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“Our Wedding in a Sri Lankan Paradise”
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Maya
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Tangalle
Certificate of Excellence
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“Our Wedding in a Sri Lankan Paradise”
Reviewed 18 February 2013

We have just returned from our trip to Sri Lanka as an holiday but also to have our wedding. I researched for a long time for the right place for us. I wanted somewhere stunningly beautiful, private and where we could organize all of the small details that would make it special so when I found Maya and started to communicate with the owner i knew this was the place. E mails where send back and forth and Niki and her team helped me plan it to the last little detail. We wanted a mixture of a Sri Lankan and Western and blessings from the Buddhist monks. We got all of this and more. It is difficult to explain in words what a wonderful mixture of sound , colour and atmosphere there was on that day but it was divine.As this is a review about Maya as a villa and not just our wedding the compliments just keep coming. We stayed in the old waddua which is the part that was re built and what an high standard it is yet it fits seemingly with the new rooms , the massive pool at an L that seperates the two buildings. Then there are the gardens that just flow with the rice paddy fields behind and it really is just like paradise with all the birds calling including the peacocks that roam through, sit in the hammock with a book and a cocktail, pure bliss. That leads to the another of the special things about Maya, the food its just sublime, even the snacks are so nice , and the cocktails wow, we also ate out and the staff will organize anything you want to do, and even though its not on the beach we just took the tuk tuk down there whenever we wanted then came back to the peace of Maya. Finally I would like to mention every single member of staff, everyone of them so courteous and helpful without being obtrusive the perfect blend. So weather it is for a special occasion or just to stay somewhere very special don't hesitate just go you cant help but love it

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

Maya provides an indulgent getaway from busy city life. Just a 15 mins drive from the beautiful beaches of the southern coast, Maya has that peaceful, luxurious setting which makes it both an intimate and relaxing place to stay. With just five rooms, there is plenty of space, lots of attention from the team, fabulous food and cocktails - to be had by the pool or somewhere in their expansive tropical gardens.
The design and style of the property are not only immaculate but perfectly in line with the colonial architecture. Maya offers the best of what Sri Lanka has on show - an exotic escape, luxury and style. I would go back any time!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

In the interest of full disclosure,we went to Maya as friends of the owner but also as paying guests:The juxtaposition of the new wing and grown up length pool and the original house makes for an intimate setting within the expansive and verdant surroundings where scarcely a sign of human existence can be seen.Morning walks around the nearby hamlet and paddy fields were opportunities to see and be greeted by the local community,catch glimpses of the local bird and other wildlife under the watchful protection of Maya's housedogs Patch and Pucci.Beach trips to Indie's and Mahawalla offered boogieboarding and picnic opportunities and a chance to see the neighbourhood with an Eski in tow for refreshment.For dining ,Maya itself is the best option for miles around,including the AmanWalla from which guests seeking more authentic flavours and variety seem to come regularly.Service is excellent,embracing everything from a bloody Mary with fresh tomato juice to preemptive protection from local entertainers and their pyrotechnics,though it remains unobtrusive and dressed for work rather than pageant.Rooms are spacious,with 6m pitched roofs and tastefully decorated.We shall return.

Room Tip: New wing rooms are a little more private and have a modern feel while the original house offers a mo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Zurich
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

Friends and I took the whole house for Christmas - it was superb.

We were wonderfully looked after by Parera, Dinesh and the team.

The lovely house is in a great setting with every available comfort and generous service.

Many thanks to Nikki and your crew of wonderful guys

Hugs

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed for just two nights not knowing beforehand quite how wonderful the place is, if we didn't have a full itinerary we certainly would have stayed on! It was her birthday and once we had settled in, had a dip in the pool and a G&T over looking the imaculate garden, the team at Maya had prepared a delicious private birthday dinner, and even a surprise birthday cake (which happend to be the best chocolate cake either of us have ever tried!). The property and rooms are immaculate and very tastefully designed, and the pool is fantastic and long enough to do my lengths in the mornings. From our arrival to when we left we were looked after fantastically, and will certainly try to stay again some time soon.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great. The four poster beds in the Main house make for a better mosquito net se...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Versailles, France
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

I went to Maya for a romantic dinner, and this place was just perfect : very nice restaurant, you are in the middle of a big garden, nature is everywhere. Frogs and other sweety sounds are with you. It is very beautiful and peaceful.
The food was just perfect, very good and the staff is very helpful and nice.
I see the room, they are very luxury and nice, next time I stay there to sleep !
I strongly recommand this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

In the middle of nowhere about 30 minutes off the southern coast of Sri Lanka lies this absolutely beautiful place. We stayed for three nights in the old house that has nicely appointed large rooms. The place is managed by Perera and his team and they go to any length to accommodate any needs you might have. It is a bit of a drive from the Colombo airport but it is well worth it when you arrive. The food is good and if you have any special requests they are sure to do what they can to serve you what you like.
It is a truly peaceful place if you want to get away from everything. There is a relatively large swimming pool as well considering that there are very few rooms. It becomes quite intimate with the other guests since all meals are served at the same table. We were lucky to stay there with a wonderful british family but my guess is if you don't get along with the other guests it could be slightly uncomfortable. Other than that there is nothing to fault at this place and we really hope that we get a chance to come back there again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Maya

Property: Maya
Address: Temple Road | Aranwella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tangalle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Tangalle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Maya 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maya is a fully staffed luxury boutique villa in a 2 acre garden, with a 20 meter pool, surrounded by lush paddy fields yet only 15 minutes from the beaches near Tangalle. The 5 suites can be booked individually or guests can book the whole villa. ... more   less 
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