Engulfed by tropical greenery, the Grand Hotel on Nuwara Eliya Hill sits right next to the Nuwar Eliya Golf Course. A six hour drive from Colombo International Airport, the 1891 built hotel was once the opulent residence of Sir Edward Barnes – Sri Lanka’s former Governor. Colonial reminders yet linger within the hotel, where 145 guestrooms combine a hint of old world charm with stately modern comforts. All rooms have beautiful misty hill views and come replete with all amenities. Gastronomers can savor epicurean delights at a choice of restaurants – Grand Indian Restaurant for north and south Indian specialities, Barnes Hall Restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets with show kitchens, the newly opened authentic Thai Restaurant for oriental preferences, and the Tea Lounge for traditional high tea and snacks. Fine spirits and cocktails await at the contemporary style Public Bar with music, dancing and a la carte meals.