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The Paradise Retreat is a yoga retreat for beginners as well as experienced yogis. It will be held over a seven day period at the most enchanting of locations, Maya in Tangalle, Sri Lanka. We have chosen this magnificent five suite villa to host our retreat as it epitomizes serenity. We will have you forgetting the chaos of real world the minute you walk in through the gates. This is the perfect yoga retreat for beginners as well as those with years of experience as it offers a balanced program of yoga, meditation, sightseeing and plenty of free time for relaxation. We aim to bring you a retreat experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.With a range of physical practices on offer from power to restorative yoga, your body will be stretched, cleansed and opened to freedom. There will also be ample opportunity to explore the practices of mantra, mudra, pranayama and meditation. Adept at combining ancient wisdom with modern insights, our yoga instructor’s sensitive guidance will enable you to transform on every level through exploration of yoga and meditation.
During this retreat, you will stay in a shared room. Maya is an exquisitely restored heritage oasis that has maintained the charms of Dutch and British colonial architectural features in the most magical way. Surrounded by two acres of stunning gardens and lush green paddy fields, Maya shines in harmony blending modern luxury with traditional Sri Lankan charm. Maya’s five exquisitely decorated luxury suites all lead straight to the 20-meter pool.
Blending timeless and elegant interiors, stylishly decorated living space, and large luxury bathrooms, the rooms include air-conditioning and ceiling fans, a beach hat and a beach bag, custom designed king-size bed or deluxe single bed, a hairdryer, a bathrobe, toiletries, a rain shower, sweeping views of the gardens, pool or rice paddies, vintage furniture and designer furnishings, and Wi-Fi throughout the villa.
There is cable television in the pavilion and the library has a large selection of books, compact discs, and digital video discs. The team of 15 staff will provide a seamless experience at Maya. From the immaculate housekeeping to the outstanding kitchen staff and welcoming front of house, all is taken care for. Just sit back, relax, and let the dedicated team look after you.
This room has original 25-feet high ceilings, original intricate lattice work, a towering king-sizes four poster bed draped by a mosquito net and antique fittings that evokes that colonial chic atmosphere so unique to Maya.
This blissfully quiet room has a view of the garden. The beautifully high ceilings provide space and good ventilation. Similar in style and layout, Khumbuk is opposite to the Thekka room. Thekka and Khumbuk are ideal if you are coming to spend your holiday at Maya with your family.
Amba’s spacious suite in the new wing is an embodiment of modern luxury. It has clean lines, a dashingly decorated living space, and a large luxury bathroom. The sliding doors in both the room and the bathroom open out to a large private courtyard.
Ehela’s spacious suite in the new wing is quintessentially modern. It has elegant interiors, stylishly decorated living space, and a large luxury bathroom. The sliding doors opening out to a large private courtyard are an invitation to simply relax and take in the surrounding nature. Identical to Amba but more private, this is one of the most popular rooms.
Enjoy the privacy of your own garden and courtyard. Finely decorated and retaining the sleek style of the villa, Kohomba’s sliding doors open out to a covered courtyard, extending directly to its own private garden.
With a range of physical practices on offer from power to restorative yoga, your body will be stretched, cleansed and opened to freedom. There will also be ample opportunity to explore the practices of mantra, mudra, pranayama and meditation. Adept at combining ancient wisdom with modern insights, our yoga instructor’s sensitive guidance will enable you to transform on every level through exploration of yoga and meditation.
This is the perfect yoga retreat for beginners as well as those with years of experience as it offers a balanced program and plenty of free time for relaxation. With a range of physical practices on offer from power to restorative yoga, your body will be stretched, cleansed, and opened to freedom.
There will also be ample opportunity to explore the practices of mantra, mudra, pranayama, and meditation. You will also learn to combine ancient wisdom with modern insights since yoga instructor’s sensitive guidance will enable you to transform on every level through exploration of yoga and meditation.
Ramone is a soul seeker with wanderlust at heart. She is the creator and director of Wild Sage Wellbeing; a yoga retreat business offering transformative travel experiences around the world. With over 17 years in the health and wellness industry, together with her Sri Lankan heritage Ramone has a wealth of experience to offer. Along with yoga teaching, she has a background as a fitness trainer, energy worker, and massage therapist.
