Blending into this heritage villa are many custom designed fittings and furnishings designed by the owner herself that sets Maya apart from other refurbished heritage homes found inland from the island’s coastlines. The contemporary and traditional merge at Maya through an interior design that demonstrates flair and innovation without overlooking the importance of practical contentment; beds are big with thick squashy mattresses, deep loungers topped with cushions provide soothing comfort whilst features including brass-plated waterfall lamps on the clean white walls evoke atmosphere and bring a touch of glamour to the villa’s nostalgic, traditional build. Adding to this contemporariness is an attentive staff team led by an efficient manager and chef able to cook up a menu of dishes that fuse western and eastern cuisine with ease.
Maya’s five ensuite bedrooms are divided between the main house and a new wing that’s been beautifully blended via a courtyard hosting a wraparound swimming pool that brilliantly bridges the gap. Each building is also home to individual living and dining areas making the property work well for two families, even if they have not booked together as one grouping. The three bedrooms in the new wing come with their own private open-air courtyards where dining can be enjoyed a deux for couples looking to share an intimate occasion. The spacious garden also holds many opportunities for dining as views extend over the paddy fields to the verdant hills beyond, birds sing noisily in the fruit trees above whilst squirrels, monitor lizards and mongoose wander the verdant grass of the soft lawn below.
Main House bedrooms (2)
The two bedrooms in the main house are both doubles with custom-built king-size four-poster beds. Both are light and airy with the western bedroom overlooking the swimming pool and paddy fields beyond. Bathrooms come with tropical hot water showers.
New Wing bedrooms (3)
The three bedrooms in the new wing feature a more modern interior design and come with deluxe king-size beds and private open-air courtyards accessed via floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. Bedrooms come with small lounge areas and tables within their courtyard for private in-room dining. Bathrooms also come with tropical hot water showers beside a second set of sliding doors onto the courtyard.
For groups and families seeking complete exclusivity, it is possible to rent the entire property for maximum privacy. The villa comprises five ensuite bedrooms, two living and dining areas with 2 cable TVs and 2 CD players, four bicycles, a 20m swimming pool, a complete staff team, WIFI coverage and a two-acre garden.
There are four extra single beds, which can be placed in four of the suites to sleep fourteen in total. Extra beds are free for children under 12.
– Take a safari in Yala National Park where you can see leopards, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar, buffalos and pythons
– Visit the holy Kataragama temple
-Visit the Bundala Nature Reserve, famous for its abundant birdlife
The chef can also prepare packed lunches if you wish to spend the day on the beach or exploring the area’s nature parks and cultural sites. Three course meals are the order of the day in the evening when you could indulge in a number of starters – seared king scallops with mustard mash and crispy bacon, coconut and butternut soup or homemade ravioli perhaps – followed by mains including whole fried mullet with ginger and mushroom sauce, seared yellow fin tuna with Moroccan spices, roast fillet of pork stuffed with chicken jus, marinated wild boar or even curried mountain goat. Vegetarians are well-catered for with plenty of pastas available plus a number of dedicated dishes such as spinach, mushroom and Swiss cheese crepes or baked aubergine with feta.
Desserts are no disappointment and there is a similar generosity of variety. Take your pick from chilli, chocolate and cinnamon pudding, caramelised banana bavarois or a beautiful apple tarte tatin with homemade ice cream. Afternoon teas accompanied by delicious cake are also on offer every day at Maya and should not be missed.
The villa also has a good selection of wines, an extensive cocktail menu as well as a variety of soft drinks and fresh fruit juices for those who want to quench their thirst or indulge in a drink or two.