TEA AND FORT WITH SPA INDULGENCES

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Highlights of this tour include one of the best tea experiences in the hill country, daily spa treatments of your choice, a visit to the UNESCO Galle Fort with a resident expert, whale and dolphin watching, a leopard and bear safari in Yala National Park, accommodation in the world’s first tea bungalow resort – a Relais & Chateaux property, as well as acommodation in the historic Amangalla next to the Indian Ocean and travel with ease between hotels with Cinnamon Air.

  • Days 1 - 2

    Ceylon Tea Trails

    Accommodation: 4* Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka All Inclusive

    Upon arrival at the airport you will be escorted by Cinnamon Air and fly away to the hill country. 

    Ceylon Tea Trails

    The world’s first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails is an icon for small luxury resorts. Comprising of five restored colonial era tea planter residences, the period furnishings, gracious butler service and gourmet cuisine create an ambience that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury bungalows in Sri Lanka. Situated at an altitude of 1250 metres near Hatton in central Sri Lanka, the resort borders the World Heritage Central Highlands and offers breathtaking panoramas of mountains and lush tea fields. Each bungalow is unique and exudes its own exquisite ambience.

    You are entitled to any two massages (preferably one per day) during your stay.

    Things to do while at Tea Trails

    Tea Experience - The Resident Tea Planter will demonstrate the age-old tea making process. First, follow the trail of the planters of old Ceylon, as they trekked through the dense jungle looking for the best slopes on which to plant tea. Then on to watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands. Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to “made” black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. The daily complimentary group tour ends with a tasting of different grades of this great brew. Together with tea-infused cuisine, tea based spa treatments and trekking trails that traverse tea-blanketed hills, you can literally lose yourself in tea. You will leave Tea Trails with a newly found appreciation of this wonder herb “Camellia Sinensis” & the terroir of Ceylon Tea.

    Walks - A leisurely walk or an adventure trek is a delightful way to experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the sweet rhythm of life in a tea garden. Take in vistas of mountain lakes, manicured tea gardens, forests and doll’s house villages. A guide can be provided or self-walk on the marked trails which are selected for varying levels of ability. Many of the guests walk from one Tea Trails bungalow to another for a meal or cup of tea.

    Mountain Biking - Ceylon Tea Trails has opened up a world of adventure and discovery in the Bogawantalawa Valley at an altitude of over 1500 metres. The unspoilt beauty of the surrounding valleys and hills are a great biking experience. Mountain bikes are available in the bungalows for complimentary use.

    White Water Rafting - After coming off the slopes of Adam’s Peak, the clear waters of the Kelani River wind their way through the Hill Country of inland Sri Lanka before emptying into the Indian Ocean. The put in for rafting is just upstream from Kithulgala, a small town in the tea country. After a safety briefing and a few pointers on rafting technique, jump right into the action. Seven high quality, class II and III rapids and temperate waters make the Kelani a premier introduction to the sport of whitewater or an exciting choice for experienced rafters. The river hosts rapids between grades 2 and 3, with the rafting stretch approximately 6.5 kilometers in length, and taking between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to complete, depending on water levels.

    Tea Trails Spa Signature Specials 

    Tea Trails Signature Massage - 60 minutes. Using a fusion of massage strokes from the Far East and Sweden, the Tea Trails signature massage has been created to soothe your senses and relax your soul. Let the soft, compassionate, and healing hands of the expert Sri Lankan therapists lead you on a journey of flowing tranquility.

    Deep Tissue Massage - 60 minutes. This nurturing and therapeutic massage will relax your tissues, lengthen your muscles and release built up tension whilst giving you the added benefits of pain alleviation, better posture and more flexibility and fluidity. Surrender yourself to this slow and deep manipulation.

    Reflex Zone Therapy - 45 minutes. Let the gentle application of pressure to the reflex points of your feet encourage your whole body to heal and relax. This therapy will induce an incredible feeling of well‐being. 

