When you find Maya, hidden behind a grand village wall, you find your very own Sri Lankan secret garden. A glorious restored villa with rolling gardens sits overlooked by jungle and rice paddies. Sitting within a hamlet near the sleepy seaside town of Tangalle, Maya’s fastest moving neighbours are majestic green turtles emerging from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs in the sand. There’s no traffic here, and the silence is only interrupted by the wail of the neighbouring peacocks.
At Maya, expect to discover a life more tranquil. Push your body with an intimate yoga session, cleanse yourself with a dip in the L-shaped courtyard pool, or request a signature massage in-room or overlooking the rice fields.
Dining is a treat for all the senses - under the palm trees and stars, or next to the pool at Maya’s magnificent polished concrete table. Both local and Western dishes are executed with panache, and the fusions between the two are even better. The Sri Lankan curry - eight dishes ranging from spicy stir-fries to smooth dhal - offers an enthralling journey in flavour around the table top.
Owned by an interior designer with an astute eye for detail, the décor oozes understated glamour. As if fallen from the pages of Vogue Living, influences from her time in England, India, New York, and Sri-Lanka blend seamlessly together, with the most coveted items available to take home from the boutique.
Of great credit to Maya is that its staff hail almost exclusively from the surrounding villages, and the investment in their training has proven fruitful - they are impeccable and their close ties to the property engenders a loyalty of service that shines through in their interaction with the guests.