Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles

This secluded boutique resort on Mahe Island, offers uber luxury, without the price tag of a private island. Set on 30 acres of palm-filled tropical gardens, with a beautiful white sandy beach, its philosophy is ‘whatever, wherever, whenever’. It’s a wonderful place to flop and drop, and be completely pampered, and to explore the island of Mahé. It’s perfect for a honeymoon.


It has only 30 breathtaking villas with 180° degree panoramic sea views, set on a steep hill (so not for those with mobility issues). Each villa comprises two separate pavilions with a cascading private infinity pool, and a glorious outdoor sunken double bathtub, and a private view of the beach. It’s premium plus all-inclusive (they call it ‘beyond all-inclusive’), and is totally tailormade. You fill in a simple form before going which covers everything from your favourite music, to your preferred tipple, and you walk in to find it, along with a 24 hour private butler. A bar is fully stocked with drinks of your choice – if that’s Champagne, you can drink it all day if you want to – and there’s a fantastic surround sound Bose music system playing your favourite tracks.

Maia offers a private dine around experience, in a different location each day – the beach, atop the helipad, or in the secluded, outdoor gazebo in your pool villa. It also offers complementary scuba diving and has a fantastic spa in a tropical rainforest, where you can hear the birds during treatments.


Susie suggests:

  • Spend a couple of days exploring the island of Mahé by mini moke
  • Book some treatments to experience the tropical forest spa
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