activities at an additional cost include in-room spa treatments, guided walks, kayaking and rafting. There are some fantastic tourist destinations close by such as Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka in the central highlands, Adam's Peak, Nuwara Eliya and the national parks of Horton Plains and Uda Walawe.
Location & Directions
Hatton, Sri Lanka
All 4 bungalows are situated around the Castlereagh Reservoir, near Hatton, in central Sri Lanka in the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea.
When to go
Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.