98 Acres Resort and Spa Review

During our absolutely wonderful honeymoon in Sri Lanka. We found a slice of paradise we must share with you – the 98 Acres Resort and Spa.

Kay sitting on a wall looking the beautiful views, Luke in the pool looking out at the views, A very large double bed inside the room at 98 Acres hotel Ella with Happy Honeymoon wrote on the bed in leaves and 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel accommodation over looking Little Adams peak and the tea plantations

We arrived at this destination after our thrilling safari experiences in Udawalawe National Park and Yala National Park. Seeking well-deserved relaxation.

If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination that combines romance, luxury, and a dash of adventure. 98 Acres Resort and Spa should be on your list.

Imagine waking up in the morning, sipping your tea while gazing at the sunrise over the mountains. Then, as night falls, the place transforms into a magical wonderland with a mesmerising spectacle of fireflies. Lighting up the night like tiny stars.

It’s as if these little creatures were putting on a special show just for us. A perfect romantic backdrop! Let us tell you more about it!

Luke and Kay from Flawless Journeys at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel

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98 Acres Resort and Spa Location

Located in the picturesque Ella mountains, alongside the captivating Little Adam’s Peak and just a short drive from the iconic Nine Arches Bridge, 98 Acres provides awe-inspiring vistas of the verdant valleys and tea plantations. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this tranquil retreat.

Luke sitting on a wall looking the beautiful views from 98 Acres Resort in Ella Sri Lanka

It is a perfect getaway for nature lovers, surrounded by scenic hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife.

Map

Address

98 Acres Resort & Spa

Greenland Estate Ella

Passara Rd

Ella

Sri Lanka

Booking

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Hotel lobby

As you step into the resort, you are greeted by an inviting lobby area that perfectly blends simplicity with elegance. The design is a nod to the surrounding nature, with wooden accents and stunning mountain views.

Luke from Flawless journeys standing at the reception of 98 Acres Resort balcony over looking Little Adams peak

The lobby has a big terrace surrounded by a panoramic view of the tea plantations, Ella’s Gap and the majestic Little Adam Peak. It’s a sight that will take your breath away, instantly setting the tone for a memorable stay. You can’t help but feel a sense of tranquillity wash over you as you soak in the beauty around you.

Kay sitting on a swinging chair at the reception area of 98 Acres Resort in Ella Sri Lanka

98 Acres Reception

Upon arrival, the reception staff will greet guests with a refreshing drink – traditional black tea served with jaggery.

Luke drinking Sri Lankan tea at the reception at 98 Acres Hotel

This is a classic Sri Lankan sweetener made from palm sugar, and it adds a delightful sweetness to the robust flavour of the tea. It’s a simple yet heart-warming gesture that makes you feel at home.

Luke drinking tea at the reception at 98 Acres Hotel with the view of Little Adams peak


While enjoying your tea and taking in the views, the friendly staff handles the check-in process. Their approachable nature and attention to detail ensure a smooth start to your stay, allowing you to relax and unwind from the moment you step in.

Getting around the resort

While all the key areas – your room, the reception, the restaurant, and the spa – are within walking distance, the resort is nestled on a hill so that some paths might be steep for some guests.

But don’t worry. The resort has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and hassle-free. They have friendly tuk-tuk drivers right within the resort, ready to whisk you away to your chosen spot.

Luke standing next to a tuk tuk at 98 Acres Resort

Whether you’re heading back to your room after a delightful meal at the restaurant or off for a relaxing treatment at the spa, these convenient rides are just a call away. It’s as simple as that!

Remember, the aim here is to enjoy your stay and take in the stunning views, not to work up a sweat getting from point A to point B. So hop on, sit back, and enjoy the short, scenic ride.

Workers at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel standing on a roof fixing baton to the roof

The buildings and rooms are well maintained. Check out this image of these Sri Lankan workers repairing the roofs of some rooms.

Room

We were situated a short but steep ride or walk down from reception in a small block of 4 apartments.

98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel accommodation over looking Little Adams peak and the tea plantations

We stayed in a premium deluxe room that was spacious and elegantly furnished, offering all the amenities for a comfortable stay.

A large double bed in the premium deluxe room at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel and Luke sitting on a sun lounger on a balcony looking over the tea plantations

Bed

Upon entering our deluxe room, we were greeted with a beautiful “Happy Honeymoon” message artfully created from leaves and petals on the bed.

