It’s time for a real holiday – one that avoids the hustle and bustle of crowded European beaches, a holiday where discreet and effortless service come as no surprise and the look and feel is understated luxury at every turn. For luxury, hotels in Seychelles offer an unparalleled experience.
Luxury hotels in Seychelles range from private island retreats to serene spa environments and resorts with every entertainment just off the verandah of your sumptuous villa.
Private Island Retreats
The ultimate for exclusive luxury hotels in Seychelles must be those occupying their own splendid islands – places like Fregate, Cousine or North Island. Fregate Island Private boasts seven white powder-soft beaches fringed by magnificent tropical forest, and just 16 luxury villas, with every whim catered to by a private butler. If dinner in one of the two restaurants doesn’t suit, why not dine in the tree-house, in a banana grove, on the beach or perhaps in your own villa.
If 14 villas sound a bit too crowded, there’s always North Island – the epitome of barefoot luxury in Seychelles hotels, with 11 elegant villas crafted from local stone and wood, and all situated just yards from a powder-soft beach. The chef will meet with you individually to craft a menu catering to your tastes and preferences. And, of course, your villa will have dedicated butler service.
Want just that little bit more privacy? You would be hard-pressed to match the splendid isolation of Cousine Island Resort, sited on a 25 hectare granitic island complete with nature reserve and just four luxury villas.
Of course, all these luxury hotels in Seychelles offer spa services alongside the exclusive environment.
Speaking of spas, it’s worth mentioning that the newest of luxury Seychelles hotels, the Four Seasons Resort and Spa on Mahe Island offers a world-class spa experience with spectacular views of Petite Anse beach and the resort, while offering solitude and seclusion. Five individual spa pavilions and a yoga pavilion are available, and guests are transported via personal buggy to the spa for consultation and treatments. Alternatively, if the snorkelling, tennis, hiking or culinary indulgences have left you spent, choose an in-villa treatment for a truly indulgent and revitalising experience.
Consideration of luxury hotels and spas in Seychelles wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Banyan Tree Seychelles, also on Mahe Island. Many think the Banyan Tree Seychelles is the finest of all – and with its’ 60 luxuriously furnished beach and hillside villas with private swimming pools and sundecks, spectacular views, sumptuous food and yes, a world-class spa, you would be hard-pressed to argue the point.
Seychelles hotels epitomise romance – but when you are looking for the extra, almost indefinable sense of allure in a place, some stand out amongst the best. Consider the isolated beauty and wonder of Desroches Island Resort. Completely surrounded by white sand beaches, this coral island resort offers bicycling for two, private sunset cruises, sensuous spa treatments, and, for the more active, sensational diving and deep-sea fishing. Holidays on Desroches Island Seychelles are on an All Inclusive basis and combined with luxurious suites and villas with private verandas and stunning views, you can feel romance in the air.
On a similar note, the Denis Private Island offers escapism, relaxation and tranquillity in an exclusive environment of just 25 individual spacious cottages, all with private verandas. Denis Island Seychelles is also one of the most romantic hotels in Seychelles for a wedding, with its’ own lovely chapel. Culinary delights will tempt you – including fresh produce from the islands’ own farm and gardens. With full board the rule and the likelihood of indulging very high, you’ll appreciate the swimming pool and beach, the PADI Dive Centre, tennis courts and opportunities to explore this incredible coral island.
Now is the perfect time to plan your holiday, as most Seychelles hotels are offering excellent rates for 2010, including great air fares as well. Specialist tour operators are reporting up to 15% discounts at some of their top luxury hotels in Seychelles, so why wait? Book now and then you can spend the next few months glowing with anticipation of your luxury trip to the Seychelles.