Plan the perfect holiday
Characterized by a laid-back and relaxed pace of life, the Seychelles is undoubtedly one of the best retreat destinations in the world. All the 115 islands of the archipelago combine well to offer contemporary facilities, rugged jungles, a rich history, natural landscapes, and irresistible adventures, on land and in the sea. But what are the best hotel locations to choose from as you plan your Seychelles vacation?
If you’re not a fan of larger resorts and want something a little more personalized, here are the top 5 small, unique, and luxurious boutiques to really get that specialized tailored holiday you’ve been dreaming of.
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.
Tucked within the Sans Souci Mountain, Copolia Lodge offers one of the best ocean views in the whole of Seychelles. It is a mere 15 minutes away from the city of Victoria and also just 15 minutes from the renowned Grand Anse and Beauvallon beaches. If you’re looking for more activities to keep you busy, the lodge is situated right where the Val Riche Copolia trail starts. In case you’ve never heard of it, the Val Riche Copolia trail is a group of Seychelles’ most loved hiking trails.
Copolia Lodge’s interior blends seamlessly with the natural environment. The hotel’s design is reminiscent of colonial architecture that has been spruced up to offer today’s lavish accommodation standards. Of course, you get to enjoy the luxury first-hand thanks to the private spring water swimming pool, the cosy lounge, and the wide variety of games and activities for couples and families.
Copolia Lodge has rooms that are suitable for romantic getaways and family suites as well. The 28 meters square Providence and Farquhar rooms are the smallest on site, but even so, they are much bigger than what most other hotels have to offer. They both offer mountain views and come equipped with all luxurious room furnishings. If price is not a concerned, the 30-meters square Fregate Suite comes with both sea and mountain view, bliss. If you are travelling with your family, your best choice would be the Poivre Apartment option. These rooms were designed specifically for family vacations.
On the site, you will enjoy fine dishes from worldwide cuisines thanks to the hotel’s amazing restaurant. The bar will keep you refreshed with a wide array of drinks. For your fitness and wellness needs, the hotel has fully-fledged massage and yoga centres. If you want to explore outdoor activities, there are options for hiking in the Copolia Trail, going on a guided fauna and flora hike, boat excursions, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving.
3. Dhevatara Beach Hotel
Location: Grand Anse, Praslin
Located in Praslin Island, the Dhevatara Beach Hotel lies in a beautiful beachfront setting that includes a garden. Its expansive white sand beach offers an amazing opportunity to unwind and forget about your worries for the entirety of your stay. The surrounding environment is intimately lush and has palm trees that create a relaxing breeze and shade.
The idea behind the hotel’s architecture was to celebrate Seychelles traditional culture and history; that is why it is constructed purely with locally available materials and features African, Indian, and Victorian styles. Most of the hotel’s public spaces are open-air while the interiors are customized to offer subtle luxury thanks to the amazing furnishing.
The Dhevatara Beach Hotel has only ten suites, each of which is designed to offer a unique feel and ambience. They are finished with wooden furniture and floors, accented earth tones, jungle-scene wall arts, and vibrant colours that will usher you into a vacation mood as soon as you step in the room. They all have basic room facilities like TVs, fans, Wi-Fi, bathrobes, and slippers among others, but also go a step further to increase your comfort by offering Nespresso machines, premium L'Occitane toiletries, and electronic safes among other luxuries.
The beautiful rooms are rivalled fiercely by the equally amazing site facilities. The hotel is set on a beautiful beach, has an outdoor pool, a full spa, a restaurant, and bar, as well as fun freebies like bikes for family entertainment.
Sainte Anne Marine Park is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular marine parks in Seychelles, and positioned within its breath-taking environs is Enchanted Island Resort. A perfect destination for relaxing, the hotel is a mere 4 miles from the city of Victoria and is surrounded by sandy beaches, an awesome landscape, and lush tropical vegetation.
This luxury hideaway is constructed to reflect Seychelles’ charm and romantic heritage. That is why it is a preferred destination for many families and lovers – because it offers a homely feeling. The hotel’s staff and management have a reputation for warmth and friendliness, which is why most visitors have reviewed it as the best place to stay in the area.
All 10 exclusive villas are individually decorated and have private access to the beach. Inside each room is a 4-poster bed, private pool, and a fireplace. Right outside guest will find an outdoor shower and a private deck for you to catch a breeze. It is stunning how each villa blends naturally with its surroundings.
The Enchanted Island Resort has two bars and restaurants that specialize in contemporary cuisines. At the top of the hill, on which the hotel sits, is a gym, spa, and yoga pavilion that offer complete privacy. There is also a swimming pool and a complete water sports centre on site.
Valmer Resort is nestled in the intimate and stunning Baie Lazare, the most unspoiled part of Mahe Island. It is situated on a hill and is a walking distance from the Baie Lazare Beach. The best thing about this location is the stunning views it offers of the surrounding mountains, jungles, and the Indian Ocean.
Most guests at the Valmer Resort will agree that the amazing view offered by the hotel’s villas is complimented by its interior décor that reflects elegance and luxury in the most lavish yet simplest way possible. Most of the roof is open thatched while the wooden furniture make for perfect relaxation spots. It has plenty of open air spaces where you can lay back and enjoy the tropical breeze or sunshine without having to stroll away from the premises.
The hotel’s 21 rooms, divided into villas and studios, are nicely maintained and styled to reflect contemporary luxury. They come with magnificent bathrooms, fully furnished balconies, living rooms and kitchenettes (equipped with refrigerators) where you can make your own meals if you wish. If you don’t fancy that you can order room service and enjoy a delicious free breakfast buffet courtesy of the hotel.
The hotel’s management has been doing amazing work in remodelling the place, particularly in public areas. Thanks to those renovations now you can enjoy facilities like a bigger parking space, jacuzzis, an on-site restaurant and bar, a library and a kids’ playground in case you are travelling with children. These facilities make Valmer Resort an ideal destination for families, friends, or lovers.