Ceylon Tea Trails has won two of the coveted 2009 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards in two categories – Best Hidden Gems, Asia & Best All-Inclusive, World according to Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau’s (SLTPB) Middle East Office.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel community on the web, with more than 32m visitors every month, 9m members and 20m reviews and opinions generated monthly by actual travelers who cover more than 300,000 hotels in 30,000 destinations worldwide. TripAdvisor is an operating company of Expedia Inc. of USA, the world’s largest internet based Travel Company.
Unlike other hotel awards programs, the ‘Choice Awards’ are based on an analysis of real, unbiased reviews and opinions by actual guests. A typical rave review of Tea Trails at tripadvisor.com says: ‘If you stay in one place when in Sri Lanka, make sure this is it!’ Ceylon Tea Trails comprises four colonial tea planters’ bungalows, set among lush Ceylon tea estates, and infused with a new and decidedly gourmet vibe. Each villa, built between 1890 and 1939, offers a taste of colonial living thanks to butler service & authentic period furnishings. Castlereagh and Summerville bungalows have lakefront positions, while Norwood has the best pool, with panoramic views. Tientsin is the most traditional colonial.
‘Sri Lanka has all the necessary ingredients to make it an attractive destination for travellers seeking somewhere new and different, yet offering facilities of the highest international standards combined with the unique charm and adventure of a tropical paradise, an exotic destination with an old-world charm, said Heba Al Ghais Al Mansoori, Middle East Director of SLTPB.
‘Ceylon Tea Trails is a prime example of the top quality hotels and excellent facilities available in the island nation and the property deserves this accolade because it offers facilities to rival the best in the world,’ Ms. Al Mansoori remarked.
Ms. Al Mansoori noted that in addition to the Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka has several city hotels and beachfront properties and a number of boutique hotels to cope with the tourist demand. Most hotels in Sri Lanka offer superb amenities for holidaymakers, whether they are seeking an active outdoor vacation or simply looking for complete relaxation in comfortable surroundings.
Opened by the tea company Dilmah, the resort teaches visitors everything they need to know about the perfect brew. Guests are absorbed into life on a working tea estate, whilst revelling in five-star luxury.
Tea Trails must now rank as the resort that has received the most accolades of any resort in Sri Lanka by the International press in such a short time. Accolades include Best destination in the world to ‘pop the question to your partner’, Wow Traveller Magazine; ‘Top 10 hotels in the world for tea lovers’, Luxury Traveller Magazine, UK; ‘Top Five Colonial Holidays in the World’ and ‘Five Best Tea Plantation Hotels in the World’, both by The Independent newspaper UK; Hot List of best new hotels in the World for 2006, Conde Nast Traveller Magazine; ‘Top 10 Tours to Whet your Whistle’, Belfast Telegraph and, ‘Winter Getaways – 20 Great Destinations’, Travel + Leisure, Australia.
Guests at Tea Trails have included celebrities, writers, nobility, descendents of British tea planters and discerning Sri Lankans.
Sri Lanka offers diversity within easy reach in a small island. Among the many epithets showered upon this tiny island include Serendipity, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma and Pearl of the Indian Ocean to name a few and none comes even close to articulate the true beauty and old world charm of Sri Lanka.
Tourists from around the world visit Sri Lanka every year in search of a perfect holiday ranging from nature, culture, adventure, education, healing and spiritual discovery to connecting with roots or simply to watch a cricket match.