Where to Stay in the Seychelles:
Best Luxury Resorts and Private Islands
In recent years, accommodation options in this string of Indian Ocean islands have expanded tremendously, with the majority of development on Mahé. From private island resorts to five-star global hotel brands, there are plenty of choices for luxury honeymoons and post-Safari relaxation. Although largely uninhabited, the handful of private islands—most with nothing on them other than a single resort—will blow your mind (and possibly your budget).
Best Luxury Resorts
Banyan Tree Seychelles
The only property on Anse Intendance—one of Seychelles most beautiful beaches—the Banyan Tree Seychelles is arguably the most romantic resort on Mahé. The large, quasi-French Colonial villas ooze luxury and privacy. All have their own pools, outdoor dining salas, and decks—all of which are enclosed so that those inclined can treat their outdoor space with the same abandon as they do the indoors. Highlights: absolutely idyllic for honeymooners and those looking for a little romance; great Thai restaurant; amazing beach.
The 67 villas at this resort, which opened in 2009, dot the forested hillsides of a natural amphitheater overlooking the perfect bay of Petite Anse. The vegetation and trees were all left in place or replanted so that this gorgeous and very upmarket resort feels like it's been here for years, blending in remarkably well with its surrounds. The villas themselves are breathtaking: spacious, modern, and yet imbued with Creole style and original artworks by Seychellois artists. Highlights: spectacular villas with private plunge pools; fantastic beach with excellent snorkeling year-round; great activities center, kids’ program, and cooking classes.
Best Private Islands