7 Day Yoga Retreat In The Paddy Fields, In Old Villa


Situated in a rural village in the island’s lush southern interior, discover the rich landscape of tropical gardens bursting with wildlife and surrounded by paddy fields.

Take time to switch off and recharge in this 7-day retreat in a beautifully restored Manor House. 

Energize, rejuvenate and revitalise with full days of indulgence with a variety of health and well-being activities. 

Breathe deeply and let yourself be guided through energizing yoga sequences. The yoga package is tailor made, to suit each guests' needs and levels of practice. 

Whether a complete novice or a more seasoned practitioner, this will be a valuable opportunity to learn and experience both dynamic and restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation and Tai-chi.

Classes will take place at sunrise and before sunset, to experience the most peaceful times of the day. 
Yoga will be conducted in a yoga pavilion situated at the edge of the paddy fields which provides a stunning backdrop for meditation. 

There will be either 2 or 3 optional yoga classes a day, three delicious and nourishing meals a day, and a relaxing massage for each guest. 

The 7-day retreat package also includes your 6 nights accommodations, airport transfers, yoga mats, massages for 2 guests, 4 excursions to nearby sites including Uda Walawe, a Sri Lankan cooking class and a special Sri Lankan dinner for 2.


Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Available all year round


  • Dynamic
  • General
  • Hatha
  • Restorative


  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Details
    Available all year round
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Taste the delights of Sri Lankan fusion cuisine. Fresh, local and with a creative twist on classical dishes, will seduce your taste buds with an infusion of flavours. Enjoy a drink wherever tickles your fancy and choose from the extensive wine and drinks list. Dining can be arranged in the stunning outdoor pavilion, by the pool, at your favourite spot in the garden or in the Old House’s atmospheric dining room.

When in season, pick a breadfruit from the garden and let the kitchen cook you up a fabulous curry! So whether it is breakfast by the pool, lunch in the garden or a romantic candle-lit dinner, let it be a feast for the senses.


  • Accommodation
  • Air-Con Room
  • Airport Transfer
  • Excursion
  • All Meals
  • Mats
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Tour
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • Vegan


Private Room at Maya

Private Room

Wake up to the soothing sound of birdsong as you stay in this beautiful restored home. Nestled at the edge of a peaceful village, amongst pretty paddy fields, Maya’s impressive gates open to this stylishly restored 19th century Walauwa, situated in a serene and lush estate. A short walk through the landscaped gardens leads you to this spacious colonial chic manor house - a true sanctuary for couples, honeymooners or families.



Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Tangalle, Aranwella is a large town located in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. It is considered one of the largest towns in southern province and has a mild climate, in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches. Tangalle is a regionally important fishing port, situated on one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka, which is protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef. It is a centre of tourism and a popular holiday destination on the south coast. In the town centre there is an old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today. The Dutch and subsequently the British used Tangalle as an important anchorage on the southern coast of the island. The Dutch Fort, Rest House and Court House are a few remaining examples of Dutch architecture in Tangalle. For a spot of shopping, sightseeing, dining, head to the lively town of Tangalle on the southern coast. Situated in Tangalle is the rural village of Aranwella, just eight kilometers - or a 15 minute drive - from Tangalle.

Venue   Maya
Maya, Venue for 7 Day Yoga Retreat in the Paddy Fields, in Old Villa

Step back in time and experience the magic of a 19th century Sri Lankan Manor House. Built by one of the ruling elite in Ceylon, Aranwella Walauwa is a classic illustration of 19th century properties - a little gem in the Tangalle area. Drawing on influences from Dutch and British colonial architecture, Aranwella Walauwa’s restitution provides a glimpse into history. Seamlessly blending Sri Lankan heritage with contemporary design, the atmospheric five suite villa pays homage to its original features - a simple harmony of modern luxe with local charm and style. 

Maya or Illusion in Sanskrit is the creation of interior designer Niki Fairchild. She first stumbled upon the old Walauwa in 2004 and was instantly enchanted. Together with distinguished Sri Lankan architect Pradeep Kodikara, Niki renovated and brought back to life this heritage home. The stunning result blends period features with unique style: enhanced space, sky-high ceilings, open views, sleek lines and supremely comfortable living.

Maya is situated in the quaint village of Aranwella next to the ancient village Buddhist temple, only 8km from Tangalle and the beautiful beaches of the southern coast. The journey from the International airport will take 3 and half hours and approximately 3 hours from Colombo. Cinnamon Air sea planes fly several times a week to Dikwella - the flying time is only 35 minutes and from there it's a 20 minute drive to Maya. Sri Lankan flies 5 days a week from the International Airport in Colombo to Hambantota Airport. The flying time is 30 minutes. The drive from Hambantota Airport to Maya is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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