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Relais & Châteaux Property Spotlight: Ceylon Tea Trails

The perfect vacation is brewing at Ceylon Tea Trails. As the “world’s first tea bungalow resort” in Sri Lanka, this destination offers a cultural experience for both the adventurous and the indulgent holidayer.

Made up of five restored colonial-era tea planter residences, the resort is nestled among the hills of the Bogawantalawa region, an area known for producing quality full-bodied and fragrant teas for over one hundred years. Guests are immersed in panoramic views, lush tea fields and, of course, extraordinary tea culture. Discover and appreciate the journey a single pot of tea takes on “The Tea Experience”—a free, guided tour of the fields and factories, followed by a tea tasting to show the different grades and notes.

Continue your tea travels with a fragrant in-room spa treatment. Choose from a signature Cinnamon Spice, Green Tea, Black Pepper and Orange, Jasmine or a Bergamot and Geranium bath to start your day (the butler will draw one for you), or get a deep-tissue massage to soothe any achy muscles.

If enjoying the mountainscape from your bungalow perch isn’t enough, get out there! There are marked trails for all levels of ability and lengths to travel along. Grab a bike and cycle along the winding roads, pass through small villages and find waterfalls; there’s so much to see, every excursion is sure to offer a new surprise.

But don’t go too far; you’ll want to make sure you’re back for Afternoon Cream Tea (an exotic variance on British high tea), or a gourmet dinner garnished with hand-picked herbs from the gardens and complemented by top-shelf spirits and wines.

A wonderful paradox—contemporary history, enlivening and soothing—a visit to Ceylon Tea Trails is truly anyone’s cup of tea.

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