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  • Overview
    Introduction

    Maya (or Illusion in Sanskrit) is a new luxury villa retreat and boutique hotel with 5 air-conditioned suites hidden away in south Sri Lanka’s unspoilt countryside, 5 hours drive from Colombo airport in the rural village of Aranwella, just a few miles from Tangalle. Maya sits next to an old Buddhist temple and is an incredibly private place surrounded by a lush landscape of tropical gardens, paddy fields and birdsong. Honeymooners, couples and families will love the sanctuary that this new chic retreat provides offering the best of Sri Lanka's culture, service and cuisine.   Owner, Niki Fairchild, worked with a renowned Sri Lankan architect to create a stylish and luxurious retreat resulting in open spaces and clean contemporary design setting a new standard of luxury villa accommodation.

    Activities

    NEW YOGA PACKAGES - Yoga & Wellbeing” packages now open for booking in May/June and October/November (details upon request). These include daily yoga and meditation classes, meals, massages, a daily excursion and other healthy treats.  Maya offers guests easy access to local attractions and the beaches of the south coast make it a perfect base for exploring or relaxing by the 20m pool.  On Maya’s doorstep, guests can enjoy bike rides to the home village of Aranwella and the village temple and UdaWalawe wild elephant park and Kalametiya bird sanctuary are easily accessible. Night safaris to Rakewa beach can be organized to observe the endangered marine turtles nesting.

    The southern coast beyond Dondra is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins. From December to April, whale and dolphin watching excursions are possible can be arranged from Mirissa.  Guests can use the hotel's boogie boards for trips to the beach where they can enjoy fishing trips and snorkelling.  For those wanting to stay 'at home' there are cricket bats and balls, a volley ball netc, footballs, pool toys, croquet and badminton racquest.  Yoga and Tai Chi sessions can be easily arranged.

    Dining

    Maya is looked after by an immaculate team of 15 staff including the villa’s chef Wasana who has gained an excellent reputation for his fusion of Sri Lankan, Asian dishes and international cuisine. A memorable dining experience is a priority at Maya and guests can choose to dine in The Old House surrounded by exquisite original lattice work or, in the open air garden pavilion. A full menu is offered for lunch and dinner.   

    Maya is now open to outside guests for lunch and dinner. Visitors are welcome to share the fine dining experience from only $22 for a 3-course meal.

  • Facilities

    air conditioning

    babysitting

    child friendly

    gardens

    swimming pool

    WiFi/Internet

  • Location
    Address

    Maya Old House, Temple Road, Aranwella, Belliata, Sri Lanka

    How to get there?

    Maya is situated in the quaint village of Aranwella next to the ancient village Buddhist temple, only 8km from Tangle, and just 10km from the beautiful beaches of the southern coast.The journey from the International airport will take about 4 hrs and about 3 and half hours from Colombo. Cinnamon Air sea planes fly several times a week to Dikwella - the flying time is only 35 minutes and from there it's a 20 minute drive to Maya. For details please go to www.cinnamonair.com Sri Lankan flies 5 days a week from the International Airport in Colombo to Hambantota Airport. The flying time is 30 minutes. The drive from Hambantota Airport to Maya is 1 hour and 20 minutes. Maya is an hour and half from Galle - a Unesco World Heritage site and a great place to stop and enjoy the Fort on you way down. Maya is an hour and half from the southern port city of Hambantota - where Sri Lanka's newest cricket ground is located. Maya is also only 1 and half hours from Uda Walawe National park and 2 hours from Yala National park where you can experience Sri Lanka's amazing wildlife.

