Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya

Grand Hotel is a resplendent colonial-style mountain retreat in the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya in the central region of Sri Lanka. Perfect for luxury stays amid the terraced plantations of Sri Lanka's the tea hills, where your grand accommodation sets the scene for leisurely pastimes and local cuisine.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • 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 the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya is a luxurious 5-star colonial-style hotel in a beautiful natural location. The delicious array of cuisine and luxury wellness studio afford guests a tranquil and indulgent retreat nestled in a serene environment.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location In the centre of Nuwara Eliya, ten minutes' walk of Mackwoods Tea Museum

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo International Airport

Distance from airport Colombo International Airport, 98 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Three restaurants, Bar, Coffee shop, Sauna, Massage, Health centre, Tennis, Billiards/snooker, Shopping arcade, 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, Parking, Laundry.

Land sports

Tennis.

Out and about nearby

Galway Bird Sanctuary, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Adam's Peak, Nuwara Golf Club, Tea estates, Nature trails.

Sports nearby

Golf at nearby Nuwara Eliya Golf Club.

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

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1606J

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 the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Room descriptions

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya has 154 rooms with cable TV, in-room safe, minibar, fridge, telephone and hairdryer.

Deluxe
Junior Suite
Governor's Suite

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

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1606J

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 the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Additional information

Children: Children under 5 years stay free of charge on existing bedding, and 6-12 year olds may occupy an extra bed at an additional cost.

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

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1606J

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 the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

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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