- Type: Luxury Hotel
- Summary: An authentic heritage experience
- Feature: Follow in the footsteps of the tea planters of old Ceylon
- Rooms: 5 unique bungalows
- Location: Bogawantalawa, Sri Lanka
- Star rating: Member of 'Relais & Châteaux'
- Nearest airport: Bandaranaike Airport
Location and transfer
4 hours from Bandaranaike Airport by private transfer.
Culture & History
Immerse yourself in traditional Sri Lanka, with an unforgettable stay in the restored colonial era tea planter residences, complete with period furnishings and a gracious butler service. In the year 1824, the British first brought a tea plant from China to Ceylon; fast forward nearly two centuries and tea production is still a key pillar of Sri Lankan history and culture. Discover this age-old process on the fascinating Tea Experience, following production from planting the crop to the final stages in the factory. In addition, the resort borders the UNESCO World Heritage Central Highlands, offering fabulous excursions with arresting mountain views.
Embark on the essential Tea Trails experience as the Resident Tea Planter demonstrates the age-old tea making process. First, follow the trail of the planters of old Ceylon, as they trekked through the dense jungle looking for the best slopes on which to plant tea, before watching expert pluckers pick their crop with deft hands. Then, explore the fascinating factory - filled with centuries-old British machinery - in which the unchanged artisanal process of making black tea occurs. Taste the delicious brew, before leaving Tea Trails with a newly found appreciation of this wonder herb and the skilful production of Ceylon Tea.
Spa & Wellness
Relax in style with an indulgent spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of your room. Begin or end your day with a sensual bath; choose from Cinnamon Spice, Green Tea, Black Pepper & Orange, Jasmine, or Bergamot & Geranium. Luxuriate with a rejuvenating massage after a hike or bike ride - including the Tea Trails Signature Massage and Deep Tissue Massage - as the therapist's expert hands sooth any aches and pains.