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Camellia Hills, Hill Country

Few of Sri Lanka’s boutique hotels can match Camellia Hills when it comes to location. Perched on the side of a mountain, the property looks out onto a sweeping landscape of tea-carpeted hillsides and the huge, mirror-like Castlereagh Reservoir.

Just five homely, timber-floored bedrooms make up this modern-day tea planter’s bungalow. All are individually decorated with white-tiled bathrooms, traditional wooden beams, four-poster beds and large picture windows, though the best views are reserved for the three Lakeview Bedrooms and their private garden terraces. The atmosphere in the dining room is relaxed, with deliciously prepared Sri Lankan dishes served indoors or on the breezy lake-facing terrace. The garden showcases a 10-metre infinity pool.

Using Camellia Hills as your base, you can set out to discover the area’s manicured tea estates, 100-year-old tea factories, colonial-era churches, hidden waterfalls and colourful Hindu shrines. White-water rafting and day trips to Nuwara Eliya can also be arranged, as well as picnics in scenic locations. The closest town to Camellia Hills is Dickoya, whilst the bustling market town of Hatton lies some 18 kilometres away.

Camellia Hills, at a glance

• Homely, boutique bungalow and tea estate perched on a mountainside at the heart of Castlereagh Valley
• Nestled amidst acres of tea fields
• Five uniquely designed and cosy bedrooms with four-poster beds and far-reaching views
• Picture windows overlook the Castlereagh Reservoir or the surrounding hills
• A relaxed wooden-floored dining room where Sri Lankan classics and international favourites are served
• Inviting high-ceiling sitting room with a crackling fireplace and far-reaching valley views
• High level of service from attentive butlers
• Can be reached by train or by seaplane

For leisure and pleasure

• Sip Ceylon tea on the outside terrace whilst soaking in the views
• Swim in the 10m outdoor infinity pool in the lush garden
• Follow trails through the surrounding tea estates
• Visit nearby waterfalls and colonial-era churches such as Warleigh Church
• Island-hop on the Castlereagh Reservoir by boat
• Witness the ancient art of tea-production on a tea factory tour
• Enjoy picnics in scenic locations
• Climb Adam’s Peak
• Take a day trip to Nuwara Eliya
• Learn how to prepare Sri Lankan cuisine at a cookery demonstration
• White-water rafting

  • Absolutely outstanding. This was the best holiday we have ever had.

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