So, you’ve narrowed your choices for a holiday destination down to a top ten – and maybe the Indian Ocean is now at the top of the “must do” list. With scenic wonders at every turn, as well as perfect weather and pristine white sand beaches, Seychelles is a sure winner for best of the tropical destinations. What’s more, there is a great choice of hotels in Seychelles – situated on a variety of picturesque islands that make up Seychelles – to suit all kinds of tastes and budgets.
Spoiled for Choice
Now comes the important bit – where to stay in this tropical idyll. There’s a wide spectrum of Seychelles hotels ranging from the ultimate luxury of private islands to quaint family-run seaside hotels and guest houses. Depending on your tastes and budget, any of the hotels in Seychelles mentioned below will qualify as the “best”. Are you seeking a sumptuous spa retreat or a therapeutic beach view – or both? Do you desire fine dining or a PADI dive centre and tennis courts? The following taster menu of hotels will give you a general idea of the kind of accommodation and amenities you can expect from Seychelles hotels.
Flights into Seychelles arrive at Victoria on the main island of Mahe. If this is your final destination, one of the finest Mahe island hotels is the Banyan Tree Seychelles. Its’ luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom villas are either close to the beach or perched on the hillside with incredible views. You’ll enjoy your own private swimming pool and sundeck, some with a private outdoor jet pool. With three restaurants, a spa, tennis, health club and gym, this is a destination unto itself.
Alternatively, seek out barefoot luxury on a privately owned coral island – Denis Island. Self contained within 375 acres surrounded by brilliant white sand, coconut palms and coral reefs, this exclusive retreat is just 30 minutes from Mahe by plane. Each of the 25 individual cottages is discreetly placed on the island, ensuring privacy and seclusion. The restaurant is renowned for its culinary delights, with a wide range of a la carte choices and a Creole buffet, something you’ll appreciate fully with a full board option. Spa treatments are available in-room, and the resort boasts a PADI dive centre along with canoeing, snorkelling, tennis and a range of activities. You might even be treated to a beach barbeque.
Just 15 minutes by air from Mahe is Praslin – the island one explorer thought must have been the original Garden of Eden. With the lush foliage of the Vallee de Mai National Park and the amazing giant double coconut of the Coco de Mer tree coupled with some of the finest beaches anywhere, you might agree.
Among the many Seychelles hotels available in Praslin is the Coco de Mer Hotel, named in honour of the indigenous and unique coconut palm of the same name. It occupies a prime position at Anse Bois de Rose on the southwest coast, perfect for enjoying a romantic cocktail on the jetty as the sun sets. Spacious chalet-style rooms at this small hotel are all sea-facing and each boasts a private terrace or balcony. Nature lovers will appreciate the guided nature trail and bounty of native flora and fauna.
Across the island lies Hotel L’Archipel, another small hotel with spacious cottage-style rooms with verandas facing the Indian Ocean. If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind, Hotel L’Archipel could be just what you need. Chill out by the pool sipping a refreshing drink, revel in the laid-back luxury of a late breakfast, or step onto your veranda and enjoy the panoramic views before heading to the beach with a good book. Enjoy the two restaurants, the lounge or beach bar and free watersports.
(Almost) Secret Seychelles Hotels
At the opposite end of the spectrum of Seychelles hotels are the small individual properties, each with their own charm. These are often promoted by the Seychelles tourist office under the ‘Seychelles Secrets’ name. Mahe island hotels include a terrific range of boutique properties, from the garden setting of Lazare Picault to the beachfront ambience of the Anse Soleil Beachcomber and the Sun Resort’s proximity to Mahe’s longest beach. The Seychelles also offers a great range of guest houses and self catering apartments and chalets on the 3 main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. With comfortable and clean rooms, delightful settings and plenty of opportunity for independent explorations, these smaller properties are a great option if you are searching for great value and a stunning location, and what’s more, you’ll capture the real Creole spirit!
Seychelles Hotel Value
If you’re tempted to book a holiday now, look for a tour operator who specialises in hotels in Seychelles. They’ll know what is available and can help find a hotel that suits your personality, style and budget. Your operator should give you prices based on return air, inter-island flights and transfers, hotel accommodation and any meal options, so look around for the best deal for your money. Then relax and enjoy the anticipation of a glorious holiday – one you’ll want to repeat!
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