98 Acres, Ella Sri Lanka, Hill Country
This is a beautiful little hotel and spa hidden away in one of the most scenic tea estates in all of Sri Lanka. It has an eco-friendly concept and design, with local building materials used and support to the local tea industry.
The location of 98 Acres is simply breath-taking, overlooking swathes of emerald tea hills and the striking Little Adam’s Peak. Each of the rooms, split into standard and deluxe, are scattered over the hillside and have thatched roofs, simple yet charming décor, private living rooms and verandas or balconies. They are all well-appointed, with traditional stone showers, locally sourced toiletries, LCD TVs, wifi, minibar, safe, hairdryers, etc. The open-air stone baths in the deluxe rooms are also a real treat!
The restaurant, Restaurant 98, has an open-air deck and stunning views to enjoy whilst sampling local, Western and Far Eastern delicacies. There is a small pool for adults and another for children, as well as a bar, gym, games room and a small spa offering herb and tea-themed treatments. Yoga is offered throughout the resort in fantastic locations overlooking the dramatic scenery. There are also activities such as tea tours, bird watching, cycling and treks up Little Adam’s Peak. There is even a helipad for those wanting to travel in ultimate luxury!
98 Acres is spectacular – it’s all about the incredible views here and the good quality accommodation makes it a lovely place to spend a few days at leisure in tea country.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
This was an excellently organised, tailor-made trip. We stayed in friendly hotels in a number of different locations, including a mud house in the jungle, beside a lake and in the hills among the tea plantations. We had a wonderful guide/driver and visited some amazing temples, spectacular world heritage sites, lovely villages and ate delicious, freshly harvested and cooked local food. It was a fabulous holiday!