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

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The Fernando Family

Inspired by Tea, Kindness and Hospitality

We are a family business, founded by Merrill J. Fernando, with the philosophy that business must also be a matter of human service. Kindness to people and nature forms the heart of all that we do. In 1985, we set out to make the world a better tea. That’s why we grow our own, unlike other tea companies, then pick the best leaves by hand, not machine, and pack it super-fresh right here in Sri Lanka. But it’s not just the taste that makes our tea better, 15% of our profit goes to humanity through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation. In 2005, we started our first hotel, almost by accident. Read more below.
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Resplendent Ceylon

One Magical Island. Five Extraordinary Resorts

Conceived by the Fernando family, Sri Lankan tea producers & founders of Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of boutique Relais & Chateaux resorts offer the discerning traveller a remarkable circuit across Sri Lanka, with a range of authentic experiences. while supporting our positive impact programs through the MJF Foundation & Dilmah Conservation.

This “best of Sri Lanka” circuit features five distinctive resorts - Ceylon Tea Trails in the tea highlands, Wild Coast Tented Lodge beach-side at Yala National Park and Cape Weligama on the south coast near Galle are the only Relais & Chateaux resorts in Sri Lanka.

Two beachside villa-style stays, Kayaam House in Tangalle and Ahu Bay in Ahungalla complete the collection.
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Sri Lanka

The finest island of its size in all the world

8 UNESCO world heritage sites, mountainous tea country, spectacular wildlife, epic food, and breathtaking coastlines combine to form a tapestry, filled with intriguing characters that bring the story of today’s Sri Lanka to life. Known as Ceylon until 1972, Sri Lanka means Resplendent Island. Just off the southern tip of India, the island is about the size of Ireland and home to 20 million people.
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Dilmah Tea

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. “I wanted my passion for tea to benefit my customers, workers, marginalised people in the community and the environment; I made Dilmah a business that is also a matter of human service” Merrill J Fernando.
www.dilmahtea.com
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MJF Charitable Foundation

Business is a Matter of Human Service

The Merrill J. Fernando Foundation was formed to fulfil our Founder’s desire to make his business a matter of human service. One of the region’s largest private charitable Foundations, it focuses on directly, efficiently and effectively delivering transformational impact to less fortunate communities, differently abled children and youth, while empowering women, youth and men with dignity through free education, vocational training, entrepreneurship, nutrition, provision of medical infrastructure. It also cares for the elderly and fosters advocacy. Together with Dilmah Conservation the MJF Foundation connects with our belief that success is a blessing that must be shared. Merrill J. Fernando disrupted a tea industry that was captive to a colonial economic system. He devoted his life to tea, and overcame the obstacles to realising his dream of a genuinely ethical tea, with faith in God and His Grace. A minimum 15% of the pre-tax profits of Dilmah Tea, Resplendent Ceylon and our other businesses funds the work of the Foundation.
www.mjffoundation.org
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Dilmah Conservation

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Dilmah Conservation began its work in 2007 as an important element in the Fernando 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. We operate the first private sector climate research station. Read more here.
www.dilmahconservation.org
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Relais & Châteaux

Creating Delicious Journeys

Relais & Châteaux, established in France in 1954, is an association of 580 unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world, owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs – most often families – who are passionate about their craft and deeply committed to forging warm, lasting relationships with their guests. Relais & Châteaux members protect and promote the wealth and diversity of the world’s culinary and hospitality traditions, to ensure they continue to thrive. They are equally dedicated to preserving local heritage and the environment, as articulated in the association’s Vision presented to UNESCO in November 2014. Discover all 20 commitments presented to UNESCO here. Tea Trails, Wild Coast Tented Lodge and Cape Weligama are proud to be the sole Sri Lankan members of this prestigious association.
www.relaischateaux.com

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