Luxury Hotels in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

Lying at 1,250 metres above the tranquil Castlereagh Lake, the Ceylon Tea Trails are a collection of colonial bungalows that give you a taste of how the plantation owners would have lived, where you can walk past brightly sari-d tea pickers on the trails that run between each of the bungalows, go on a tour of the factories and dine on exquisite produce overlooking the lush surroundings. For a base closer to Kandy, we'd recommend the colonial-style Elephant Stables or for a stay on a working estate, we love the misty veranda views and thrilling activities at the Rosyth Estate. 

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Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Sitting high in the Sri Lankan hills, surrounded by thick forest, tea plantations and rice fields, Santani is a boutique wellness resort designed to help guests rejuvenate both body and mind. Everything is personalised, from healthy meal plans to yoga courses, and there's an extensive programme of spa treatments to choose from.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Landscapes & Scenery, Hideaway, Chic Design

Living Heritage Koslanda

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Living Heritage Koslanda is a beautiful hotel in a postcard-perfect setting, nestled in the wildlife-filled 80-acre forest of its surrounding estate, with tea plantations beyond. This attractive retreat blends traditional style with contemporary luxury, and makes the most of its sweeping views.

Best for: Hideaway, Setting & Views, Boutique Hotel, Peace & Quiet

Rosyth Estate House

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

A traditional 1920s estate house, Rosyth Estate House is a rural boutique hotel offering a friendly home-from-home atmosphere. Set among a 62-acre working tea and rubber plantation, it offers spectacular views in its typically Sri Lankan setting. From its hilltop location, you’ll peer over the jungle and out across the rolling hills of the verdant surrounding countryside.

Best for: Family-friendly, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet, Cultural Immersion


Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

This historic 19th-century tea estate is nestled in a beautiful plantation setting amidst mountains and jungle, with elegant colonial-style suites and pretty views. Set in 20 acres of landscaped, flower-filled gardens in one of the premier tea-growing countries in the world, this is an idyllic and exclusive spot to enjoy drinking and learning about the history of tea amidst the ethereal tropical landscapes, as well as discover the surroundings.  

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Landscapes & Scenery, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

Camellia Hills

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Overlooking the unspoilt beauty of the Castlereagh Valley, Camellia Hills combines the appearance of a colonial tea planter’s estate with the laid-back luxury of a modern boutique hotel. Tea lovers will find plenty to divert them here, with no end of opportunities for experiences and tastings in the surrounding tea estates.

Best for: Landscapes & Scenery, Boutique Hotel, Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion

Nine Skies

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

A reformed tea planter's bungalow, Nine Skies offers a slice of quintessential rural Sri Lanka. The hotel is set within several acres of private gardens, with a croquet lawn, a swimming pool and a sundeck. During your stay, you can expect the height of luxury, with stylish, deluxe rooms and suites that open onto intimate garden terraces, personal butler service, scrumptious gourmet food, and views of a historic railway known as the Demodara Loop.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Boutique Hotel, Food & Wine, Setting & Views

Ceylon Tea Trails

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

The most elegant and evocative place to take in Sri Lanka’s lush Tea Country is undoubtedly the Ceylon Tea Trails. Overlooking Castlereagh Lake in the Bogawantalawa Valley, this exquisite collection of five colonial bungalows invites you to trek the famous tea trails between each of its unique accommodation options - or simply relax at one of them, and be transported to the days of the original tea planters.

Best for: Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Walking & Trekking, Seriously special

The Kandy House

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

For anyone who has ever daydreamed about waking up in an eastern colonial mansion, The Kandy House may be just the ticket. Dating back to the early 1800s, The Kandy House is a former colonial manor house set amongst lush tropical gardens in the scenic Kandy countryside. Transformed into an elegant boutique hotel, the homely atmosphere of this historic manor lends itself to utter relaxation after exploring the vast cultural, natural and historical wealth of Kandy.

Best for: History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Hideaway, Cultural Immersion

Elephant Stables

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

The Elephant Stables is a beautiful luxury hotel in the hills above Kandy, Sri Lanka, a colonial mansion with incredible views of the surrounding hills and Knuckles Mountains. The historic attractions of central Kandy lie just 10 minutes away, and delicious Sri Lankan and international cuisine is waiting for you after a day’s sightseeing. The hotel even has a fleet of classic cars which will take you around the local sights and scenery.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Hideaway, Peace & Quiet

Bougainvillea Retreat

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Overlooking the natural amphitheatre of Knuckles Mountain Range and Victoria Lake, the Bougainvillea Retreat is a Mediterranean-style villa set in the heart of Sri Lanka.