  • Days 3 - 4

    Galle Fort

    Accommodation: 4* Amangalla, Sri Lanka Full Board

    After breakfast check out and take the seaplane to Koggala and ground transfer to Galle.

    Amangalla

    A stately grande dame in the city of Galle on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Amangalla has the period charm of a bygone era. Built in 1684, the historic edifice retains its heritage in every architectural and decorative detail. Polished teak floorboards date back to the building’s origins, and the interiors are decorated with antiques that span centuries. The windows look out over the 36-hectare hexagonal stone fort or the property's mature gardens. Galle Fort's tumultuous history spans more than 400 years; the streets are lined with old houses, their verandas still in use every afternoon. Set within its ramparts, Amangalla is an integral part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    You are entitled to any two massages (preferably one per day) during your stay.

    Things to do while at Amangalla

    - Meet up with an expert resident in the UNESCO Galle Fort who will take you around this magical enclosed living heritage city showing you the hidden gems and explaining about the lifestyles of the people. This will be a real hands-on experience where you will get a real idea of how the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left their mark on Sri Lanka and how their descendants are living inside the Dutch Fort.

    - Drive to the Mirissa harbour to get on board your boat for a session of whale watching where you will have the chance to witness blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. You will have an air conditioned cabin with a bathroom along with a lounge area for relaxation as well. ** Only from end October to early April every year

    - Visit the Virgin White Tea Plantation. 4000 years ago the Chinese emperor employed virgins wearing soft silky gloves to cut the tea leaves with gold scissors into a golden bowl. It was a drink exclusively served in the Imperial court. Virgin White Tea is the rarest type of white tea, completely untouched by humans from the tea bush to production and until it reaches the lips of the consumer. You will visit this tea factory who’s entire production is bought by Mariage Freres International – Paris. The only other place in the world that this brand is available for purchase will be at the factory that you are visiting.

    Cinnamon was discovered in Sri Lanka by Portuguese. They identified it is a wild tree, researching its benefits and designing a method to cultivate and harvest it. In time cinnamon cultivation and export became one of the country's prime assets as Sri Lanka produces 90% of world's supply of true cinnamon. This spice is used in both and savoury foods, has a highly fragrant aroma and is incredibly beneficial for health, frequently used in traditional ayurvedic remedies. Cinnamon isn't as well-known as its tea export counterpart. Cinnamon cultivation is a very unique process, also a scarcely known operation. It is truly a one of a kind experience that is both interesting and different.

    Amangalla Spa Signature Specials

    SPA INDULGENCE - 180 minutes. Begin your 3 hour spa indulgence with a cleansing scrub and wrap of native cinnamon and lotus, followed by the signature Amangalla full body massage and rejuvenating sandalwood facial. Finish your treatment by relaxing on the verandah with afternoon tea. Scones with jam and cream, assorted finger sandwiches, a selection of small tarts, cakes and savoury short eats with a choice of tea.

    AYURVEDIC REJUVENATION - 180 minutes. Ayurveda is an ancient philosophy which uses a natural approach to healing. Spend the morning cleansing and detoxifying your body through massage, the application of herbal oils and finally the most relaxing of all, shirodhara. Complete your experience with a uniquely designed ayurvedic lunch. 

    There’re many other treatments for you to choose from as well.

  • Days 5 - 7

    Amanwella

    Accommodation: 4* Amanwella, Sri Lanka Full Board

    After breakfast check out and take the coastal road to Tangalle where you will drive along the coast of the Indian Ocean and en-route witness the unique stilt fishermen of Ceylon.

    Amanwella

    Coconut palms sway above the golden sand beach at Amanwella, a tranquil hideaway set in a cove on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The seaside town of Tangalle is nearby and Sri Lanka’s diverse flora and fauna is ready to be explored. Stroll along paths that wind through the jungle and pretty Wella Wathura village. Take in the spectacular sunset, framed by rocky headlands, from the palm-fringed pool. Or watch it surf side, with your toes buried in the sand. Amanwella’s clean, serene lines frame the untamed landscape. Inspired by modernist Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, suites are constructed from stone, timber and clay tiles of local origin. Each opens onto a private plunge pool.  

