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Where to have a ball in ‘Little England’

Mesmerising hilltop views, cool climate, cheer and pure Ceylon tea!

Central Sri Lanka buzzes with activity during the months of March and April. It’s the Sri Lankan version of summer holidays albeit in a cooler climate. During the public holidays, Nuwara Eliya and Matale cities are alive with bazaars and carnivals. Yet amidst the valleys and tea plantations tranquility reigns.

Tea, colonial architecture and scenery are the hallmarks of this province, which hotels have capitalised on creating unique tea trails and explorations. So grab your sweaters and scarfs and head on over to “Little England” to have a ball.

Ceylon Tea Trails

Get lost in the misty trails of a tea plantation Set within the Norwood plantation, Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of four unique bungalows with individual swimming pools at an altitude of over 4000 feet.

Norwood Bungalow is an elegant colonial styled bamboo structure, the historical landmark Tientsin Bungalow emulates a truly British feel with a beautiful English garden, the lake facing Castlereagh Bungalow draws inspiration from tea history and the cosy Summerville Bungalow. 

Dining is a fine gourmet affairs that honours the planter traditions. Guests can avail themselves to a host of activities including the coveted tea plantation tour.

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Heritance Tea Factory

Heritance Tea Factory offers colonial-style rooms with views of the surrounding tea plantations and hills. It features a luxurious spa, tea-picking tours and a restaurant set in a train carriage.Cosy guestrooms come with a minibar, cable TV and free organic tea leaves.

The en suite bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and a rain shower.Guests can work out at a fitness room or go for a tea plantation nature walk. Massage and other treatments are offered at the Six Senses Spa. Billiards and mini golf facilities are available.The Railway Carriage Restaurant features Western and European meals.

Kenmare Restaurant serves a selection of Eastern and Western dishes.Accommodation and meals are free for hired drivers of in-house guests.

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Langdale by Amaya Boutique Resort

Located in the beautiful Nuwara Eliya Hills, boutique hotel Langdale by Amaya offers luxury rooms with amazing hillside views. It features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi.Rooms at the Amaya Langdale recall the Tea Estate era, with dark wooden flooring and classic furniture. They are fitted with satellite TV, a sofa and a tea maker.Guests at the tranquil Langdale can go hiking in the scenic area.

They can relax in the sauna or steam room, or enjoy a massage at the Ayurvedic Spa.In a cosy dining room atmosphere, the hotel’s restaurant offers International cuisine, ranging from French to Sri Lankan and Japanese. The bar serves cocktails and other drinks beneath the trees.Langdale by Amaya is a 5-minute walk from the Summerset Tea Factory.

By car it takes 20 minutes to Hakgala Botanical Garden and 25 minutes to Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.

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Taprospa "Labookellie Villa"

Taprospa Labookellie Villa sits amidst 1300 acres of rolling green landscapes at the Mackwoods Labookeelie Tea Estate. This elegant colonial-style mansion features massage services, personal butler service and a home theatre system. Featuring a cosy fireplace, the tastefully furnished rooms offer antique furnishings, woven carpets and wooden flooring.

They have a tea/coffee maker and a marble bathroom with a spa bath.

For leisure, guests can enjoy a game of billiards or take a stroll through the extensive grounds. The villa also boasts a book collection and free internet at the lobby. Meals are prepared to order and served in the villa’s intimate dining area or in the privacy of guest rooms.

Taprospa Labookellie is a 4-hour drive from Colombo International Airport and provides free parking.

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Tymawr Villa

Surrounded by stunning green landscapes and picture-worthy mountain scapes in Nuwara Eliya, you will find the Tymawr Villa located in Mackwoods Labookellie Estate. Just a few minutes away from Mackwoods Tea Factory this private villa features warm and personalised service set in a charming English cottage.

With pleasing interiors and cosy decor, the Tymawr Villa is a tourist favourite. Guests can make use of the common lounge area which complete with a fire place as well board games such as carom. The villa also comes with a dining room where guests can enjoy home cooked meals, cable tv and heaters to keep you warm when its cold!

The bedrooms are welcoming, have large windows offering beautiful views and are attached to modern bathrooms. Here, you can relax and feel all your worries and tension fade away with the soothing spa treatments and rejuvenating massages that are available.

What’s more, there are countless serene spots to discover along the mountain trails, so you can go hiking or biking or even go on a sightseeing tour!

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Taprospa ''Westward-Ho''

Taprospa "Westward-Ho" is housed in a plantation bungalow, located within the scenic 1300 acres of Mackwood Westward-Ho Tea Estate in Nuwara Eliya. Free wired internet and a pool table are available at the hotel's lobby. Spacious rooms are fitted with wooden flooring and come with a fan. All come with tea/coffee making facilities.

