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Seychelles Overview

Feb-24-2012 By Administrator

The Seychelles is a collection of over 100 islands situated four degrees south of the equator, approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. There are two types of islands in the Seychelles – Granite and Coral. The most scenic are the granite islands where huge granite boulders line the pristine beaches. As lush green tropical vegetation contrasts white beaches and crystal clear turquoise seas, the granite islands are amongst the most beautiful in the world. The islands of the Seychelles are some of the safest, purest, and most beautiful destinations anywhere.

Most people live and work on the 3 main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. The largest island, Mahé, is home to the capital – Victoria, the international airport, and the majority of the population. There are plenty of activities on Mahé including shopping, snorkeling, diving, hiking, and sunbathing on a deserted beach. Maia Luxury Resort, Banyan Tree Seychelles, Four Seasons Seychelles, Hilton Northolme, Constance Ephelia, and Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove are the nicest resorts on Mahé.

Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and has spectacularly gorgeous beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Praslin also has the UNESCO World Heritage site, Valle De Mai, which is an ancient Palm Tree forest home to the erotically shaped Coco de Mer coconut. Praslin is a short 15 minute flight from Mahé and flights occur throughout the day. The nicest resorts on Praslin Island are Raffles Praslin Seychelles and Constance Lemuria Resort.

One cannot talk about beaches in the Seychelles without mentioning the most famous of all, Anse Source de Argent, on La Digue Island. The beach is the most photographed in the Seychelles with huge granite boulders spread across the beach. La Digue is a short boat ride from Praslin and can be visited as a day trip or guests can stay on the island. Our favorite resort on La Digue Island is the boutique Le Domaine De L’Orangeraie.

A number of unique luxury resorts have been developed on smaller private islands. The private island resorts range from 4-105 villas. These islands are ideal getaways to relax, dine, and dive at some of the most secluded, beautiful, and luxurious island resorts in the World. For the ultimate in seclusion and privacy, renting an entire island for your party can easily be arranged!

Island hopping is quite popular. Staying on a couple islands is very common and transportation between the islands is easy.

Seychelles Resort Summary

Best of the Best
North Island – Private Island
Frégate Island Private – Private Island

5 ½-Star
Maia Luxury Resort – Mahé
Banyan Tree Seychelles – Mahé
Four Seasons Seychelles – Mahé
Raffles Praslin Seychelles – Praslin

Desroches Island Resort – Private Island
Sainte Anne Resort – Private Island (just off of Mahé)
Lemuria Resort – Praslin Island
Hilton Labriz Silhouette – Silhouette Island
Hilton Northolme Resort – Mahé
Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove – Mahé

4 ½-Star
Constance Ephelia Resort – Mahé
Le Domaine De L’Orangeraie – La Digue Island
Cousine Island – Private Island nature reserve
Denis Island – Private Island

Rates (Reference Purposes Only, Rates Are Approximate For Entry Level Rooms)
Best of the Best – Approximately US $4,500 – $6,000 per night
5 and ½ Star – Approximately US $750 – $1,200 per night
5 Star – Approximately US $500 – $1,000 per night
Private Islands, 4 Star, and Boat Rentals – Rates Available Upon Request

Seychelles Resort Overview

North Island – Private Island
North Island provides a sanctuary for guests seeking an unspoiled tropical haven of peace, tranquility, and luxury. Preservation of the Island and the surrounding reefs are a priority. The island offers four beautiful beaches located at each end of the compass. North Island has only 11 spectacular hand crafted villas on the Island and they are each around 5,000 sq. ft. in size. Each villa comes with its own plunge pool. North Island is the ultimate barefoot luxury resort in the World. All meals, most drinks (including most alcohol), and most activities are included.

Frégate Island Private – Private Island
Exclusivity in every respect is the maxim on Frégate Island and the preservation and protection of the island’s unique nature is a goal. There are only 16 elegantly appointed villas on the Island and they are each over 3,200 sq. ft. in size and come with their own pools and Jacuzzis. Many of the villas are set on rocks above the beach with gorgeous views. Meals and soft drinks are included.

Maia Luxury Resort – Mahé Island
Set on a lovely beach called Anse Louis, Maia boasts the largest villas on Mahé. Maia is one of the nicest luxury resorts in the Seychelles and features 30 spacious villas. The bedrooms are adorned with exotic wood and fronted with large private swimming pools, with bathroom suites that feature walled garden showers, lovely dual vanities and an exquisite outdoor bath for bathing under the stars. The resort has one of the greatest spas in the Indian Ocean and some of the best food in the Seychelles.

Banyan Tree Seychelles – Mahé Island
Banyan Tree Seychelles, nestled in Intendance Bay among crystal waters and pristine beaches, stands on a piece of acquired land by the late George Harrison and Peter Sellers. Reflecting the island’s rich colonial history, each villa showcases spacious white Victorian-style bungalows tastefully decorated with fine touches of Creole furnishings. Each of the villas has a private pool. The resort features an award winning spa and beach front and hillside villas.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – Mahé Island
Brilliantly colored coastline reveals villas perched on a jungle-like hillside. The elegantly appointed villas, each with their own plunge pool, capture the songs of birds and scents of cinnamon trees and frangipani flowers. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is just a 30 minutes’ drive from Seychelles International Airport. The resort features some of the best service in the Seychelles and the food and spa treatments receive excellent feedback.

