Top 10 most insanely beautiful resorts in the Seychelles.
Mother Nature was extremely generous with these 115 idyllic islands scattered in the Indian Ocean east of Kenya. The beauty of its beaches is beyond words, with exquisite ribbons of powdery-soft white sand being lapped by turquoise waters and backed by jungle-covered hills and large rocky boulders. IMHO, its unrivaled scenery makes the Seychelles the planet’s best beach destination (even better than that other famous Indian Ocean destination that I like so much, the Maldives). In the last decade, a string of ultra-luxurious and famous resorts opened on these Bounty islands, some of them managed by the world’s most luxurious hotel brands, putting the Seychelles on the bucket list of every discerning traveler. Based on my own personal experience, I hereby present to you my favorite 10 luxury resorts in the world’s most gorgeous archipelago.
10. HILTON SEYCHELLES LABRIZ RESORT & SPA
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 majestic 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 the jungle.
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9. CONSTANCE EPHELIA, MAHE ISLAND
Set on the northwest coast of Mahé island 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 a wide range of elegantly contemporary accommodation, ranging from luxurious junior suites to super deluxe hillside villas. The resort is very large and spread out according to Seychellois standards, with no less than five restaurants and five beaches 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.
8. CONSTANCE LEMURIA, PRASLIN ISLAND
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. Member of The Leading Hotels of the World, its accommodations range from elegant, secluded suites with ocean views to regal villas. Opened in late 1999, and completely renovated in 2016, the resort embraces a modern approach to design, skillfully blending luxury and comfort in harmony with the carefully preserved natural beauty of the environment.
7. RAFFLES SEYCHELLES
Cradled at the heart of the original Garden of Eden, the island of Praslin, Raffles Seychelles 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 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.
6. BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES
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 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.
5. ANANTARA MAIA SEYCHELLES VILLAS
Set on 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 ensures 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.
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4. FOUR SEASONS RESORT SEYCHELLES
Set in the heart of a lost Eden, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles offers guests an unrivaled luxury hotel experience in a natural jungle setting. The resort’s villas, each with a 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.
3. SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON
Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located on the island of Félicité, one of the most dramatically beautiful and unspoiled islands in the Seychelles. With massive granite boulders fringing the shoreline and picture-perfect beaches, it is the island’s dramatic beauty that makes it the perfect private island escape. True to Six Senses heritage of creating exceptional guest experiences in places of incredible beauty, the resort occupies just one-third of the island’s land total – the rest is left to the beauty of nature and wildlife. The resort includes 28 one-bedroom pool villas and a couple of two-bedroom pool villas plus 17 private residences. Six Senses Zil Pasyon offers six dining and bar venues on the island, sports and leisure facilities, three pristine sandy beaches, and a phenomenal spa.
2. FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE
Fregate Island Private is a secluded paradise, 4 degrees south of the equator and 35 miles (65 km) from the Seychelles’ main island Mahe. 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 program. Nestled amidst the fauna by the sea are 16 villas crafted in balau wood, each with a private pool and beach buggy. Guests are greeted by their personal butler who sees to every possible desire and comfort. The island has seven stunning beaches.
1. NORTH ISLAND
North Island is the world’s most exclusive hideaway and the best hotel I have ever been to. The insanely beautiful 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 center, 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 the honeymoon of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.