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Top 3 Tea Experiences in Sri Lanka

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How did Sri Lanka’s tea industry begin? It started with one Camellia Sinensis plant brought from China in 1824 by the British, who had colonised the island, then known as Ceylon, in 1801.

It has since become a $1.5 billion export industry for this exotic teardrop shaped island in the Indian Ocean.

Alongside a booming tea production industry, tea tourism is also becoming increasingly popular. Take a look at our pick of the best tea experiences in Sri Lanka.

handunugoda-tea-estateHANDUNUGODA TEA ESTATE

It is here that you can find the prized rare white tea leaves, grown near sea level and never touched by human hands. Founded by Malinga Herman Gunaratne, the estate – also known as the Virgin White Tea Factory or Herman Teas – is located only 35 minutes drive from Galle Fort.

The well-equipped tea factory, with machinery over 140 years old is a living and working museum. Herman or one of his knowledgeable staff will personally give you a tour around the estate, where you will learn how one of the most expensive teas in the world (priced at over $1,500 per kilo) is plucked.

Handunugoda Tea Estate
Tittiagalla, Ahangama
+94 7771 3999
malinga@bellmail.lk

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CEYLON TEA TRAILS

Perched 1,250 metres above sea level among the lush hills of the Bogawantalawa Valley, you are invited to embark on a journey through the scenic Ceylon tea gardens. A Resident Tea Planter is available to guide you through surrounding tea estates and trekking trails which roam tea-blanketed hills.

You can lose yourself in tea – literally.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton
+94 11230 3888
reservations@resplendentceylon.com

 

dilmahDILMAH TEAS

Just like wine tasting, Dilmah’s headquarters outside Colombo arrange sip-and-spit sessions where tea enthusiasts learn to distinguish between different types of locally grown teas. Not only will you learn how to appreciate the unique flavour of each variety of tea, you might pick up a tip or two for making an amazing cup of tea as well. These exclusive tea tastings are available by appointment only.

Dilmah Private Tea Tastings
111 Negombo Road, Peliyagoda
+94 11 482 2000
info@dilmahtea

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5 Most Polished Seminyak Nail Salons

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You’re on holiday! Time to relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself to pieces. Give your hands and feet a special treat at one of these top Seminyak nail parlours.

 

Spring Spa Seminyak

#1 SPRING SPA

Everything at Spring Spa is chilled. White-pitched ceilings, a DJ spinning tunes from his second-level booth, super-comfy reclining chairs and a hip New York vibe. This is the go-to venue for sensational shellac. 

Spring Spa is the tropical child of New Zealand mother business by the same name – and boasts the same great menu and high service standard.

Try the hot milk and almond pedicure, where your silky just-buffed feet are soaked in hot whole milk before being rubbed with mega-moistening almond oil. This hour-long treatment is so lushly gentle that it sends guests to cloud nine, so don’t be surprised if you doze off while being stroked, massaged and painted with shellac that lasts very well in the humid heat of Bali.

If time is short, drop in for a 15-minute file + paint for Rp75,000, or even just a clip + buff for Rp50,000 – very popular with the gents.

Seminyak has two Spring Spas – one in Seminyak Village and another opposite the W Retreat on Petitenget. One more coming to Canggu, Bali is in the planning stages.

www.springspa.com

 AMO Spa Seminyak

#2 AMO SPA

Amo Spa in Petitenget, the brainchild of native New York supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen, never fails when it comes to consistency and quality.  

Magazine racks spill over with the latest issues of Gourmet Traveller and Vogue straight from Australia, so be sure to grab a few to browse from your comfy chair. You can also charge up your phone while you’re there, but leave some room on the armrest for a tropical cocktail or a hot coffee and cookie from the cute mini café.

Then just sit back and slip your feet into a warm-water soak (dressed up with a sprinkling of pretty petals). Completely zen out while the nail experts create masterpieces on your fingers and toes, and get an amazing shoulder massage while your nails are drying.

There’s also AMO Express on Jalan Basangkasa and a mobile service if you’d prefer some in-villa pampering.

www.amospa.com

 

Think Pink Nails Seminyak

#3 THINK PINK NAILS

This is the only nail salon in Bali that has ALL 72 shades of GelColor by OPI.

