A traditional tea bungalow
Camellia Hills

Luxury living with colonial nuances

Text Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Perched high in the mountains of Sri Lanka’s central highlands, Camellia Hills is a luxury boutique hotel. Flanked by acres of tea estates, Camellia Hills situated in the picturesque hill station of Dickoya also enjoys a profitable vantage point which provides stunning views of the Castlereagh Reservoir against a backdrop of a mountain range. This is a new property which introduces a contemporary twist to the classic tea planters bungalows which are scattered though the Hill Country.

Operated by Teardrop Hotels, Camellia Hills has five luxurious bedrooms which also offer panoramic views of the valley and the reservoir. Each room has a soft muted colour scheme and plenty of space for guests. Comfortable four poster beds with soft linen offer a good night’s rest while the furnishings have an old world charm reminiscent of a planters bungalow from years gone by. The bathrooms are spacious and are equipped with double sinks, rain showers and a bathtub. The rooms also have a decent sized balcony with comfortable seating which is just perfect for relaxing and soaking in the spectacular views.
There is also a decent sized pool positioned to enjoy the views while you are immersed in the cool waters. For those who do not want to brave the pool, the sun lounges which line the pool offer another option to relax.

The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, including a delicious fresh breakfast, lunch, tasty dinner and of course, afternoon tea. The hotel’s chef has crafted a delicious menu, drawing on the success of sister properties The Wallawwa and The Fort Bazaar. Sip Ceylon Tea on the terrace whilst drinking in the views before sitting down to a delectable array of international cuisine. The a la carte menu offers a variety of western dishes with very few Sri Lankan options. However a quick consultation with the chef will yield you a mouth watering selection of delectable Sri Lankan curry made with fresh vegetables sourced from the locality. The restaurant does take pride in the presentation of its food which tastes equally as well as it looks.

Camellia Hills also has an open-plan living and dining area and a cosy fire place which is lit during the cooler evenings. These spaces are ideal to soak up the views while imbibing in a perfect cup of Ceylon Tea from the estate that Camellia Hills is located on for having your meals while watching the technicolour performance that nature displays from the misty blue hued mountains and emerald green encased mountains to the turquoise waters of the reservoir. While Camellia Hills, is perfect for those who wish to unwind and relax, the hotel also offers a selection of trips to local towns such as Nuwara Eliya or a visit to a working tea factory. They also offer boat rides on Castlereagh Reservoir which is as scenic as you can get. Make the most of your stay and venture into the local area visiting the local Conservation Centre, waterfall and mountains ranges.
There are very few locations which can match the splendid panorama of the picturesque Castlereagh Valley. Camellia Hills is fortunate enough to be situated in one of those. This truly is a wonderful place to discover the misty hills and verdant valleys in Sri Lanka’s luscious Hill Country.