Tea Plucking in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

It is a really amazing experience as there are very few places in the world where you can experience it on its original version. Apart from Sri Lanka you can do it south India, in Kerala.

The road to Nuwara Eliya is long; it takes about 7 hours by car as the actual roads are pointy and narrow. You have to start really early to avoid traffic – 4am – as Sri Lankans are usually up by 5am! You may also use the train as it is very popular. The train is a great option as it is extremely cheap to purchase a first class ticket which normally costs 6 dollars ! The view from the train is breathtaking and it is highly recommended. Please do not expect a train like the ones in the western world, as trains are really old. Hence the overall experience is not luxury but it is not bad.

Reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will see why it is called “small England” as the houses will remind you of the British Era. There is a beautiful Golf Course in the middle of the city and a very well preserved park. In order to enter the park for the locals is free, but for the foreigners cost two dollars.

Nuwara-Eliya-houses

Nuara Eliya 

There are plenty of small and big tea estates in the area. Some of them they have bungalows for rent or boutique hotels. In the bigger ones you will find activities which explain the way tea is produced and you will have the opportunity to tea pluck yourself. Unfortunately, tea plucking is not a very popular job these days as the wages are small and the people seek opportunities in the cities.

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-30 at 08.58.49

The traditional Tea Plucking uniform

Nuwara Eliya is the birthplace of the famous Ceylon Tea and being there is a true once in a lifetime experience.

Tips:

  • in Nuara Eliya is always cold so bring warm clothes
  • Book hotels @ Jetwings Hotel  or The Grand Hotel
  • try the local cuisine
  • Ride Tuk Tuks – they are safe but negotiate the rate before entering

 

Hidden Spot: The Edge of The World, Saudi Arabia

I am usually not a fun of the adventures, but this adventure I would recommend it !

Hidden deep in Saudi Arabia, The Edge of the World is the place of unique beauty. The scenery is wild and scary but also peaceful and quiet.

Located only 2 hours away from the capital, the city of Riyadh. In order to reach The Edge of the World you need a proper 4×4 SUV car. The locals recommend you to always go with two cars because it is very common the cars to stuck in the sand.

The Edge of the World4

Remember that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi so the ladies need a male driver!

The off road driving is dangerous in some parts, so make sure that you have a good driver with you.

The Edge of the World is the favorite spot for pick-nicks. However, make sure you will leave on the day light as when its dark is very difficult to find the way back.

The Edge of the World2

3ee24228-5488-45ae-a33e-290b35d0342f

Follow for more!

Anantara Peace Heaven Tangalle Resort

Looking through the window of the airplane as you are about to land in Sri Lanka you see a beautiful tropical jungle ! Sri Lanka is a unique place ! Is a beautiful island just below India and very close to the Maldives.

After landing you take a car and you travel about 4 hours to reach the ultimate heaven! The Anantara Peace Heaven Tangale Resort is a brand new resort and the first of the Anantara group in Sri Lanka.

I cant really describe how amazing my experience at this resort was.

Although we arrived very late at night, the check in was a fantastic experience. Our driver got complementary accommodation in the resort for as long as we were staying there.

The fist night we checked in to a beautiful garden villa but the next day we asked to be upgraded and got the most amazing ocean view pool Villa you will ever see! All villas are really spacious and the bathrooms are massive with luxurious amenities.

Extra Luxury : Each villa has a Butler service

The management of the this hotel really thought of everything !! Inside the villa you can find flip-flops (in case you didn’t bring with you), a bag for the swimming pool, 3 kind of pillows, even a anti-mosquito gel.

05.-Anantara-Tangalle-Beach-Villa-Interior

My Ocean View Villa

The breakfast was huge as well! They are offering wonderful selection of every kind of breakfast you can think of: from international, to Arabic and Chinese. All the fruits were really tasty and fresh. Do not forget to try the amazing coconuts!

Beautiful to See: The resort has a local person who climbs the coconut trees and cuts the fruits to be served to the guests!

Although the infinity pool is beautiful we fell in love with the beach. The sun beds were really comfortable, the staff very nice and very considerate.

Extra Pampering: Once you were siting in the pool or in the beach, the staff would bring you the towels and a basket with: two bottles of water, a pair of flip flops, 2 fresh oranges and a sun block!

Everyone in the hotel is really friendly and polite. They were extremely helpful. The Resort also offers 3 restaurants and 3 spots for private dining.

I would definitely recommend the Private Dining as the set menu is really massive and delicious.

Once in Sri Lanka you have to try the sea food and especially the crabs, the lobster and the shrimps. Do not miss the curries ! Although most of them are really spicy, the taste is rewarding!

Enjoy !

Anantara_Peace_Haven_Tangalle_Sri_Lanka_Il_mare_exterior-317

The Italian Restaurant

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Sri Lanka Map

Check the Map 🙂

Book here : http://tangalle.anantara.com/

 

Hotel Review : Sharq Village & Spa – Managed by The Ritz Carlton

Less than 10 minutes from the Hamad International Airport in Doha, a paradise is waiting for you!

The Sharq Village and Spa, managed by the Ritz Carlton is awaits you in the most quiet place of the vibrant city of Doha ! This Resort was build many years ago but the Ritz Carlton managed to maintain its beautiful features. The resort follows a complete Arabic style with beautiful external and interior design.

The same design applies in the room. The resort offers, standard rooms and exclusive suites. Even the smallest room is special.

Sharq Village & Spa-rooms

The beach area has a magnificent view of Doha’s shoreline with the skyscrapers. When the weather is hot, is definitely a very romantic spot to have a private dinner on the beach.

Sharq Village & Spa2

doha-Qatar

For more details visit: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/qatar/sharq-village

Volez, Voguez, Voyagez

Another amazing idea of the LVMH Group.

The art of travelling by Louis Vuitton in an inspiring exhibition opened in Grand Palais in Paris.

The exhibition includes retro pieces from the 1854 explaining why Louis Vuitton is until today the epitome of the french style!

Handmade leather suitcases, travel bags, travel suits and special items all presented in the french capital for every visitor to explore the history and the culture of Louis Vuitton.