This retreat will be held at Maya resort in Aranwella, Sri Lanka. Maya (Sanskrit meaning illusion or dream) is an exquisitely executed five-suite villa restoration of a Sri Lankan manor house dating from the late 19th and early 20th century which pays dutiful homage to its Dutch and British period.
Situated in the rural village of Aranwella and just eight kilometers from Tangalle in the islands lush southern interior, Maya is set within a rich landscape of tropical gardens and coconut trees abundant with local bird life and surrounded by paddy fields.
Maya provides a true sanctuary for couples and families looking to experience the best of Sri Lanka's heritage, culture, and cuisine. The easy access to local attractions and the beaches of the south coast, make Maya a perfect base for exploring.
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Vegetarian meals prepared by the talented chef at Maya will have you feasting on fresh, seasonal and local delights. The morning and evening restorative yoga and meditation sessions guided by the soothing voice of our experienced yoga instructor will have you feeling restored and renewed. Our exceptionally curated sightseeing excursions will have you discovering the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. Our local knowledge will have you immersing yourself in traditional Sri Lankan customs. And in your free time, Maya’s supremely peaceful setting is guaranteed to bring solace for those who seek calm and serenity.
Stay fit and discover the nearby villages, local temples, and the peaceful Sri Lankan country life. Warm, friendly smiles, picturesque landscapes, and picture perfect paddy fields are some sights you will encounter long the way. The roads are quiet, car free, safe, and easy to navigate, and the Maya staff will be delighted to guide you to the best routes. Bicycles are available for guests at any time and are free of charge.
Experience traditional Sri Lankan cooking at Maya. Enjoy a class with the top chefs and take home a taste of Sri Lanka. You will learn how to use exotic spices in different ways than in traditional Western cuisine. The chefs will encourage you to smell and taste the spices and understand a variety of combinations that are so unique to local cuisine. You will discover how to infuse flavor into any dish and prepare a variety of spice or herb mixes.
Be seduced by the enchanting backdrop of century old trees, strikingly green lawn, and unspoiled scenery in a sanctuary for tropical bird life. Like an ecological paradise, the two-acre garden nurtures exceptionally diverse bird life. Photographers and keen snappers will delight in the colorful display of birds in their natural habitat. You may borrow a bird guidebook and binoculars to catch a glimpse of some of the 250 different native birds.
Sri Lanka’s southern coast hosts some of the world’s most exceptional wildlife and endangered species. You may spot leopards at Yala National Park. The Uda Walawe wild elephant park and Kalametiya bird sanctuary are a short drive from Maya. Dine with the elephants, let Maya organize a “Wild Elephant Picnic Lunch” for you or take a night safari to Rekawa beach to observe the endangered marine turtles nesting.
You may also spot blue whales, sperm whales, and spinner dolphins in Dondra on the southern coast. During the season from December to April, whale and dolphin watching excursions are possible from Mirissa.
Cricket, croquet, petanque, volleyball, and mini golf set, Maya has it all. The huge garden has space for running around, team games, swings for the children, and three hammocks for a more relaxed approach. Challenge the staff to a game of cricket if you have a slightly competitive streak. Maya is also a perfect place for kite flying.
Get your running shoes on and explore the quiet village lanes near Beliatta. Scenic running routes are endless and the morning calm, fresh air, and swaying palms will enliven your senses.
Situated in the rural village of Aranwella, Tangalle is set within a rich landscape of tropical gardens bursting with wildlife and surrounded by paddy fields. It is an ideal place for shopping, sightseeing, and dining.
Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. With picture perfect beaches just 15 minutes away, the possibilities are endless. Go surfing, take an evening stroll, watch the sun go down, and sink into the views.
Experience the best of Sri Lanka’s world-class heritage. The ancient Mulkirigala temple, perched on an enormous boulder over 200 meters high, and the famous Wewurukannara temple are both within a 30-minute drive from Maya. You may also visit the sacred pilgrimage destination of Katharagama and soak up local customs.
The country roads and paths around Maya are an invitation to explore. Exceptionally charming and picturesque countryside, exotic sights, and friendly locals inspire walks. The nearby villages don’t have cars and the views stretch out for miles. You may gaze at the sun setting across the paddy fields as you amble home in the evening and you may come across with friendly water buffaloes strolling back from the fields.
