MAIA Luxury Resort
By Rhiannon Taylor, February 2019
Flying in to Mahe, we “oooh” and “ahhh” looking out the window. A smattering of pristine islands fringed with white sand are dotted in ocean and stretch out as far as the eye can see. We race off the plane, pick up our rental car and bump along the sleepy roads to our secluded paradise that is MAIA Luxury Resort.
Nestled in 30 acres of lush gardens, filled with tropical flowers and cinnamon trees, this exclusive Kiwi Collection property is situated on the quiet beach of Anse Louis. Greeted by beaming staff and our butler, we’re quickly whisked off to our villa. Our jaws drop as we’re met with unparalleled views over the bay and Coldplay hums faintly in the background (they take your music preferences very seriously on your guest registration form). Our butler serves us with champagne before take a dip in our stunning infinity pool.
Our villa has a sumptuous bed that sits in front of double doors with ocean views. The stone-clad bathroom is stocked with Hermes products and opens to an outdoor bath the overlooks the bay (this will be filled and accompanied by canapés in the evening if you so wish). There’s a deck which adjoins the butlers quarters which is where the butler cooks breakfast, serves drinks and preps for in-room dining. MAIA has an anywhere, anytime, anything policy and is all inclusive. There are five menus to choose from focusing on Creole, Indian and Western food with something for everyone. We order a pasta and a local curry for lunch and they are promptly served after our late-morning swim.
There are a plethora of activities on offer at MAIA. Snorkeling, paddle boarding and even diving is included with you stay. After a quick snorkel we book in for a massage and are whisked to spa heaven at MAIA’s Balinese inspired treatment rooms. Using Omorovicza products, expert therapists move with your body in a tailored massage that bucks traditional methods. You quickly find yourself in a deep sleep hoping it will never end.
Post-treatment we pop down to the bar and pick up a cocktail before taking a stroll along the beach for sunset. The sky turns cotton candy pink and we think yes, this truly could be the most beautiful place in the world. After sunset, a buggy awaits to take us somewhere mysterious. Our butler has planned dinner on the helipad and we’re greeted with twinkling lanterns and a vista of rolling hills and waves below. It’s beautiful, as is the feast that accompanies it. A butter chicken is outstanding, whilst a truffled quinoa salad is decadent and surprising. We sigh as our butler tops up our glass with champagne, feeling not only thoroughly spoiled but our souls nurtured and restored.
We were guests of MAIA Luxury Resort and Kiwi Collection.