This week, we want to sip our cuppa in Sri Lanka‘s once-hedonistic Hill Country, with gourmet meals and spa treatments just steps away. Enter Ceylon Tea Trails hotel, four plantation bungalows overlooking terraced tea fields and a mirror-flat lake, with a team of butlers who can whip up your favourite tipple in no time.
Style Black tea, white mischief
Setting Haute hill-station
Why this week? Book a two-night stay or longer before 30 November and get 20 per cent off Ceylon Tea Trails. Visit between December and April for mild days and the chance to join pilgrims scaling holy mountain Adam’s Peak. Smith members also receive an exclusive tea-tasting for two, following a tour of the Norwood factory with ebullient Andrew Taylor, the hotel’s planter-in-residence, who’ll have you chanting the ‘two leaves and a bud’ mantra in no time.
Our favourite bits Mist-shrouded hills, towering eucalyptus trees and manicured gardens make for a seriously serene setting. Kick back on the view-boasting verandas or in the fireplace-flaunting lounge areas, or make for the croquet lawns and spring-fed pools. The bedrooms are colonial-chic to a t, with net-draped four-posters, claw-foot bath tubs and chaise longues for Victorian-style swooning.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Made up of four enticing and individual luxury estates, boutique retreat Ceylon Tea Trails is encircled by olde-worlde terraced tea gardens and overlooks Castlereagh Lake, redolent of a Scottish loch with mist rising off the shimmering water. All around, startlingly green terraced hills are cloaked in manicured tea bushes peppered by bright flashes of chilli pink and cochineal.’