A very large double bed inside the room at 98 Acres hotel Ella with Happy Honeymoon wrote on the bed in leaves

The bed in our nice room was impressively large, providing ample space for a comfortable and restful night’s sleep. Its expansive size added to the luxury and relaxation that defined our stay at the 98 Acres Resort boutique hotel.

There are luxurious comforts, like air conditioning, a seating area with a sofa and flat screen tv with satellite channels.

Balcony

The highlight of the room, though, was undoubtedly the balcony. It provided an unobstructed amazing view of Little Adam’s Peak, a sight that took our breath away every time we stepped out.

Luke sitting on a sun lounger in his robe on the room balcony looking over the Little Adams Peak in Ella Sri Lanka

Wake up to the melodious symphony of chirping birds, greeted by a mesmerizing view of verdant mountains through your window. End your day with a romantic spectacle of fireflies on the balcony. This enchanting fusion of romance, opulence, and serenity creates the perfect sanctuary for honeymooners.

To make our honeymoon even sweeter, the staff surprised us with a delicious sponge cake. Beautifully presented with a “Happy Honeymoon” message written in chocolate on the plate. Alongside this, a basket brimming with fresh, local fruits was delivered to our room.

A fruit basket and white chocolate cake say happy honeymoon on the plate

These thoughtful touches truly elevated our experience at the 98 Acres Resort and Spa, making our honeymoon unforgettable.

Bathroom

The bathroom is spacious and designed for comfort, and offers majestic mountain views.

The beautiful stone, unique waterfall shower overlooks the breathtaking Ella Gap, giving you an invigorating bathing experience with unbeatable scenic views. The shower featured frosted glass up to chest height for privacy, allowing us to feel at one with nature as we bathed. The windows can also be fully opened up to enjoy the view.

Luke from Flawless journeys having a shower with a view of the tea plantations and little Adams peak in 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel Ella Sri Lanka

They have included all free toiletries for your convenience. And let’s not forget the powerful hair dryer, a lifesaver for drying my thick hair.

Mini-Bar

The minibar in our room was thoughtfully stocked with various beverages to suit our needs. Complimentary tea and water were available.

For those who prefer something stronger or fizzy, beers and soft drinks were also available at an additional cost, with prices conveniently listed on the side for easy reference.

Wi-fi

The free WiFi at the 98 Acres Resort & Spa was impressively consistent and reliable, ensuring we could stay connected throughout our stay.

Kay from flawless journeys sitting on a seat on the balcony writing up a new travel blog at 98 acres hotel Ella

Whether we were unwinding on the balcony in complete peace in our room or lounging by the pool, the Wi-Fi signal remained strong, enabling us to share our experiences with friends and family back home and keep up with our work.

Spa and Gym at 98 Acres Resort

Spa

One of the highlights of this resort is its spa, a serene sanctuary that promises relaxation and rejuvenation with a stunning backdrop of nature surrounds of tea estate.

Spa 98 at 98 Acres Resort in Ella Sri Lanka

During our stay, we were particularly intrigued by the honeymoon package offered by the spa.

Spa menu which shows you the massage special for honey mooners

This package seemed the perfect way to indulge and celebrate our newfound marital bliss. It included a range of treatments tailored for couples, promising an experience of shared relaxation and bonding.

However, much to our regret, we didn’t find the time to take advantage of this amazing package. Despite this, the thought of what could have been added an extra layer of allure to our stay at 98 Acres Resort & Spa.

We left with a promise to ourselves that we would return, not only for the breathtaking views and luxurious accommodation but also for the unforgettable spa experience we missed out on.

Treatment Room

The spa at 98 Acres is a wellness haven featuring a variety of treatments designed to soothe the body and calm the mind. The spa menu is extensive, offering everything from massages to herbal treatments.

The herbal bath looking over the mountains looked amazing, and the unique herb-infused Ayurveda steam baths are a traditional Sri Lankan wellness practice known for their detoxifying and health-enhancing benefits.

It stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural feel-good hormones and also works to relax muscles and soothe aches.

Gym

For those who prefer their relaxation with a side of exercise, 98 Acres Resort & Spa offers a gym fully equipped with a range of equipment, from treadmills and stationary bikes for cardiovascular exercise to free weights and resistance machines for strength training.

The gym at 98 Acres Resort and Spa

Situated so you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding nature whilst working out, with large windows allowing in plenty of natural light and offering panoramic views of the lush green stunning landscape.

Swimming Pool

The pool area at 98 Acres Resort & Spa provides guests with a place to cool off, soak in the sun, or enjoy the serene ambience amidst the resort’s breathtaking surroundings.

