Whether guests arrive by seaplane on the lake or along the winding, dusty tracks, reaching Camellia Hills in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country is an awesome experience. A modern bungalow in the most historic of settings, its jolly spaces are open to hillside breezes and deliver sweeping panoramas of the Central Highlands with verdant rolling plantations as far as the eye can see. Castlereagh Lake views steal the show in five individually designed rooms with clean, contemporary details and expansive picture windows. Lakeview bedrooms also have generous terraces - the perfect place to drink in the brilliant vista and a refreshing sundowner.
The infinity pool, which overlooks the lake, is bordered by immaculately ordered plantations. The timber-beamed restaurant produces perfectly executed Sri Lankan classics as well as international fare. Further afield there is much to explore - seek out the colonial churches, century-old tea factories and vivid Hindu shrines secreted among the breath-taking scenery or discover the cloud forests of Horton Plains National Park and the St Clair waterfalls.
Those seeking complete tranquility
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Feast on afternoon tea in the gardens overlooking Castlereagh Lake
Absorb the views of emerald hills from the infinity pool
Learn to create typical Sri Lankan cuisine with a cookery demonstration
Take gentle walks or more challenging hikes in the pristine surroundings of the tea country
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Learn about the rich heritage of tea making in the region on a plantation tour
Take a relaxing boat trip on the waters of Castlereagh Lake
Discover the pristine flora and fauna of the region at Horton Plains National Park
Go white water rafting or hiking to a hidden waterfall
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