The Maldives gets all the buzz as the main destination for luxurious beach escapes, but the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean neighbour, is fast at its heels. Billionaires, royalty and mega-celebrities regularly escape to this remote African paradise — comprised of 115 pristine islands based 1,000 miles off the Tanzanian coast — to bliss out at some of the world’s finest beaches and exclusive resorts.
From villas with infinity pools to $A6,500-a-night private island retreats, read on for the Seychelles’ most sensational luxury resorts.
Six Senses Zil Payson, which debuted in late 2016, is the latest private island paradise in the Seychelles. The resort features thirty spiffy personal pool villas, an oceanfront spa, a large saltwater pool and several restaurant and bar options. Each villa has a designated Guest Experience Manager, ensuring premium levels of attention and service, and is conveniently located near neighbouring islands for off-site excursions.
Website: Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Based along the postcard-perfect beach Petite Anse, Four Seasons Seychelles has 67 handsome villas -- each with a touch of Creole-inspired design -- nestled amongst the jungle. Villas include a private infinity pool, indoor and outdoor showers, a lounge deck, a day-bed gazebo. The modern spa, perched on a granitic hilltop, provides one of the best, sweeping views of Mahe Island.
Website: Four Seasons Seychelles
North Island is, arguably, the Seychelles' most exclusive address. The private island has just 11 (massive) beachside villas and has hosted some of the world's most famous couples, including George and Amal Clooney and Prince William and Duchess Kate. For $A6,500 per night, Villa Butlers cater to your every whim -- champagne picnic breakfast on a secluded beach, anyone? -- and all guests receive a complimentary spa massage and personal buggy.
Website: North Island
This all-inclusive private resort is situated on one of Mahe Island's secluded Anse Louis. There are 30 butler-serviced villas scattered upon a lush tropical hill, each with a spacious infinity pool, gazebo and a made-for-romance outdoor sunken tub; many villas feature a spectacular panoramic view of the Indian Ocean and coastline. Their stunning spa comes with a walking garden of exotic plants and three open-air treatment pavilions.
Website: MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
One of Praslin Island's premier resorts, Constance Lemuria regularly hosts royalty and celebrities in its 105 beach-facing rooms and suites. Besides having the nation's only 18-hole championship golf course, its biggest draw is its proximity to Anse Georgette, consistently considered one of the world's best beaches. Accommodation ranges from Junior Suites to 13,500 sq. ft. Presidential Villa.
Website: Constance Lemuria
Raffles Seychelles cradles the Anse Takamaka coastline on Praslin Island. There are 86 villas along the beach and lush hillside, and each come with a private pool, spacious deck and excellent beach views. Many of the higher-end villas also come with 24-hour butler service. If swimming in Anse Takamaka or nearby world-renowned Anse Lazio isn't an option, guests can swim in the Seychelles' largest swimming pool.
Website: Raffles Seychelles
By and large La Digue Island's most luxurious hotel, Domaine De L'Orangeraie is a family-run resort based in one of Seychelles' most intriguing islands. The Asian-inspired thatched-roof villa accommodations and beachfront communal areas (like their spectacularly-placed infinity pool) are bisected by a car-free road. The resort sports a library, a boutique, two restaurants and provides complimentary bikes to all guests for roaming the island freely.
Website: Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie
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