The Secret Ella,
Sri Lanka, Hill Country
Info : The Secret Ella
Here is a tranquil and truly beautiful place to hide away from the bustle of the city. This planter’s bungalow overlooks the rolling green hills of a tea plantation spanning ten acres. The resort itself is charming and luxurious with an old world feel and a warm welcome reception from the friendly staff.
The Secret Ella is off the beaten track on the Ella, hidden in the cool hillsides of central Sri Lanka. Try your hand at bird watching, hire a bike, or wander through the tea plantations and start up a conversation with a tea plucker. For guests wishing to indulge in a spa treatment, massage, or yoga, the Secret Ella offers a free shuttle service to and from 98 Acres Resort and Spa.
There are four types of accommodation, all of which exude warmth and colonial charm: deluxe rooms, the Southerland Suite, the Planters Suite, and the Family Suite. Whichever room you stay in, you’ll have a king size bed and you can make the most of the personalized butler service. But for a truly wonderful treat, take a group of friends and hire out the family suite, which sleeps 5 adults.
The Secret Ella is a nice and comfortable place to relax, take in the incredible valley views, and explore the tea plantations. We wouldn’t recommend it for bar hoppers, rather, it would suit couples, honeymooners, families, looking to appreciate the lovely countryside.
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!