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Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. The country is best known for its powdery white-sand beaches that rank among the most beautiful beaches in the world that are backed by jungle-covered hills and large rocky boulders. Seychelles, one of the world’s smallest countries, is composed of two main island groups: the Mahé group of more than 40 central, mountainous granitic islands and a second group of more than 70 outer, flat, coralline islands. In the last decade or so, many luxurious hotels have opened up on these islands, some of them managed by giant hospitality chains like Marriott and Hilton while some of them managed by world’s most luxurious brands like Four Seasons and Six Senses. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 5 star Hotels and Resorts in Seychelles.
10. Constance Lemuria, Seychelles
Constance Lemuria is located on the northwest shore of Praslin island with the ocean lapping gently at the shores of its three white sand beaches. The resort is situated at a 5-minute drive from Praslin Airport. Opened in December 1999, this luxury hotel in Praslin was fully renovated and then reopened in November 2016. The 105 suites and villas lie scattered along two pristine beaches, to both the southwest and northwest. Each suite is positioned just 15 meters from the shore, discreetly nestled among the natural Seychellois gardens. The restaurants offer a variety of local and international dishes, with both buffet and á la carte options. The bars allow guests to choose among different atmospheres and scenarios to have some entertaining during the day or simply relax after dinner. The spa at Constance offers a variety of massages and treatments to relax surrounded by bamboo and palm trees. Sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, 2 tennis courts, snorkeling trips, and windsurfing. A three-level swimming pool and a kids club are also present at the hotel.
Website: Constance Lemuria, Seychelles
9. Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels and Resorts
The newly opened Mango House Seychelles, a part of Hilton’s LXR Hotels and Resorts, is located on the South West Coast of Mahe in its very own bay knowns as Anse Aux Poules Bleues. Mango House is a 30-40 minutes distance by car to and from the Seychelles International Airport and approximately 60 minutes from Victoria. Mango House is home to 11 categories and 41 sea view-facing rooms. Inspired by creative flare, the villas and suites compliment the natural flora of the surroundings. Muse is the all-day dining restaurant serving brasserie-style Creole and Mediterranean dining in a chilled and quirky ambience. Kokoye Bar is inspired by the Indo-Seychellois culture while Azido is a Japanese specialty restaurant offering a menu that focuses on fresh sushi and exquisite produce grilled in the robatayaki. Soley is the pool bar and Moutya is influenced by Creole flavours and serves succulent seafood, grilled chicken, and burgers. Multiple plunge pools, a wellness sanctuary with two dedicated treatment rooms, and custom-made, non-motorized water sport activities are available at the hotel. The eye-shaped main pool is home to the vibrant bar Soley. The resort also has an infinity pool at the lobby lounge overlooking the bay and an Activity Club featuring a fully equipped gym and fitness centre.
8. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is the only resort on this 6 kilometre-long coral island. Desroches Island is located 230 km from Mahé, and access to the Desroches Island is via a 35-minute flight. The resort consists of 71 guest suites and villas are elegantly furnished with decked patios, private pools and beach access. Boasting 2 restaurants, a deli and lounge bar, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island welcomes guests to dine in a casually chic beachfront setting, catering to every culinary desire through eclectic international menus. With a private beach and the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean an array of water activities are available upon request, from snorkelling the coral reefs and diving to fishing and stand-up paddle boarding. Guest can unwind and relax at the spa which offers a tailored wellness programme. Other facilities will include a fitness centre, teen’s club, ‘Kids for All Seasons’ programme and pop-up movie nights, plus a chance to learn about the giant Aldabra tortoise at the island’s dedicated Tortoise Sanctuary. Learn about the variety of vegetation and marine life at the Resort’s interactive Discovery Centre, where 3D models, informative displays and animal skeletons are showcased.
7. Banyan Tree, Seychelles
Located on the picturesque south-western coastline of Mahé island, the Banyan Tree Seychelles boasts 60 exquisite Creole-style villas (some with stunning views) that are located above or along the pristine beach of Intendance Bay. All villas come with a private pool and are lovingly decked in contemporary and colonial decor. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including boats, hiking trails, yoga room, snorkeling, fitness center. Information about the hotel is currently limited as the property is undergoing full renovation and is expected to open some time in 2022.
6. Raffles, Seychelles
Closely located to one the world’s most beautiful beaches – Anse Lazio, Raffles Seychelles is located close to the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is also a 15-minute ferry ride away from Curieuse Island, home to 500 giant tortoise and La Digue, famous for its secluded beaches, diving and snorkelling. Raffles Seychelles has 86 architecturally exquisite villas, all of them with private plunge pools and outdoor pavilions offering views of the ocean, white-sand beaches and lush green hills. Raffles Seychelles has 6 restaurants and lounges from fresh Mediterranean cuisine at Losean restaurant, a rooftop terrace and shisha lounge to private dinners on the beach. The resort features two infinity swimming pools, a beauty salon, the Sugar Palm Kids Club, a fitness centre and Raffles Spa featuring private outdoor treatment rooms overlooking the serene blue ocean and tropical landscape.
