Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of small villas nestled in the hills, surrounded mostly by the Norwood Estate. They once served as Tea Planters’ bungalows and have been refurbished to their former glory. There are four, built between 1890 and 1939, all within a half hour drive of one another. Sri Lanka’s only Relais & Chateaux resort, it offers a taste of the colonial life, with anachronistic butler services and authentic period furnishings.
The emphasis during our visit was very much on European cuisine, using fresh vegetables and herbs from the surrounding gardens, and including a lamb roast that wouldn’t have been out of place on an English dinner table on any given Sunday.
Afternoon tea is quite a ceremony, with three-tiered silver platters loaded with cucumber sandwiches, cakes and scones and the finest Ceylon brews available. Sitting on the terrace, overlooking the lake and the manicured hillsides beyond the croquet lawns, the only decision guests at Tea Trails need to make at this hour is whether to put the jam on the scones before or after the clotted cream. Read more: South China Morning Post