Lovely grounds; lounge; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: black-out curtains, free bottled water, kettle, tea- and coffee-making kit. Rooms don’t have televisions, but there’s one in the lounge.
The Demodara Rooms are spacious and relaxing; for direct access to the garden and pool, opt for Badulla, but Walimida has charming twin-aspect views of the valley and grounds. If your budget permits, go large and bed down in the biggest sleeping quarters: the Ella Rock Suite.
In the eye-pleasing gardens, the shimmering infinity pool has jaw-drop views of the Hill Country (be warned, though: it isn’t heated.
Bring comfy walking shoes and an interest in all things tea-related.
This boutique bungalow is suitable for wheelchair-users; all rooms are equipped with walk-in showers.
Little Smiths are very welcome. The hotel has a limited number of extra beds and cots so be sure to book in advance; a bed can be added to the Demodara rooms or the Ella Rock Suite for $36.36 (but an all-inclusive supplement applies).
The Nine Skies Bedroom has twin beds perfect for little Smiths; two of the rooms can be connected to form a family suite. The Ella Rock Suite’s sitting room can be converted into a sleeping area for bairns.
There’s a stash of board games and a fleet of bikes for children aged between 10 and 12; toddlers can totter around the lawn and in the grounds.
There’s no lifeguard, so keep an eye on your budding Michael/Michaela Phelps.
Little Smiths are welcome in the dining room at all times; there are high chairs if you need them. The relaxed al fresco space is well suited to families, but you can also order meals to your room.
Babysitting can be arranged with 15 days’ notice ($10 an hour).
The hotel can provide cots.