Peaceful grounds; cosy lounge; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: black-out curtains, free bottled water, kettle, tea- and coffee-making kit.
Light and airy Ragala stole our heart, thanks to its seclusion, its views of the garden and the estate, and its super-relaxing feel. Cosy Kandapola is also rather lovely, opening directly onto the lawn and infinity swimming pool via a set of French windows.
The view-toting alfresco pool surveys the handsome Hill Country. It’s a restful spot to have a cooling dip (literally: it’s unheated) or soak up the sun in the company of a good book.
Bring warm layers for cool nights and a thirst for tea.
The bungalow is suitable for wheelchair users, and all rooms are equipped with walk-in showers.
Little Smiths are very welcome. A cot (free) for under-2s can be added to rooms; there’s also space for one extra bed for under-15s (but an all-inclusive supplement applies). Babysitting can be arranged with 15 days’ notice ($10 an hour).
The twin room can be connected to one of the double rooms to make a family suite.
There’s a stash of board games and a fleet of bikes for children aged between 10 and 12; toddlers can totter safely across the lawn and in the grounds.
There’s no lifeguard, so keep a watchful eye on your water-babies while they’re splashing around.
Little Smiths are welcome in the dining room at all times. The relaxed restaurant is suited to families, but you can also order meals to your room.
Babysitting can be arranged with 15 days’ notice ($10 an hour).
No need to pack
The hotel can provide cots and high chairs.