There's no better place to indulge Edwardian tea baron fantasies than at Ceylon Tea Trails, a unique collection of five colonial-era tea planters' bungalows dotted along the picturesque Castlereagh Lake in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. The newest, four-bedroom Dunkeld, includes the Owner's Cottage, a romantic one-bedroom retreat tucked high up on the hillside with its outdoor jacuzzi. Oversized suites are filled with teak furniture, roll-top baths and four-posters; some come with garden verandahs too.
A distinctly British country-house party feel pervades; days begin with Bed Tea delivered by a butler, before croquet on the manicured lawns, lavish afternoon teas and pre-dinner drinks by roaring log fires. Take scenic hikes along unspoiled tea trails, go mountain cycling, visit a local tea factory or relax by the pool. The all-inclusive rate includes spectacular food too, with breakfasts of hoppers and coconut roti and multi-course curry feasts for dinner.
Walking and nature lovers
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take an interactive tour to learn about the production of fine Sri Lankan tea
Go hiking or mountain biking in the surrounding tea hills
Learn about leopard conservation at the on-site research station
Feast on a four-course gourmet ‘tea-planter’s picnic’ looking out over the hills
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Kayak on the sparkling waters of Castlereagh Lake
Immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of the region at Horton Plains National Park
Hike the sacred mountain of Adam’s Peak to see the sunrise
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