Ceylon Tea Trails selected for coveted Condé Nast Traveller US and UK Gold list.
Daily FT: Condé Nast Traveller has unveiled the 2023 Gold List, highlighting favourite classic hotels around the world that exemplify the gold standard of service and hospitality.
Ceylon Tea Trails is the first Sri Lankan hotel to make this prestigious annual roundup.
Launched in the US in 1987, Condé Nast Traveller is the leading monthly travel magazine, with nine international editions.
“The Gold List is a chosen few of the best hotels in the world; authentic classics that have crafted their reputation over many years,” Resplendent Ceylon Managing Director Malik Fernando said.
“I never dreamed it possible when we started; it is an accolade not only for Ceylon Tea Trails but for our island home Sri Lanka – it is Sri Lankan hospitality, the warmth and generosity that has won this recognition,” he added.
Ceylon Tea Trails comprises five restored historic tea planter residences, called bungalows, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. 27 rooms and suites are named after tea planters of old, who once called these historic bungalows home.
“I am incredibly proud that our bungalows in the hills are the first recipient of this recognition, and hope there will be many more in Sri Lanka in the years to come,” Malik added.
Resplendent Ceylon CEO Maheesha Ratnayake said: “To us, the Gold List is recognition and testament to our efforts over the last 18 years having provided curated, personalised, and incredibly warm service at Ceylon Tea Trails. The team is unlike any other; their commitment, drive and passion, and most importantly love for the bungalows and our guests over the years is what has eventually culminated in this wonderful recognition.”
The long-running Gold List is the most awaited travel announcement of the year. The list reflects the sensibilities and taste of the editors and readers from across the world when it comes to travel. It is also a great testament to experiential travel and hotels that deliver authenticity and world-class hospitality.
The international recognition of a Sri Lankan property in the leisure and hospitality sector is indicative of the overall recognition of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Sri Lanka has been identified as a must visit tourist destination by leading global travel publications. The steady growth in tourist arrivals to the country is also an indication that Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is on the path to recovery after facing the global pandemic and the economic crisis that followed. Local tourism authorities while promoting Sri Lanka in key foreign tourist markets, are also focused on exploring new tourism concepts for promotion. With Sri Lanka once again being identified as a must visit tourist destination and an emerging economic destination in the South Asian region, there is a growing demand to expand the leisure and hospitality sectors in the country. Many international hospitality brands have also expressed interest in entering Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Given the business potential of the industry, foreign businesses/investors could explore the expanding opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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