Banyan Tree Seychelles is one of the best hotels on the islands. It is very elegant, private and understated. The beach is superb and always quiet. We highly recommend it.
Maia Resort & Spa
Maia Luxury Resort & Spa has just 30 beautifully spacious villas set along the beach and across the lush hillside overlooking the bay of Anse Louis on Mahé. The beach is as nature intended, secluded and quiet, and the hotel offers a wonderfully understated luxury.
The small number of villas makes this a very exclusive resort where service is personal and tailor-made to each client. Even in the restaurant there is no set menu with the five chefs chatting to clients and advising them on the best dishes to suit their taste.
The expansive and elegant villas are a highlight; private and spacious they offer an intimate and peaceful escape with a choice of both outdoor and indoor space in which to relax. For those that can tear themselves away from the comfort of their villas, this boutique resort also offers a variety of watersports and a beautiful spa.
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Maia has just 30 villas nestled among the rainforest on the hillside or along the beachfront. Elegant, stylish and luxuriously spacious, with plenty of outdoor and indoor living space, the villas are a perfect place to escape, with many guests spending most of their time at their villas. Screened by the rainforest and well-spaced, they are very private.
All the villas have a private pool, a spacious outdoor living area with thatched roof, an over-sized day bed, sun loungers, sunken outdoor bath and a total of 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft) of space.
Maia Luxury Resort sits on the western coast of Mahé about 30 minutes’ drive from the airport.
The resort is set on beautiful Anse Louis beach, a gently curving bay of soft white sand framed by lush, granite hillsides at either end. As Maia is the only resort on the beach, it feels very peaceful and private.
The resort feels very secluded although there are a couple of local restaurants and shops within a short drive.
Food and drink
Maia has just one restaurant but five chefs, creating Japanese, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean and Creole cuisine. Dishes are created using the best ingredients, many of which are sourced on the islands.
In keeping with the personal service of the resort, rather than a set menu, guests are encouraged to chat to the chefs who will suggest dishes based on each guest’s personal tastes and the fresh catch of the day.
The resort accepts families, and Signature Villas can accommodate children. There is no kids’ club, but the resort can arrange activities for children.
Facilities and activities
As well as the beachfront pool, there is a range of water sports available at the hotel, including kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boards while on land there is badminton, croquet, volleyball and a small but modern gym. Meditation and yoga classes are available daily at the spa. Introductory scuba diving is included in your stay at Maia too.
The Balinese style spa has a beautiful setting in the midst of the rainforest near a waterfall. Although there are only three treatment rooms, each is very large with a thatched roof and open sides with curtains that can be pulled across if you prefer more privacy.
Environmental and social responsibility
At present, 60% of the staff at Maia are Seychellois. The aim is to train local people and ensure they also gain from tourism.
During construction of Maia, not one plant was destroyed — the plants that were in the way were replanted elsewhere on the resort.
The hotel can help guests arrange a wide range of activities and tours including boat trips, fishing, scenic flights and hiking.
Maia is one of the most exclusive properties in the Seychelles. The small number of rooms make this a very intimate escape with personal service, and the villas offer a comfortable escape with luxurious details, such as private pools, sunken baths and extensive outdoor living areas.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Accompanied by a private guide, step foot into the palm-strewn mountainous interiors of Mahé or Praslin. Look out for endemic orchids and the Seychelles blue pigeon as you take in some of the best island views.
A private guide shows you the highlights of Mahé on this full-day tour. Smell vanilla pods in Victoria’s market, sip totes of local rum, peer up at nutmeg and cinnamon trees in a spice garden and walk the sands of Anse Soleil Beach.
Take to the decks of a crewed catamaran for a guided tour of Sainte Anne Marine Park, which lies off the shores of Mahé. Stop off to snorkel amongst feeding turtles and walk among giant tortoises on Moyenne Island.