Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Elegant high tea on a manicured lawn, a stroll through the flower gardens, sipping a stiff brandy by the blazing fireplace, a game of billiards or snooker...You'd be justified in thinking you've been transported to England in the days of the Raj. It may be the 21st century, but colonial splendor still reigns in all its past glory at the Grand Hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka's historic tea-producing region. Built in 1891 with architecture harking back to the Elizabethan period, this genteel manor was the palatial residence of the former British Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes. Today this famous Hill Country landmark offers guests the ultimate in comfort, amenities, ambience and tradition. Guest suites overlook misty hills and blooming gardens and are elegantly furnished with dark hardwoods, wainscoting and crown molding; king-size or two twin beds; table and two chairs; bathroom with shower, tub, robes and slippers; satellite TV, high-speed Internet, mini bar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and safe deposit box. Several fine restaurants, lounges and a tea room make dining at the Grand an added highlight.