Villa Mayurana ,
Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Info : Villa Mayurana
Located inland near the Koggala Lake, Villa Mayurana will make you relax from the moment you set eyes on the property itself. The beautiful house was constructed lovingly in an old Dutch style, and it’s perched perkily on a hill overlooking a functioning cinnamon estate. If you love cinnamon and like to live luxuriously, you’ll love everything about Villa Mayurana.
From the top of the small hill, you can look south to the ocean and north to Koggala Lake. Plenty of day trips are possible using Villa Mayurana as a base: trekking through Sinharaja Rainforest, a safari in Yala National Park or a trip to Galle’s ancient fortress. Not to mention the southern beaches. At the villa, you can watch a cinnamon cultivation demonstration, book a massage, yoga session or wellness treatment, or take advantage of the beautiful, relaxing pool. The view from the Jacuzzi is particularly spectacular. There’s an extremely well-equipped gym, too, just in case the trekking trips don’t wear you out.
There are three colour-themed rooms and one lovely suite. All rooms feature private terraces, and you can take dinner on yours at your leisure. Speaking of dinner, the food and drinks are a treat, and many of them are infused delightfully with… you guessed it, cinnamon. The hotel is full of lovely corners and open spaces for sitting, dining and relaxing.
Mayurana means “sanctuary for peacocks”, and although it’s not officially one, there are plenty of peacocks wandering around the grounds. This is a fabulous find in southern Sri Lanka. If you need to be close to the beach, it might be a bit too far inland for your purposes, but the management is always happy to organise a tuk tuk ride, so don’t let that stop you from missing out on a great accommodation experience.
Villa - The 'Villa' is a similar concept to the 'holiday home' in Europe, with some key differences. Our villas in Asia are always fully staffed with cooking and service provided for you. Staff will generally cook meals to your specification and purchase food and drink for you at cost price. They are generally pretty smart and luxurious too and feel in many ways like a small private hotel. Nonetheless, your villa is still effectively a home and therefore you cannot expect the same level of training, English speaking or slickness that you might expect from a hotel at a similar cost. As the owners are not generally holiday professionals we cannot guarantee the quality of a villa matches expectations in a way we can with hotels. That said, the personal local touch means villas are generally much more friendly and interactive than hotels and have much to recommend them. The privacy and space makes them wonderful for families, groups of friends or couples looking for privacy and relaxation.
‘We bumped into friends travelling with another similar company and I think we had the better time by far!’