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First Time Travelers: Where to Stay in Seychelles

Where to Stay in Seychelles Banyan Tree

Amidst the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lie the Seychelles islands, an archipelago known for lush forests, vast stretches of pristine beaches, a vibrant culture, and creole cuisine. The Seychelles are also revered for discreetly designed, eco-friendly hotels with a focus on sustainability, and holistic relaxation. As one of the 25 Biodiversity hotspots in the world, nearly half of the Seychelles land mass is protected by law. And with a population of 95,000 that prioritizes conservation, much of the islands Edenic ecosystem has been left untouched.

Constructed with an effort to preserve the rare flora and fauna, these eight hotels stand out for their creative designs, warm hospitality, and dedication to preserving the unspoiled tropical haven. Traversing the winding hillside roads makes for quite the adventure, as many of the hotels are hidden from sight until you enter the gates, and are transported to breathtaking landscapes of natural beauty.

From the moment you land at the Mahe airport in Victoria, the smallest capital city in Africa, the towering granite mountains and colorful homes reveal why the Seychelles is one of the most idyllic destinations for elite travelers. Formerly a British colony, (Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of York honeymooned on North Island) the Seychelles represents a melting pot of African, French, British and Asian culture. Plan a trip for a truly unforgettable holiday.

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Banyan Tree (Eco-Friendly Elegance)  

This lavish beachfront property was designed to preserve the natural ecology of the tropical Seychelles forests including the newly protected Takamaka tree. With 60 creole style villas, and stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree is an idyllic retreat from day-to-day life. The tranquil hideaway boasts double infinity pools, elevated above a spotless stretch of white-sand beach that is highly regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. The hotel was previously a retreat for The Beatles, George Harrison and Pink Panther actor Peter Sellers, who co-owned the original homestead, now one of three restaurants on the property. The mix of modern and colonial architecture create a casual, yet elegant atmosphere while the décor pays homage to Seychelles French, British and African roots. The storytelling extends to Executive Chef Serge Fery’s menu which includes fragrant, creole inspired dishes that elevate the natural ingredients of the island, like house-made coconut ice cream with fried plantain. The resort also houses a Wildlife & Turtle Conservatory where you can get up close and personal with the giant land tortoises, the largest of their kind, and learn about the ongoing efforts to sustain their environment.

Tip: Traveling for your honeymoon? Book the beachfront villa suite with a private pool.  

The Savoy Resort and Spa (Serenity and Culture)

If your goal is to be pampered in a world-class spa, surrounded by lush vegetation, and experience Seychelles culture, then the prestigious five-star Savoy is the best of both worlds. The 160 room hotel features an expansive wrap-around pool, the largest in the country, lined with a floral mosaic. Unwind at the holistic spa with a signature Crème de Coco le Mer Indulgence massage featuring local plant oils. To truly feel transported, enter the Russian Banya, a type of sauna known for improving health and vitality. The Savoy offers several oceanfront dining options, and a restaurant that highlights a different world cuisine every night. For a taste of Seychelles beach life, take a stroll through the Wednesday night market where local vendors sell souvenirs and grill fish with fragrant spices. Watch the spectacular sunset, then return for a tropical drink under the stars at the Gecko Bar & Lounge.

Tip: You may not want to leave the property, as each suite features a furnished private balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean, and a deep floor, stand-alone bathtub for a soothing soak. 

Kempinski Seychelles Resort (Romantic Getaway)

Located in Baie Lasare, the secluded beachfront boasts a unique feature– although by law all beaches in the Seychelles are public, due to the remote location of Kempinski on the south-west end of the island, very little foot traffic is from outside of the hotel. The result is a private beach experience that feels like a secret, with shimmering Indian Ocean views and thatched roof sun beds. The hotel provides complimentary snorkeling gear, and surfing classes are available with international instructors. Accommodations feature contemporary décor, with Sea View rooms on the beach, and Hill View rooms overlooking a lagoon with granite rock formations. In the morning, take a short hike with guests to a hilltop yoga class to truly feel on top of the world. The award winning spa, voted number 1 by trip advisor, offers couples massages and array of blissful skincare products.

Four Seasons (Another World)

Nestled into the lush canopy of the Mahe hillside, high above the Petite Anse bay, the Four Seasons tree house villas give new meaning to “private getaway.” The 67 villas built atop granite boulders feature private pools, outdoor rainforest showers, and National Geographic worthy panoramas. If you are looking for a romantic retreat, the exclusive resort is recognized as the epitome of private luxury. With long stretches of road in between villas, it’s possible to spend an entire day secluded by the pool, or lounging on the daybed in the pagoda. Staying high above the bay doesn’t prevent beach-side fun. The attentive staff are available to transport guests via golf cart to the ocean, the pool, or the rooftop spa. With toiletries in re-usable ceramic bottles, the hotel finds discreet ways to reduce waste, while enhancing the bespoke, luxury experience.

Tip: Head to the roof for an unparalleled view of the Petite Anse bay at sunset.

H Resort Beau Valon Beach (Oceanfront Luxury)

The five-star island retreat is the epitome of elegance, with lush palm lined walkways and spacious beachside villas. Cross a bridge over a lagoon to the main entry where an abalone installation suspends from the wooden rafters. Throughout the hotel, the décor utilizes natural materials. Instead of a “Do Not Disturb” sign, guests hang a coconut outside of the door. Of the 100 pristine rooms, the beach villas feature outdoor rain showers, a private pool and dining room. The H Hotel has unique options for families as well, with a suite of adjacent rooms designed for group travelers. Experience personalized luxury at the modern spa, finish the day with dinner in your Beach Pool Villa dining area, or stroll to one of seven restaurants on the property.

Tip: Order the floating breakfast for room service delivered to your private pool before visiting the Sesel Spa for award-winning treatments.

Where to Stay in Seychelles

The Hilton Seychelles Northolme (Private Paradise)

Villas perched on stilts offer panoramic views of the ocean, and powder white-sand beaches. The tranquil retreat is perfect for couples, and truly a tropical paradise. Once a favorite of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, each spacious wood villa boasts French doors and a bathroom with a porcelain tub facing the immaculate Beau Vallon bay. Lounge on the hammock under towering palm trees, or for adventures on the water, take out a glass bottom boat with a snorkeling guide to see the tropical fish beneath the surface. To keep the ocean ecology abundant, guests may adopt a coral plant and return it to the ocean with the help of an instructor.   

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Constance Lemuria (African Eco-Lux)  

African luxury at its best: A gong announces your arrival as smartly dressed guest services slowly open a towering door to a stunning foyer and sitting room. The décor is a grand display of masks, artifacts and gracefully beaded necklaces that remind you of the deep African roots of the Seychelles heritage. A family of peacocks waltz throughout the grounds where you will also spot giant land turtles. Take a soak in the three tiered infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean or lay for hours on the Anse Georgette beach. The Constance Lemuria sets the mood for wanderlust and relaxation. The hotel also boasts the countries one and only 18-hole championship golf courses for those who like to hit the links. The island of Praslin features some of the best beaches in the world (Anse Lazio) as well as the UNESCO world Heritage site Valle De Mai.

Where to Stay in Seychelles

Tip: Find the hidden table for two behind a granite boulder, and watch the sunset above the majestic, azure blue ocean.