Nine Skies, Demodara Sri Lanka, Hill Country
Set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and a working tea plantation, Nine Skies was once home to a tea estate manager and is now a restored five-room bungalow. Being a small property, you’ll receive top-quality, personalised service in a peaceful atmosphere with all the usual contemporary comforts. All meals are included, as well as snacks, afternoon tea and drinks.
Nine Skies gets its name from the nine skies seen through the arches of the popular Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, which can be reached on a short drive from the property, or a 4 km walk through tea estates. A great way to arrive in Demodara is on the scenic train ride from Kandy. Your stay also includes a tour of the local Finlay Tea Factory to learn about the growing and processing of the area’s most popular export. If you’re looking to simply relax at the property, there is a lovely infinity pool amongst the gardens that look out to the Demodara Loop. While there aren’t any other facilities, a stay here is best for those looking to purely enjoy the natural surroundings and relax.
The five bedrooms and suites have a homely feel, all decorated to keep and highlight the bungalow’s former charm. They all open out onto garden terraces with lovely views out over the gardens, making for a lovely spot to chill out. There are three different categories: the Nine Skies Bedroom, Demodera Bedroom and Ella Rock Suite, with two rooms interconnecting, which is great for groups or families. The master Rock Suite is best for those seeking even more space and luxury, with a private sitting room and lovely French doors opening out to terrace with incredible views of the hills. Butlers are on hand for all guests, so you can rest assured you’ll be well looked after here.
For an intimate, peaceful stay in the hill country, Nine Skies is a great option, particularly for those seeking an all-inclusive option. However, note that there are limited facilities here due to its size.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.