The Fernando family – Sri Lanka’s most prominent tea producers and founders of Dilmah Tea – are delighted to announce the formation of a new collection of hotels. Resplendent Ceylon has been formed to create and manage a collection of small, luxury resorts offering a unique ‘trail’ across Sri Lanka. They will offer the upscale traveller a range of authentic experiences linked to Sri Lanka’s history, culture and nature. Like Dilmah, they will have a passionate commitment to quality, authenticity and sustainability.
The family’s first venture into hotels was the opening of Ceylon Tea in 2005 which remains Sri Lanka’s first Relais & Chateaux property. It comprises four luxurious colonial era tea planters’ bungalows, restored to impeccable taste and connected by walking trails through the Fernando’s own tea plantations. Guests can follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each, or just laze in one. Thanks to unprecedented popularity, Tea Trails will be extended this year to include an additional bungalow.
To add to this, the company’s first beach resort, Cape Weligama, opened its doors in October 2014. Situated along Sri Lanka’s spectacular South Coast, only 30 minutes from Galle Fort and with magical views over the Indian Ocean, is fast becoming the country’s most sought after beachside address. Infinite 270 degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean are celebrated from every curvaceous corner of this clifftop resort. Generously sized villas and suites ranging from 130 to 300m2 – with contemporary interiors, exquisite custom-made furnishings, ocean-facing bathrooms, lush gardens and private butler service.Dining options include a cliff edge Teppanyaki pavilion, an alfresco Sri Lankan restaurant and a spectacular ocean view dining pavilion where guests interact with chefs to select fresh seafood at the “Pola” (Market).
Thanks to the new Southern Highway, Cape Weligama is less than two hours away from Colombo. Alternatively, a seaplane service also connects Tea Trails and Cape Weligama in a scenic twenty minute journey across Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country.
In addition, two luxury tented camps are currently underway; Wild Coast Lodge will open in mid-2016 on a secluded beach in the Yala National Park, a Leopard hot spot in south-eastern Sri Lanka. Red Rocks Beach Camp will follow, located on a pristine sandy beach in Kuchaveli, near the famed seaport of Trincomalee on the North Coast of Sri Lanka. Both camps will feature 28 custom-designed air-conditioned 45m2 tented suites with 25m2 decks, offering the experience of a jungle camp with the luxury of a deluxe hotel room.
13 May 2015