Camellia Hills

Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • Sister property to the fantastic Wallawwa and Fort Bazaar

  • The bungalow has panoramic views over the famous Castlereagh Reservoir

  • Enjoy a refreshing dip in the bungalow's swimming pool after a day of trekking or cycling in the plantations

  • Just five bedrooms make this an idyllic hillside retreat

  • Some of the best views in this area

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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.

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Insider's View

Opt for a Lake View room to really make the most of the spectacular views

Take a swim at sunset and watch the scenery turn beautiful shades of pink

Venture to the local Leopard Conservation Centre to learn about their work

Take a stroll through the tea plantations surrounding the resort

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Description

Having recently opened, Camellia Hills is a luxurious five-bedroom bungalow nestled in Sri Lanka's tea plantations. It has a dining room, two lounge areas, and a swimming pool. The bungalow boasts breathtaking views across the Castlereagh Reservoir.

Camellia Hills is a sight to behold, with some of the best views in the iconic Hill Country. Travel by train from Kandy to Hatton, a scenic journey like no other. Here in this small town up in the tea plantations, sits this boutique hotel.

With just five bedrooms, Camellia Hills is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. The sister hotel of The Wallawwa and The Fort Bazaar, it has been designed in a contemporary but cosy style, in keeping with its peaceful setting. Taking inspiration from the tea planter's bungalows that were built in this area during the colonial period, discover the history of Ceylon and learn about the art of tea making.

Each room has soft muted colours and plenty of space for guests to unwind. Make sure to reserve a room looking out over the lake and that comes with a bathtub. After a day exploring the tea plantations there's nothing better than relaxing in the bath soaking up the views.

This truly is a wonderful place to discover these misty hills. The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, including a delicious fresh breakfast, lunch, tasty dinner and of course, afternoon tea.

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Accommodation

There are just five bedrooms at Camellia Hills, making it a excellent location for couples wanting to relax. Choose a Lakeview Room for the best views over Castlereagh Reservoir.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Camellia Hills. We recommend the Master Suite as it has two bedrooms, perfect for guests travelling with little ones.

Facilities

Dining at Camellia Hills is on an all-inclusive basis. Enjoy fine dining and afternoon tea. The hotel's chef has crafted a delicious menu, drawing on the success of sister properties The Wallawwa and The Fort Bazaar. Sip Ceylon Tea on the terrace whilst drinking in the views before sitting down to a delectable array of international cuisine.

Activities

Sri Lanka's Hill County is famed for its colonial history and its tea. Discover how tea is picked and processed to make some of the world's best brews. But its not just all tea, for those who wish to keep active, there are plenty of walking trails to keep everyone entertained.

Reviews

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Charlie Loughlin (Staff)

This is a new property bringing a new contemporary twist to the classic tea planters bungalows scattered through the Hill Country. This 5 bedroom property is located on Castlereagh Reservoir and boasts spectacular views of the lake and surrounding tea plantations.  This boutique property has its own pool positioned to enjoy the views and is situated so you can amble off through the tea plantations at your leisure. There are several places to enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner the open plan lounge, veranda and open air dining room. Make the most of your stay and venture into the local area visiting the local Conservation Centre, lake, waterfall and mountains ranges.

Experiences

  • Explore the Tea Plantations

    During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.

  • Explore the Tea Plantations

    During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.

  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

    Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.

  • Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens

    The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species

    and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.

  • Kandy Walking Tour

    Go on a walking tour of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Meet Rahju the Artist

    Rahju, one of Sri Lanka's famous artists, opens his studio to offer visitors an intimate view of what shapes his art pieces.

  • Royal Botanical Garden Educational Walk

    Learn more about the unique flora of Sri Lanka in the educational walk through Royal Botanical Garden

  • Temple of the Tooth

    This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.

  • Train from Kandy to Hatton

    The 2 hour train journey to Hatton is a glorious way to see the rolling countryside from your observation car, as you climb into the hills and tea plantations.

  • Visit Tea Factory and Plantation

    Visit a working tea factory and plantation and witness how tea is grown and processed.

Holiday Ideas

  • Classic Sri Lanka

    Kotugoda, Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya, Yala & Habaraduwa

    from £4000 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Explore the Cultural Triangle including a visit to the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress
    • This itinerary covers all the highlights of Sri Lanka allowing you experience everything that makes this island so special, wildlife, culture, history and stunning coastlines
    • You will have your own private driver/ guide to show you around
  • A Week in Sri Lanka

    Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya

    from £2500 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • Explore the Cultural Triangle including a visit to the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress
    • Enjoy some of the best of Sri Lanka in this short, but unique itinerary taking in Sri Lanka's incredible ancient cities, the green hills of the tea country and the city of Kandy
    • You will have your own private driver/ guide to show you around, making your trip easy and relaxing
  • Epic Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Hatton, Galle & Balapitya

    from £3100 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Sri Lanka is an endless treasure trove of offerings and this trip ensures you explore the very best in style
    • The cuisine in Sri Lanka is exceptional and with each area you visit you can enjoy an array of amazing dishes to tantalise the taste buds
    • Featuring the best of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels, you will enjoy stays at sister properties The Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach
  • Family Fun in Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya & Tangalle

    from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Perfect itinerary for a family with teenagers - a great mix of adventure and relaxation
    • A private driver/guide throughout giving you complete flexibility
    • Spot an elusive leopard in Wilpattu National Park
  • Sri Lanka Safari

    Kotuguda, Wilpattu, Sigiriya, Gal Oya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park & Galle

    from £4800 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights

    • Get off-the-beaten track with this 15-night itinerary 
    • This trip takes in three of Sri Lanka's National Parks where you will have the opportunity to see some incredible wildlife
    • With expert guiding throughout, this is a perfect trip for nature lovers

Location & directions

Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Camellia Hills is located in the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea. The property overlooks the Castlereagh reservoir in the central highlands in Hatton. Hatton can be accessed by road or by train.

How to get there

Fly into Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport. From there catch a seaplane to Kandy where you can enjoy a scenic train journey to Hatton. Alternatively, the journey time is around four to five hours from Colombo.

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