A Stay at Maia Luxury Resort on Mahe Island, Seychelles
Panorama of the view from villa 218
I visited the Seychelles for the first time in December, 2014 and stayed at Maia Luxury Resort using free nights my husband earned as member of LHW’s Leaders Club Unlimited program. Maia Luxury resort is small and intimate, with just 10 oceanfront villas and 20 panoramic villas.
A fountain in the private plunge pool of villa 218
We were picked up at the Seychelles International Airport by chauffeured car and driven the 40 minutes to the resort (we arranged the car transfers directly with the hotel for € 100 each way). Upon arrival, we were quickly checked in before being taken to Villa 218 by golf cart.
Left: views of the Indian Ocean from Maia Right: Plantains as an in-room amenity
Villa 218 is a panoramic villa which has incredible 180 degree views of the resort’s stunning peninsula location and the Indian Ocean below.
Maia’s luxurious bungalows and personalized butler service mean there is very little reason to leave your room, although it’s worth doing. I was glad I lured beyond the confines of my villa to check out Maia’s award-winning Balinese style spa and the hotel’s main restaurant, pool, and beach area.
Floating flowers at Maia Luxury Resort
The restaurant serves Asian, Indian, and Creole food with focus on fresh seafood and tropical flavors. The Indonesian dishes were standouts. We also had a memorable dinner in the resort’s Wine Boutique where the hotel’s sommelier showed us some of the resort’s most interesting wine bottles.
Left: chaises in the pool of villa 218 Right: Maia Resort’s main pool area
The resort has a high staff to guest ratio and focuses on personalized service. At first I found the service a bit intrusive, but once we spoke to the management we were able to step it back to a more comfortable level.
Pastel sunsets are the norm at Maia
The food was great from both room service as well as in the hotel’s main restaurant. I was impressed with my massage treatment at the spa and was glad I left to room to get it.
I still can’t get over this outdoor bath & shower at Maia
Maia’s away-from-it-all vibe reminded me a bit of Imanta Punta Mita.
A Balinese style daybed in Villa 218
The in-room amenities are Bulgari and the addition of sunscreen was appreciated.
I loved the tropical, elegant and zen decor in the rooms
The king sized bed was comfy, and wifi worked throughout the villa and in most of the public areas. It was hassle-free.
The fan helped keep things cool and the mosquito netting went mostly unused during our stay
The Sunset Pool Bar
Maia has an impressive collection of Cognac
Room service sushi at Maia
The front door of villa 218
There were other guests at the resort during our stay but we did not see or interact with them much. The resort seems geared towards privacy. This spot is great for couples or honeymooners who enjoy luxury and privacy.
Views of Maia Luxury Resort’s private stretch of beach
Watching a pastel sunset from the beach at Maia
Obligatory toes-in-the-sand selfie
This was the closest I got to other guests at Maia Luxury Resort
Villa rates start at $2,313.53 USD per night (making this property an excellent choice for free nights redemption as part of the LHW Leaders Club program.)
Address: 5th June Ave, Anse Boileau, Seychelles
Phone:+248 4 390 000