(Yachts moored below the MAIA at the Anse Louis / South West coast of Mahe, the Seychelles main island)
The research carried out by www.luxury-hotels.com, to find the worlds most expensive hotel or resort, based on their average rates charged over the months under review, revealed a stunning result when the Seychelles MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa topped the global list. The website lists the MAIA at US Dollars 2.455 per night ahead of Hotel Pitrizza in Port Cervo / Italy with US Dollars 2.335 and the Royal Mansour in Marrakech / Morocco with US Dollars 2.327.
Notably did two more hotels in Port Cervo make it into the top ten, making one wonder what makes that town so extraordinarily special as far as its hotels are concerned and subject to an informative Google Search by this correspondent for his own benefit, though not for an article as it is beyond his geographical area of reporting.
But back to the Seychelles and the MAIA. Seychelles Another World is one of the tag lines the Seychelles Tourism Board uses to market the archipelago across the world and accolades like just gained by the MAIA are only bound to underscore the trend that the Seychelles indeed are THE most sought after honeymoon and holiday destination. It did not take the Royal Honeymoon at the North Island Resort in May this year, although that of course produced priceless and ongoing publicity, to make the Seychelles into what it is, a magnet for many of the worlds who is who coming to enjoy pristine beaches, superb hospitality and a friendly people second to none.
(The view across one of the MAIAs private villas infiniti pools)
As this correspondent phrased his impressions, following his first visit in 2010, the MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa provides Hospitality made in Heaven and remains one of the finest properties ever visited. Congratulations to the MAIAs management and their extraordinary staff on making it into the record books once again.