My sister recently returned from her honeymoon in Sri Lanka and stayed for a few days in the country’s central highlands at an incredible resort called Ceylon Tea Trails. The resort is made up of 5 different bungalows that all belonged to British tea-planters during the 19th century. Each bungalow has preserved its colonial-era architecture and is uniquely decorated with period furnishings. Guests staying at these bungalows enjoy a slower pace of travel, soaking in the vistas of Castlereagh Lake and verdant green tea plantations. Of course, tea is a huge part of staying at Ceylon Tea Trails. The property is surrounded by its own tea fields where the tea is picked and processed in a factory. Guests can also take a tour of the factory to learn how tea is made from leaf to cup. Afternoon tea is served every day and each house has a full staff including your own butler, who is there to arrange anything and everything for the guests. The food and drinks are incredible at Ceylon Tea Trails. The chef at her bungalow created custom menus for the guests that featured tea-inspired recipes, like tea-infused chicken, and Sri Lankan classics, like rice and curry. This hotel has a personal and understated luxury and charm that is truly one-of-a-kind! Check out photos from the rest of Karen’s Sri Lanka tour here – you’ll understand why it’s at the top of my travel bucket list!


(photography by Karen Chan)