Website: Raffles, Seychelles
5. Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas
Set on secluded Anse Louis beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, this private twelve-acre property is lushly landscaped with hibiscus, lemongrass and cinnamon. The resort is located 20 km from the Victoria and 10 km from Seychelles International Airport. Anantara Maia Resort features just 30 villas: 10 Oceanfront villas and 20 Panoramic villas, each featured a private infinity swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a candle-lit dinner on the beach or a private BBQ on the terrace of their villa. Tec Tec restaurant serves gourmet cuisine. Massage treatments in Anantara spa as well as tropical-flower baths can be arranged by a butler. Guests can also enjoy yoga, qi gong, or work out in the techno-gym. Other activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards. A special children’s program is available which covers excursions, mini spa treatments and swimming lessons.
Website: Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas
4. Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Ideal for fun and relaxation, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located in the La Digue Island area of Seychelles Islands. With massive granite boulders fringing the shoreline and picture perfect beaches, it is the island’s dramatic beauty that make it the perfect private island escape. Only 55 kilometres away, this 5-star resort can be easily accessed from the airport. Guests can choose from 30 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The resort also has 17 private residences. The resort has 6 dining venues on offer which serve all types of cuisine. The resort offers wonderful recreational facilities such as boats, hiking trails, snorkeling, three beaches, 24 hour fitness centre, a swimming pool and a signature Six Senses Spa.
Website: Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
3. Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is situated less than 5 metres from the beach located on Petite Anse, Baie Lazare. Seychelles International Airport is a 23-minute drive away. The resort’s villas, each with plunge pool, are perched on a jungled hillside overlooking the blue waters of the ocean. Kannel Restaurant offers international cuisine for lunch and Asian and Creole cuisine for dinner. ZEZ restaurant serves an international breakfast with daily specials and a la carte options, and dinner features a modern Mediterranean menu. Kannel Bar serves light snacks, fruit drinks and cocktails during the day, whilst ZEZ Lounge is open for cocktails, wines and freshly-made sushi and sashimi. A complimentary childrens programme is available to keep kids entertained. Activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing, fishing and the property can assist with arranging helicopter tours. The resort features a Spa, a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a water sports pavilion.
Website: Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
2. Fregate Private Island, Seychelles
Nestled among tropical vegetation on the shoreline of a private island in the Seychelles, Fregate Island Private is accessible via sea or air. Fregate Island Private is reached via a 15-minute helicopter flight or 90-minute boat ride from the main island of Mahe. The natural surroundings are home to free roaming giant Aldabra tortoises, sea turtles and a plethora of rare and exotic birds, all cared for in an ambitious conservation programme. Each of the 17 luxurious villas on Fregate Island Private features a private infinity swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. Guests at Fregate Island Private can dine in the main restaurant or choose from one of the many unique dining locations around the island. All meals, soft beverages, selected wines and local beers are included and guests can enjoy enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine at the Pirates beach bar. Guests can relax with a complimentary 60-minute welcome massage at the Rock Spa or enjoy a 60-minute introduction to scuba diving in the pool. The resort offers free non-motorized water sports and also features an on-site fitness center. Hiking, volleyball, badminton, tennis and guided nature walks are just some of the activities you can do at Fregate Island Private. The resort features seven private beaches.
Website: Fregate Private Island, Seychelles
1. North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles
Set on the private North Island in the Seychelles, this Luxury Collection Hotel is situated 30 kilometres from Mahe. Providing privacy, each of the 11 villas was handcrafted by Seychellois and African craftsmen from wood, local stone and glass. Boasting two bedrooms, the villas offer a main bedroom and a second bedroom-cum-lounge and study for those travelling with children. North Island offers an array of dining options. As the focal point of the island, guests are invited to enjoy a candlelit meal amongst the ocean sounds at The Piazza. The Sunset Beach Bar offers a relaxed dining experience where guests can enjoy tapas-style BBQ snacks, pizzas and cocktails, while taking in the sunset. In-villa dining is also offered as guests can choose from the home-style menu and snacks from the stocked pantry. Romantic moments can be created on the white sands of Honeymoon Beach as North Island offers the option of a private beach picnic or couples can be hosted by the sommelier for a private wine tasting in the cellar.
La Vie by Golden Hands, the Spa on North Island offers a full menu of treatments. These treatments can be relished in the spa whilst taking in the views of the granite boulders and ocean or enjoyed in the privacy of your villa. The property has a Techno-gym located just below the spa. Guest also have the opportunity to shop for accessories and gifts from the North Island boutique. Located close to the Piazza, North Island also offers a library and dive centre. In addition to the 30-minute complimentary welcome treatment at the spa, guests of North Island benefit from various activities and services included with their stay. These include scuba diving courses and activities, snorkelling in and around North Island, sunset cruises, guided walks and the use of stand-up paddle boards, sea kayaks and bicycles. Guests can join in on the group morning yoga class and set out on a shore based or half-day fishing trip. The use of one island buggy is available per villa.
Featured image by North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles
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