Few locations in Sri Lanka can match the panoramic splendor of the Castlereagh Valley, in the island’s western hill country, and this is the setting for five-bedroom Camellia Hills. Overlooking a mirror-still reservoir that spans five kilometres of a deep valley, this new boutique hotel sits on a mountainside amidst and overlooking emerald tea bushes and pine forests. A contemporary interpretation of a tea planter’s bungalow, the hotel’s bedrooms, living and dining areas are located across a series of levels, and flaunt the stunning hill country views.
The three Lakeview Bedrooms and two Camellia Bedrooms all offer panoramic views. There’s a cosy open plan lounge with fireplace, and guests can dine indoors or on an open-sided terrace to take advantage of the valley vistas. In the garden lies a 10-metre infinity swimming pool and a relaxation ambalama for absorbing the scene.
A team of butlers attend to guests and the hotel promises the same high levels of service and comfort as at sister hotels, The Wallawwa, Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach.
The climate in the hills is warm during the day yet fresher and cooler at night, and ideal for long walks. Scenic hikes through tea bushes and forests are a highlight of a stay.