Heritance Tea Factory
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Before it became a four-star hotel, Heritance Tea Factory was, as the name suggests, a working tea factory. There is a strong sense of being frozen in time when you stay here, with many aspects of the hotel linking directly to the British colonial period (19th century): the hotel still has a miniature factory, whilst the fine-dining restaurant – a restored railway carriage – pays homage to the age of steam train travel. Heritance Tea Factory is perched on the edge of a steep slope in Kandapola, a quiet village near Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka, and offers spectacular views across the valley. Its picturesque and remote setting is perfect for those seeking total escape from urban life. There are 47 bedrooms in total, furnished with double beds and heating facilities with ensuite bathrooms with bathtubs and h/w showers. The hotel also boasts two bars; a games room with pool / snooker tables; a mini-golf course; gym and sauna; business centre and conference facilities and a library. An on-call doctor is available and baby-sitting services can be provided. Stay in this atmospheric property and gain a real insight into Sri Lanka’s iconic tea industry: pluck your own tea on the nearby Heathersett Estate; visit the small factory; discover the history of the hotel, and explore the surrounding tea-fields on foot.
There are 32 Premium Rooms, located in the Heathersett Wing. Positioned on the first and third floors, they offer lovely views of the estate. All rooms are furnished with double beds, heating, TV, mini-bar, safe and Wi-Fi. Ensuite bathrooms have bathtubs and h/w showers.
There are three Superior Rooms, located in the Randenigala Wing. These rooms have windows on two sides which provide glorious views of the Randenigala valley and surrounding tea estate.
Executive Floor Deluxe Suites
Also housed in the Randenigala Wing, these luxurious suites are on the fourth floor. In addition to the standard facilities, these rooms have a pillow menu, in-room dining, butler service, and express check-in and check-out service.
Comprised of an interconnecting master bedroom and single room, this suite has breath-taking views of the plantation.
Flower Dew Suite
Named after one of the original proprietors of the estate, this spacious and luxurious suite has a separate living and dining area, whilst the bathroom features a shower and Jacuzzi. It also has magnificent 180-degree views of the estate.
Things to do ?
Sri Lankan and international cuisine is served buffet-style in the Kenmara restaurant. There is also a fine-dining restaurant located in an old railway carriage which offers Eastern and Western fusion cuisine and an ambient atmosphere.
Sustainability has been a key focus for the Aitken Spence hotel group over the past few years. The chain promotes energy and water conservation, educates its staff on eco-friendly practices and encourages guests to ‘go green’. Aitken Spence hotels are Travelife Gold certified.
Just for the kids
Children will love exploring the surrounding estate, either on foot or by bike, and can pluck and process their own tea. They can also play mini-golf or pool and snooker in the games room. A baby-sitter can be made available on request.