Seated atop mountains at a cool 6,200 feet above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is this December beginning to look a lot like Christmas as only the traditional shower at 3 pm can bring out the fragrance of the roses, the spice of the cypress.
Oatlands by Jetwing brings back the glorious charm of those colonial days, where nothing could ever surpass a holiday in the hills.
A testament to classic colonial architecture, the bungalow features carpeted wooden floors ,bed chambers, tall silken drapes that swish when the wind blows and a classic fireplace that sets a certain British ambience to the location. Oatlands is located just behind the famous St. Andrew’s hotel, in the same premises. In fact it is a lovely bungalow cradled in the mist with spectacular views of an ever-changing landscape. It is also a short stroll away to town.
Built in the early 1920’s the property is comfortably furnished and well equipped, opening towards half an acre of private garden space perfect for family getaways. With just four bedrooms, Oatlands has individual heating units, is dressed in crisp white linen and furnished with modern amenities such as tea and coffee making machines, an electric safe an ironing facility and free Wi-Fi.
In addition all four rooms provide easy access to the main lobby with its authentic fireplace and dining room. The guests at Oatlands are also welcome to dine at any food and beverage outlet of their choice at St. Andrews. The breakfast that Oatlands serve is really elegant. It is a typically English breakfast with scones, clotted cream and Earl Grey tea. Shepherd’s pie for supper is a must and a hearty dinner if you choose. You could discuss all your meals with your chef and this is what Jetwing offers you, personalized service.
Through the efforts of resident naturalists at Jetwing properties spread all over Sri Lanka, guests are provided the opportunity to learn about nature first-hand with no harm to the environment or habitat. There is much to explore in Nuwara Eliya from a trek to Horton Plains, a visit to Hakgala gardens or Ambewela farm, Lover’s Leap or Moon Plains.
One of the excursions interested me particularly and this is the frog trail. There is an expert at hand and I must mention his name, Ishanda, who very enthusiastically takes guests on a tour, allowing then to spot up to 10 species of frogs in their natural habitat along with other night creatures.
Make an appointment with him and you’ll certainly have an unusual holiday this Christmas.