The 54 cosy, carpeted bedrooms come with bathtubs and showers as well as heating for when the mists close in. As well as the main restaurant, where hotel offers the unusual experience of dining in a 1930s narrow-gauge railway carriage. And in addition to finding out about the local wildlife and community on the nature treks, Guests have the chance to pick their own tea and have it processed in the Mini Tea Factory, so that Guests can take a little piece of Sri Lanka home.
In the mountain range that gave the world pure Ceylon tea, Heritance Tea Factory was built in the days of the British Raj. It has been converted while preserving much of the original style and machinery. From the moment guests arrive, to be greeted by a cup of hot spiced tea, guests realise that this is a hotel like no other. The atrium is latticed with steel, colour coded green to show the original metalwork and red to show which supports were added during the conversion in 1996. Above the head, two giant brass-capped wooden fans remind guests that the bedrooms used to be the withering lofts, where the tea leaves were laid out to let the moisture evaporate.
Enjoy splendid views of the Hethersett plantation or the Randenigala valley from the comfort of the armchairs in the room while sipping a cup of tea made from leaves grown in the hotel's own plantations. Wood is a key element of the rooms, with doors, shelves and cupboards left in their natural colours. All rooms are accessible to wheelchairs, and offer driver quarters if guests have their driver. Hotel also provide free Wi-Fi in every room, as well as laundry service and 24-hour room service.
The main restaurant is the former sifting room of the old tea factory. Most of the original girders and ironwork remain intact, while the service stations are decorated with some of the factory’s packing cases. A table by the window is highly sought after so that guests can admire the view over the surrounding tea plantations while eating. At night, candles on the tables and live piano or guitar music add to the atmosphere. Hotel also offers special vegetarian, Jain and children’s menus – please ask the reception or restaurant manager for details.
At Misty Morning Spa the philosophy is simple : We want to make guests feel better and more beautiful. The three fundamentals are professional expertise, professional treatments and professional products.The Spa has their own line of blended pure massage oils and genuine herbal cosmetics that are made in Sri Lanka from the finest natural ingredients. Managed by Diviyan Spa, the honest and professional therapists from Bali are trained in the spa centre in Indonesia. They will ensure that guests have a relaxing, rejuvenating, enjoyable and memorable experience. The Spa has three treatment rooms, a small steam room and a Jacuzzi. The water comes straight from the hotel’s own mountain spring.
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