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COURTESY OF MAIA LUXURY RESORT AND SPA

POOL OF MONEY: Only the cashed-up can take the plunge at the Seychelles resort of Maia

Maia, an ultra-luxurious resort in the Seychelles, may offer canoeing, fishing and snorkeling excursions, but our tip is to give them all a miss. This seven-month-old property is instead made for mooching on an opulent scale. Picture 30 sumptuous villas, spread over 12 hectares next to secluded Anse Louis beach, and appointed with every comfort. Private gazebos offer sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, but the scenery is best enjoyed from your own plunge pool with a glass of champagne. The service is designed for solitude seekers: you can stay cocooned, interacting with a personal butler whose discretion is matched only...

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