For travellers who eschew the glitzy trappings of beach resorts for the peace and calm of nature and the environment, 98 Acres Hotel and Spa is a zen counterpoint to Sri Lanka’s Hill Country tourist trail.
Nestled in woodlands on a tea estate just outside Elle, the individual chalets of this this beautiful eco-hotel are built from rough-hewn granite topped with roofs thatched with traditional illuk straw.
Inside, recycled materials and old railway sleepers set off furniture made by expert local artisans using widely available wood and materials, which helps create the warm and rustic ambience.
Deluxe and standard rooms have their own balconies with breathtaking views of the Ella Gap and the Small Adam’s Peak mountain, all the while reflecting “a passion and deep concern for the environment”.
The spa provides treatments using ingredients including tea and herbal plants found growing throughout the estate, and there is a fully equipped gym.
98 Acres is close to ‘Little Adams Peak’, 2km from Ella railway station, 10km from Bandarawela, and 4.5 hours by road (or 45 minutes by helicopter) from the capital Colombo.