Swimming pool with a beautiful view at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel in Ella Sri Lanka


The swimming pool has been elegantly constructed with natural cut stones, blending seamlessly with the lush greenery and amazing views over the mountains that define the resort.


There is a pool bar and towels available for guests to use, making it a stunning location for a lazy afternoon with a refreshing drink in hand.


And for those who prefer to relax and bask in the sun, there are plenty of lounge chairs available around the pool area, offering both shade and sun options.

Luke from Flawless journeys sitting next to the pool at 98 acres hotel Ella

Bar 98

The bar at 98 Acres is tucked away in the resort’s main restaurant, creating an atmosphere that effortlessly combines laid-back sophistication with a hint of rustic charm. It’s been uniquely designed and built using recycled timber from old railway sleepers.

Bar 98 at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel

It boasts an extensive selection of beverages, from a variety of wines sourced globally to an impressive array of local and imported spirits. Whether you’re a fan of classic cocktails or prefer adventurous, innovative mixes, the bar at 98 Acres Resort & Spa has you covered.

The bar’s location inside the restaurant provides a seamless transition from dining to winding down with a drink, all while enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Seating area of bar 98 with a great view of the tea plantations at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel Ella

The relaxing atmosphere and high-quality drinks make the bar at 98 Acres Resort & Spaan essential part of the overall guest experience at the resort.

Restaurant 98

Meals are served in their restaurant with panoramic views of the lush green tea plantations and misty mountains, offering a truly magical dining experience.

People eating breakfast at restaurant 98 at 98 acres hotel Ella

The restaurant offers an indoor or outdoor dining area, allowing guests to choose between the cosy interior or basking in the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Luke on the outside balcony at restaurant 98 having breakfast at 98 acres hotel

Now, let’s talk food because we know that’s a big part of the travel experience.

Breakfast Buffet

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at 98 Acres Resort & Spa restaurant, with each dish expertly prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients bursting with flavour.

The free breakfast spread is served as a buffet, with a delightful mix of both Western and Sri Lankan cuisines.

Breakfast images at 98 Acres Hotel

From freshly baked bread, tropical fruits, and your choice of eggs to traditional Sri Lankan dishes like string hoppers, dhal curry, and coconut sambal, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

A chef at 98 Acres Resort cooking fresh egg hoppers for breakfast

Don’t forget to try the egg hoppers at breakfast, too.

Paired with a cup of the freshest tea from the surrounding estates or fresh coffee if you prefer? It’s the perfect way to fuel up for the day’s adventures.

You can eat breakfast inside or enjoy the outdoor seating with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and tea plantations.

Enjoy your breakfast while taking in the sights around you.

Dinner

As the sun sets over the beautiful landscape of 98 Acres Resort, dinner becomes another gastronomic adventure to look forward to.

Restaurant 98 at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel in Ella Sri Lanka

The 98-acre Γ  la restaurant Menu features a fusion of Sri Lankan and international cuisine, catering to various palate preferences.

On our recent visit, we decided to try the Oriental set menu – a decision we didn’t regret! The star of the meal was the devilled prawns and calamari. Cooked to perfection, the prawns and calamari were tender and flavoursome.

They were served with vegetable-fried noodles that had just the right amount of crunch and a perfectly cooked fried egg on top.

98 acres oriental set meal. Vegetable fried noodles topped with fried egg. Devilled prawn and calamari. with side of tempered potato, vegetable chop suey, prawn crackers, chilli paste and mango chutney.

To accompany this, we had a medley of stir-fried vegetables, tempered potatoes, and prawn crackers. Adding a delightful textural contrast to the meal.

Luke eating his dinner at the restaurant 98 at 98 acres resort in Ella Sri Lanka. 98 acres oriental set meal.  Stir-fried noodles topped with a fried egg. To the side, there's a spicy serving of devilled prawns and calamari. Accompaniments include a tempered potato dish, a vegetable chop suey, and crispy prawn crackers. The meal is completed with a fiery chilli paste and a sweet mango chutney

The heat from the chilli paste was balanced beautifully by the tangy sweetness of the mango chutney. Making every bite a burst of flavour. Served with some sparkling wine.

Kay at restaurant 98 holding a glass of bubbly

The serene ambience, the attentive service, and the exquisite food made our dinner at 98 Acres a truly memorable experience.

Dessert

Our oriental set meal had a delightful choice of either ice cream or fruit salad. We decided to have one of each, sharing the delectable treats.