Raffles Praslin – Praslin Island
Tucked away in blissful seclusion, Raffles Praslin is nestled amongst lush greenery, gentle slopes of stunning granite formations, and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The resort is an oasis of calm and comfort, appealing to those seeking intimate residential charm in paradise. Situated on the beautiful Northeast tip of Praslin Island, surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and crystalline clear waters, the resort features contemporary style, with personalized 24-hour butler service.

Desroches Island Resort – Private Island
Desroches forms part of the Amirantes group of islands, 142 miles south-west of Mahé. With 9 miles of white, soft, sandy beaches and blue waters, Desroches island is beautiful. As the only resort occupying a green, coral island in the southern part of the Seychelles, Desroches Island Resort offers visitors exceptional privacy and a tranquil environment with gorgeous rooms. Desroches is a great resort for activities. With steep underwater cliffs replete with rich sea life, Desroches is known for some of the very best diving in the Seychelles. Fishing enthusiasts will be thrilled with world-class fly fishing and deep sea fishing.

Sainte Anne Resort – Private Island
Set on a private island, situated in the middle of the Sainte Anne Marine Park (a 10 minute boat ride from Mahé), Sainte Anne features 87 spacious villas, 3 beaches, a large main pool area, a Clarins spa, and a child friendly atmosphere. Restaurants serve some of the best food in the Seychelles. Snorkeling and diving are great around the island!

Lemuria Resort – Praslin Island
Lemuria enjoys an idyllic location on the northwest coast of Praslin island. The entire property is designed in complete empathy with its natural surroundings to provide an ambiance of total tranquility and refined elegance. Lemuria has a wide range of activities and 3 separate beaches that are absolutely stunning. The beautiful three-level main swimming pool is a highlight. The 18-hole golf winds its way up and over hills to maximize ocean views. The 88 suites and 9 villas offer a modern style of luxury.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz – Silhouette Island
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort makes its home on Silhouette Island, the third largest in the Seychelles, where abundant greenery flows down the mountain to join powdery white sand. The huge diversity of indigenous fauna and flora contained on Silhouette is evident in its virgin rainforest full of botanical treasures, as well as a growing population of tortoises. The variety of villas offer views of spectacular Mount Dauban or the clear lagoon and all are contemporary chic, integrating tropical flair and outdoor showers.

Hilton Seychelles Northolme – Mahé Island
The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Hotel is nestled on the hillside and along a small beach near Beau Vallon Bay. The 40 spacious villas are more than 950 sq. ft. in size with beautiful views. The villas are elevated above ground on stilts, a feeling almost like living in a tree house, a quiet and peaceful retreat. The main pool has fiber optic lights at night and the spa has terrific views of the ocean.

Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove – Mahé Island
Peacefully tucked away at the southern end of Beau Vallon Bay on Mahé Island, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove is a step away from white sand and turquoise sea with thatched roofs, and granite walls. The resort’s 70 guest rooms and suites all face the ocean, are decorated in contemporary style, and feature oversized bathrooms and private terraces or balconies.

Constance Ephelia Resort – Mahé Island
Constance Ephelia Resort enjoys a unique location set within nearly 300 acres of land, with luxuriant and rare vegetation and plants. The resort is located over two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé and overlooks the marine national park of Port Launay. Constance Ephelia has extensive water sports, shopping boutiques and four separate pool areas. For flavor connoisseurs, the resort has five restaurants and bars to satisfy any culinary curiosity.

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie – La Digue Island
A cozy and private getaway, Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie is a haven of serenity. The tropical setting, local architecture and Zen surroundings combine harmoniously for the perfect ‘home away from home.’ The resort is a fusion of hospitality, nature and heritage on one of the most authentic islands of the Seychelles. Locally selected flavors indulge every palate and all the senses, and the setting is ideal- overlooking the Indian Ocean and primed for amazing tropical sunsets.

Cousine Island – Private Island – Nature Reserve
Cousine Island, with an area of only 62 acres is one of the smallest of the granite islands and is situated a couple miles off the west coast of Praslin. The Island is a private nature reserve, home to five of the Seychelles endemic birds as well as a variety of other endemic flora and fauna. Cousine Island offers an exclusive island experience with complete exclusivity and privacy found in very few other places on earth. There are only 4 spacious villas on the Island.

Denis Private Island – Mahé Island
Denis is a coral island which lies 59 miles north of Mahé. The island is at the edge of the Seychelles bank. Guarded in large part by coral reefs, this has created a natural lagoon which washes an almost continuous, brilliant white sandy beach. Denis Island boasts cottages decorated in a natural theme.

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