Ceylon Tea Trails has been recognised at this year’s TripAdvisor awards in the Travellers’ Choice World and Asia categories. The TripAdvisor awards are prestigious and coveted globally, as it is the largest online travel community, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors.
Tea Trails was recognized in the categories for Top 25 Boutique Luxury Hotels in the world, Top 25 Small Hotels in Asia, and Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia.
Malik Fernando, Managing Director of Resplendent Ceylon stated, “We celebrate Ceylon Tea Trails being named amongst the best hotels in the world. Ceylon Tea Trails was the first of its kind, pioneering the concept of luxury tourism in Sri Lanka, the journey beginning when we started thinking of ways to showcase our gorgeous Ceylon tea country to visitors from abroad. As our guests relayed to us how much they loved their Tea Trails experience, we decided to expand and Resplendent Ceylon was formed. Our goal is to continue to be pioneers in the industry and offer the curious traveller a range of experiences linked to Sri Lanka’s history, culture, and nature.”
Ceylon Tea Trails comprises five restored historic tea planters bungalows, Summerville, Castlereagh, Dunkeld, Norwood, and Tientsin, perched at an altitude of 1250 meters in Sri Lanka’s panoramic highland region. The 27 rooms and suites with period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine create an ambience that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury in Sri Lanka. Tea Trails has received recognition worldwide, being listed in Conde Nast Traveller, Forbes, and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few.
Ceylon Tea Trails, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, is the first in Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of small, luxury boutique hotels, Conceived by the Fernando family, Sri Lankan tea producers and founders of Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of resorts offer the discerning traveller a remarkable circuit across Sri Lanka, with a range of authentic experiences, while contributing towards local communities and the environment through the MJF Foundation and Dilmah Conservation.
The 15-year journey, which started with Ceylon Tea Trails, has seen Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala set a new standard for luxury beach resorts and luxury safari lodges respectively. Cape Weligama has become one of the most celebrated beach resorts in the world, being named in Harper’s Bazaar list of 150 best hotels. Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala is a pioneer in sustainable design and practice and has won accolades for its innovative architecture. Most recently, it was listed by Escape.com as one amongst six resorts that have the best sustainable practices in the world.