We stayed for two nights at the Tienstin bungalow. This is the farthest of all the bungalows and that is the only negative I'd give it. Along with the time it takes from Kandy to reach this place. Now with that out of the way, I can praise the bungalow and the service to my heart's desire. The room we stayed in (the most basic one, cannot remember the name now) was beautifully decorated and was huge. The bathroom was the highlight with a claw foot bathtub and the size of the bathroom was amazing as well. The staff and the chef were amazing and the food is very very good. We were stuffed all the time, yet could not let go of the desserts at the end of the day :) As others have mentioned before, you can go from one bungalow to another for your meals, though it is a long drive, especially from Tienstin. We did both the walks from the bungalow which took us through the plantations and the village. However as someone else has pointed out as well, the walks took a lot more time than advised by the staff, and we were reasonably fast paced.
On the last day we went for a meal at the bungalow Summerville which was after our check out. We were provided a free transport for the same. However the staff at Summerville didn't seem happy to see us. Even though they served the food professionally and had taken care of all our meal requests, there was no warmth in their service. It was almost like we were a burden for them. Also the bungalow didn't look as spectacular as Tienstin. But the gorgeous reservoir views made up for it. All in all an amazing stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort, is a collection of five colonial era tea planters' bungalows restored to impeccable style, offering a taste of gracious living in 26 suites and rooms, with butler service and original furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals. Walking trails connect the bungalows which are from 2km to 15km apart. Follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. Rates are fully inclusive of gourmet meals and drinks, including spirits and wines. Even service charges, taxes and laundry are included. We won't bother you with bills. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton
- Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka/Hatton