The MAIA is one of the most spectacular hotels in the Seychelles, an exclusive retreat of only 30, approximately 250 square meters of luxurious villas in the southwest of the island of Mahé.
Surrounded by 12 hectares of flowering, multi-award-winning gardens, the Resort & Spa offers guests the greatest possible privacy in the midst of nature. Cashew nuts, lemon grass, aloe vera, lilies and cinnamon trees grow here alongside numerous tropical palm species. A multitude of exotic and endemic birds call MAIA their home and give guests a free concert at sunset.
Situated on a small exposed peninsula, the villas blend into the natural surroundings. they are located directly on the beach or enthroned, slightly elevated, on the grounds. each villa offers a free 180 degree view of the indian ocean.
American architect and interior designer Bill Bensley, Bensley Design Studios, is responsible for the resort's architecture and is considered one of the world's top 100 hotel designers. The open-plan villa concept, consisting of a semi-open bathroom area with access to an outdoor bathtub embedded in a low infinity pool and a spacious terrace with swimming pool, covered dining area and king-size daybed, allows for natural relaxation. The villas with oversized windows and sliding doors and glazed interior shower are also flooded with light - the line between outside and inside is blurred. Whether from the bathroom, covered terrace or bedroom - the view of the sea is part of it.
Dark stone from Bali, fine teak furniture and floors, the finest Asian silk and cotton fabrics, framed black and white photographs with scenes from the everyday life of the Seychellois and warm, bright colour accents define the interior. The modern extras of the villas include iPods (rental on request) and iPod docking stations, CD and DVD players, flat screen TVs, a Nespresso machine and a "Beauty Fridge" with products from the exclusive La Prairie care range.
A wide stone staircase leads down to the spacious swimming pool with its large sun deck, the gourmet restaurant Tec-Tec and the Sunset Pool Bar. Shielded by an imposing black stone wall, which reminds one of an Asian temple with its water features, and protected by large granite rocks and the natural vegetation, the pool, restaurant and bar form the heart of the resort. It is only a few steps from here to the sea.
The three open, spacious spa pavilions allow for couple and single treatments with a view of the garden, accompanied by the gentle sound of the waves and the singing of the birds. A team of therapists from Bali, specially trained by the American spa expert Susan Stein, pampers those seeking relaxation with a selection of massages, facial treatments, body wraps, baths and much more. Products from the exquisite La Prairie care range are used. Signature treatments include the "Gentle Soul Massage".
The tailor-made leisure activities on offer include free snorkelling, kayaking or canoeing on request, diving, half or full day excursions to the neighbouring islands of La Digue, Parslin and Coco Island, deep-sea fishing and sightseeing flights by helicopter over the picturesque scenery of the Seychelles.
Very Important Kids" - children are a top priority at MAIA, and the V.I.K. program includes a wellness taster, a treasure hunt in the garden and on the beach, painting courses or a canoe trip.
Chef André Chiang, a Taiwanese by birth, conjures up Mediterranean dishes with Asian-Creole accents in the gourmet restaurant Tec-Tec. In a varied and imaginative way, he combines the influences of a wide range of culinary cultures. André Chiang has more than ten years of professional experience in award-winning restaurants. In France, he has worked together with three-star chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, Pierre Gagnaire, who also holds three Michelin stars, and Joel Robuchon, who is celebrated as the chef of the century.
Romantic dinners or barbecues on the beach as well as candle-light dinners in your own villa ensure an unforgettable experience for two.
The guest and his or her individual wishes and needs are the focus of attention at the MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa, made possible by the small, almost family-sized hotel as well as motivated and trained employees from all over the world, who live the idea of service quite naturally.
The service motto is: "One villa, one butler", who looks after the guests during their stay around the clock and with the same attention that the guest desires. The butler is the contact person for all questions. He organizes a boat trip, takes care of laundry, rooms and luggage, serves dinner in the villa or arranges a romantic candlelight bath. The staff of the resort is his capital. The guiding principle is: "People you care about are happy to care about others", which makes the service at the MAIA unique.
A coconut serves as a "Do not disturb" sign in the MAIA, and anyone hanging it on the front door of their villa is guaranteed to enjoy undisturbed peace and quiet.
The resort also has attractive offers for newlyweds, including free spa treatments, a four-course candlelight dinner, a romantic bath in your own villa including a bottle of champagne and much more!