Maya

  • Location: Countryside
    Beach & turtle sanctuary (Rekawa Beach): 13km (20 mins by car)
    Dolphin/whale watching (Mirissa Beach): 45km (75 mins by car)
    Elephant reserve at Udawalawe National Park: 72km (2h by car)
    Beach and shops: 8km (15 mins by car)
  • Koggala Airport (KCT): 65km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Mattala Rajapaksa Airport (HRI): 73km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Maya is surrounded by vast open landscape, far away from the tourists, a perfect place to relax.
The hotel's staff will cater to your every need, arrange massages or treatments and yoga sessions.
Prepare for an infusion of flavour when trying the chef's local dishes with an international twist.

Maya is located inland but transport to the nearby beach villages is easily arranged.
You should bring mosquito repellent as the house is surrounded by lush gardens attracting mosquitos.

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An introduction to Maya

How would you describe Maya in a nutshell?

Maya in Tangalle, Sri Lanka is an excellent boutique hotel in a colonial-chic manor house surrounded by paddy fields. There are only five suites within two wings, one that leans more towards traditional architecture with modern-luxe touches and a modern wing that gracefully combines traditional and modern design. Rooms are available individually or as a fully staffed villa for 10 to 15 guests. Take a sundowner by the deep blue pool and watch peacocks cruising through the lush gardens.

Please tell us a bit about the history of Maya Tangalle and its restoration.

I began to restore Maya in 2009 back to its original condition. It was in definite need of some loving attention. My main goal was to protect the building because it is very rare to have a building like that in this particular area.

When I discovered it in 2004, it was a dilapidated old Colonial bungalow dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. It features an architecture very typical of that era, with Dutch and British influences and was originally owned by a very high ranking family that had presided over the village. In a way, it’s quite grand to the village.

I wanted holiday guests to experience staying in a lovingly restored heritage property. You can go to so many places and stay in nice, modern villas, but there is something unique and special about staying in a building that is 120 years old, yet doesn’t lack any of the modern creature comforts.

What was your inspiration to buy a property in Sri Lanka?

I was living in Singapore at that time, and my husband and I would go to Sri Lanka for holidays in the late ‘80s. I fell in love with the whole area around Tangalle because it was so beautiful and unspoiled. I started to think about getting some land on the beach, but couldn’t find anything I liked. When I was shown this property it grabbed my attention immediately.

And even now, when you first look at it through the gate, it really is quite amazing to have that open expanse. There is an immediate impact. Although we’ve tidied up the garden, we’ve pretty much left it as it was. It’s really unspoiled and it leads onto these paddy fields which go as far as the eye can see. There’s no fence or obstruction around Maya, it’s just miles and miles of green expanse. It’s quite stunning.

Together with a Sri Lankan architect you restored Maya. What was your approach to the design?

I decided to add on a whole new structure, making sure the two buildings at Maya blended together, even though they were built 100 years apart. It was quite a challenge because we didn’t want them to look different.

The other key thing was breaking the mold and putting more than just old, lovely Colonial pieces in it, which was a bit boring to me. I turned the tables and decided to make the old house very contemporary. There’s so much warmth there because it’s mixed up just a bit with some lovely old pieces scattered around here and there, which stops the house from being too modern. A lot of our holiday guests have found it very refreshing because it’s an unexpected surprise.

To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running Maya?

There’s a lot of attention to detail and I’ve put a lot of my own personal things in the house, so it doesn’t look like a generic hotel. It actually looks like a home and people feel very comfortable. They notice that the house is something different, something they haven’t seen before. And our holiday guests help to preserve something of history by staying in a restored building. That, to me, is my biggest reward.

And of course, my staff. The guests always comment about what a great staff we have. They leave happy because they have taken great care of them during their stay. I'm very lucky to have such a great team.

Exterior seating
Pool
Maya exterior
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Exterior seating area
Exterior seating area
Paddy fields

Maya rooms & rates

We have three rooms in the new wing and two in the old wing of the hotel. They all have en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and are situated around the swimming pool.

he bedrooms and bathrooms in the new wing are bigger and the bathrooms also open onto the courtyard. You can feel as though you’re showering with nature. However all of the rooms open to a private courtyard so you get the feeling that the room and the courtyard are one.

There’s a large open pavilion adjacent to the swimming pool, a dining table that seats 12, lounging sofas and a music system. There is another dining room in the old house, which opens to a veranda with its own music system, DVDs, and board games.

