Many of Sri Lanka’s refurbished heritage homes follow a similar mould in their choice of colonial interiors; however Maya’s is refreshingly unique. Comprising a century-old manor house and a new wing that complements, Maya’s renovation has seen the preservation of the property’s traditional architectural features, yet combined them with interiors that are sensitively contemporary and completely unique; nearly all of the furnishings and fittings have been custom designed by the owner herself.
Timber and terrazzo feature prominently and are perfectly chosen to complement both the older and newer parts of the property. In the refurbished old house the sofa and dining table are both made from timber, whereas in the open-plan living pavilion of the new wing terrazzo is the material of choice. Door frames in the old house feature intricately carved original wooden fretwork, stencils of which have been used to jazz up alcoved walls in the new wing with stunning effect. Custom-designed brass wall lamps are a triumph and beautifully illuminate both interior and exterior walls.
Five bedroom suites, together with the living and dining areas, are liberally spread between Maya’s refurbished old house and the new wing. A fantastic 20m swimming pool winds its way like an indigo snake between the two buildings and into the two acre garden beyond. Here fruit trees visited by exotic birds shade a grassy lawn that gazes longingly over uninterrupted views of paddy fields laid out dutifully beyond. Wildlife shares the garden with you and serene spots for relaxation abound; take your pick from the hammocks, deck chairs and cushion-topped loungers, all placed precisely to soak in the spectacular rural views.
Luxury at Maya comes not only in the form of creature comforts, but also in the form of a highly personal staff team who tend to your every whim. Led by an enthusiastic manager, the team includes a wonderful chef who creates such delicious gourmet cuisine that he’s made quite a name for himself locally. Masseuse can come to the villa and dissipate any aches and pains and even enjoy a couples massage if they wish whilst exploration into the village is easy; take off on one of the villa bicycles or hail a tuk-tuk and head to the beach where, at night, you can turtle-watch to your heart’s content under a canopy of shimmering stars.