Once the ‘Forgotten Islands’, Seychelles slipped gently on to the international holiday scene in the 1970s. Today they are a premier leisure destination, chosen by the famous and not-so-famous alike. Between them, they offer infinite variations on a stylish escapism theme, a dozen or more islands having hotels ready to tempt you with their own interpretation. Some are friendly and laid-back family settings whilst others pander strictly to the self-indulgent luxury-lover.
Not with glitz and glitter but by a fusion of magical natural setting and simple elegance. You’re never far from a stunning beach to die for – or to dive from (diving, like other water sports, is well catered for). Special, too, is the islands’ rich wildlife (with rare endemic species) and exotic flora like the unique Coco de Mer double coconut. Delicious Creole seafood and curries play their own memorable part in the Seychelles Experience.
Four Seasons Seychelles:
A new visionary concept to arrive in Seychelles – the Four Seasons (which opened in January 2009) brings to Mahé a stylish perspective of villa-hotel luxury. Brilliantly green coastline reveals tree-house villas perched on a jungle-clad hillside. Lounge by your plunge pool, then stroll to the powder-sand beach – considered one of the island’s best. Revel in days of barefoot ease, serenaded by tropical birdsong and scented by cinnamon trees and frangipani. Recharge the spirit with storybook adventure, exploring jungle and sea. With refreshing warmth and devoted attention, Four Seasons awakens the joy of fresh discovery.
The spectacular Indian Ocean and sunset views from the top of the hillside, ZEZ is the perfect place to dine. A breakfast buffet offers Continental and Asian dishes, while a full American breakfast and some speciality dishes are available à la carte. For dinner, Mediterranean cuisine specialities include Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Lebanese dishes. The restaurant’s open-air design takes full advantage of Seychelles’ warm, sunny weather. Enjoy the authentic flavours of Kannel’s traditional Southeast Asian cuisine. This stylish yet informal restaurant serves a selection of sushi and sashimi and a variety of fresh fish and seafood. With its beach-side location, Kannel offers a stunning open-air setting with spectacular views of the water.
Banyan Tree Seychelles:
Nestled in Intendance Bay with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees and lush tropical forest, the Banyan Tree Seychelles provides a rare taste of paradise for your Seychelles holiday. For the very best of Seychellois architecture, its 60 stunning pool villas combine contemporary, colonial and ‘plantation’ décor; from high sloping ceilings, airy verandas and louvred doors to ethnic woven textiles. The eclectic villa interiors provide a true sense of space – allowing you to experience Banyan Tree’s signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality in luxury. The Banyan Tree is enhanced by its award-winning spa and a choice of fine dining venues – elegant, gracious and, above all, a setting for the romantic.
A fantastic new addition – stay and sail in comfort within the great inner islands of Seychelles aboard the Banyan Tree Lagoon 1, a 47-foot twin-hulled catamaran. A classic way to leave your stresses behind and sail into the sunset! Extend your stay at the Banyan Tree Resort and be sure to experience the extended hospitality from shore to sea. With two luxury cabins onboard (maximum 4 persons) sail on a three-night cruise along with the full crew, inclusive of full-board meals, and landing fees. It is the perfect way to enjoy diving with access to five Marine Parks!
Sainte Anne Resort & Spa:
The delightful Sainte Anne Resort & Spa is a tranquil island oasis of style and elegance set on a picture-book 550-acre private island in the midst of a National Marine Park, only a 10-minute boat ride from Mahé – great for island hopping in Seychelles. Lush colourful bougainvillaeas, frangipane trees, and palm trees tumble down to three pristine beaches and provide a magnificent natural backdrop. By day, partake in a nature walk, take a diving trip or just laze on the beach and soak up the tropical tranquillity and island lifestyle. In 2008, 27 new Villas with Private Pools and gardens were introduced – allowing for complete privacy on your secluded island retreat. With a serene Spa by Clarins, a Bob Marlin Kids Club, and fabulous à la carte dining options to include two new restaurants; from seafood, grills, Creole delicacies and an intimate option at Le Robinson Restaurant – Sainte Anne has all the amenities of a truly romantic yet family-friendly resort. The resort is a perfect backdrop for your dream wedding!
With a choice of a dozen islands to stay on, you can island-hop to your heart’s content. Prefer to stop the world and simply dream in the shade of a beach-side palm? The Seychelles beckon …… The only stressful part of a trip to the Seychelles Holidays is choosing your favourite spot!