Luxury Ceylon Tea Trails vacations

Ceylon Tea Trails

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Ceylon Tea Trails is billed as “The world’s first tea bungalow resort.” Made up of five colonial tea plantation houses, staying here is like stepping into another era. You’ll have the services of a butler and exquisite views of the mountains and plantations. You can have a classic afternoon tea – brought to you by your butler. You can also play croquet, swim in the infinity pool and enjoy a drink in the evening by an open fire.

The bungalows are spread out over the Golden Valley of Tea, Bogawantalawa. It’s a two-hour drive to Kandy.

This area was very popular with the British during the colonial era. That explains the croquet lawns and afternoon tea. Ceylon Tea Trails embodies Victorian colonial elegance with a modern twist.

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  • Stay in a colonial era bungalow
  • Private pools
  • Enjoy afternoon tea and whisky by an open fire
  • Mountain views
  • Butler service

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Overlooking the east of Bogawantalawa valley and nestled by bamboo trees, the Norwood Bungalow is a classic colonial residence. The living area is decked out with opulent furnishings. You’ll have a four poster bed, a billiard room, a sundeck, croquet lawn and a pool. This is where the planters would have raised a glass many years ago.

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Named after a Chinese village that produced the tea seedlings, this bungalow has six elegant rooms and classic English gardens. The gardens were created by the planter’s wives who wanted to feel at home on the other side of the world.

Birds nestle in the rose terraces. These gardens are such a beautiful setting to wake up to in the morning. You’ll have a private pool and views of the tea mountains leading to the National Park.

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By the water of a wooded dell, this bungalow is decked out with parquet floors, an open fireplace and a drawing room. There’s an elegant private garden, too. You’ll find summer houses nearby where you can have a cup of tea and imagine your back in the 1890s.

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Summerville overlooks the lake at the edge of the plantation. The bungalow has five rooms and stunning views of the water and the tea mountains beyond. Spend the evenings by the open fire as the mist draws in.

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Dunkeld overlooks Castlereagh Lake and the green fields of the estate and tea factory. The infinity pool offers unrivalled views of the mountains and the hot tub floats gently over the surface of the lake.

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Your butler will bring you tea each morning. Very civilised. The butler will then prepare a bath for you.

You can have a Sri Lankan or English breakfast. To really get that tea plantion vibe you can have whisky by a roaring fire. Afternoon tea is served throughout the day. In the evening, a four course meal will be served.

Rates for food are fully included so you won’t have to worry about bills at the end of your trip.

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