Maya (or Illusion in Sanskrit) is a new luxury villa retreat and boutique hotel with 5 air-conditioned suites hidden away in south Sri Lankas 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.
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 Mayas 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.
Maya is looked after by an immaculate team of 15 staff including the villas 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.