During this retreat, you will enjoy one 60-minute deep relaxation massage. You may also enjoy other massage services at Maya resort for an additional cost.
Spoil yourself with massage treatments by the highly skilled in-house masseurs, Priyantha and Shashi. You may enjoy a rejuvenating, relaxing, or traditional massages in the luxury of your own room or in the peaceful setting of the garden pavilion with sounds of tropical bird life to relax and lull you into a peaceful sleep by using special organically grown tropical herbal oils to harmonize and balance your senses.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Maya Tangalle will pick you up from the airport. Another options is to book your flight to arrive at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI).
"It's a beautiful peaceful paradise with fantastic food, a great team that look after every need you might have, an amazing yoga shala that looks out on to rice paddy fields, just 5 double rooms tastefully decorated to a high standard, access to yoga teachers, Tai chi and massage. This is the place to properly relax from the hustle and bustle of Sri Lankan town life. The moment you drive through the gates and are met by the staff your hearts softens and you sigh a deep release of tension. Well worth staying the week to recuperate, definitely a day or two is not enough since you might not want to leave! Have been here 12 days and I know I will miss it. Treat yourself, you won't regret it."
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"Thank you to Silva, Dinesh and whole Maya team for making us feel so very welcome! The food was fantastic and the service always friendly, attentive and with lots of smiles. We really enjoyed the whole Maya experience."
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"What a wonderful experience I had at Maya! The food staff and facilities were all exceptional. Thank you for the wonderful memories. I will never forget my time at Maya."
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"Our first experience in Sri Lanka and we couldn’t have asked for me!!.The service at Maya was exceptional, and all the staff friendly and happy. Thanks for a relaxing retreat"
"away from the hussle and bussle."
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"I really enjoyed the architecture +design of this place, especially the rooms in the new wing(Last time I stayed in the old House)we were very well looked after and I am especially grateful + impressed by Silva, who clearly keeps on the top of everything, keeps everything 5 star! He is a lovely man. The pool and grounds were beautiful and relaxing. My one suggestion would be to put floor to ceiling glass in the yoga shala on two walls as it got very very windy but I did not want to use the blinds as the view is so lovely."
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"The food and service were excellent. We had a real taste of Sri Lankan hospitality and hopefully to see you again in this paradise."
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"A perfect time, place, and people. You just would not like to leave."
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"The cuisine is divinely sumptious, presentation extraordanaire and varied - we savoured the delicious local Sri Lankan dishes. The candlelit dinners by the pool so memorable, sipping on delicious cocktails and watching the sunsets. The staff were so attentive, professional, welcoming, charming and always helpful and smiling. A must is a visit all arranged and organised so well by the Maya team to the beach for a BBQ and the elephant safari and a trip to the sleeping Buddha. The staff made all the arrangements for the trips, transport, food etc. I can honestly say we were so sad to have to leave and say good-bye to this beautiful paradise, Maya, and the all the wonderful staff. A credit to Niki Fairchild for her vision and all the hard work done by her and her team to bringing her dream place to reality for us all to share. We will definitetly be back and Maya remains always in our hearts and memories. Thank you for making our holiday such a memorable and enchanting experience ."
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"We have now been back to Maya three times in two years - and we don't tend to re-visit, so this place is extremely special. The whole atmosphere is 100% perfect for relaxing and just chilling. The accommodation, the service, the pool, the grounds and the location - it all adds up to an amazing place. Its set slightly inland (only about 10-15 minutes to the coast), set in paddy fields and when I first booked it I was a little uncertain on that front, but the breeze that blows up from the paddy fields is something special, the quiet, the birds - we didn't miss the sea one little bit! The food is imaginitive using local produce and the team at Maya can't do enough for you - plus Maya cocktails were an added bonus on the last visit. We will definately be returning - as often as possible!"
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"We stayed here for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon. It is one of the best places we have ever stayed. From the moment we arrived we felt calm and serene. Maya is so luxurious but in an understated way, the rooms are beautiful and the food is the best we had in Sri Lanka. If you enjoy pure relaxation and serenity this is the place for you."
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