Hatton, for the most part is quiet. The region famed for its tea plantations and scenic views is now home to a luxury hotel. Located just five minutes from town, on the Nuwara Eliya road is The Argyle.
Set in 3.1 acres of sprawling tea country, The Argyle is large, spacious and has a Scottish theme, a nod to the era of the Scottish tea planters who settled in this area in the 1850s. Titbits of Scotland are interspersed throughout the hotel décor, created with minimalistic architecture, and offering open views and airy spaces. Its 38 rooms offer simple luxuries and elegant designs and are all named after real life notable Scots.
But what is most interesting about The Argyle is the stunning view of Sri Lanka’s iconic spiritual mountain, Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak. Every bedroom faces this imposing mountain and the changing weather- mist, sunshine, rain, sunsets – offers a screenplay of breathtakingly delightful backdrops. The hotel also boasts of a heated pool (requests for the pool to be heated need to be made at least two hours in advance), a Shisha corner, a Scottish-themed bar with pool table, indoor and outdoor games, bicycles and much more.
For travellers who want to visit the hill country over the April holidays, the Argyle is a perfect change of pace. Just one hour’s drive from Nuwara Eliya, guests can visit that town and return to the solitude and serenity of the Argyle to be pampered for the rest of the day.
The hotel has also curated guided tours to tea estates, World’s End, Adam’s Peak, scenic waterfalls, old churches, Moon Plains and many more exciting sites along with transport, food and beverages. One of the highlights would be the scenic train ride from Kotagala to Nanu Oya inclusive of train tickets and a pre-arranged pickup from the Nanu Oya station.
What sets this hotel apart is the exceptional service standards. The food is also exceptionally good offering a la carte options to ensure guests dine to their satisfaction.