Camellia Hills, Dickoya

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Located near Dickoya, Camellia Hills perches above the island-dotted Castlereagh Reservoir and snuggles quietly amongst century-old tea-gardens, factories, majestic waterfalls and colonial-era churches and colourful Hindu shrines.

Set amidst rich gardens, this luxurious five-bedroom boutique sits in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country and boasts marvellous lake and valley vistas. Located near Dickoya Hatton, Camellia Hills perches above the island-dotted Castlereagh Reservoir and snuggles quietly amongst century-old tea-gardens, factories, majestic waterfalls, colonial-era churches and colourful Hindu shrines.

The beautiful landscapes surrounding Camellia Hills Hotel provides the perfect location to pass away the hours relaxing on cosy sofas warmed by open fires, dining in the semi-open-air restaurants, and swimming lengths in the refreshing garden infinity pool.

The decor is both modern, and uncluttered, yet feels warmly inviting and snug thanks to bookshelves crammed with novels, lining textiles, woollen blankets, chic furnishings and open fireplaces.

With a staff of 16, the butlers at Camellia Hills will cater to your every whim, from meals and afternoon sundowners to tea factory tours and morning trail walks.

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Highlights:

  • Free Sun-downers at the bungalow best view point
  • Complimentary fresh fruit platter on arrival
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cookies
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Lounge and fire place
  • All-inclusive dining
  • Butler service
  • Tea hill overlooking Castlereagh Reservoir, Colonial-era tea factories & churches
  • Neatly manicured tea estates
  • Arrive in 30 minutes via Sea Plane

Accommodation:

A beautiful cottage with five uniquely designed rooms, each comfortably furnished in a contemporary style, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside and Castlereagh Reservoir.

Fine-Dining:

Camellia Hills is your home away from home in Sri Lanka's green hills. Butlers are ready to spoil visitors and the food at this hotel is intimate, customised, and atmospheric. Guests will dine on an All-Inclusive basis which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, complimentary soft drinks, beer and house wine, alcohol with mixers and tea or coffee throughout the day.

Adventures:

Located in Castlereagh Valley, near the gorgeous town of Dickoya, Camellia Hills acts as the perfect vantage point to explore Sri Lanka's best known waterfalls & mountain peaks

A Little Extra:

USD 50 voucher per room for in-house excursions per room per stay

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Location:

Located near the gorgeous town of Dickoya, sits the Castlereagh Valley. This stunning valley, which is noted for its breathtaking scenery of deep greens and blues, stands out as a country landmark. At its heart is a mirror-still reservoir dotted with islands that floods seven kilometers of a long, deep valley.

On either side of the Castlereagh Reservoir are steep, rocky hillsides covered with neatly kept tea plantations topped by dense manes of trees. The views from the bungalow, whether it's bright or overcast, are always breathtaking.

At 1,200 meters, the bustling town of Dickoya has a colonial-era clubhouse, the Castlereaghm, a Cricket Club (formerly the Daramulla Club) and the Warleigh Church -- a tiny British-era lake-facing chapel with a graveyard strewn with tombstones inscribed in European names; testament to the region's colonial history when European planters migrated across seas to create a future in Ceylon Tea.

The nearest railway station to Camellia Hills is Hatton, a busy provincial town with a lively local market. Rail travel is one of the best and most convenient methods to explore and get around in the Hill Country. Alternatively, however, you can swoop in on a seaplane, land in Castlereagh Reservoir, and be transported up to your private bungalow along the tea lined estate roads.

Overview:

Camellia Hills offers just five timber-floored rooms, each overlooking the Castlereagh Reservoir or the lush surrounding hills which can be seem through the picture windows or large terraces.

Each room is distinctive in design and layout, yet equally pleasant and luxurious. The two Camellia Bedrooms are the cosiest, while the three bigger Lakeview Rooms boast panoramic views of the whole Castlereagh Valley from private furnished terraces with no other building in site.

Bedrooms are generally reserved individually, however the boutique bungalow is big enough for groups and families wanting privacy to use the whole house exclusively.

Norton - Camellia Bedrooms

This large master bedroom is a unique, stylish and Castlereagh Lake-facing room with a king-sized four-poster bed, sitting area, and a stunning white-tiled en suite bathroom with strong showers. This bedroom is also equipped with wardrobes, armchairs, desks and ceiling fans.

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Mountain view and private balcony

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite With Rainshowers

Makeliya- Camellia Bedrooms

Maskeliya, which has twin beds, looks south east across a greenery hillside and is an elongated room with its private garden-view terrace. This bedroom is also equipped with wardrobes, armchairs, desks and ceiling fans and a stunning white-tiled en suite bathroom with strong showers.

Beds

1x Twin bedroom

Views

Mountain view and private balcony

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite With Rainshowers

3 Lakeview Bedrooms Overview:

These opulent Lakeview Bedrooms are blessed with some of the best views in the Hill Country – offering verdant panoramas of the Castlereagh Reservoir and surrounding tea-fringed mountains.

