Taru Villas’ collection includes some of Sri Lanka’s finest properties and their first villa in the cultural triangle extends their footprint across Sri Lanka in impressive fashion. Maia is one of the best boutique villa options in Habarana, indeed in the whole cultural triangle. An elevated central pathway which is lit at night crosses a gurgling to reveal a property offering a luxurious old-world Sri Lankan architecture. A confident use of exposed brickwork in rooms and public areas provides a sense of unfussy simplicity as well as an underlying sense of history (“an homage to an ancient monastic legacy” as Taru themselves put it). Maia extends through woodland and fields until you discover the placid waters of Habarana Lake and the atmospheric view of Sigiriya rock fortress and Pidurangala. The properties based around Habarana Lake have a special appeal with the sights and sounds of wildlife never far away. Maia has an accent on peaceful relaxation and that is enhanced by a beautiful infinity pool and the fine dining expected from a Taru property, both of which are also able to nourish the body and mind.
There are eight Superior Rooms and two Premier Chalets, all seeking a rustic elegance: luxurious rooms with a pleasing flair for design. Rooms have king-sized bed, optional extra bed, sofa and easy chairs, a/c and overhead fan, complimentary wi-fi, bluetooth speaker, tea/coffee facilities, minibar / fridge, in-room safe, smart TV with cable channels, rain shower, private terrace or balcony with wooden canopies and rain blinds, work desk, mosquito repellent lotion, luggage rack, bottled water, bathrobes. A large batik above the bed, open brickwork and floor-to-ceiling windows with blinds adds to an air of light and understated elegance. Superior Rooms look over the plantation. Premier Chalets are more secluded, slightly larger and have attractive jungle views as well as a bathtub.
Dine at an elegant open-air dining salon where large wooden canopies with rain blinds and a water feature on two sides with water lilies adds to an air of refined relaxation already encouraged by the rural Habarana surroundings. Refreshments are also served by the infinity pool with sunbeds which looks over a restful paddy field a truly rural location. A circular space is envisaged as an area for yoga, meditation or reading.
Why we like it
An air of boutique minimalism brings a distinctive flavour to this upmarket Cultural Triangle property.
Taru Villas Maia is on the western outskirts of Habarana town on the A11 heading towards Anuradhapura and is centrally placed for the main attractions in the Cultural Tringle.