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Friday night on the tiles: bar hopping in Bali

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Everyone deserves to let loose at the weekend – even more so when on vacation. From stunning sunset views in cozy beach bars to distinctive tapas and cocktails in chic surroundings here’s where we love to kick off a Bali weekend.

5pm sunset cocktails at La Laguna

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With its beachfront locale and vintage décor showcasing shabby-island-chic, this place is the new hot spot for sunset drinks attracting expat crowds and visitors alike. Cozy up on colourful cushions and sip yummy cocktails to the chill-out beats or mingle up by the bar. 

Address: La Laguna, Berawa beachfront

6-8pm canapés at MÉTIS Lounge 

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Comes Friday, the trendy MÉTIS Lounge hosts Aperochic evening where a top-notch sound system and the best local and international DJs create a chic atmosphere for aperitifs with friends. In addition to great cocktails using only high-end liquor brands like Beluga Vodka, Patrón Tequila and Dom Pérignon, a Mediterranean-oriented tapas menu with a touch of Japanese flavour based on the ‘sharing is caring’ concept is served. Dress to impress.

Address: Jalan Petitenget no.6

9pm cocktails and Asian bites at Mama San

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By this time we are craving some more food and head to the upper level of Mama San where leather club chairs, ottomans, a plump banquette with scatter cushions and Raja palace lights, chandeliers and candles twinkling softly create the perfect ambience to chill-out with tasty cocktails and amazing Asian bites by the famous chef Will Meyrick.

Address: Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 135 

10.30pm it’s champagne o’clock at Red Carpet Champagne Bar

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Boasting Indonesia’s largest selection of Champagne, this Seminyak icon is cozy and intimate, with a sexy splash of course. As one might expect of a Champagne bar, there is an exclusive feel – yet the atmosphere remains light, playful and casually fun.

Address: Oberoi Street 42C

12am dance the night away at Mint

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Mint is Bali’s most renowned and respected house music club, known for its credible history of guest DJs, state of the art sound, lush interior and world-class cocktails all within a club that’s set to impress: rich timbers, marble floors, a backlit glass bar, big comfortable sofas and private VIP lounging.

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Best Beach Clubs In Bali

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Finn's Beach Club

Looking for a place to while away the day, cooled by the ocean breeze and with the sand between your toes? Here’s our choice of the best beach clubs in Bali – perfect spots to sit back, sip cocktails and enjoy the view.

Finn’s Beach Club
BERAWA BEACH, CANGGU

FINNS Bali

The absolute beachfront club overlooks the surf break at Berawa Beach, Canggu with dining below a soaring thatched roof, multiple bars and luxurious day-beds flanking a 30-metre infinity pool. The seriously accommodating jellybean-shaped swimming pool is outfitted with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers. Single and double daybeds are first come first served and come with a plush teal towel – yours “free” for the day with a Finns membership or minimum spend on food and bev.

finnsbeachclub.com

Sunday’s Beach Club
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT

When Finn’s Beach Club moved to Canggu, Sunday’s swooped their old spot, and it’s our cover image. Located adjacent Karma beach club, the descent to the powdery white sand requires a worth-it ride in a cable car and some steps. Kick back and enjoy life at this chic day retreat that is nestled on a white sandy crescent beach on Bali’s Bukit peninsular. Pull up a beanbag or sun lounger and enjoy a day of sea kayaking, snorkelling or stand up paddle boarding wile listen to cool island beats and grazing from a perfect beachside menu. Sip hand crafted cocktails and watch the sun set while crating fabulous holiday memories.

sundaysbeachclub.com

Karma Kandara
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT

Karma Beach Club

Enter one of the globe’s hottest beach clubs high above the glittering azure ocean. Ride an inclinator down the limestone cliff to a white crescent of sandy beach that is perfect for a party. Bamboo and thatch make a sexy scene with hedonistic drinks and delectable foods. Groove to the soundscape by the stars of Ibiza and London’s DJ decks.

karmagroup.com

La Brisa
ECHO BEACH, CANGGU

La Brisa Canggu Beach Club

Step into an amazing ambience at Echo Beach. Pirate ship pastiche meets bamboo building, tribal trimmings and fishing nets, ropes and palms trees. La Brisa is big and has a menu to meet demand.

Canggu cocktailDrinks range from sensationally cold beer to cocktails crafted from local fruits.

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