Luxury hotel holiday Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton

Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's only Relais & Chateaux Resort is located in high Tea Country, offering luxury living in a beautiful location - each of the four individually styled bungalows are elegantly and luxuriously furnished with a butler at your beck and call.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on full board
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Ceylon Tea Trails is an exclusive luxury boutique resort nestled amongst the natural beauty of high Tea Country. Gourmet dining, luxury amenities including butler services and the local tea farms afford guests a truly secluded, tranquil experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 35-miles from Nuwara Eliya

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 4 1/2 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Garden dining, Lounge, Bar trolley, Landscaped gardens, Board games, Swimming pool at all four properties, In-room Spa treatments, Complimentary laundry, Communal TV and DVD player, Wi-fi enabled, Mountain bikes and guide available for hire, Guide hire available for circuit walks, Tennis court at Tientsin.

Complimentary

Three gourmet meals daily, Afternoon cream tea, Drinks (juices, wine, soft drinks, international beers and spirits, tea and coffee), Telephone calls within Sri Lanka and Gratuities.

Land sports

Tennis court at Tientsin, Mountain bikes and guide available for hire, Guide hire available for circuit walks.

Sports nearby

Join in the local atmosphere at the Darrawela Planters Club - Tennis, Snooker, Pool, Badminton.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury room for 7 nights

From about

£3,140

Holiday Code EXH959

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Room descriptions

Ceylon Tea Trails has a total of 20 bedrooms in four estate bungalows, all with en-suite bathrooms with twin washbasins and a traditional bathtub and shower, king-size bed (except one twin-bedded room in each bungalow), in-room safe deposit box.

Luxury Room
Garden Suite with private garden
Master Suite with separate living room and private garden (except at Tientsin bungalow).
The bungalows
Norwood Bungalow lies on a hill surrounded by tea plantations, with herbs and vegetables growing in the back garden whilst the front lawn is for croquet. There is a swimming pool and a summer house as well as 5 bedrooms (1 master suite, 2 garden suites and 2 luxury rooms), a library, dining room, sitting room and a small computer room
Castlereagh Bungalow lies about 100 metres above Castlereagh reservoir with lovely views of the lake and the hills around. The dining terrace looks onto the lake and lawn, which has a swimming pool, croquet and summer house. Castlereagh has 5 bedrooms (3 garden suites and 2 luxury rooms), a living room and a library.
Tientsin Bungalow is in a secluded location in a steep valley, with less impressive views than the other three Tea Trail bungalows. Tientsin has 6 colonial style bedrooms (1 master suite, 2 garden suites and 3 luxury rooms), a library, lounge and garden dining, a swimming pool (5 ft deep), a tennis court and landscaped garden.
Summerville Bungalow lies above Castlereagh reservoir nearly facing Castlereagh bungalow on the other side of the lake. It enjoys lake views from the living room and terrace, the bedrooms look onto the lovely gardens, whilst tea estates adorn the hills above. The interior has just been totally renovated, providing 4 bedrooms (1 master suite, 2 garden suites and a luxury room). There is also a swimming pool.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury room for 7 nights

From about

£3,140

Holiday Code EXH959

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Ceylon Tea Trails in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 4 hours and 15 minutes' drive from Colombo airport. However, it is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide and you would often approach the hotel from a previous stay in the Cultural Triangle to the north, or from Yala or Galle to the south.

Additional information

Minimum stays: Two nights.

Children: Children are welcome at Tea Trails. Up to two children aged 2 to 12 years can share their parents' room at an extra cost per child that includes an extra bed. Bearing in mind the peace and quiet that most guests prefer, parents are asked to ensure that children are not noisy inside the bungalow.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury room for 7 nights

From about

£3,140

Holiday Code EXH959

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Highlights of Tea Country

Kandy market; Kandy area – handicrafts villages and workshops – brass, musical instruments, basket weaving, batik, painting; Kandy evening cultural show; Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage; Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; Mahaweli River and Victoria Dam; Tea estates; Drive to Nuwara Eliya and around the tea plantations, visiting a tea factory; Hantana mountain and Hantana tea plantations - walks and museum; Buddhist sites near Kandy – Gadaladeniya, Hindagala Vihara, Embekke Divale, Lankatilake; Mahiyangana – Rajamaha dagoba; Aluvihara Buddhist temple; Aluvihara Heritage Centre (Ena de Silva batik art and workshop and Sri Lankan rice & curry lunch); Knuckles Mountain Range - scenic drives and walking; Rubber plantations; Spice farms; Rail journey to Tea Country; Relaxing in the lush tropical hills; Treat your body, mind and soul to a programme of Ayurvedic massage and herbal treatments; Golf at the Victoria Golf course; Riding at Victoria Saddle Club; Walking and trekking; Cycling; White water rafting at Kitulgala.

Cultural highlights of Tea Country

Places of interest in Kandy include the Temple of the Tooth, the sacred Buddhist site which holds the tooth of Lord Buddha which is said to have been brought from India in the third century. The Temple lies within the Royal Palace complex along with the National Museum, the Audience Hall and a museum dedicated to the famous elephant, Raja. British legacies remain in central Kandy, in the form of grand old buildings and hotels, St Paul’s Church and Royal Palace Park. It is possible to walk most of the way around the lake besides which Kandy is built, where you can see the Royal Bathing Pavilion and the royal summerhouse which is on an island in the centre of the lake.). There is a lively market and a plethora of shops, gem showrooms and arts & crafts workshops. There are also several nightly cultural shows that showcase traditional Kandyan drumming, music and dance and the city boasts a fine international cricket stadium. Other highlights of the region include Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned or injured elephants are cared for; Nuwara Eliya, a hill town with many British influences; the mountainous scenery and tea plantations around Ambewela and Bandarawela; the Highland Railway between Kandy and Badulla; and Tea Experience and Tea museums, an essential part of any visit to this part of Sri Lanka.

Festivals in Tea Country

Kandy - Esala Perahera Festival - July or August (depending on the date of the Esala full moon). This spectacular cultural pageant is held over 10 days with the processions and celebrations getting more elaborate and longer each day. Although in ancient times this was a procession to honour Hindu gods, during the reign of King Rajasinghe it was decreed that the procession should be in honour the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Each night, dancers, drummers, flute players, whip-crackers and elephants form a procession around the streets and Kandy lake. The ornately decorated elephants increase daily in number to 100 on the last night, the finest of them being the Maligawa Tusker which carries the Sacred Tooth Relic, led by the Chiefs of the Temple in traditional silver and gold ceremonial dress. The Nuwara Eliya season runs from April to June. Horse racing in High Tea Country (trotting) in January, February, April, August and December. Bandarawela Perahera on full moon day in June.

Climate in Tea Country

Climate in Kandy: The daytime temperatures in Kandy and the surrounding hills range from around 22° C to 31° C, with cooler evenings averaging 17° C. It is fairly humid and misty in the evenings with short outbursts of rain. Heavier rainfalls occur during the south-west monsoon from May to August. Climate in the High Tea Country: At an elevation of above 4,000 feet the climate is cooler and less humid with cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings. Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 20s Celsius and at nights can drop to around 10° C. The driest part of the year is between December and April, and September is normally quite dry. The rainy season is May, June and July, and October and November due to the north-east, south-west and intermediate monsoons, and July is generally the coldest month. February and March are usually dry and around 20° C. Micro-climates exist from valley to valley. The weather at Warwick Gardens, for example, is around 16° C at night and can reach 26° C during the day, whilst the temperature at Bandarawela goes from 12° C to 20° C.

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