Set beside paddy fields in the rural village of Aranwella, 8km inland from coastal Tangalle, Maya is immersed in the region’s patchwork-pretty rustic hinterland.
- Planes Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (www.airport.lk), and hop on an Air Taxi (www.srilankan.aero) bound for Dickwella (20 minutes' drive from Maya), which will land you there in 35 minutes flat. Flights cost around US$280 a person. The drive from Colombo Airport will take five-and-a-half hours.
- Trains The nearest train station is Matara, 45 minutes' drive from the hotel, and the end of the south-coast rail line. Hop on a train from Colombo’s Fort Station and wind your way merrily down for the price of a few dollars. The train takes just over four hours.
- Automobiles There are no self-drive companies in Tangalle, but since driver guides can easily be arranged by the hotel, there’s little need for your own car anyway.
- Others Helicopters are the most impressive way to transfer to Maya. From November to March, Deccan’s (+94 (0)77 770 3703; www.simplifly.com) scheduled service costs a reasonable US$285 a person. At other times, a private charter will set you back a whopping US$2,800.
Maya The Old House, Aranwella Temple Road, Aranwella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka