About Us

Experience Sri Lanka’s history, culture and nature with Dilmah Tea's hotel collection

Resplendent Ceylon is part of the Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company. Founder Merrill J. Fernando dedicated his life to tea when in the 1950s, he saw the concentration of ownership in the tea industry in the hands of a few large corporations. His desire to make his tea ethical, is honoured in the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation.

Resplendent Ceylon

One magical Tea Island. Three extraordinary resorts.

My father Merrill, brother Dilhan and I began thinking of ways to showcase our precious Ceylon tea country to visitors from abroad. We were amazed at how much they loved their experiences and the hotel side of the business grew from this. We formed a company, Resplendent Ceylon (Sri Lanka means “Resplendent Isle”), that will develop and manage these unique resorts. The goal is to offer the curious traveler a range of experiences linked to Sri Lanka’s history, culture and nature.

16.	Founder of Dilmah, Mr. Merrill J Fernando standing in the middle of a tea estate

Dilmah Tea

Dilmah was the first producer-owned tea brand

Merrill J. Fernando dedicated his life to tea when in the 1950s, he saw the concentration of ownership in the tea industry in the hands of a few large corporations. It took him nearly four decades and in 1988 he launched his own brand – Dilmah. The name was coined from his two sons’ names. Dilmah was the first producer-owned tea brand, and offered tea ‘picked, perfected and packed’ at origin.

MJF Charitable Foundation

"Business is a matter of human service"

In the 1950s Settlor of the MJF Charitable Foundation, Merrill J. Fernando conceived, the idea of a business that would help restore the fortunes of his country’s ailing tea industry, whilst sharing the benefits of that business with the community. Merrill believed that no business was possible without the combined efforts, involvement and commitment of workers, staff, clients, consumers and in the case of tea - the environment.

Dilmah Conservation

Our Core Commitment to Sustainability

Dilmah Conservation began its work in 2007 an important element in family’s commitment to making our business a matter of human service.  It was by then so clearly evident that human welfare and the environment were inextricably and critically intertwined. 

Relais & Chateaux

The most prestigious hotel association in the world

Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 550 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele.

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