We don’t like to create blanket statements, and there are plenty of amazing resorts in the Indian Ocean. But for honeymoons, it is difficult to beat this one. First of all, there’s the setting. Spa & MAIA Luxury Resort sits on its own peninsula in a marine preserve, so the views are second to none.
The digs are pretty sweet. The resort has 30 standalone villas, each with its own plunge pool. They are centered with pristine craggy beach and pool bar.
There are just two area types: Signature Villa and Ocean Panoramic Villa. The diference is where they’re on the staircase. The higher up, the more solitude and therefore the more precious (and pricey).
Interiors were done by acclaimed designer Bill Bensley (who also did so amazing resort in Thailand). The vibe is clean, airy and sharp, with inspiration drawn from Africa (as is the resort’s thatched-roof, conical architecture).
The Sunset Bar that is open-air is the hangout spot come evening. The guest combination is international; even though it’s still a small key to travelers, the hotel has won awards in important Italian, British and Russian magazines.
The restaurant, Tec Tec, includes fusion cuisine and produce grown served at the open air overlooking ocean and the pool beyond.
There is also a wine cellar, with vintages from all over the world. They do tastings on petition, which is a opportunity.
That said, most guests come here to love being lonely. Each villa includes a butler who will arrange private meals in your room, or on the shore…
…or by the pool, decked with candlelight.
The spa offers courses in Qi Gong and yoga in addition to massage services. How sexy is that this couples therapy room?!
Most men and women come here to hide out and relax, but there is also a lot to do in Seychelles. The republic is made up of 150 islets. MAIA sits around the capital island. You take a boat to secluded beach or a bird refuge, or better yet, can rent a car and enter the capital city, hike the trails around the hotel, island jump via helicopter. How fun is that?!
Seychelles is known for its beaches, also MAIA sits on one of the very best. The waters are secure and off limits to motor boats, so it is good for snorkeling, biking and paddleboarding. If you want to parasail jet-ski or charter a motor ship taxi over to they and Beau Vallon Aquatics Sport’ll set you up.
Best of all is all inclusive, so many of what you do would be contained in the upfront pace. Sunset cocktails?