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Tea TrailsLuxury Tea Bungalows in Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Trails comprises five restored historic tea planter residences, called bungalows, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. Complete with period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine, the non-hotel ambiance has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury in Sri Lanka.

The sky awakens in a flurry of colours, setting alight the valleys beyond. Touchdown on the Castlereagh Lake by floatplane. A butler pours you your first cup of tea for the day. The sultry aroma fills the air. Relax and rejuvenate. Sink into luxurious comfort and unwind amidst the cool climate that envelopes our five tea planters’ bungalows and recognise the true purpose and joy of rediscovery.

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Your private oasis steeped in heritage and charmOur Planters’ Bungalows

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Norwood
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Dunkeld
Bungalow
Castlereagh
Bungalow
Summerville
Bungalow
Tientsin
Bungalow

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Our values and vision are inspired by our Founders, the Fernando family, who believe that business is a matter of human service. Our portfolio of resorts are located in scenic and environmentally sensitive areas, enabling us to drive our sustainability agenda across Climate Action, Land & Sea and People & Culture.

A stay at Ceylon Tea Trails would not be complete without a walk along our nature trails encompassing lush tea landscapes, local settlements and rich cultural heritage. Along these trails lie the hidden gems of flora and fauna, and if you’re lucky enough, a leopard pugmark or some fresh scat - the best indicator that we share these paths with the resident leopards of the Peak Ridge Forest Corridor. Guided by our naturalists, get a peek into what a conservationist’s day looks like, walking through our remote camera trails exploring the wilderness of the highlands.

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Your Home Away From Home

Our 27 rooms and suites are named after tea planters of old, who once called these historic bungalows home. Here is the ideal setting to pause, connect with nature and unwind while observing life on a working tea estate. Explore the lush tea fields and visit a century old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon tea. Be pampered by your butler, enjoy a bath ritual, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe by the pool.

Summerville, Castlereagh and Dunkeld sit on the banks of Castlereagh Lake, Norwood is around a 15 minute drive away whilst Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley.

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The Story of Ceylon Tea

The story of tea and the life of a tea planter began over two hundred years ago. Our island was under British rule. Sir James Taylor replaced the crop of dying coffee with that of tea and our island was never the same again. Tea is more complex than you think - the tea leaf goes through the stages of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying, grading and packing until it arrives in your hands in the form of a drink. Tea is more than just a drink; it is a way of life.

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Escape to the magical heartland of Ceylon Tea Curated Experiences

Our experiences are mindfully curated to offer an authentic, intimate exploration into the essence of Sri Lanka. We also offer activities with healthy doses of fun, adventure and pampering, along with a holistic wellness offering for guests to escape their urban life and soothe mind, body, and soul. A selection of engaging activities for families - with a special selection for kids - are on hand as well, to round out the perfect getaway.

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Celebrate the abundance of hyperlocal produceDining

Celebrate the abundance of hyperlocal produceDining

You won’t find any menus at our bungalows. The island’s first Relais & Chateaux Bungalows combine delicate fine dining with a celebration of local flavours and traditions, with dishes tailored on a daily basis to showcase fresh and seasonal produce.

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Cool, misty air, planters’ bungalows, rolling tea hills and the warmth of friendly people… welcome to our island home. Our Resplendent Journeys take you across diverse landscapes from mountainous jungle terrain to roaring waterfalls and lush green tea fields, allowing you the opportunity to revel in rich, sensory and evocative experiences.
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