Seychelles Resort Named “World’s Most Expensive Hotel”

By P. Joseph

A luxury spa resort in the Seychelles has been revealed as the world’s most expensive hotel, based on a new survey.

According to the poll, conducted by, a night at the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa costs more than any other hotel room anywhere in the world – with prices for a standard drouble room priced at $2,455.

Located on the southwest coast of the island of Mahé, the 30-villa property is open to residents only. Each of its spacious villas feature the latest hi-tech facilities and have uninterrupted ocean views, a large gazebo area with kitchen bar, eating area and oversized day-bed, a 25ft infinity pool and outdoor sunken bath tub.

Earlier this year the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa introduced two new modes of transport for guests. Firstly, the hotel purchased an amphibian boat called “sealegs”, which can transport guests from a yacht onto dry land. Secondly, the resort was fitted with its own helipad, connecting the hotel with nearby attractions including Grande Barbe on Silhouette Island, and enabling guests to enjoy scenic flights over the whole archipelago.

The full list of the top ten most expensive hotels in the world, based on the average price of a standard double room in the period from June through August 2011, was as follows:

1. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa (Anse Louis, Seychelles) $2,455
2. Hotel Pitrizza (Porto Cervo, Italy) $2,335
3. Royal Mansour (Marrakech, Morocco) $2,327
4. Hotel Cala di Volpe (Porto Cervo, Italy) $2,286
5. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa (Lithgow, Australia) $2,119
6. Hotel Romazzino (Porto Cervo, Italy) $2,115
7. La Réserve (Ramatuelle, France) $2,112
8. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (Maldives) $2,106
9. Saffire Freycinet (Cole’s Bay, Australia) $1,576
10. Gora Kadan (Gora, Japan) $1,459

By P. Joseph