The Castlereagh Valley and lush surrounding Hatton tea hills beckons from the three Lakeview Bedrooms, which are luxuriously furnished with king-sized four-poster bed. Each bedroom is equipped with wardrobes, armchairs, desks and ceiling fans, and has a bathroom with a powerful shower, twin wash basins and bathtub. Lakeview Bedrooms also directly access the garden from their private furnished terrace.

Dickoya

The big family-friendly room, Dickoya is bathed in natural light. It’s ensuite bathroom, with bathtub, connects it with a second single room with pull-out trundle bed, making it suitable for families of four.

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed + 2x Twin bedroom

Views

Lake Views

Occupancy

Maximum of 4 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite With Rainshower & Separate Bathtub

Osbourne

Osbourne has two aspects to its mountain-side vistas and lake views, and a private decked terrace with an en suite bathroom with rain shower and bathtub

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Mountain-side Vistas & Lake Views

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite With Rainshower & Separate Bathtub

Warleigh

Warleigh, on the lower ground floor, opens directly onto the lawn through three sets of French windows. It’s roomy and secluded, and a favourite with honeymooners.

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Mountain-side Vistas & Lake Views

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite With Rainshower & Separate Bathtub

Fine-Dining:

Camellia Hills is your home away from home in Sri Lanka's green hills. Butlers are ready to spoil visitors and the food at this hotel is intimate, customised, and atmospheric. The stunning views are complemented by the spacious, high-ceilinged living room with a roaring fireplace that features open floor plans - perfect for sundowners. Alternatively, take in the spectacular vistas from the breezy lake-facing terrace, which offers a stylish menu of curated Sri Lankan and international cuisine.

Guests will dine on an All-Inclusive basis which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, complimentary soft drinks, beer and house wine, alcohol with mixers and tea or coffee throughout the day.

Open Hours: 7:00 am to 10:30pm

Other Experiences:

The curated Castlereagh and Hatton experiences showcase the rich complexities of this colourful region, which was once characterised by Sri Lanka's historic tea industry.

A drive along the valley's edge, to a colonial-era tea factory where you can view the age-old art of tea production, is an absolute must. The bungalow is located among acres of pea-green tea bushes and a tour of them leads to a 19th-century teahouse where you may see how it all works.

The fresh mountain climate is a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails through neighbouring tea plantations, thick forests, and roaring waterfalls provide stunning views at every turn. The islands on the reservoir proffer epic picnic potential, and you can island hop by boat, or voyage along the banks of the reservoir to colonial-era Warleigh Church.

Popular Experiences:

  • Tea Factory Tour
  • Tea Trail Walks
  • Adam’s Peak
  • Waterfall walk & picnic
  • Warleigh Church by boat
  • Castlereagh Boat Ride
  • Nuwara Eliya City Tour
  • Horton Plains National Park
  • Evening Tea / Gin & Tonic / Lunch at secret view point
  • Sri Lankan cookery demonstration
  • White water rafting

If you are interested in booking any of the above experiences, please let us know at time of booking by emailing info@gokotravels.com

Essential Information

Visa:

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Tourism and government officials had approved a proposal to grant visa-free entry to Sri Lanka, for multiple countries across the world, which was set to begin May 1st, 2019.

Unfortunately, this service has been postponed in consideration of the current security situation. Please check with the Sri Lanka Embassy or Consulate in your country for up-to-date visa information.

Due to the heightened security threat, most nationalities will require a visa to visit Sri Lanka. The fee is approximately $35 USD and an E-Visa can be obtained at the following website: www.eta.gov.lk

For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the Sri Lankan embassy in your country or visit the official website.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. We recommend everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes cover for the full value of your holiday with us.

If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote. GoKo Travels is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority .

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Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the safety and wellbeing of all of our travellers, leaders, suppliers and staff remains our top priority. Not only have we updated our booking policies so you can flexibly amend booking arrangements before departure and get the most out of your holidays while away, we have also introduced new measures and safety guidelines so you can travel with GoKo Travels safely and securely.

What does this new booking policy mean for me?:

Fully Flexible bookings for peace of mind - We understand that sometimes plans change. That’s why GoKo Travels have updated our booking policies, so you now have full flexibility to change your travel plans if needed.

Our flexible booking policy includes:

(a) Free date changes up to 45days prior to departure - with no interest or added fees

(b) Full refund giving if you have to cancel the trip due to any COVID-19 related issues or international restrictions.

(c) You can now lock in your trip with a small refundable deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees.

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As part of our commitment to preserving planet earth, we donate 3% of our profits to GoKo Travel's registered non-for-profit, "The GoKo Earth Preservation".

The GoKo Earth Preservation has been set up to protect and preserve the natural habitats of our planet and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of threatened environments and endangered species around the globe. This is achieved through rewilding, reforestation and marine conservation projects, alongside local community support.

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For every trip booked with us, we support a 3-step carbon offset scheme to calculate and neutralise your holiday footprint, allowing you to travel conscious free. This covers every step of the journey where you travel with us, from international flights to hotel heating, transport, food and more.

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