We have 11 staff, which includes two security guards, three gardeners and six house staff. The guests always comment about what a good staff we have. They leave happy because the staff has taken great care of them during their. I’m very lucky to have such a great team.

  • Thekka for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    295 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    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.

    The rooms feature air conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Khumbuk for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    295 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    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.

    The rooms feature air conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Amba for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    295 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    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.

    The rooms feature air conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Ehela for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    295 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    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.

    The rooms feature air conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Kohomba for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    295 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    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.

    The rooms feature air conditioning, a fan, mosquito nets, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Entire villa for 10-15 people / 150 m²
    1200 / night
    • 5 Double bedroom
    • 5 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 5 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 5 Baby cot (on req.)

    Exclusive rental of all 5 rooms plus the lounge area, a dining room, access to the whole property with the pool and garden and all staff.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, bicycles to use during your stay, private parking, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi.
Optional extras
Services on request: Yoga classes, Tai-Chi sessions, meditation techniques, massages, excursions, babysitting, laundry services, and cooking classes.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots and highchairs are available free of charge, extra beds are also free for children under 12. Extra charge for children 13+ and adults: US$ 50 per night.
Minimum stay
2 - 3 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Bar
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Music system
  • Courtyard
  • Room service
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

We’ve got two acres of garden and we pretty much left it as it was. It’s really unspoiled and it leads onto these paddy fields which go as far as the eye can see. There’s no fence or obstruction around Maya, it’s just miles and miles of green expanse. It’s quite stunning. Our staff even makes kites for the kids to run around with. In the garden, there are lots of animals – birds, monkeys, peacocks, lizards – so there is lots of wildlife to watch. We also have a masseuse on site and we can arrange for a yoga instructor to come around as well. We also offer a well-being package which is a six night/seven day stay.

Our chef at Maya makes incredible Western food but with a twist and a very distinctive Asian flavour to the dishes. A few examples are prawns on a skewer with lime and chili sauce, coconut and butternut soup or homemade ravioli with fresh crab and dill and basil pesto. He also makes very good Thai food like deep fried squid with spring onions, chili chicken salad with orange sauce, Thai grilled chicken with rice and beans, fish baked in banana leaf, pan fried yellow fin tuna or beefsteak medallions with red wine sauce and mustard mash. For dessert we offer things like chili cinnamon chocolate pudding or home made ice cream.

Things to do in Tangalle & Aranwella Beliatta

  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

We have a couple of bikes for people to go riding and there’s nice walking in the area too. About 20 mins away there’s a turtle sanctuary where you can watch turtles come onto the beach and nest and lay their eggs. There are very famous sites like Mulkirigala Temple and Wewurukannara Temple about 30 to 45 mins away from the property and we’re about 45 mins away from a place where you can see dolphins and go whale watching.

Udawalawe is an elephant reserve that’s about an hour and a half away that’s very popular. It’s a very nice half day trip. A day trip would be to a bigger sanctuary that has lots of other animals like leopards. It’s about a three hour drive so we’ll pack a lunch for guests for these trips.

Maya reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good!
Federico D. (Italy)
stayed at Maya in January 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
5 stars! I would given even 6 if it would be possible!
Marion A. (Germany)
stayed at Maya in January 2017
4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Had a great stay. Not long enough. Rating 9.
Stuart R. (UK)
stayed at Maya in November 2014

The location of Maya

The area is not very touristy and the people here are simple and friendly. They’re generally quite conservative and many of them are rice farmers, fishermen or coconut planters. Having said that, they’re well educated and all speak English. There are enough other small hotels and villas around, so if our guests want to go out for dinner somewhere, they can for example go to a beautiful beach club only 20 mins away.

Guests have to do a lot of driving to get here, so by the time they get to Maya, they want to literally chill out, read, eat, sleep and maybe play cricket in the garden.

When is the best time to visit Tangalle?

The best time is probably November to May but August is also quite a popular time. The quietest months are May, June, September and October simply because of the monsoon. However, this year in May and June, we had absolutely no rain and beautiful sunny days. You can’t really predict the weather these days. And when it’s monsoon, it doesn’t rain all the time but you might get a sunny day here and there before it rains again. It can get a little windy, but people actually find that nice. April is meant to be very hot, but on the property, it’s never really that hot because of the paddy fields. It’s so open that we get an incredible breeze that comes through all the time.