Seychelles is a 5-star destination with 5-star resorts, most of which are designed to offer the most lavish of lifestyles to make your holiday extra perfect. From private villas, stunning pools, world class spa treatments and meals, you truly can find everything your heart desires without ever having to leave your resort. Though there are many luxury resorts in the Seychelles these 5 stand out for their rooms, services, and amenities.
1. Banyan Tree Hotel. Mahe
The best thing about the Banyan Tree Hotel is its fantastic location. It is situated at the stunning Intendance Bay, along the Indian Ocean where tropical forests and lush palms thrive. The hotel’s location offers spectacular views of the sea and an extensive shoreline for some quality relaxation time.
The hotel’s magnificent Intendance Bay beach is shaped like a crescent, its white sand beaches are reminiscent of the glow of the moon. The hotel itself is designed with a colonial plantation in mind, and is, therefore, a bit archaic but with a modern feel and style. It is managed by the Banyan Tree hotel group (a renowned hotel management brand) and therefore you can trust their services to be top-notch.
The Banyan Tree Hotel has 60 villas designed in Creole and Colonial styles but reconstructed to match modern day luxury standards in accommodation. The fully furnished villas are scattered throughout the jungle and each come with a private pool. Don’t worry about being stranded, getting around is pretty easy as there are buggies that operate on site 24/7. For an even more lavish stay you may want to book one of the five 5 Intendance pool villas that are strategically located in the northern, rocky part of the beach that offer spectacular views. They even have an outdoor jacuzzi just for your private use.
The hotel has several restaurants and bars where you can choose your drinks and dishes from a variety of cuisines options. It has a main swimming pool that overlooks the ocean while the spa offers an amazing view of the natural surroundings. If you are into sports, you will like that this boutique hotel has a tennis court and offer non-motorized water sport activities.
Cerf Island Resort’s setting is perfect if you are looking for a remote yet incredibly luxurious place to stay while in the Seychelles. The island itself has very few inhabitants and no roads (just a few pathways); making it ideal for secluded leisurely exploits. The resort overlooks the sea and has white sand beaches where you can relax and enjoy the tropical environment.
Cerf Island Resort blends Seychellois architecture with the island’s natural environment in a seamless and alluring manner. It has two exclusive dining restaurants where you can enjoy Creole and other cuisines freshly prepared by talented chefs. Alternatively, you can make your experience even better by treating yourself to a dining experience beachside. The staff and management are very friendly and will go out of their way to make your stay memorable.
Cerf Island Resort has 24 stunning private villas to choose from. Each of them is designed specifically to blend in with the already amazing natural surroundings. You have the option of either staying in a Hillside Villa, Hideaway Villa, or Tortoise Suite. The 58 sq. meters Hillside Villas have large beds, sliding doors, balcony, outdoor bathroom (double bath), alongside basic room amenities like satellite TV and air conditioning. In addition to all the previously mentioned features, Hideaway Villas come with the option of a larger bedroom or direct sea view. Tortoise Suites measure 72 sq. meters and come with similar amenities but have a master bedroom and a twin bedroom, both with their own bathrooms. Every room offers a beautiful view of the tropical vegetation, and to some extent, the Indian Ocean.
The resort has two infinity pools and lounges for your maximum relaxation. For your health, fitness and wellness, Cerf Island Resort has three spa treatment rooms and an outdoor tennis court. There is also an entertainment centre and business services onsite. If you are an out and about kind of person, you will love the fact that the resort is located at the entrance to Sainte Anne Marine Park. The surrounding waters are full of marine life and make the resort a perfect choice for people who love aquatic exploits.
Undoubtedly the best resort on Praslin Island, Raffles is located in the most convenient spot for all your fun activities in and around the Seychelles’ archipelago. It’s a mere boat ride away from the stunning La Digue. It is also a great spot to use as a base if you want to explore Anse Lazio beach or Curieuse where giant tortoises dwell.
The Raffles Praslin lies on a hill and is designed in such a way that you get the most beautiful view of the Indian Ocean. It is designed artistically with a gentle slope that imitates the sloping surrounding. The lush and unpolluted environment makes this resort a great place for unwinding in privacy. Apart from having arguably the biggest pool in the whole of Seychelles, the resort also owns a stretch of private beach that is clean and well maintained for their guest to enjoy.
The resort has a total of 86, one and two-bedroom villas and suites. At 125 to 275 square metres, they are the largest rooms in the area. Each room has an open air balcony, sundeck beds, an outdoor pavilion and a plunge pool.
The resort’s two outdoor infinity pools are just complementary facilities to the 500 meters long Anse Takamaka Beach. There are restaurants and bars on-site that offer a wide array of foods and drinks. If you yearns for some spa treatments, be sure to check out Raffles Praslin Resort’s award-winning spa which has 13 treatment pavilions. The Sugar Palm Kid’s club makes this resort a good choice if you are travelling with kids.
Located in Silhouette Island, this resort is a fan favourite for people who want a remote but luxurious getaway. It is surrounded by white sand beaches, palm grooves, and rainforests; all of which contribute to the calm, relaxed and natural setting of the hotel.
Luxury is uncompromised at the Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa. The superbly constructed resort blends in with its natural environment perfectly. It has seven restaurants and cafes that serve local, as well as international, dishes. While it is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway, the Hilton Labriz is also ideal for family vacations thanks to the spacious villas, family activities and a kids’ club.
Each of the 111 generously-sized rooms features modern and stylish furnishings, large terraces, and spacious bathrooms. For an even better stay, you have the option to select a pool villa and enjoy your very own private swimming pool. They come with beachfront or hillside view options.
The Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa boasts of several restaurants, bars, a huge pool, fitness centre, and spa. If you are interested in outdoor activities you can try your hand at scuba diving, going on a nature walk, hiking, snorkelling, game fishing, cruises, or wildlife viewings among other fun activities for couples and families.
5. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Mahe
Situated on the southwest coast of Mahe, Maia is located such that it overlooks the beautiful and quiet Anse Louis beach. The beach is a popular spot for catching the spectacular sunsets the Indian Ocean is known for. The resort itself is surrounded by everything you could want from a tropic destination– sandy beaches, palm trees, a green and natural environment, and a vast ocean.
This wholly and holistic hideaway sits on a 30-acre piece of land and features thatched villas with bay views. It is surrounded by tropical flowers and cinnamon trees that, alongside the thatched villas, provide an extremely cool, lush and relaxed vibe. While it is a perfect place to enjoy a honeymoon-like vacation, the resort’s policy on kids is totally friendly. All kids below five years stay free, while those between five and eighteen years can be accommodated within the villas at a reduced cost.
Maia resort has a total of 30 villas whose design is influenced by Balinese architecture. Each villa has a large bedroom opening that leads to a terrace where you can enjoy some quality time in an infinity pool. Of the 30 villas, 19 of the villas have a panoramic view and overlook the bay, while 11 of them have direct access to the beach.
The Maia hotel is not just popular for its stunning views and outstanding rooms, it also has several services and amenities onsite, including restaurants, a bar, spa centre, fitness centre, excursions, and in-villa barbeques.