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Mount Havana | Sri Lanka

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Day 3 – We move on to Mount Havana Sri Lanka

5am alarm rings. Confused. Why is the alarm ringing while I am on holiday?! Snooze. Obviously.

5 minutes later, the phone rings. It’s our wake up call and a very loud, happy and cheerful one! We realize it was time to start our day into the next city. A journey that will take us 4.5 hours drive. Yes, 4.5 hours. In a car. The things we do for the sake of research!

We made our way through breakfast fast this time and it was not as great as our previous hotels, we checked out at 6:30 am and started our drive up to Kandy.

Kandy, the inland, the heart of the mountain and plants, is famous for its temples, arts & culture, near bye elephant trekking and shopping in the markets.

Driving was the toughest part of the trip. We had a personal chauffeur by Iamsrilanka.com and he definitely made our drive fun and interesting. We stopped at gem stone factory, elephant trekking and baths, temples, markets as we made our way to Gamploa, 30 minutes away from Kandy to our 3rd hotel stop, Mount Havana.

Ah the road, the road, the road. The crazy road that lead us to this hotel, was…unique.

Picture this, a deadlock one way road that can only fit a tuktuk, going up a mountain, on one side you have just the mountain wall, and the other side you have miles and miles and miles of nothing underneath. The road took us up to the hotel in 15 minutes. It was a very tough road. But we made it.

A little hidden gem.

A boutique hotel consisting of just 5 rooms. One infinity pool overlooking the tea plantation. At dawn, raindrops falls onto the pool making the whole picture so romantic and just a stunning place to be at. We watched the sunset, got a tour around the villa, had dinner by the pool. To our luck, we were the only residence, we had the villa hotel to ourselves. It was exactly home away from home. The living room area facing the pool was our hang out that evening, playing cards and just relaxing with the breeze that flew perfectly by the open windows. This is the place to be when you want to just relax and escape. It is a place where no one cam find you. Until you connect to their internet.

The next morning we had our breakfast by the pool side and ofcourse, jetted off to spend the day at Nawara Ella. If only we just paused, but then it rained, so we decided to start our exploring.

Before climbing up 2,000+ feet by car, we hiked at the hotel’s property’s tea plantation where we just kept going up until our breath ran out. Paused for a while only to find a cow snooping around. The owner of the land not only owns the hotel(Villa) but acres and acres of land surrounding it. He has managed to plant every possible fruit, vegetable, flower and raises cows, chickens, bees nest and even his own temple and millions of acres of tea. Everything you eat and drink is made fresh from his ‘backyard’. That alone, was just an experience on its own.

We hiked some more and picked honey, fruits, vegetables and eggs and even asked if we would like to milk the cow for our own to drink. I refused. Simply because the cow frightened me. I would not assume she would be happy so I respected her privacy. Once we reached the top, after losing battles ofcourse, we made it to the tea plantation area where we met the lovely ladies who work there 6 hours a day, every day, in gathering more than 100kg of leaves.

First part of the morning was over and we were hungry for more. First came lunch, we ate what we picked and headed out to drive up 2000+ feet to Nawar Ella.

Here is our review

{Rooms} Beautiful. Classy, comfortable bed, ipod deck, toilets are a good size with windows over-viewing the garden. One thing that disappointing were the toiletries were very minimal. The room is extremely comfortable. Sensed more of our own room, not a hotel style of room. That connected with us more. No television either. Throughout the whole property. Cribs are available.

{Pool} It looks so beautiful, but we did not manage to swim simply because we were doing more exploring than swimming.

{Food} Excellent. Breakfast was fresh, lunch and dinner were just great. Luckily for us, Sri Lanka’s food expectation did not disappoint us. We did not have Sri Lankan food that day, but the other options were delicious. They also have a kids menu

{Location} Now that, is a tricky one. It is 30 minutes away from Kandy. It is not close to anything. The property is on a hill top so you could not get there alone or get out alone. Its total seclusion, unless you have a driver which does come in handy. We were working closely with IamSriLanka and they were just perfect. Nevertheless, you can spend all day out and just get back in the evening and not do 3 trips back to the hotel.

{Spa} None

{Entertainment} None. That was missing maybe. There is only so much you can just tan and relax by the pool but that is about it. Picture a house on a hill with 5 rooms. That is exactly it. Only more luxurious now.

{Service} Wonderful. We were the only ones. So they had no one but us. Our own personal chef, who worked in Dubai few years back. (Intercontinental and Dubai Creek Golf Club)

Overall rating 7* only because location means so much to us! The hotel strives on being a green ecological hotel. So everything you use and see is Eco-friendly. Remember this is a place to meditate, write, think, be alone with your thoughts, hear the voices in your head again, maybe.

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