After one of the most scenic train journeys I’ve ever experienced, we arrived in Nuwara Eliya and were reunited with our driver Harry.
A swift drive later, and we arrived at Amaya Langdale in the heart of the blissful serenity of Nuwara Eliya. Nicknamed ‘the city of light’, Nuwara Eliya lays between tea-covered mountains, plush gardens and empty roads, and Amaya Langdale blends effortlessly into the backdrop – a stately century-old manor house, hiding away in the hills, with delicate nuances of old-world charm but with all the 21st Century amenities today’s traveller needs.
It was a feeling I was getting more and more used to in Sri Lanka, walking through old doorways and feeling like I’d stepped back in time.
There is an uninterrupted air around Langdale. The house sits within the manicured gardens quite unassumingly, modest in its design.
Our room was comfortable, once again hinting at the colonial past of the property, much like our stay at the Elephant Stables in Kandy. Antique, deep mahogany wooden crafts and furniture filled the room, while we sunk into the hand-woven cotton linen after exploring the grounds.
Langdale by Amaya truly is the ideal spot for a family stay n Nuwara Eliya. With a separate spa, Mini golf course, grass tennis court, badminton, billiards room and an outdoor swimming pool, we were told at check in that there really is something for everyone.
Not forgetting this gorgeous infinity pool – with the most enviable view overlooking the hundreds of rows of tea plantations. I know… yet another infinity pool on our road trip through Sri Lanka, but trust us, the best was yet to come…
As we were up in the mountains, it was a little foggy around Langdale, but the pool was still inviting as ever. If anything the low clouds made the property feel even more isolated and really turned up the vintage feel.
The view from our balcony was even more splendid than the pool. With an elevated vantage point looking over the hills of tea, I pondered which blend I might enjoy the next morning for breakfast…
Upon check in, we were always either greeted with something cooling or something beautiful, if not both.
These dainty flower necklaces we were given at arrival were made with fresh blooms from one of the gardens – isn’t that one of the most romantic things you’ve heard?
Desperate to wear our floral accessories at all time… struggle included.
And just as the sun was beginning to set behind all that cloud, flower necklaces were on and we watched the last of the evening light disappear, before resigning to bed and some well-deserved room service after a long day travelling.
Have you ever visited a tea plantation?
Love, Chloe x
With a big thank you to Amaya Langdale for their hospitality and Paradise Vacations for organising the trip.