Best for: Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, Spa & Wellness, Cultural Immersion

Rangala House

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Rangala House is a luxury hotel in a converted tea planter’s bungalow in the Knuckles Mountains in central Sri Lanka. Surrounded by tea estates and forested hills, yet within easy reach of the unique city of Kandy, Rangala House is a fantastic base from which to explore the diverse treasures of central Sri Lanka.

Best for: Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet

Taylors Hill

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Taylors Hill combines historic charm with contemporary flair, and is perfect for discovering the legacy of tea in Sri Lanka: it sits on a working estate that is home to the country’s first and longest-serving tea factory. Built by a British planter over a century ago, the hotel is named after James Taylor, who introduced commercial tea production to Sri Lanka on the neighbouring Loolecondera estate.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Landscapes & Scenery, Off the Beaten Track, Cultural Immersion

Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge is a luxury tented hotel in an unbeatable location in the Knuckles Mountains, near Kandy in Sri Lanka’s hilly heartland.

Best for: Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, Cultural Immersion, Walking & Trekking


Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Clingendael is a unique colonial style hotel steeped in the calm and tranquility of the Kandyan Hills. Flanked by the world-class Victoria Golf Course, this cosy boutique stands within its own tropical gardens, offering sweeping valley views from its hilltop location.

Best for: History & Heritage, Setting & Views, Hideaway, Peace & Quiet

Ellerton Bungalow

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Seeped in history, Ellerton Bungalow retains the character and charm that it featured during its colonial past. Built for the manager of an old tea estate, it provides a homely and laid back atmosphere to relax after a day’s exploration of Kandy, the Tea Country and the Cultural Triangle.

Best for: History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion, Walking & Trekking

Theva Residency

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

The views are magnificent at Theva Residency: a peaceful, contemporary hotel which lies just outside Kandy at the foot of the Hantana Mountain Range. Here you’ll be made to feel more like you’re staying in a private home thanks to the friendly and attentive staff.

Best for: History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Honeymoon, Boutique Hotel


Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

If you’re into tea, you’ll love Goatfell, a luxurious boutique hotel in Sri Lankan Tea Country. This former estate manager's bungalow sits 2,000 metres above sea level, and you can enjoy panoramic views of the hill country and the mountains - the perfect backdrop to the gardens and infinity pool. Tours of Finlays Tea Factory will see you tasting some of the world’s finest brews, while the nearby forests and mountains await adventurous souls.

Best for: Landscapes & Scenery, Boutique Hotel, History & Heritage, Setting & Views

Heritance Tea Factory

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Calling all tea lovers! Sample some of Sri Lanka’s finest home grown tea at this working plantation, staying in its elegant former tea factory. Its pristine white exterior standing proudly atop miles of lush verdant tea fields, the panoramas from this location are spectacular; perfect for imbibing from a tea terrace with a fresh brew in hand.

Best for: Family-friendly, Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

98 Acres Resort & Spa

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

98 Acres is a warm and rustic eco-friendly retreat overlooking the stunning scenery of Little Adam’s Peak and the tea plantation. The sustainable retreat has been expertly crafted to create a haven to enjoy the magnificent views through the greenery of Ella’s Gap, and to sample a taste of Sri Lanka’s renowned tea industry.

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Peace & Quiet, Romantic

Stafford Bungalow

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Hidden amongst some of the finest tea fields in Sri Lanka, the colonial-style Stafford Bungalow is a family heritage holiday home, originally built in 1834 by a Scottish plantation manager. Though there are still echoes of its original old warm charm, the bungalow has been tailored towards contemporary expectations and alongside the period antique furniture you’ll find modernized interiors and renewed bathrooms.

Best for: Guesthouse or Inn, Setting & Views, Food & Wine, Peace & Quiet

Kings Pavilion

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Set on a hill amongst the dense greenery of the Kandyan Kingdom yet just 1.5 kilometres to the centre of Kandy, Kings Pavilion takes its name seriously, aiming to provide the same experience as a Kandyan king’s luxury retreat. Admire the panoramic views after a few lengths of the hotel’s infinity pool, and be sure to look up as there are many different birds that can be spotted in the grounds.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, Family-friendly, Off the Beaten Track


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