The untouched islands of the Seychelles, which were largely uninhabited until the 18th century, maintain the magic of this uncharted paradise. Today, the verdant jungles and pristine beaches make the island off the coast of East Africa one of the most desired destination vacation spots.
We have teamed up with the incredible Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Concierge to discover how to fully and luxuriously experience the Seychelles.
How would you describe the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles to someone thinking about traveling there?
“Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is located on the southwest coast of Mahé, the granite-fi lled main island of the Seychelles, known for its white powder beaches and dramatic rock formations. Situated on a lush hillside, our Resort is the perfect setting that combines bliss with isolation.”
“Experience solitude and serenity in one of our 67 Seychelles luxury resort villas, perched on stilts on the jungle hillside or nestled amid greenery close to the beach and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Relax in expansive indoor and outdoor spaces built in traditional Creole style, or cool off in an infinity-edge plunge pool surrounded by a natural hardwood deck. You’ll enjoy sleek, airy interiors with ample room to get a massage, watch the sun set or savour a leisurely in-villa meal.”
Describe the perfect day in the Seychelles?
“Indulge in a romantic breakfast in the privacy of your villa, with a sumptuous menu of items delivered straight to your tree top haven. After breakfast, head down to the beach, where our team will find the perfect spot for you. As you gaze out to the turquoise Indian Ocean waters, enjoy refreshing amenities brought to you every hour, direct to your sun lounger. Make a late afternoon appointment at the hilltop Spa for a Blissful Connection ritual together. Following your treatment, head up to the spectacular views of the Spa’s rooftop, where with champagne in hand, you may watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Relax and unwind together in your villa before heading down into the Resort for a contemporary twist on European cuisine during dinner in Zez restaurant.”
What are the best dining options?
“Once a colonial spice plantation, the hilltop Le Jardin du Roi is now a favourite Creole restaurant on Mahé. Stroll the property to see not only the colony of giant land tortoises, but also the spices grown on site, including vanilla, cinnamon, saffron and nutmeg. Meals are served in the open-air restaurant overlooking the sea, and dishes feature spices and fruits grown on the plantation.”
“Every Saturday evening, the Resort’s Kannel comes alive ever Wednesday night, featuring a Creole barbecue buffet of local dishes. A local band and dancers will get you on your feet, and on-site market stalls showcase local crafts and fashion. Save some space to enjoy “La Daube,” a delicious specialty dessert made with sweet potato cooked in coconut milk.”
“Also at the Resort is ZEZ, an open-air, hillside restaurant with views of the ocean and sunset. Come for breakfast and taste the international menu, including dishes like smoked salmon and toasted brioche and Creole crab Benedict. At dinner, try European-inspired specialties of olive-oil poached red snapper or artichoke and sausage risotto.”
What are your must-visits attractions for someone travelling to the Seychelles?
“One of the best ways to fully experience the majestic beauty of the Seychelles is by boat. Here, you can enjoy a host of activities such as fishing, island-hopping, snorkelling or diving. Bring your fresh catch of tuna, red snapper, grouper or jobfish back to the Resort, where the chefs will prepare it according to your preferences ranging from barbecued, in sushi, Creole-style or baked.”
“Among Seychelles’ 115 islands, Praslin and La Digue, Anse Source d’Argent are our must-visit beaches as they boast breathtaking secluded shores. Discover the island by cycling around the nearby plantation in order to see the vanilla fields and enormous tortoises. Make sure not to miss the unique rock structure off La Digue’s coast.”
“Visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage on Praslin, to see the world’s largest population of coco de mer palms, known for having the largest nut of all plants.”
What do you think is most unique about the Seychelles resorts?
“The island of Mahé’s best-kept secret is the secluded, horseshoe-shaped beach at the foot of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, which is one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Black granite boulders provide a dramatic backdrop to the powder-white sand and azure waters of the cove. The calm waters of the bay are protected by dense vegetation, making it ideal for safe swimming.”