Activities

The resort offers a range of activities to suit all interests. For those who prefer outdoor adventures, hike to Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock.

Luke laying on a sun lounger on the room balcony looking over the Little Adams Peak in Ella Sri Lanka

For those seeking a thrilling adventure, don’t miss out on the exhilarating experience of the Flying Ravana Mega Zipline.

As already mentioned, there is a small pool in the hotel.

Or you can enjoy the Ravana Pool Club, located a short walk away from the resort, this is an extra charge to use the facilities. It is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We will be posting a blog post about all of the places to visit soon!

There are a few friendly cats and these two cute kittens to pet around the resort.

Two cats playing on the balcony 98 Acres Resort

Conclusion Review of 98 Acres Resort & Spa

Whether it’s adventure or relaxation, 98 Acres Resort & Spa offers a variety of experiences to create unforgettable memories. This is the most expensive hotel we stayed at in Sri Lanka, but it was worth it.

Luke and Kay from Flawless Journeys standing outside the main restaurant at 98 Acres Resort and Spa Hotel

Our stay at the 98 Acres Resort and Spa it is a magical place, made even more special by the attention to detail shown by the staff. For example, the bed honeymoon writing and the honeymoon cake and fruit bowl.

Places to visit Nearby

Just a short walk, down big slopes (wear comfortable shoes) from 98 Acres, you’ll find the Ravana Pool Club, Ella swing, and mega zipline flying ravana. Providing plenty of adrenaline-fueled fun. If you’re up for a bit of a hike, Little Adam’s Peak is nearby. Offering stunning views from the top.

Take a trip to the Nine Arch Bridge, one of the top attractions near 98 Acres Resort. If you’re willing to venture a bit further, there are numerous other attractions to explore.

A tea plantation worker carrying a bag of tea leaves at the 98 acres resort in Ella

Read our things to do in Ella post to see what else you can do whilst in Ella.

You could take a cooking lesson to learn about local cuisine, visit Lipton’s Seat for incredible panoramic views, or visit tea plantations and factories to learn about Sri Lanka’s famous tea production process. Head to Ella railway station to take an exciting train journey. Read more about our Sri Lanka train journey.

The Dambatenne area is another great place to visit, where you can give gifts to grateful children. Don’t miss out on the Ravana Waterfall, a spectacular sight, especially during the rainy season.

FAQ’s for 98 Acres Resort and Spa

Where is the 98 Acres Resort & Spa located?

The 98 Acres Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country. Surrounded by lush tea plantations and stunning mountain vistas.

What kind of cuisine does the restaurant at 98 Acres serve?

The restaurant at 98 Acres serves a fusion of Sri Lankan and international cuisine, prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

What activities are available at the resort?

Guests can enjoy various activities such as hiking to iconic locations. Like Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock, experiencing the thrill of the Flying Ravana Mega Zipline, or relaxing at the Ravana Pool Club.

What is the Wi-Fi connectivity like at the resort?

The Wi-Fi at the 98 Acres Resort & Spa is impressively consistent and reliable, ensuring guests can stay connected.

Luke in the pool with his hands up in the air happy at 98 Acres hotel Ella Sri Lanka

More Hotels we recommend in Sri Lanka

We are writing reviews of our favourite places we have stayed while travelling around Sri Lanka. We also enjoyed our stays at the Riu Sri Lanka and the Yala Cinnamon Wild. Read more about the Riu Sri Lanka hotel here or check out our review for the Cinnamon Wild in Yala

Pictures of Luke and Kay from Flawless journeys staying at Cinnamon Wild Yala Sri Lanka
Pictures of our stay at Riu Sri Lanka

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2 thoughts on “98 Acres Resort and Spa Review”

  1. Wow what a beautiful place!!! Would love to visit one day.

    Definitely would have ended up bringing one of the cats home πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

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    • Hi Nic,

      Delighted to hear our review of the 98 Acres Resort & Spa has piqued your interest! It truly is a slice of paradise nestled in the lush tea region of Ella, Sri Lanka. It’s an off-the-beaten-track gem that offers not just luxurious comfort but an intimate connection with nature’s beauty.

      And you’re not alone in being charmed by their feline friends! I bet many guests have been tempted to bring one home. πŸ˜‚ They add an extra dash of warmth and homeliness to the whole experience.

      We hope you get to visit one day and enjoy everything this stunning resort has to offer – from the breath-taking landscape to the top-notch service, and of course, the company of the adorable cats. 🐱

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