Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.
Today (June 9, 2014): top 10 most luxurious resorts in the Seychelles.
*** For an updated list (including the Seychelles’ newest hotels), click here ***
Mother Nature was extremely generous with these 115 idyllic islands scattered in the Indian Ocean east of Kenia. The beauty of the beaches is beyond words, making the Seychelles the best beach destination in the world: exquisite ribbons of powdery-soft white sand are lapped by turquoise waters and backed by jungle-covered hills and big rocky boulders. While the hotel accommodation in the Seychelles was inferior for decades in comparison to its Indian Ocean siblings of the Maldives and Mauritius, recent years saw the opening of some ultra-luxurious resorts on the Bounty islands, putting the Seychelles on the bucket list of every luxury-minded traveler. Some of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world now have a property in the Seychelles. I hereby present you my favorite 10 resorts in the world’s most gorgeous archipelago.
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Private Desroches Island is a luxurious resort in the remote Amirante Archipelago, 230 km from the capital Mahé and considered to be one of the most pristine and untouched islands still around today. The island is clothed in exotic jungle that guests can explore by bicycle to discover the unique fauna and flora. Each of the naturally inspired and tastefully modern Beach Retreats and Exclusive Villas offers unrivalled privacy in a tastefully modern design that blend seamlessly into the exotic island vegetation, with artfully crafted finishes that make for a truly exclusive and bespoke island escape.
*** Update: Desroches Island Resort is currently undergoing a transformation. The property will reopen as Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island in late 2017 ***
- Hotel website: Desroches Island
Guests arrive by helicopter or scenic boat ride to this award-winning hotel, surrounded by a tropical nature reserve and the Indian Ocean. Hilton Seychelles Labriz is the only resort on Silhouette Island, more than 90 percent of which is protected by the government of Seychelles. Once home to pirates and plantations, today Silhouette Island is populated by pristine white beaches, mountains and virgin rainforest. You can explore the island’s mystique from guided nature tours to biking, fishing, sailing and five-star diving. Accommodations consist entirely of private villas, each with its own garden terrace or pool. The spa is set on stilts over rocks and jungle.
- Hotel website: Hilton Labriz
Set on the island of Mahé and overlooking the Port Launay National Marine Park, Constance Ephélia offers a treasure trove of discovery for beachcombers, divers and snorkelers. You can choose from seven types of elegantly contemporary accommodation, ranging from the luxurious junior to the super deluxe hillside villas. The resort is large according the Seychelles standards, with no less than five restaurants on site. You can pamper yourself with a wide range of treatments at the Spa Village, keep active at the fully equipped gym or challenge yourself to a game of tennis, squash or even beach volleyball.
- Hotel website: Constance Ephelia
Nestled on the northwest shore of Praslin island with the ocean lapping gently at the shores of its three perfect white sand beaches and surrounded by luxuriant and rare vegetation, the Constance Lemuria resort is at the heart of a luxury Seychelles experience. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World‘s portfolio, its accommodations range from the elegant, secluded suites with ocean views to the regal villas, all thoughtfully designed using only natural materials such as wood, marble, limestone and pink granite, to complement their stunning environment. Even the swimming pools seem crafted by nature, and refined elegance is omnipresent.
- Hotel website: Constance Lemuria
Fregate Island Private is a secluded paradise, 4 degrees south of the equator and 35 miles off Seychelles’ Mahe coast. Here, you will discover the castaway idyl of your dreams amidst relaxed luxury. Sensitively developed, 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. Nestled amidst the fauna by the sea are 16 villas crafted in balau wood, each with private pool and beach buggy. Guests are greeted by their personal butler who sees to every possible desire and comfort. The island has 7 stunning beaches.
- Hotel website: Fregate Island
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, 85 euro spa credit, 1 hour snorkeling excursion, and 1 hour sunset cruise).
Set on the secluded Anse Louis beach overlooking the warm Indian Ocean waters, this private twelve-acre property is lushly landscaped with hibiscus, lemongrass and cinnamon. With just ten ocean-front villas and 20 panoramic villas, all with private pools, and a staff of 230, the resort insures an exceptional level of service. Pampering and wellness are also the focus at the Balinese-style spa, which offers instruction in Hatha yoga and Qigong, as well as restorative treatments performed in open-air pavilions. The resort belongs to the The Leading Hotels of the World‘s portfolio.
Cradled at the heart of the original Garden of Eden, the island of Praslin, the Raffles Praslin has 86 architecturally exquisite villas, all of them with private plunge pools and outdoor pavilions to soak in breathtaking views of the opal-hued ocean, white sandy beach and lush green hills. This ultra-luxurious hotel is infused with Seychellois spirit and traditional Raffles service. The magnificent hotel pool is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean territory. Swim, sunbathe, snorkel, sail, kayak, walk, or just do nothing at all, Raffles Praslin has it all.
- Hotel website: Raffles Praslin
- Other accolades: Raffles Praslin also features in my top 10 list of the most spectacular hotel bathrooms in the world.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, and $100 USD resort credit).
- Review: to read my review of the Raffles Praslin, click here.
Located on the picturesque south-western coastline of Mahé island, the Banyan Tree Seychelles might hold some of the most desirable real estate on Earth. The resort has 60 exquisite Creole-style villas (some with stunning views) that are located above or along the impossibly beautiful, unspoiled and pristine beach of Intendance Bay. The latter is an impressive crescent of powdery white sand, backed by hills that are covered in lush rain forest. All villas come with a private pool and are lovingly decked in contemporary and colonial decor, evoking equal parts comfort and sensuality. The spa is a serene experience, pairing incomparable views with soothing Asian-influenced treatments.
- Hotel website: Banyan Tree Seychelles
- Other accolades: Banyan Tree Seychelles also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most beautiful hotel beaches and hotel rooms with the world’s best views.
- Review: to read my review of the Banyan Tree Seychelles, click here.
Set in the heart of a lost Eden, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles offers guests an unrivalled luxury hotel experience in a natural jungle setting. The resort’s villas, each with plunge pool and perched on a jungled hillside will challenge your notion of paradise. The powder-sand beach is just a short stroll away, scented en-route by cinnamon trees and frangipani. As well as indulging in water sports, there’s a lovely swimming pool to relax by with poolside dining and refreshments readily available. The spa is a treat for all, located at the top of the hill and overlooking spectacular Petite Anse, with both adults and children welcome.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Seychelles
- Other accolades: Four Seasons Seychelles also features in my top 10 list of the world’s best hotel rooms with private plunge pools.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, and $100 USD resort credit).
- Review: to read my review of the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, click here.
The island has only 11 opulent hand-crafted villas overlooking the pristine, powder-white sands and turquoise waters of the Ile Du Nord eco-reserve. Raised off the ground to catch the cooling Indian Ocean breezes, all villas open up onto your private garden and the beach. Plunge pools and outdoor showers provide the finishing touches to your private sanctuary. The island’s lounge and dining areas, scenically located health spa and gym, library and dive centre, and a rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granitic outcrop. Keep an eye out for Brutus, the island’s 160-year-old tortoise. The resort was the decor for honeymoon of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
- Hotel website: North Island
- Other accolades: North Island also features in my top 10 lists of world’s most exclusive private island resorts, the world’s best luxury hotels, the world’s most expensive hotels, the world’s best honeymoon resorts, and Africa’s most astonishing beach retreats.
- Review: read here my review of North Island Seychelles.