En suite bathrooms have a bathtub and hairdryer. Taprospa "Westward-Ho" is a 15-minute walk from Mackwood Tea Factory and a 30-minute drive from Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. Colombo International Airport is a 4-hour drive away.

Free parking is available. Personal butlers can serve breakfast to the room every morning, or arrange for English High Tea in the afternoons. The restaurant uses home-grown fruits and vegetables to prepare a selection of international dishes. Leisurely afternoons can be spent with a good book at the hotel's lounge, which features a cosy fireplace. Laundry and ironing services are also available.

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The Firs

Overlooking peaceful views of Lake Gregory just a 5-minute walk away, The Firs offers well-appointed rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi access. Guests can also utilize the barbeque facilities.Located within a 1-hour drive to popular attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the property is also a 3.5-hour drive to Colombo city and Bandaranaike International Airport.

The guestrooms at Firs feature warm décor and are fitted with a DVD player, a writing table and an en suite bathroom with a spacious spa bathtub and a hairdryer.

A 24-hour front desk will be happy to assist with laundry services and airport shuttle services are available at a surcharge. Complimentary butler services are available upon request.The in-house restaurant at The Firs will serve local Sri Lankan, Indian and continental meals.

Guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service options.

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Jetwing St.Andrew's

Set 6182 feet above sea level, Jetwing St. Andrew's offers guests a luxurious 5-star experience in Sri Lanka’s hill country of Nuwara Eliya. This charming Tudor-style residence provides free Wi-Fi, free parking and horseriding.Fitted with fine wood furnishings, spacious air-conditioned rooms have cosy fireplaces and heating facilities.

They are equipped with a safe, private bar and tea/coffee making amenities. Private bathrooms come with a bathtub and bathrobes.Enjoying cool climates and green slopes, Jetwing St. Andrew’s is 5 km from the city centre and 12 km from Hakgala Nature Reserve. It is 170 km, or 5-hour scenic drive, from Bandaranaike International Airport.Guests can take a leisurely stroll or have high tea in St. Andrew’s Jetwing’s gardens.

Leisure trips to the Cloud Forest and Hakgala Botanical Gardens can be arranged at the tour desk.Views of the show kitchen accompany fine dining and an extensive wine list at Old Course restaurant. The colonial-style Road Hole Bar offers garden views with light refreshments.

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Jetwing Warwick Gardens

Elevated 5782 feet above sea level within the mountains of Ambewela, Jetwing Warwick Gardens. Surrounded by charming farm lands, its rooms come with balconies and butler services. A restaurant and library are available.Once the home of a Scottish tea planter, this refurbished bungalow has rooms with a dressing area and sofa.

The private bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub and separate rain shower. Bathrobes and slippers are provided.Jetwing Warwick Gardens is about 170 km from Katunayake's International Airport. It is a 35-minute drive from Hakgala Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Horton Plains, Sri Lanka’s most elevated national park, is 35 km away.The TV lounge features a large DVD collection, while the library offers a place for quiet reading.

Board games are also available. Services include tour arrangements and laundry.Meals can be enjoyed in the garden, on the lawn or by a campfire. The hotel serves English breakfast prepared with produce from the garden. It also offers a variety of teas and wines.

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Qantara Hotel Nuwaraeliya

Offering a spa and wellness centre, Qantara Hotel Nuwaraeliya is located just 800 metres from the famous Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and Royal Colombo Golf Club. Free WiFi access is available.Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen satellite TV, seating area and minibar. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle and a dining table.

Featuring a shower, private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. You can enjoy lake and mountain view from the balcony.At Qantara Hotel Nuwaraeliya you will find a 24-hour front desk, barbecue facilities and terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include entertainment staff, water sports facilities and a shared lounge.

An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including golfing and horse riding. The property offers free parking.The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is 85 km away.The guests can enjoy their meals at the in-house restaurant and refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the bar.

Packed lunches can be requested. Room service is available.

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Bandarawela Hotel

Bandarawela Hotel is a colonial style mountain resort located along Welimada Road in Sri Lanka’s Uva Province. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and a 24-hour front desk.Rooms at the Bandarawela Hotel come with air conditioning, a TV, radio and hairdryer.

Accommodation and meals are free for hired drivers of in-house guests.Guests can enjoy recreation facilities such as tennis, badminton and billiards. A fitness room lets guests exercise. A currency exchange and tour desk is available.

A variety of eastern and western dishes are served at the hotel main restaurant, which offers views of the surrounding tea plantations. A bar and lounge offers drinks and live music.Bandarawela Hotel is about a 3-hour drive from Colombo.

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