98 Acres

98 Acres is a romantic retreat set amid working tea plantations in the misty highlands of Ella, a small, laid-back town in central Sri Lanka.

98 Acres is a sprawling tea plantation located in Ella, a town set in Sri Lanka’s misty, temperate highlands. One of the region’s most distinctive boutique hotels, it offers accommodation in charming, chic chalets with thatched roofs, crafted out of recycled timbers and raw stone. Inside each chalet, guests can expect to find polished wooden floors, premium bedding, handcrafted furniture and rustic showers with plenty of hot water. Out on the balcony, enjoy sweeping views of the mountainous landscape that defines central Sri Lanka.

Facilities at 98 Acres include a beautiful restaurant, where Sri Lankan and a range of international dishes are served. There is also a charming bar constructed out of old railway sleepers, a fitness room, a day spa and gorgeous outdoor swimming pool surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs.

Hiking, cycling, bird-watching and archery are all possible things to do at 98 Acres. Trek up to iconic Little Adam’s Peak or Ella Rock, walk to a stunning waterfall or learn to handle a bow and arrow with the property’s in-house specialist. Other activity options include cooking classes, walking through the estate with tea pluckers, and visiting a factory to see how leaves are turned into pure Ceylon tea.


How to get to 98 Acres

98 Acres is located in Ella, which is around 240km or approximately 6.5 hours’ drive from Colombo’s international airport.

98 Acres Activities

  • Nature walks and hikes
  • Mountain biking
  • Cooking classes
  • Tea plantation tours
  • Spa treatments

*Some activities available at extra cost

98 Acres Highlights

  • A distinctive boutique hotel with thatched roofs set on a working tea estate
  • Surrounded by misty mountains that characterise the temperate, laid-back town of Ella
  • Stay in chic, comfortable chalets crafted out of recycled timber
  • Swim in a gorgeous pool, learn to cook Sri Lankan cuisine or enjoy a traditional massage
  • Follow the journey from leaf to cup or climb to the top of iconic Little Adam’s Peak

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Below are a selection of our preferred hotels in Sri Lanka. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

98 Acres

98 Acres is a romantic retreat set amid working tea plantations in the misty highlands of Ella, a small, laid-back town in central Sri Lanka.


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The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Sri Lanka experience.

Sri Lanka Overview

Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

Combine With: Neighbouring India, Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Fly into the international airport north of Colombo, the capital.

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