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Tea Factory among the top 5 Factory Hotels of the world

Raising the profile of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, the London based The Independent recently released its review of the top five factory hotels in the world with Sri Lanka’s first theme hotel, The Tea Factory being selected as one of them. The balance four hotels hail from Spain, Greece, Italy and Australia.

Situated 6800 feet above the sea level, the magnificent Tea Factory is part of Aitken Spence Hotels, Sri Lanka’s leading resort operator. The Tea Factory lies, alone and unique, on the slopes of the tea plantations at Kandapola, high above the Nuwara Eliya town. Surrounded by picturesque Hethersett Estate, the imposing Tea Factory Hotel once produced some of the finest pure Ceylon tea in the world. Built during the British Raj in the 1930s, it was later resurrected in 1992 and transformed into a luxury hotel.

This coveted acknowledgment comes soon after Tea Factory’s recognition as one of the top 100 places to stay in the world, revealed by The Sunday Times, one of Britain”s premier newspapers, in their September 2007 issue of ‘Travel’ Magazine.

There is no more luxurious way to explore Sri Lanka”s history of tea making. Stepping into The Tea Factory’s reception, and one is where the factory”s leaf drying process was carried out. The atrium is latticed with steel and at its top, two giant wooden fans capped with brass remind you that the bedrooms are on floors that used to be the withering lofts. The tea packing room is now the hotel”s popular bar. Where tea was sifted and graded is the hotel”s fine restaurant of class; its modern kitchen used to be the engine room.

The Tea Factory showcases some of Sri Lanka’s best attractions as one irresistible package, from lush tea gardens, culture, exquisite cuisine to exceptional service. The Tea Factory conducts exciting excursions to Horton Plains, Hakgala Gardens, Kurundu Oya Water Falls and visits to ancient Hindu religious sites, a miniature tea factory, a wildlife sanctuary and the spectacular Randenigala Dam.

The Tea Factory, probably one of Sri Lanka’s most awarded resorts, holds the distinction of being awarded the South Asian Architecture Award in 1995.The hotel also received outstanding recognition and fame when it was conferred with the RICS award by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, London in October 2000 for successfully restoring an abandoned building whilst maintaining it original façade. Significantly, The Tea Factory is also the recipient of the UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage Merit Award – 2001 for the impressive conversion of a dilapidated tea factory into a luxury hotel complex.