Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa‘Whatever, wherever, whenever’ is the philosophy of this 30-villa, five-star resort which dots its way across the pristine sands of a private peninsula. For guests it makes for truly personal services throughout their stay: from now until March 2013, Maia’s Winter Collection of Emotions package presents a bespoke menu of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Want to track a whale shark by helicopter before sweeping down and tagging the 12-metre-long mammal, aiding research of the species in the process? You got it. How about flying to Aride island (the largest natural reserve in the Seychelles) and seeing its resident turtles, birdlife and plants up close before tucking in to a butler-served lunch? Absolutely.

Those travelling after March 2013 won’t miss out either; Summer Collection of Emotions promises a whole new line-up of outstanding pursuits. Back at the ocean-hugged resort holidayers can make the most of the award-winning gardens, which burst with spices, peppers, bananas and mint (the pickings of which can be mixed with cocoa ganache to make your very own box of chocolates), and a stay in one of its charming thatched-roofed villas. Sea-lovers are sure to fall for the Ocean Front Villas for their setting a stone’s throw from the lapping shore, plus added extras like scrumptious seafood barbecues on the beach, prepared by a professional chef.