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Ceylon Tea Trails

Bogawantalawa, Sri Lanka


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Luxury Holidays At Ceylon Tea Trails

As the world’s first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails is a pioneering luxury property that effortlessly combines Sri Lanka’s fragrant heritage with five-star luxury. Butler-service, gourmet dining and spacious private bungalows are the hallmark of this truly impressive property, whilst the stunning setting is truly unrivalled. Situated at an altitude of 1250 metres in the region of Hatton, the resort borders the World Heritage Central Highlands and offers breath-taking panoramas of lush tea fields and the still waters of Castlereagh Lake.

Alluring authenticity is Ceylon Tea Trail’s speciality. Each luxury bungalow is named after the tea planter whom once inhabited it and the traditional ambience continues throughout this exceptional property. Take classic afternoon high teas in the manicured garden to indulge in a bygone era, or enjoy the melange of spices in the resort’s contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine. It is a truly inspiring experience to witness the magic of the valley’s evening mist roll through the hills from your luxurious private bungalow. Artful antiques, fine linens and a masterful marriage of neo-classical and colonial English make Ceylon Tea Trails one of Sri Lanka’s finest properties.

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  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: An authentic heritage experience
  • Feature: Follow in the footsteps of the tea planters of old Ceylon
  • Rooms: 5 unique bungalows
  • Star rating: Member of 'Relais & Châteaux'
  • Nearest airport: Bandaranaike Airport
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Location and transfer

4 hours from Bandaranaike Airport by private transfer.

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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.

Hotel Experiences

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.


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Although our awards and long history stand testament to our success, independent reviews from our clients via Feefo further support our unrivalled travel experiences.

We are proud to have been awarded the Feefo Platinum Service Award in 2021 for achieving Gold Trusted Service for three consecutive years. This independent seal of excellence recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers. Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews and achieve an overall score of 4.5 or more – a testament to our seamless, personalised service, no matter what the world throws at us.

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Along with first-hand experience, a passionate team and over 34 years of legendary heritage, we’re distinguished as leaders in luxury travel by our enhanced level of personal service, and the finer details below…

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