When you’re visiting Little England, what could be more apt than staying in a restored Georgian style country house? The Jetwing St Andrew’s will allow you to step back into the grandeur of a bygone era, while simultaneously ensuring a healthy dose of modern refinement.
It’s not difficult to see why the popularity of St Andrew’s, just a short walk from the centre of sleepy Nuwara Eliya, has withstood the test of time. This is old world hospitality at its finest. On cool evenings, the fires will be lit and you can settle into deep Chesterfield sofas with your favourite tipple. And when you wake up on a misty tea country morning, you’ll know that your brew hasn’t racked up a carbon footprint to get to your breakfast table.
Space can be limited in an old building but the 55 rooms, spread across four room categories, are all well proportioned. You can expect antique furniture, timber floors, decor in a variety of tonal tropical hues, along with crisp linen. The service throughout the hotel is superb and the dining experience has to be amongst the best in town.
Take your cue and linger for a while in the billiards room. The table is over 117 years old – thought to be the oldest in Sri Lanka. Fine shot, sir!
On your doorstep
The whole of Nuwara Eliya is at your feet. It’s just a short walk to town and everything is easily navigable on foot. Check out the race track, the historic Old Course for golf fanatics (don’t forget your plus-fours!) and the lavish colonial architecture.
Thoughts on a postcard
Sitting out having afternoon tea served by Amila on the lawns overlooking the centre of Nuwara Eliya was one of those special moments that allowed the mind to imagine life here over a hundred years ago at the peak of Empire.
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