Maya Tangalle is a boutique hotel in a 110 year old villa. It is the perfect luxury hideaway among miles and miles of green expanse.
What is the story behind Villa Ahangama, what was your inspiration to create it?
Over the past years, we’ve lived in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Hong Kong. It was during this time that we went to Sri Lanka on holiday. We found it unique — it had this special magic to it. After going back a couple of times, we decided to have a look at some land to get a feel and see what was out there, originally without any serious intentions to buy. But then we fell in love with the place.
For this project, we worked with an architect and a construction company trying to establish themselves as the go-to company for more contemporary designs in the area. We were keen to work together because we were all entrepreneurial and trying to do something different. The architect has a contemporary style that the construction company really liked because it allowed them to show off their skills and expertise. Now we would call them all good friends — the owner of the construction company even had his engagement party at Villa Ahangama shortly after we opened.
There is already a lot of beautifully refurbished colonial architecture in Sri Lanka and we felt that Villa Ahangama needed something different. Contemporary is more our style and we wanted something that would blend into the surrounding environment. During the process, we’ve had a lot more input than we initially anticipated and have enjoyed it more than we thought we would.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Villa Ahangama?
Villa Ahangama is located on top of a hill at the end of a little peninsula and surrounded by nature, with nothing but paddy fields surrounding it. The birds and monkeys in the trees are your neighbours. It’s super calming and there’s a deeply relaxing energy about the place. When you get here, your stress instantly disappears — everyone comments on that.
To you personally, what is so special about Villa Ahangama?
I particularly like the vantage point and the breeze, as well as the fact that we’re starting to harvest the fruit and vegetables that we planted after finishing the build. We’re trying to use as much of our produce as possible in guest meals and that’s quite exciting.
I also love that we are really embedded in the local community and all of our staff come from the area.