Step back in time and experience the magic of a 19th century Sri Lankan Manor House. Built by one of the ruling elites in Ceylon, Aranwella Walauwa is a classic illustration of 19th century properties – a little gem in the Tangalle area. Drawing on influences from Dutch and British colonial architecture, Aranwella Walauwa’s restitution provides a glimpse into history. Seamlessly blending Sri Lankan heritage with contemporary design, the atmospheric five suite villa pays homage to its original features – a simple harmony of modern luxe with local charm and style.
Maya (or Illusion in Sanskrit) is the creation of interior designer Niki Fairchild. She first stumbled upon the old Walauwa in 2004 and was instantly enchanted. Together with distinguished Sri Lankan architect Pradeep Kodikara, Niki renovated and brought back to life this heritage home. The stunning result blends period features with unique style: enhanced space, sky-high ceilings, open views, sleek lines and supremely comfortable living.
Nestled at the edge of a peaceful village, amongst pretty paddy fields, Maya’s impressive gates open to this stylishly restored 19th century Walauwa, situated in a serene and lush estate. A short walk through the landscaped gardens leads you to this spacious colonial chic manor house – a true sanctuary for couples, honeymooners or families. Maya’s five exquisitely decorated luxury suites all lead straight to the 20-meter pool. The suite types are Thekka, Khumbuk, Amba, Ehela & Kohomba.
Taste the delights of Sri Lankan fusion cuisine. Fresh, local and with a creative twist on classic dishes, their chef Darshana, reputedly one of the best in the Tangalle area will seduce your taste buds with an infusion of flavours. Enjoy a drink wherever tickles your fancy and choose from the extensive wine and drinks list. Dining can be arranged in their stunning outdoor pavilion, by the pool, at your favourite spot in the garden or in the Old House’s atmospheric dining room. When in season, pick a breadfruit from the garden and let their kitchen cook up a fabulous curry! So, whether it is breakfast by the pool, lunch in the garden or a romantic candle-lit dinner, let it be a feast for the senses.
Maya Tangalle also has other extra facilities & amenities available for you Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the villa, Chilling in the hammocks, Striking indoor and outdoor dining areas, Library – large selection of books, CDs & DVDs, iPod docks, Cable TV in the pavilion, Selection of board games and garden games croquet, pentaquin, volleyball, badminton, Selection of pool floats to enjoy in the 20 meter pool & Yoga.