Say Yes In Ceylon
Condé Nast Traveller India|December - January 2020
Say Yes In Ceylon
Sri Lanka’s tea estates make the perfect setting for romance. Sabyasachi Mukherjee unveils his latest destination wedding edit at the charming, atmospheric Ceylon Tea Trails.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee


From tea trails to unconventional safaris, discover the Sri Lanka beyond the sun, sand and sea with Resplendent Ceylon’s ‘Best of Sri Lanka’ circuit

A New Year is on the horizon, and with it will come a few resolutions—some impractical, some achievable. But the one constant on this list is bound to be travel. We certainly can’t think of a better way to get the New Year underway than by escaping the chaos of the city for somewhere quiet. And you needn’t even look that far. Not when you have the charming island nation of Sri Lanka for your neighbour.

Rediscover Sri Lanka beyond the sun, sand and sea with Resplendent Ceylon. Conceptualised by the Fernando family— Sri Lankan tea producers and founders of the renowned Dilmah Ceylon Tea— Resplendent Ceylon’s bouquet of luxury resorts promises to unveil an altogether different side of this country with a selection of authentic experiences that contribute to local communities and the environment. Their ‘Best of Sri Lanka’ circuit, featuring three exclusive properties—Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge—are sure to throw up a number of delightful hidden secrets.


Picture waking up to the crisp mountain air kissing your cheeks as you gaze out at verdant lawns dotted with the most vibrant flowers. Ceylon Tea Trails promises many such blissful mornings. Founded in 2005, this was the first of the three properties to be established in the circut. Here, it’s all about recreating the charm of working on a tea plantation. The five restored bungalows— Summerville, Dunkeld, Tientsin, Castlereagh and Norwood—perched at an elevation of 1,250m are enveloped by manicured green tea fields, patches of forest and serene gardens. Inside are 27 rooms and suites, each named after the tea planters who were the previous residents here. They reflect a typical old-world charm, with colonial-era luxury witnessed through solid teak wood furniture and plush four-poster beds. Choose from the Luxury Rooms, Garden Suites, Master Suites and the secluded Owner’s Cottage. Expect the finest in hospitality, starting with a dedicated butler service and traditional morning ‘Bed Tea’.


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December - January 2020