The Best Resorts in the Seychelles

Retreat to the idyllic natural beauty of the Seychelles with a stay at one its best resorts
Retreat to the idyllic natural beauty of the Seychelles with a stay at one its best resorts | Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island / Expedia.com
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23 February 2021

It’s hard to imagine this archipelago of idyllic islands off the East African coast was formed millennia ago by undersea volcanoes and the separation of India from Africa. Today, the Seychelles are home to world-class resorts in settings of startling natural beauty. Spend your morning looking for Aldabra tortoises on the beach and walking the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park, then get pampered in one of these luxurious resorts in the afternoon.

Anantara Maia

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Anantara Maia
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The deliciously idiosyncratic Bill Bensley-designed villas with shaggy fringes of thatch and shocking pink loungers give a special edge to this resort. Not that it needs one, given the location – a private peninsula on Mahé. One of the loveliest beaches on the island, Anse Louis, is at your feet, while forests, mountains and the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens are close at hand.

JA Enchanted Island Resort Seychelles

Luxury, Resort, Spa Hotel
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JA Enchanted Island Resort Seychelles
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Resorts don’t come more exclusive than this, with just 10 villas set deep in the forest of Saint Anne Marine Park on a tiny private island off Mahé. Each has a private pool, but you will be hard-pressed to leave the sensational white beaches and warm water – except perhaps to indulge in a body wrap and massage at the hilltop spa.
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Cerf Island Resort

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Play castaway on your own private island just off Mahé. Barely 1.5km (1mi) long and 1km (0.6mi) wide, Cerf Island is ringed by snowy beaches, massive granite rocks and magnificent native Takamaka trees coloured with lichen. The villas, like the food, are a relaxed blend of Seychellois and traditional Creole style, with an international flair.
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Constance Ephélia

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Constance Ephélia
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Loll on a hand-hewn wooden swing suspended above the sands, watching for gentle whale sharks that cruise these warm blue waters – part of Port Launay Marine Park. Or do yoga in a thatched pavilion beside a pristine pool. Parents have the peace of mind of knowing their offspring are in a heaven of their own, at the Constance Kids Club.
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Savoy Resort and Spa

Luxury, Resort, Spa Hotel
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Savoy Resort & Spa
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Even the beds are comfort-engineered at this five-star resort spread out in tropical gardens around the biggest swimming pool in the Seychelles – and below it, kilometres of pristine beach. If you can drag yourself from the water, Mahé is also home to mountains, botanical gardens, markets and art studios asking to be explored.
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  • Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa

    Resort, Chain Hotel, Luxury
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    Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
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    This is the sole resort on jewel-like Silhouette Island. Hike the emerald rainforests, dive, snorkel and take in a sunset cruise, or just chill in your beachfront or garden villa (ask for one with a private plunge pool). Later, wander down for a seafood barbecue on the beach, bare feet in the still-warm sand.

    Kempinski Seychelles Resort

    Resort, Chain Hotel, Luxury
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    Kempinski Seychelles Resort
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    Set between the forested peaks of Mahé and the sapphire sea, these contemporary villas celebrate their setting – elegantly fashioned from local stone and wood, the beds hung with wafts of white cotton. The back-to-nature theme is echoed in the private dining experiences on offer, including sushi on the beach or a picnic on the top of Mount Kempinski (really a rocky promontory overlooking the jungle to the sea beyond).
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    Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

    Luxury, Chain Hotel, Resort
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    Here, you have the run of a private coral island fringed in palm trees, powdery sands and glittering aquamarine shallows. Beyond them, where the sea darkens suddenly to indigo, there’s a steep drop-off, where you can dive caves with vivid marine life, before retreating to a rustic but luxurious villa.

    STORY Seychelles

    Resort, Luxury
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    The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach
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    Part of what sets this boutique resort apart is the coral reef 50m (165ft) off the white sands of Beau Vallon Beach – the only beach on Mahé that’s swimmable all year. Snorkel the reef or catch the colourful fish action from a kayak. Then for a different kind of action, after a siesta in the cool of your canopied bed, explore the nearby Mahé capital, Victoria, home to hip galleries and shops.
    These recommendations were updated on February 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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