The world’s first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails is an icon for small luxury resorts. Comprising of five restored colonial era tea planter residences, the period furnishings, gracious butler service and gourmet cuisine create an ambience that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury bungalows in Sri Lanka. Situated at an altitude of 1250 metres near Hatton in central Sri Lanka, the resort borders the World Heritage Central Highlands and offers breathtaking panoramas of mountains and lush tea fields for you!
The five Tea Trails bungalows lies nestled among the hills of the Bogawantalawa region in the Dimbula district in South Central Sri Lanka. It is here that the créme de la créme of Ceylon teas – the fragrant and delicately flavoured “high growns” flourish. Bogawantalawa is known as “The Golden Valley” on account of its lush, vigorous tea bushes that produce full bodied to light, delicate and fragrant teas throughout the year. This is perhaps the most famous region for Ceylon Tea and one of the first areas to be planted after tea took over from coffee in Ceylon in the 1870’s. The area covers the extensive western slopes of the tea planting districts. Furthermore,the five Tea Trails bungalows are located between 2 km and 15km from each other. This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls!
Rooms are named after tea planters who lived in the bungalow. They offer a taste of colonial-era luxury with solid teak furnishings, antique touches and plush beds, including the Master Suites, Garden Suites and Luxury Rooms. On the other hand, a secluded Owner’s Cottage offers a relaxing feeling in immense of four-poster beds, crisp white sheets. Twenty-six elegant and charming rooms and suites are being decorated each in a unique style, ranging from neo-colonial to classic English.
The bungalow was built in 1890 and rebuilt in 1950. Each bungalow comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys, which is from 4 to 6 room each. Moreover, each bungalow offers spacious bedrooms with a private space to unwind after a long trek as well as with swimming pools, English gardens that filled with rose and more!
Ceylon Tea Trails has opened up a world of adventure and discovery in the Bogawantalawa Valley. The unspoiled beauty of the surrounding valleys and hills are an unparalleled biking, hiking and walking experience. Pristine trails through immaculate tea gardens, at an altitude of over 1500 metres, provide a wide array of activities for different levels of ability.
Experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the sweet rhythm of life in a tea garden. A leisurely walk, an adventure trek or a challenging mountain bike ride provide rewards of vistas of mountain lakes, manicured tea gardens, forests and doll’s house villages.
On the other hand, a unique aspect of Tea Trails’ cuisine is the use of fresh, home grown vegetables, herbs and teas from the surrounding estates whereas it is one of the best authentic Sri Lankan cuisine that you must experience. Dont forget to enjoy one of the special aromatic baths and other signature spa treatments at Ceylon Tea Trails during your stay!