    You are entitled to any three massages (preferably one per day) during your stay.

    Things to do while you stay at Amanwella  

    - Take a jeep ride in the Yala national park in search of the elusive leopards, sloth bears, wild elephants, wild boar, Sambur deer, spotted deer, water buffalo and many bird species. The park is one of the best places in the world to see leopards. Early morning and late in the afternoon are the best times to settle in for some leopard and bear sightings.

    - Proceed to Mulkirigala temple which has a history of more than 2000 years. There are 7 painted caves which are almost identical to the Dambulla cave temple in the cultural triangle. Climb up to the caves and be amazed by the beautiful fresco paintings and the Lord Buddha statues located deep inside. This is one of the forgotten gems and you will have the entire location to yourself, away from the hustle and bustle of the other tourist destinations.

    - One of Sri Lanka's premier 18-hole golf course is set amid a vast coconut palm plantation within the Shangri-La's Golf and Country Club, offering spectacular views and distinctive challenges for both casual and seasoned players. The beautifully landscaped par-70 course takes you on a memorable golf experience through three landscaped zones, each with its own unique character: The Coconut Plantation, offering lush fairways and challenging bunkers. Then the Dune Area, with its subtle elevation changes gives you breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and finally the Sapphire Mine, showcasing generous greens with an abundance of water features. The Pro Shop is equipped with golfing essentials, and all golf equipment can be hired. In addition, electric buggies can be provided to enhance the comfort of our golfers. 

    Amanwella Spa Signature Specials

    AMANWELLA MASSAGE - 90 minutes. Our signature massage is a unique combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage. This treatment adapts the finer points to your specific needs and leaves you with a rejuvenating experience. 

    ABHYANGA MASSAGE - 75 - 90 minutes. A traditional Ayurvedic massage using a combination of soothing and symmetrical long strokes to eliminate the impurities from the body. A tri doshic herbal oil is used to rebalance the doshas. This treatment begins with a gentle head massage and uses long strokes to regulate the nervous system and improve the circulation. You have the choice of opting for one or two therapists for this massage.

  • Day 8

    Departure Day

    Accommodation: * ,

    After breakfast take the Cinnamon Air flight from Dickwella to the Colombo airport to connect with your flight. 

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    4* CEYLON TEA TRAILS, SRI LANKA

    The world’s first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails is an icon for small luxury resorts. Comprising of five restored colonial era tea planter residences, the period furnishings, gracious butler service and gourmet cuisine create an ambiance that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury bungalows in Sri Lanka. Situated at an a...
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    4* AMANGALLA, SRI LANKA

    A stately grande dame in the city of Galle on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Amangalla has the period charm of a bygone era. Built in 1684, the historic edifice retains its heritage in every architectural and decorative detail. Polished teak floorboards date back to the building’s origins, and the interiors are decorated with antiques ...
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    4* AMANWELLA, SRI LANKA

    Coconut palms sway above the golden sand beach at Amanwella, a tranquil hideaway set in a cove on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The seaside town of Tangalle is nearby and Sri Lanka’s diverse flora and fauna is ready to be explored. Stroll along paths that wind through the jungle and pretty Wella Wathura village. Take in the spectac...

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Itinerary Overview

Days 1 - 2 Ceylon Tea Trails Days 3 - 4 Galle Fort Days 5 - 7 Amanwella Day 8 Departure Day

Price Includes

- All hotels on the meal basis as mentioned

- All transfers between hotels are with Cinnamon Air (including arrival and departure transfers)

- Ground transfers in a Toyota Vezel (SUV) with an English speaking chauffeur guide throughout the tour

- All experiences, exclusives and entrance fees as mentioned

- All spa treatments mentioned in the programme 

Based On

For 2 adults sharing in a double room.

Guide price per person: £4800 / excl. sports

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