Despite stiff competition, Tea Trails is still probably Sri Lanka’s top Tea Country experience, and certainly one that all others are measured by. A few beautifully restored, 19th-century bungalows are set amongst manicured croquet lawns and English-style gardens. Old fashioned, pristine, and with a premium price tag to match its air of sophisticated formality, this is an opulent way to experience this scenic part of the island.
There’s an air of restrained decadence, and the immaculate etiquette can create a rather aristocratic feeling. Discover intimate bungalows, personal butlers, executive chefs and exquisite high tea served as an essential daily event. A nod to the modern era are the infinity pools, jacuzzis and contemporary cuisine. However, the breathtaking views are timeless.
In central Sri Lanka, in the heart of Tea Country, this collection of individually-styled bungalows is set within serene hillside surroundings overlooking the Castlereigh Reservoir.
In- room spa treatments
All guests allocated bicycles
This place is very, very special. We felt instantly relaxed the moment we walked into our lodge, and those views - wow.
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Everyone involved with Sri Lanka knows the high reputation of Tea Trails. Over the years, a continuous stream of our clients have stayed in the property and the feedback is amazing. We love it, and it makes our clients happy.
It's difficult to choose which of the bungalows is the best because staying in any of them feels like you’ve bagged the best room. One that stands out is the Norwood, rebuilt in 1940 from an 1890 original. It has huge rooms, a croquet lawn and a swimming pool - a truly lavish experience.
High in the hills, this resort is a haven from the fierce Sri Lankan heat. Spend your days cooling off in the pool or playing croquet, and set off to explore the surrounding area on your allocated bicycle. There are beautiful trails linking the bungalows, offering fine views of the reservoir and passing through verdant tea fields. Kayaking on the lake is another great way to start the day. As you’re in the heart of Tea Country, take a trip to the tea factory at Dunkeld, and perhaps combine it with a tour of the Leopard research outpost set up by Dilmah Tea.
Tea Trails is owned by Dilmah Tea, a company increasingly involved in charitable work across a wide area of Sri Lanka. Notably, much of their focus is on the families of the tea estates, in particular helping the children of workers with meals, business funds, and scholarships.
Latterly, the foundation has moved into conservation with a focus on climate change mitigation, species protection and total sustainability, both through energy and agriculture. They have recently set up a research outpost to better understand the leopard population around the estate.
Combine the island’s top wildlife crowd pleasers with some magnificent hidden gems and cultural highlights before spending some time on the beach.