Luxury hotel holiday The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya

The Hill Club near Nuwara Eliya is a good choice of hotel for those seeking a short stop as part of one of Expressions Holidays touring itineraries of Sri Lanka. The English style mansion has traditional colonial features and the distinctive charm of a bygone era as well as plenty of curious memorabilia. It is within easy walking distance of Nuwara Eliya and its shops, market and golf course. Tea estates and national parks are also within reach by car.
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 Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

The Hill Club is a 4-star boutique hotel offering a slice of colonial nostalgia in beautiful natural location. Manicured lawns and English gardens, comfortable accommodation and access to excellent golf facilities, it is an excellent spot to relax and unwind.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location Less than ten minutes' walk from Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 5 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant in the dining hall - formal, à la carte and set menu, Casual dining room, Reading room, Lounge, The men's bar, Casual bar, TV lounge, Billiard Rooms with 2 full-sized tables, Darts, Laundry service, IDD telephone/email/internet at reception.

Land sports

Games Room, 4 Clay tennis courts with covered viewing platform, Can arrange tee-off times at the Golf Club.

Out and about nearby

Nuwara Eliya with its Market, Shops, Lake, Victoria Park, Historic racecourse and Turf Club, the Hill Club, Sita Amman Kovil, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park (1.5 hours drive), Tea estates and tea factories, Mountain scenery, Waterfalls, Hindu temples and Mosques. Nuwara Eliya Horse Racing in April, Nuwara Eliya Golf Tournament in June.

Sports nearby

Golf at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, Pony rides; Trekking, Fishing, Mountain climbing, Hiking, Birdwatching.

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

From about

£1,580

Holiday Code EXH1082

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 Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

The Hill Club of Nuwara Eliya was founded in 1876 by a group of British coffee planters as a 'home away from home' and is now a privately operated club for Sri Lankans and non-residents. After journeying through Sri Lankan villages and lush tropical landscapes, the sight of this stone cum mock-tudor mansion in a colourful English rose garden is curious, to say the least. Inside, you are greeted with an unhurried atmosphere and an endless array of intriguing memorabilia. Stags heads and antique maps adorn the walls whilst the original telephone exchange (apparently still in working order) sits on an antique table in the hall. The Hill Club offers plenty of space for indoor leisure, reading tea planters' tales in the Reading room, regaling the day's adventures by a log fire in the lounge, playing darts and sipping gin & tonic at the bar. The Billiard Rooms, with their full-sized billiard tables and original raised wooden seats and scoreboards, are still used for competitive tournaments. The Dining Hall serves set menus and a la carte in very formal, colonial style; gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies to look smart. The 39 bedrooms are furnished with colonial period furniture on polished wooden floorboards and many still have fireplaces. They are reminiscent of British hotel rooms in the 1950s with beds that dip in the middle and old-fashioned utilities, though some of the bathrooms have been updated. The Hill Club is only a short walk from the Club House of Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, so ideal for those who want to play a few rounds of golf, and within easy walking distance of the town's other attractions. 'Non-member guests' can 'apply' to stay in one of the bedrooms at the Hill Club or else just book a table for dinner in the Dining Hall, when staying elsewhere. NOTE: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies to dress smartly when dining in the formal Dining Room for dinner. Positively no jeans or casual wear. Alternatively, dinner may be taken in a casual dining room, which does not offer the full character and service of the Dining Room.

Room descriptions

The Hill Club has 39 bedrooms including 2 suites and three family chalet rooms.

Standard room Telephone, heater, room service
Superior room Private en-suite bathroom with shower and/or bath, mini-bar and TV, more spacious than the standard rooms
Suite Larger bedrooms, en suite bathroom, writing desks, sitting area and TV
Family Chalet room The family Chalet rooms are situated in chalets in the garden. Children eat their meals in the chalet.

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

From about

£1,580

Holiday Code EXH1082

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 Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Hill Club 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 45 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

Children: Children under 5 years old will be accommodated only in the Chalets and are not permitted in the club.

Other information: NOTE: The accommodation is not available to non-member guests between Christmas and New Year (20 December to 2 January) and during April, as it is reserved for members during these periods.

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

From about

£1,580

Holiday Code EXH1082

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 Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

About Tea and hill country

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka’s Tea Country incorporates the best of this diverse and exotic region. Popularly known as the High Tea Country, the temperate highlands of southern central Sri Lanka are wonderfully scenic with stunning mountain and valley vistas almost everywhere you go, and of course, often carpeted in tea bushes. Thanks to the multitude of micro-climates, the landscape is constantly changing, and it is an incredibly beautiful mountain area, worth visiting for the scenery as well as the tea culture. It is also Sri Lanka’s heartland for market gardens and dairy products; endless rows of vegetables and strawberries hug the slopes, vying for space with the tea bushes. Kandy, the royal capital of the hill country is a UNESCO world heritage site, built beside a placid lake surrounded by hills. This is certainly a thriving cultural capital with its universities and centres for Buddhist learning and the arts. Kandy is home to one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, as well as a number of other historical and cultural places of interest.

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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