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8km inland from the fishing town of Tangalle

Maya is a magnificent five suite villa that epitomises serenity. Co-owner Niki has done an exquisite job in restoring this old manor house while maintaining the charms of its Dutch and British colonial architectural features.

Surrounded by two acres of stunning gardens and lush green paddy fields, Maya shines in harmony blending modern luxe with traditional Sri Lankan charm.

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The Rooms

The villa has just five bedrooms, split between the old house and a new wing that runs the length of the pool.

Thekka and Kumbuk flaunt a great fusion of antique style and modern sleek design. The contemporary king size four-poster beds are inviting and luxurious. Antique fans are perched above modern polished floors. Thekka looks out onto the paddy fields and the garden while Kumbuk boasts a view out onto the pool. Both have beautifully styled and spacious bathrooms.

Amba, Ehela and Kohomba making up the new wing, in all, are a little more contemporary. All three rooms running the length of the 20-metre pool, are fine examples of modern, luxe design. Sliding doors open out from the bedrooms and bathrooms onto private courtyards, giving a very Sri Lankan inside-outside living feel. The bathrooms are large, the fabric is colourful, and the furniture chic. Three very beautiful rooms.

What’s to do

Maya is tucked away from busier more touristy stretches but is ideally placed for beautiful quiet beaches, ancient temples and stunning wildlife.

You are a 20 minute drive from Mawella Beach. One of the island’s most beautiful and Hiriketiya, a stunning bay, is a short hop further along the beach.

The ancient Mulkirigala Temple, perched on an enormous boulder 200-metres high, and the famous, but somewhat gaudy, Wewurukannara Temple are both within 30 minute drive. The pilgrimage town of Katharagama is within day-trip range to soak up local customs.

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Sri Lanka’s southern coast hosts some of the most exceptional wildlife and endangered species. Spot leopards at Yala National Park, an easy day trip from Maya. Or closer still, Udawalawe national Park, best known for it’s large elephant population, is only a half-day trip away.

You can choose to do it all or nothing at all. Maya’s idyllic surrounds mean you may just want to swim in the stunning 20 metre L-shaped indigo pool and gaze at the paddy fields beyond. Or simply lounge poolside with a good book and a cocktail or relax in one of the many hammocks scattered about the garden. The supremely peaceful setting and the stunning purpose built yoga shall at the edge of the paddy fields is the perfect place for your morning asana practice to the sounds of nature.


You are in the heart of rural Sri Lanka at Maya – not another boutique hotel in sight. You head a little inland, some 8km, from the fishing town of Tangle to the village of Aranwella. The highway from Colombo can get you from the international airport to Maya in around 3.5 hours. Cinnamon Air flies regularly to Dickwella – a 35 minute flight from Colombo and then a 20 minute drive.


Out for the evening

You are just 15 minutes from the beautiful Tangalle beach. Whilst it’s a bit rough and choppy for swimming much of the year, the palm fringed beach is the perfect place for an evening stroll while watching the sun goes down. Afterwards head back to Maya to experience the delights of Sri Lankan fusion cuisine or dine in style at nearby Amanwella Beach Club.

Food & Drink

This stretch of coast doesn’t overflow with choice when it comes to fine dining but there’s little need to venture out. Maya’s head chef, Wasana, delivers exceptional fare with the menu changing regularly throughout the seasons. when in seasons pick a breadfruit from the garden and let the kitchen cook up a fabulous curry. Enjoy a drink wherever tickles your fancy and choose from the extensive wine and cocktail list. Dining can be arranged in the stunning outdoor pavilion, by the pool, at your favourite spot in the garden or in the Old House’s atmospheric dining room.


All five rooms have direct access to the pool ad poolside drinks are available around the clock. Jump in for a refreshing midday dip or simply lounge on designer sun beds and enjoy the sweeping garden views.


Whilst Maya may be better suited for adults due to it’s quiet and enchanting location, families are always welcome. An extra single bed can be added to any of the rooms to make it family friendly and pool floats are available for endless hours of fun. Bicycles are available free of charge to burn off some excess energy and the charming country roads and paths in the village around Maya are an invitation to explore.

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