Nine Skies, Ella

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Set on a working tea estate on the outskirts of Ella, Nine Skies is a stylish five-bedroom boutique hotel majestically perched on a tea-fringed hill overlooking distant temples, plantations and loft peaks.

Set on a working tea estate on the outskirts of Ella, Nine Skies is a stylish five-bedroom boutique hotel majestically perched on a tea-fringed hill overlooking distant temples, plantations and loft peaks.

The Nine Skies bungalow, which dates back to the colonial era, embodies its rich history absolutely, while simultaneously indulging even the most discerning guests with contemporary amenities and premium personalised service.

Be spoilt by the butlers while snuggling down by the fire with a book or two, dine on exquisite local cuisine or enjoy the garden swimming pool with spectacular views of the valley beyond and the iconic Demodera Loop.

Both stylish and contemporary, this luxurious bungalow surrounded by manicured gardens is a nature lovers paradise and is within easy access to many local trails. Guests are also only minutes away from the Nine Arch Railway Bridge, which is immediately adjacent to Demodera, a village in Sri Lanka's south-eastern Hill Country famous for its beautiful viaduct bridges.

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Highlights:

  • All-inclusive dining
  • Complimentary fresh fruit platter on arrival
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cookies
  • Free Sun-downers at the bungalow view point
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Lounge and fire place
  • Tea fringed hills & spectacular mountain views

Fine-Dine:

At the beautiful garden-encircled restaurant, the butlers are positioned to pamper you in a home from home setting, preparing your favorite drinks for sipping on in the sofa room and offering afternoon tea and freshly prepared gourmet meals on table inside the bungalow or on the patio outside.

Luxury in the hills

Nine Skies is home to five luxurious bedrooms featuring period furnishings and custom-designed fittings, which open onto the tea-fringed gardens and surrounding estates.

A Little Extra:

Butler service and USD 50 voucher per room for in-house excursions per room per stay.

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Location:

Nine Skies is a 10-minute stroll from Demodara Railway Station and 15-minutes’ drive to Ella. A train to Demodera Railway Station on the Hill Country’s scenic Main Line, is the best way to reach the hotel. Kandy is four hours away and Nanu Oya (for Nuwara Eliya) is 90 minutes.

The Main Line connects Colombo Fort to Badulla, the eastern Hill Country's major city, and follows through gorgeous hills, cloud forest, market gardens, tea plantations, waterfalls and valleys.The Main Line was built in 1864 to transport tea to the capital, reaching Kandy in 1867 and Nanu Oya in 1885 before the Badulla stretch finally opened in 1924. The line rises to a height of 1,890 meters and was expertly built with a 360-degree circuit of track that encircles the Demodara Railway Station.

The stretch between Ella and Demodara is famed for its nine-arched bridge locally known as “Ahas Navaya”, or Nine Skies.

A few kilometres from Ella is a view-blessed village that stands on the edge of the south eastern hills. Here, you can see the amazing Mini Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock – two great hikes for those looking for an adventure. Ella is a beautiful, nature-oriented getaway with rolling forested hillsides dotted with tea plantations, rice paddies, and vegetable gardens.

Overview:

Settle into one of the five rooms and suites that overlook beautiful gardens with stunning views in Sri Lanka's tea region. All rooms are comfortably equipped and boast indoor bathrooms with tubs for relaxing after exploring the tea plantations.

The homely bungalow has three rooms types. The luxurious Ella Rock Suite, which has a private sitting room with direct access to the garden, is extravagantly spacious while the three double Demodera Bedrooms provide private luxury in a timelessly elegant environment. Nine Skies Bedroom is equipped with twin beds, and since this cosy room interconnects with a Demodera Bedroom, it is ideal for families.

Nine Skies Bedroom

The perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring. This bedroom has twin beds and provides direct access to a secluded garden terrace, which is encircled by trees and bordered by hedges. The Demodera Bedroom can be connected if necessary, and it also contains an opulent private en-suite bathroom.

Beds

2x Twin Beds

Views

Garden View

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-suite with RainShower & Separate Bathtub

Demodera Bedrooms

In these opulent double rooms, admire the garden from a gracefully-dressed king-sized bed while enjoying privacy in your own furnished veranda. A king-sized bed, a cozy sitting area, private veranda, and an enclosed bathroom with a bathtub are among the features of these luxurious suites. The unique beauty of this home lies in its distinctive antique furniture, which has been carefully sourced and meticulously crafted.

  1. Welimada is a bright, airy bedroom with two aspect valley-side and garden facing vistas that is unrivaled. The private veranda gazes west, offering vistas of the working tea factory and Demodera Loop.

  2. Badulla, to the front of the bungalow, is private and indulgent, and opens directly onto the garden and swimming pool through a set of French windows.

  3. Tucked off the central hallway, Hali-Ela bears similarities to the Badulla Bedroom yet has the option of being connected with its neighbouring twin bedroom, Nine Arches, to make a Family Suite.

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Garden Views

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-suite with RainShower & Separate Bathtub

Something Unique

Private veranda gazes west, offering vistas of the working tea factory and Demodera Loop

Ella Rock Suite

The master suite is a luxurious private chamber where you may unwind and enjoy the serenity of the area. The stylish and comfortable room has a king-size four-poster bed, big private sitting area, and French windows that lead to a private terrace affording exotic garden views.

This room is ideal for couples but can also be used as a family suite since the sitting area may be transformed into a children's bedroom.

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Garden Views

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-suite with RainShower & Separate Bathtub

Something Unique

Private veranda gazes west, offering vistas of the working tea factory and Demodera Loop

Experiences:

The beautiful region surrounding Ella is an excellent choice for outdoor adventures. There are several lovely walks in Ella, as well as the tea plantations that surround the cottage, which may be explored on your own or with a butler guide. On an intriguing guided tea factory tour at Finlay's Tea Factory, you can learn about the production process of tea.

Experiences in Ella range from exploring this stretch of Main Line railway – the Nine Arch Bridge viaduct and the Demodera Loop – to day-tripping to the colonial-era towns of Haputale and Bandarawela. Other activities to do in Ella's lush surroundings include seeing Sri Lanka's longest uncovered wooden bridge, swimming in crystal-clear waterfalls, and picnicking in remote areas that have been chosen for their breathtaking beauty.

Popular Experience:

  • Hike up Little Adam’s Peak or Ella Rock
  • Tea Estate Walks
  • Sri Lankan Cookery Demonstration
  • Visit to Nine Arch Bridge

Fine-Dining:

At the beautiful garden-encircled restaurant, dining in Ella reaches new heights. The butlers are positioned to pamper you in a home from home setting, preparing your favorite drinks for sipping on in the sofa room and offering afternoon tea and freshly prepared gourmet meals on table inside the bungalow or on the patio outside.

Rates are all-inclusive and include an a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks and drinks, including your favourite alcoholic tipples are also included in the daily rate.

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

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.

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