SRI LANKA’S TEA COUNTRY

WANDER THROUGH THE HILLS OF SRI LANKA’S TEA COUNTRY WITH TEARDROP

Escape to Goatfell, perched amongst tea bushes amidst the Concordia Estate, and on an astonishing edge-of-the-world elevation above Nuwara Eliya. Part of Teardrop Hotels’ portfolio of small yet stylish boutique hotels, Goatfell is a former superintendent’s residence turned boutique hotel and home to just four ensuite bedrooms in the main house, with living and dining rooms. This intimate experience follows through at every point of guests’ stay – from butler service to the restaurant’s menu, which draws on seasonal vegetables grown on site and by the hotel’s neighbour, translated into a combination of Sri Lankan and Western dishes.

The interiors of the former bungalow resonate with the warmth and country charm of a bygone era, offering log-fired sitting rooms and panoramic tea field views 2,000 metres above sea level – all which can be enjoyed from an infinity swimming pool. This contemporary take on a traditional planter’s bungalow offers guests the ultimate immersion into Sri Lankan culture – without compromising on indulgence and relaxation. Guests can escape and explore the sights of the colonial-era hill station of Nuwara Eliya or visit Horton Plains to peer down from World’s End and stroll through the reserve’s plains, or even embark on an excursion to Sri Lanka’s third-highest mountain Tothupola Kandabefore partaking in sundowner cocktails after a day of exploring.

HOW: Rates at Goatfell start from £352 per night based on two people sharing on a full board basis. www.teardrop-hotels.com/goatfell/