MAIA: The Lowdown

 

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Beautiful, discreet Maia is a very grown-up sort of resort. If you want late nights dancing on the bar this may not be your scene, but for a laid-back seriously private adult hideaway, Maia is a dream. This is absolutely the sort of hotel where you could arrive, settle into your villa, and not leave again till the end of your stay.

What’s MAIA really like?

There’s a distinct sense of tranquillity we felt as soon as we arrived at Maia. Everything seems to be almost effortless, with golf buggies to whisk you up the steep hill to the rooms, and a butler on hand to attend to your every need. At the bottom of the resort is the bar, restaurant and pool.  This was pretty quiet during our visit- most guests use the pools in their rooms and many take meals there too. When it comes to food, Maia aims for as much as possible “whatever, wherever, whenever” so the chef can cook the whole range of dishes from Creole to Japanese, via Thai, Indian and Mediterranean food.

Maia has 30 villas in total- and as with elsewhere in the resort, there’s a fairly zen, Asian feel. Your villa mixes indoor and outdoor areas effortlessly. Walking through the large double doors into your pavilion, there’s a deck to sunbathe on, your own small infinity pool, a bedroom with the bed carefully positioned to look out over the ocean, and a bathroom with delicious Hermes products. Safe to say, your reviewer did not want to leave. The layout is pretty similar in each pavilion, really only varying according to the boulders and trees they are built around. The Signature Villas have the best views of the sea (either high on the hill or down right by the beach), but the Ocean Panoramic Villas are still pretty glorious, just with a (slightly) less jaw-dropping view.

What can I do at MAIA?

We think Maia really works best for guests who want peace, privacy and relaxation, so, in spite of the handy helipad, it’s fairly rare for our guests to do much serious exploring from here. However, there’s a sweep of beach in front of the restaurant to wander on, a small gym and a lovely spa with three incredibly tranquil open-air treatment rooms. Maia can also help arrange diving at the nearby PADI centre, snorkelling, fishing, paddle boarding and canoeing.

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