Brides Today June-July 2017 - Page 125

hotel of the month Ceylon Tea Trails is The firsT relais & ChaTeaux resorT in sri lanka. don’T miss Their famous Cream Tea. home AwAy from home A one-of-a-kind tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails tops our wishlist for small, luxury resorts this month. Featuring five restored residences of former tea planters dating to the colonial era, period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine,Ceylon Tea Trails brings back the old-world luxury of bungalows in the modern format of a resort. Situated at an altitude of 1250 metres near Hatton in central Sri Lanka, the resort borders the World Heritage Central Highlands and offers breathtaking panoramas of mountains and lush tea fields. Each bungalow is unique and exudes its own distinctive mood while offering guests the non-hotel, home-styled warmth that is the hallmark of the Tea Trails experience. Take a stroll with your beloved along the quaint paths of the surrounding tea gardens, laze in one of the bungalows, or dine in the open against the setting sun. Tailored for tea- lovers-cum-honeymooners as well as those seeking to rekindle passion, the Romance Package promises a curated experience. Savour the natural beauty surrounding the clear waters of Castlereagh Reservoir, while you opt for a fabulous five-course candle light dinner in a private location (if the weather permits). Enjoy their signature High Tea amidst the tea fields, a perfect place to bond. Replenish yourself in a relaxing bath infused with Ceylon sea salts, vetiver, lemongrass, and ginger afterwards while sipping on one of their refreshing drinks. To finish off this cultural sojourn in the right spirit, each couple receives a blessing from the Kovil (temple) at the end of their stay. For a first-hand experience of how Ceylon tea is made, the management arranges for daily tours of the tea gardens. ■ 125