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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.)

Maia Luxury Resort

Address: 5th June Ave, Anse Boileau, Seychelles

Phone:+248 4 390 000

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Screensavers and GIFS from Paradise (also known as the St. Regis Bora Bora)

Ia Ora na (that means “hello” in Tahitian) from Bora Bora. I’m currently spending a few days at the amazing St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in overwater bungalow with this off the hook view.

The resort was the filming location for the Vince Vaughn comedy Couples Retreat, which now plays in a continuous loop on the resort’s closed circuit television in a few different languages. My favorite line of dialogue from the movie comes from the scene where they arrive at the resort, and Vince Vaughn’s character says “Holy sh*t, it’s like a screensaver!”

Yes, many a screensaver has been born in Bora Bora– and for good reason. It’s straight up paradise.  I’ve decided to include a few images in this post that work well as screensavers, wallpapers, and twitter backgrounds. I hope you enjoy them virtually as much as I am in real life.

Happy Hour at The Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Left: a Cucumber martini Right: Passion fruit sangria.

Mount Otemanu provides a stunning backdrop for the St. Regis Resort, particularly at sunset.

No direct flight to get you to French Polynesia? Perhaps you could lease a Gulfstream G550, like this one at the Bora Bora airport. Interesting factoid: this jet will only set you back $50 million, so leasing is clearly a better value.

The colors are straight out of a Paul Gauguin painting, the natural textures stunning.

Self-portrait on the dock of my overwater bungalow. The sandals are Dolce Vita, the dress Halston Heritage from Bleu Clothing.

Left: the canopy of palm trees works really well as my twitter background. Right: If you prefer something simpler, try out these fish in the lagoon.

Here’s a view of the overwater bungalow next door. I just love all the colors and textures.

Since GIF was just named the “Word of the Year” by Oxford Dictionaries I’ve also included a few fun tropical GIFS including champagne and sharks.

Mathieu, my butler at the St. Regis Bora Bora Sabering Champagne on the deck of my overwater bungalow  (created with giffer! )

Shark underfoot at the Lagoon Restaurant, St. Regis Bora Bora

Tahiti from Above (Created with giffer!)

Much thanks to Michael Schoonewagen, the GM of this amazing property, for sponsoring my stay. You are an excellent host.

Nana* from the islands, Jen

*I’ve been told this means “goodbye” in Tahitian

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