Part of the Leading Hotels of the World network, MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa is nestled on the rugged southwest coast of Mahé, ticking all the Indian Ocean boxes of palm-fringed sands, turquoise waters and warm ocean breezes, and a whole lot more too; MAIA’s mantra of ‘Whatever, Wherever and Whenever’ is certainly fulfilled with their exceptional service and outstanding inclusions of the Beyond All Inclusive program.
If you’re seeking rustic, island chic, then look no further than MAIA. Forget all-inclusive meccas of water parks, generic chain restaurants and contemporary yet clinical accommodation, this boutique-style property promises character and charm without sacrificing your service, dining, and leisure options. Each elegant villa boasts the upmost privacy, with ample indoor and outdoor living space, including an infinity pool, outdoor gazebo and relaxing daybed. Your accommodation may be set on the hillcrest for magnificent 180 degree ocean vistas, or by the beachfront for that instant toes-in-the-sand experience. Your intuitive, personalised butler will attend to your every desire from the minute you arrive, greeting you with chilled Champagne and taking care of the small things that matter, such as the laundry and housekeeping, and those that make a big difference, like childcare and off-menu dining options.
Guaranteeing gastronomical pleasure, MAIA offers guests flexibility to dine beyond the confines of a set menu and regular dining hours with their ‘Whatever, Wherever, Whenever’ motto. Combining fusion cooking methods with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, experience the delights of Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Creole-inspired fare, all catered to your request. Better still, your Beyond All Inclusive program covers all meals, snacks, soft drinks and select premium alcoholic beverages, so dining in style need not be compromised. Tec-Tec Restaurant specialises in ‘haute light cuisine’, a low-calorie, yet just as delicious, gourmet dining experience, while the Sunset Pool Bar serves classic cocktails with a twist and scrumptious snacks, accompanied by the amber glow of the Indian Ocean’s iconic sunsets. For the wine buffs, the Wine Boutique features over 300 international vintages for you to sample; enjoy guided tasting tailored to your palate and wine knowledge, or opt for a private celebration, either in the privacy of your villa or barefoot on the beachfront, with a fine wine specially selected by Chef Manoj Singh and his entourage.
Whatever your recipe for an idyllic island retreat, be it a private creole cooking lesson, a rejuvenating Yoga wake-up call, or an afternoon spent diving and exploring the kaleidoscopic marine life that surround this private island peninsula, you’ll find it at MAIA. Try something new with the Qi Gong sessions, an ancient Chinese health care system integrating posture, breathing, and control, or take to the waters with kayaking and paddle-boarding through the calm Mahé waters. If you’re less of a water baby and more of a land lubber, the island itself boasts lush forest, cascading falls and humbling mountains further inland, best discovered on horseback or with a scenic hike.