Ceylon Tea Trails - Tientsin
Welcome to Ceylon Tea Trails, a range of luxurious planters’ bungalows in Dickoya, found approximately 4,000 feet above sea level in the southern highlands of Sri Lanka’s tea country. Tea Trails comprises five classic colonial bungalows, built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. Each bungalow is different, combining both classical and contemporary styles: the effect is quintessentially luxurious and colonial, a stroll back in time but entirely resplendent in modern amenities. Within the confines of each bungalow guests will find over-sized rooms with four-poster beds, lavish bathrooms and a blazing log fire in the dining and drawing rooms. The meticulously maintained gardens also feature sun-decks and summer houses where traditional English Cream Teas are served by the bungalow’s resident butler. Enjoy reading by the pool, having high tea in the summerhouse or a gin and tonic on the terrace.
Built in 1888, Tientsin Bungalow is the oldest of the five bungalows and has been beautifully restored with all the features including fireplaces and old wooden floors intact. With rose terraces, leafy arbors and pergolas covered in flowers, the garden was originally designed by a tea planter’s wife. All Tea Trails bungalows have three types of rooms; Luxury Suites, Garden Suites and Master Suites, each named after former tea planters who served the estate.
The Luxury Rooms at Tientsin include Brebham and Meares. While Brebham features a king-sized bed, Meares offers twin beds. Both rooms have ensuite bathrooms with baths.
The three Garden Suites; Bretherton, Moir and Fraser feature king-sized beds, private verandas with views of the tropical garden. The ensuite bathrooms offer a bath with rain showers.
The Irvine Suite is spacious and comprises of two adjoining rooms. This Master Suite has a separate living area which offers vistas of the mountain and the tea fields beyond. Ensuite bathroom feature a bath as well as a walk-in rain shower.
Sri Lanka’s ‘green gold’ is a large component of the Ceylon Tea Trails culinary experience: the innovative dishes are infused with the tea that lushly carpets the hills. Fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon and mint inspire dishes that, combined with tea and fresh home-grown vegetables, create truly unique takes on classical British and Sri Lankan cuisine. All food and drink is included at Tea Trails; everything from your steaming cup of ‘bed tea’ in the morning to your delicious four-course dinner accompanied by fine wines, spirits and cocktails. Each bungalow has its own staff that includes a very talented chef and a personal butler who will take care of your every need. Breakfasts are lavish affairs where the full English must be tried at least once. Lunches are typically light and informally-served on your veranda, although you could indulge in a delicious Sri Lankan rice and curry. Picnics of salads and roast beef sandwiches are provided if you want to go exploring. Be sure to return by 4pm to treat yourself to the delicious cream teas! Dinners are formal affairs. Expect lavish set menus and generous desserts that include cinnamon tea poached pears with butterscotch ice cream and a wicked chocolate biscuit cake!
Just for the kids
All bungalows are family friendly. Children can enjoy walks around the tea trails as well as learn about tea and how it grows.