ABOUT THOTALAGALA

Sri Lanka’s tea plantations the backdrop to nostalgic stay in Haputale

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The first time I went to Haputale was to challenge Mrs Queenie Daniel to a game of Scrabble. Mrs Daniel was renowned throughout Sri Lanka’s tea country as a formidable (if not entirely scrupulous) board game player. But when I checked into Hyacinth Cottage, her quaint B&B, Mrs Daniel was off visiting relatives in Kandy. […]

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Thotalagala – a 5-star bungalow in the middle of tea country

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The staff:  We couldn’t have been met with a warmer welcome than we got from Claire and her team. Waiting for us as our dubiously-driven taxi arrived to deposit us in the middle of the tea plantations, we were ushered inside (our hangers-on, too) and shown through the property. We had our bags swiftly whisked […]

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Sri Lanka Is Ready for Its Close-Up

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Andrew Solomon from Conde Nast Traveler  writes about Thotalagala tea plantation stay, Just a few short years after the end of its brutal civil war, Sri Lanka—with its rambling temple ruins, leafy tea plantations, and wide golden beaches—is bursting with optimism (but not the crowds). “We preferred the more recently refurbished estate house at Thotalagala, […]

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On the Lankan Heritage Trail

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Published in Villa 88 magazine, Autumn 2016 issue The Galle Fort Hotel’s sister property, the Thotalagada tea estate Sri Lanka pays homage to this indigenous Lankan flavor. About 5 hours from Galle, in Sri Lanka’s northern Haputale district, a sprawling heritage boutique bungalow is nestled in the lap of hills, among 8,000 hectares of lush […]

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Why You Should Visit Sri Lanka Now

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Reviewed by Condé Nast Traveler, Thotalagala planter’s bungalow has been added to the hotels to be in and to be seen in by the world renowned travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler on one of their latest reviews on Sri Lanka. “Base yourself at Thota­lagala, a planter’s bungalow turned seven-suite hotel near Dambatenne, the world’s most famous […]

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Thotalagala among Sri Lanka’s newest luxe abodes

Monday, March 7th, 2016

 Reviewed by Conde Nast Traveller India, This quaint seven-room heritage planter’s home (Tea plantation bungalow) in Sri Lanka’s tea country is furnished with carved antique tables, four-poster beds and metal-toed bathtubs. The former home and estate of the legendary Sir Thomas Lipton is close by, and Thotalagala residents get the exclusive chance to visit and […]

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Travel Diary: Thotalagala Tea Bungalow in Haputale

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Reviewed by Style in Sri Lanka, Along the winding roads of Sri Lanka’s hill country through the nearby town of Haputale lies Thotalagala, a stylishly refurbished Tea bungalow owned by the Thomas Lipton Dambatenne tea estate. I was delighted to be invited for a 2 night stay to experience the bungalow and nearby sights, including […]

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Johansens Awards 2017

Best for Service

world travel awards

Best Destination Hotel - Asia & Australasia including Pacific