VILLA MAYA- SRI LANKA- Saunter slowly to the edge of a peaceful Sri Lankan village surrounded by rice fields graced by tree-filled gardens replete with exotic birds and tropical flowers...when you hear the soft call of cicadas flowing through the balmy breezes, you'll know you've arrived at Villa Maya. This exquisite property is a 110-year-old manor home-turned-luxury-boutique-hotel by world renowned designer Niki Fairchild stumbled upon the property in 2004 and has since creatively transformed it with a dash of Sri Lankan colonial style mixed with traditional chic.

Open plan spaces with wooden shutters, cool concrete floors and charming touches including vintage fans and stylish design details. Here, you'll find an old wing and a modern wing seamlessly fused, with a gorgeous courtyard pool carefully set in between. Each of the 5 suites here are luxurious and large, with 25-ft ceilings, tasteful décor and a wonderful staff to attend to your every need. Chef Darshana wins local praise with a creative Western/Asian fusion menu infusing locally sourced ingredients, and if you really want to remain secluded, book one of the three suites with private dining room and indulge in your own personal sanctuary.

If relaxation is your goal, lazy hammocks beckon while private yoga and Tai Chi classes are available within these tranquil surroundings. However, this area of Sri Lanka truly is wonderful for nature exploration, and visits to UdaWalawe wild elephant park, birding excursions, night safaris and marine life visits at the beach can easily be arranged. Villa Maya suites can be booked individually, or alternatively the entire property can be booked for a group. Either way, it's Sri Lankan luxury at its finest. www.mayatangallesrilanka.com

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- 4TH night free plus 2 special Maya cocktails upon arrival, valid for travel 01 May - 3 Jun and 01 Oct - 30 Nov 2012. Click HERE for more info and as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!

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