    Nearest airport

    Nearest airport: Dikkwella or Colombo Distance from nearest airport: 20 minutes from Maya (an internal flight by air taxi) or 3.5 hours

  • Rooms
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    Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    The 5 air-conditioned suites (2 in the old house and 3 in the new wing) at Maya are named after trees from the garden and can be booked individually or the entire villa can be rented exclusively.  Thekka is a suite in the Old House overlooking the pool and the rice paddies.  We love this suite as guests can step out straight to the pool. It has a bespoke king size four poster beds made from teak wood complete with a mosquito net.  Khumbuk is situated opposite Thekka in the Old House and faces the garden, it is similar in size and design to Thekka also has direct access to the pool. Amber and Ehela are in the New Wing and have sliding doors opening up onto a large private courtyard and from the room you can step out straight to the pool. Last, but by no means least, Kohomba is similar, but slightly smaller than Amber but benefits from its own private garden and access to the pool.  The en-suite bathrooms have rain showers and a fragrant range of products using organically grown tropical herbs and spices. All of the bed linen is of the highest quality and there is a selection of feather and organic pillows. All suites include overhead fans, hairdryers, 24hr laundry turnaround, in-room massages and WIFI. All of the teak beds are custom made and each of the suites are airy and spacious with traditional teak furnishings.   TVs, i-pod docking stations and CD players have recently been installed in the Old House and the New Wing.

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    Thekka

    Thekka in the Old House opens out to the sky-blue pool. Original 25ft high ceilings, original intricate lattice work, a towering kingsize 4 poster bed draped by a mosquito net and antique fittings, evoke that colonial chic atmosphere, so unique to Maya. Thekka and Khumbuk are the perfect rooms to book if you are coming to Maya with your family. Air-conditioning and ceiling fan. Sweeping views of the pool and rice paddies beyond. Vintage furniture and designer furnishings. Custom designed kingsize bed. Rain shower. Hairdryers, bathrobe and bathroom products provided. Beach hat and beach bag provided.
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    Khumbuk

    Khumbuk in the Old House, opens out straight to the sky-blue pool. This blissfully quiet room has a view of the garden. The beautifully high ceilings provide space and good ventilation. Similar in style and layout, Khumbuk is opposite Thekka in the Old House. These 2 rooms are ideal if you are coming to spend your holiday at Maya with your family. Air-conditioning and ceiling fan. Garden view. Vintage furniture and designer furnishings. Custom designed kingsize bed draped with a mosquito net. Rain shower. Hairdryers, bathrobe & bathroom products provided. Beach hat and beach bag provided.
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    Amba

    Amba’s spacious suite in the New Wing is an embodiment of modern luxe: clean lines, a dashingly decorated living space and a large luxury bathroom. The sliding doors in both the room and the bathroom open out to a large private courtyard - an invitation to simply relax and take in the surrounding nature. Eye catching 25ft high ceilings. Air-conditioning and ceiling fan. Large private courtyard & terrazzo seating area. Contemporary furniture and designer furnishings. Custom designed kingsize bed draped with a mosquito net. Rain showers. Hairdryers, bathrobe & bathroom products provided. Beach hat and beach bag provided.
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    Ehela

    Next to Amber, Ehela’s spacious suite in the New Wing is quintessentially modern: elegant interiors, stylishly decorated living space and a large luxury bathroom. The sliding doors opening out to a large private courtyard are an invitation to simply relax and take in the surrounding nature. Identical to Amber but more private, this is one of our most popular rooms. Eye catching 25ft high ceilings. Air-conditioning and ceiling fan. Large private courtyard & terrazzo seating area. Custom designed kingsize bed draped with a mosquito net. Rain showers. Hairdryers, bathrobe and bathroom products provided. Beach hat and beach bag provided.
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    Kohomba

    Enjoy the privacy of your own garden and courtyard. Finely decorated and retaining the sleek style of the Villa, Kohomba’s sliding doors open out to a covered courtyard, extending directly to its own private garden. Tranquility on your doorstep. Air-conditioning and ceiling fan. Private courtyard & garden. Elegant contemporary and designer furnishings. Custom designed kingsize bed draped with a mosquito net. Rain showers. Hairdryers, bathrobe and bathroom products provided. Beach hat and beach bag provided.
  • Conditions
    Payments policy

    Deposit: the guest pays a deposit to secure the booking and the balance is paid by the guest to the Property on checkout

    Visa and Mastercard accepted.

    Cancellation policy

    Should you need to cancel we will refund you 50% of the deposited amount up to 4 weeks prior to arrival.

    Check-in/check-out policy

    We are very flexible at Maya with check-in and check-out times if there are no concurrent bookings.

    Please note

    There is no minimum stay at Maya, however during the period 20th December to 5th January we request a minimum stay of 4 nights..

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If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

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