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Tables and chairs set out in the garden of the Jetwing St Andrews hotel, Sri Lanka

Jetwing St Andrew’s Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

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Star-Rating-3-5   Distant Journeys rating

Set high above the coastal plains and tea plantations of central Sri Lanka, the city of Nuwara Eliya is nicknamed ‘Little England’ for its quaint charm. The colonial British once retreated here to enjoy the cooler climate, and built hill stations that became their homes.

Jetwing St. Andrew’s is a restored Georgian country mansion, combining the charm and style of upcountry luxury as enjoyed by the British of bygone times with a contemporary Sri Lankan touch. The hotel boasts both modern and vintage amenities, including one of the oldest snooker tables in Sri Lanka, at some 117 years old!

Hotel rooms are comfortable and airy, with antique furniture set upon burnished timber floors, and bright splashes of tropical colour contrast with the cool white walls. Jetwing St Andrew’s hotel gardens are a lush oasis of calm, and the vegetable garden provides fresh produce that goes straight to the kitchens in a demonstration of the hotel’s ‘field to fork’ ethos of sustainability.

Dining facilities include The Old Course, the hotel’s main restaurant serving everything from international gourmet delights and Sri Lankan specialities to a lavish buffet breakfast spread and fine dining experiences. The Road Hole Bar is a perfect spot to cosy up by the fireplace with a glass of something warming, and the Tea Terrace serves the finest Ceylon Teas, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a cushioned wicker chair overlooking the landscaped gardens.


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