Maya Tangalle, Sri Lanka

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Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • Hotel
  • Units 5
  • from $ 225/nt
What we like about this property

This elegant 19th-century Sri Lankan manor house on the island’s south coast was recently given a really cool contemporary makeover. It also boasts one of the most striking pools we’ve seen – a moat-like channel that meanders around the main building. If you’re looking for some serious self-indulgence in fabulous setting, this small luxury hotel in Sri Lanka may be just what you need.

Description

This tropical estate was built 120 years ago for the family who ruled over the nearby village of Aranwella. In 2004, interior designer Niki Fairchild discovered it and enlisted Sri Lankan architect Pradeep Kodikara to help retain its traditional atmosphere while creating a clean, contemporary interior with lots of open space. 

The result is a lovely colonial-style villa with Dutch and British architectural influences, set in a stunning tropical garden, with some great modern additions. A whole new wing was added, interiors have strong lines and bold colors, and furnishings mix colonial with contemporary. Then there’s the swimming pool, all 20 meters of it, that wraps around the main house like a giant L. 

It’s a space made for enjoying the outdoors, surrounded by coconut trees and overlooking paddy fields. The old house has a beautiful verandah, with intricate lattice work on its windows and doors. The new wing has an outdoor garden pavilion that holds a dining and lounge area, and each of its bedrooms has a private outdoor dining courtyard. 

The hotel is available in its entirety, or its five suites can be rented individually. Three of the suites have their own private verandahs and dining areas. All the suites sleep two, but extra beds can be brought in. This is a stunning space that sleeps up to 14 guests – a really great small luxury hotel in Sri Lanka.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

There is cable TV in the pavilion, a DVD library, iPod stations around the property, and wifi throughout house. Laundry service is available. There are sports equipment, board games, and pool toys for kids.

Babysitting can be arranged, with notice. Massages are available in rooms or in the garden pavilion on the edge of the paddy fields. Yoga, wildlife and cultural packages are available. The hotel can cater for weddings of up to 24 guests, and accommodate 14 overnight.

AROUND

The hotel is located five minutes from Beliatta, 15 minutes from Tangalle, and 45 minutes from Matara. It is 90 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle, from the port city of Hambantota (the site of Sri Lanka’s newest cricket ground), and from Uda Walawe National Park, which is known for its wild elephants. It is two hours from Yala National Park.

Its owners recommend bike rides through the rice paddies and to the village of Aranwella, with its beautiful temple. There are lovely beaches within easy reach. There is surfing, and lessons for beginners, just 25 minutes away.

Excursions that are available include night safaris to Rakewa beach to observe marine turtles nesting, whale and dolphin watching trips, and pilgrimages to Katharagama, the ancient Mulkirigala Temple and the famous Wewurukannara Temple.

LOCATION

Tangalle, Sri Lanka. Nearest international airport: Colombo (3 to 3.5 hours’ drive); Hambantota airport (90 minutes). Nearest train station: Matara (45 minutes). Cinnamon Air Sea Plane is the fastest way to the hotel, with a flying time of just 35 mins to Dikwella (20 mins away by car).

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Year round.

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Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Maya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses5 suites with bathrooms
AccommodateSleeps 14 guests
Restaurant / self cateringThe property has a restaurant that is open to the public. Breakfast and afternoon tea are included. The chef can also prepare lunch and dinner.
KitchenFully equipped
Bed Type5 kings, and 4 of the rooms can accommodate an extra bed. There is one baby cot.
Pet FriendlyPets are welcome.
InternetWifi
PoolOutdoor pool
ViewPool, garden, green fields and lush vegetation
RatesFrom $225-395 per room and $900-1,650 for full villa. Minimum stay 20 Dec to 5 Jan is 3 nights.
Minimum Stay1 night
Notes

Check in: 2pm.

Check out: 12noon. 

Early arrivals and late departures can be arranged if there are no concurrent bookings.

The rate includes full breakfast and afternoon tea.

The hotel can prepare a daily 3-course set menu for lunch and dinner, with several options. The chef will purchase ingredients on a daily basis, and special dietary requirements can be catered for. There is a stock of fine wines and beverages. 

Staff includes office managers, the chef, the restaurant captain, sous chef, kitchen boy, four houseboys, two security guards and three gardeners.

Driver meals are offered at no extra charge.

There is no charge for the extra bed for children up to the age of 12 years. An additional US$50 inclusive of breakfast and afternoon tea will be charged for extra beds for children over 12 years and adults. Children from 8– 12 years will be charged 50% of the breakfast rate if sharing a room with parents. 

A deposit payment of 50% of the total cost should be received within 7 days of the invoice date to confirm reservation. The balance 50% to be paid upon check out.

50% of the deposited amount will be refunded, if cancellation is up to 4 weeks prior to arrival. Bookings made within one month of arrival should be paid in full. Clients who cancel 1 week prior to arrival and no shows will be charged in full.

Rate Table

Room rates per night in US dollars. An additional 10% service charge and 15% VAT will be added to the rates.

  Rooms (2 people) Full villa (10 people)

LOW SEASON

May, June, September, October, November

$225 $900

HIGH SEASON

March, April, July, August

$295 $1,200

PEAK SEASON

December, January, February

$340 $1,480

Christmas and New Year:

20 December to 5 January

$395 $1,650

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