Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas

Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas occupies a rarified piece of property on Mahé: its own peninsula. The resort’s 30 villas begin on the white-sand beach and steadily extend up a hill, ending at a peak that offers views of two separate bays. (Our favorite are the Ocean Panoramic hilltop options for the privacy they ensure.)

The property’s primary goal is to deliver anything and everything that a guest could want, at any hour of the day or night. Each villa is assigned a butler and instead of traditional meal times, guests are encouraged to dine at their convenience, and order whatever they can think up. The menu is only there for suggestions.

The villas are colonial Seychellois in style, featuring peaked, thatched roofs, polished wooden details and upholstered wicker furniture and consist of two separate structures—a bedroom and a living room pavilion. Bathrooms boast huge showers, large-sized Hermes amenities and open onto the villa’s private outdoor bathtub and infinity-edge pool.

Other highlights of the property include the indoor-outdoor spa, where guests can enjoy fabulous Balinese-style massages, Tec-Tec restaurant and the communal pool complete with Sunset Pool Bar.

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Lounge at North Island, Seychelles - Courtesy Mike Myers

North Island

The emphasis of exquisite North Island remains on space and privacy, with only 11 guest villas, all roughly 5,000 square-feet and handcrafted by Seychellois craftsman with local wood, stone and thatching. The villas are raised on stilts to catch the breeze, and from the two separate bedrooms, large bathroom (with marble baths and an outdoor shower) and a changing area, guests can look out over the enormous white sand beach.

For something completely unique, Villa 11, known as Villa North Island, is perched on a rock on the north side of Anse d’Est Beach with a rope bridge entrance and an open-plan bathroom with panoramic views. Settle into the huge tub (with room for two), or walk down the handcrafted staircase to an outdoor shower hanging from the cliff edge.

Meals are served in the central Island Piazza, at West Beach Bar with views of the sunset, in guests' villas or anywhere else on the island that guests might like to picnic. There are menus but they are only for help brainstorming, the chef and your butler will arrange anything you might desire from coal-oven pizzas to Creole tapas to freshly caught grilled fish (and room rates include all meals).

There’s equipment available for biking, hiking, kayaking and snorkeling and divers have the chance to explore part of the world’s longest coral reef, with such an abundance of marine life it has been nicknamed the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’. Each villa has a small private pool but there is also a gorgeous pool that hangs out over a cliff. The small hilltop spa catches lovely breezes and guests could—and do—spend hours just gazing out at the horizon from the treatment rooms.

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Tucked into the hills and lush vegetation of Praslin Island, the Raffles hotel has been garnering buzz since it opened in 2011. Even the arrival area is breathtaking with stunning views onto a beach that’s deservedly well-known as one of the world’s most beautiful. The vistas take centerstage throughout the resort. Each of the 86 villas comes with wooden balconies, private outdoor showers and infinity plunge pools. The rooms all have a simple understated feel with soft colors and pillows with coral designs that lead into a walk in closet and large bathroom. My favorite part was the huge glass window beside the bathtub so that you can take in the views as you soak. The staff at the Raffles is extremely warm and caring. At the pool there’s a constant flow of fresh fruit skewers and beverages, and every villa comes with its own butler service. While I visited, my butler seemed to know my whereabouts at all times, whether it was to pass on an important message to me or organize a wake-up call for my early-morning yoga class. Although the setting is lush and romantic, families are just as welcome, and the plethora of beach activities and presence of a Kids Club assures that children of all ages (and their parents) will be happy here. Life at the resort is centered around relaxation. Adults will love the spa with outdoor treatment rooms as well as peaceful time at the pool and beach. The activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and diving are most popular. The island of Praslin, where the Raffles is located, does not have a town with restaurants or infrastructure, so all meals happen at the resort. From a culinary perspective, the resort’s restaurants rate highly, and many menus focus on a blend of Creole and Western tastes. The seafood is fresh and exceptionally prepared. Don’t miss the cocktails at Danzil Lounge Bar for an afternoon or evening treat. Their signature Praslin sling with gin, coconut water and vanilla is delicious as are the passion fruit mojitos.

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