Arrive in Mahé following an overnight flight via Dubai. You’ll arrive feeling refreshed thanks to the impeccable on-board service provided by the dedicated in-flight team at Emirates. Meet with your onward transfer to the incredible MAIA resort. Your villa features a range of luxury amenities, including a private infinity pool and 24-hour butler service. Unwind in this tranquil haven, tucked into a pocket of lush tropical greenery. This afternoon, enjoy a stroll along the velvet sands or indulge in a complimentary massage in the spa – exclusive to A&K clients. Complete your day with a gourmet meal at Tec-Tec restaurant, sampling fresh local flavours.
Wake up to the sounds of Seychelles. After a delicious breakfast, embark on a journey of relaxation and self-discovery. MAIA has a dedicated space for yoga and qi gong and runs daily classes for all ages and ability levels. Learn about these ancient ritual practices and stretch out your stresses against a backdrop of stunning ocean vistas. Afterwards, ease out your troubles with a Balinese massage at the garden spa. Absorb the serenity of your surroundings and listen to the gentle lapping of waves in the distance.
Explore Mahé today, learning about local culture and discover the fascinating history of the island. Visit Victoria – the bustling capital city – and wander the palm-lined streets, admiring the colourful architecture. Your next stop is the lively Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, the best place to sample fresh local flavours. The local delicacy – fruit bat curry – is a must-try. Alternatively, set off into the scenery on one of the many incredible hiking trails. Look out for local wildlife including tree frog, terrapin and black parrot.
Leave the land behind with a half-day fishing trip out on the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean. Cruising along the coastline, admire magnificent views of Mahé as you try your hand at fishing. These waters are rich in marine life, so it won’t be long before you’re reeling in sailfish, dorado and tuna. Enjoy a fantastic lunch at MAIA, enjoying a personalised menu created to suit your tastes. Spend the rest of today relaxing in your luxury villa or feel the sand between your toes at the beach.
The shimmering cobalt sea invites you to explore with unlimited access to introductory and exploratory scuba-diving sessions – included with MAIA’s Beyond All-Inclusive Package. Their expert team includes three PADI instructors, a PADI divemaster and two skippers who accompany you to discover the deep. Whether you’re an experienced diver or this is your first outing, MAIA’s specialists will ensure you’re well looked after. Swim among turtle and ray, admiring the intricate coral patterns. From above and below the water, Mahé’s coastline is a view you’ll remember forever.
Wave a fond farewell to MAIA today as you board a direct helicopter flight to North Island – your home for the next five nights. With only eleven villas on the entire island, this lush tropical paradise is yours to explore as you wish. Relax in your elegant villa or paddle in the shallows to cool off in the glorious sunshine. The rest of today is yours to enjoy a scenic picnic or pamper yourself in the opulent spa. This evening, enjoy a sundowner courtesy of your dedicated butler.
Enjoy a refreshing stroll up to the top of Spa Hill, renowned for its panoramic views of the island. Along the way, capture some incredible photos and discover the secrets of this magnificent landscape. Look out for the indigenous wildlife of Seychelles including tortoise and the beautiful white tern. The fantastic Noah’s Ark Project exists to conserve local species and their habitats. See their vital work in action and learn how you can get involved.
Leave North Island for the day to explore Praslin, the second-largest island in Seychelles. This island’s history is undoubtedly colourful, from tales of pirates to successes in the spice trade. A must-see location is the extraordinary Vallée de Mai – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the verdant palm forest, made up of many endemic species. This magnificent nature reserve is an echo of the enormous ancient palm-forests that once existed. As you explore the tropical flora, you’ll soon realise why people once thought this was the Garden of Eden.
Your villa houses two bicycles, meaning you’re free to explore North Island as you wish. Spend today going where the feeling takes you, whether that’s off in search of turtle on the beach or to the West Beach Bar for refreshing cocktails. Bicycles are ideal for getting around on the island and give you a quiet wildlife-watching advantage. Fly through the shady forest paths with the wind in your hair and an entourage of tropical birds twittering in the trees around you.
Make the most of your last day on North Island, taking some time to relax and absorb the tranquil tropical atmosphere. Take a dip in the pool, feel the sand between your toes or lay back on a lounger in your spacious private garden. You butler is ready to help you achieve ultimate relaxation – sip your signature drink in the sunshine and enjoy a delicious lunch. Alternatively, set out on bicycles for a scenic tour of the shoreline. Arrange for your butler to bring you a gourmet picnic on the sand.
After eleven days in the tropical sunshine, wake up one last time on North Island and enjoy a hearty breakfast in your private garden. Savour your final moments in paradise with a short stroll along the beach before your return transfer. Board a morning flight back to London via Dubai and arrive on the same day with memories that you’ll treasure forever.