Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – luxury on the Indian Ocean
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is located in the south of the largest of the Seychelles archipelago, Mahé Island. The island is rich with stunning white beaches, tropical rainforest, and it is also home to the Seychelles’ highest peak, Morne Seychellois.
The resort itself – which is often voted one of the most luxurious in the world – is tucked into the hillside, overlooking the breath-taking Petite Anse bay. The beach offers tranquil swimming and sunbathing against the backdrop of verdant jungle and mountains. On the horseshoe-shaped bay, residents can experience the nature around the resort, such as the fruit bats soaring above the tropical landscape.
There are 67 luxury villas within the resort, each nestled into the hillside and overlooking the serene Indian Ocean, which is a moment’s walk from the beach. Each of the 62 single-bedroomed villas has its own private infinity-edge pool, and there are a number of residence villas (containing three, four, five and six bedrooms) for those travelling with larger groups. For a longer swim, residents can luxuriate in the 517 square metre outdoor pool.
For relaxation and invigoration, the award-winning Four Seasons Spa is set high in the hilltops overlooking Petite Anse. Treatments include tailored spa journeys such as the Coco de Mer Ritual and the Hilltop Fusion Massage, while couples can relax together with a Romantic Massage Under The Stars. The treatments begin with a traditional foot washing ritual that uses local cinnamon leaves and fresh seawater to bring guests closer to nature.
The spa also contains an outdoor yoga pavilion where guests can receive three complimentary yoga classes daily. Private sessions, with instructors that focus on individual needs, are available for all levels.For a more intense workout, a 24-hour fitness centre overlooks the Indian Ocean.
Complimentary sports gear is available to all guests, so those who ‘forgot their kit’ are in safe hands. A walking and jogging trail circles the lagoon, while a more advanced route, which leads into the steep hills, offers some of the most impressive views of the island. Other on-site activities include a rock climbing wall, with experienced instructors on hand to give one-to-one lessons.Back at the beach, guests can take advantage of the complimentary Catamaran sailing, kayaking, and snorkelling.
The resort has also teamed up with Australia’s Tropicsurf so guests can learn how to surf or take paddleboard lessons.The resort is one of the most child-friendly in the Seychelles. Its complimentary Kids For All Seasons programme, for children aged 4-12, uses the island and its environment to create experiences for young ones. The programme is open every day from 9am to 9pm.The Four Seasons culinary experience is impressive.
The Seychellois try to eat as nature intended, and the Four Seasons menus are in keeping with this “slow food” tradition, by using local suppliers, and fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the vicinity.Start the day with a buffet breakfast menu that includes Creole crab benedict and spicy tomato or shrimp rougaille, along with fresh tropical smoothies, served at the open-air Zez restaurant, which looks out over the glimmering ocean.The catch of the day, which includes red snapper, grouper and octopus, is bought from local fishermen and served at the resort’s beachside Kannel restaurant.
The restaurant also serves Creole, such as the typical Seychelles sausage dish rougay sosis; along with Indian and Southeast Asian fare. Western dishes such as pizza are also on the menu.All-day dining is offered at the poolside Kannel Bar, and sashimi lovers can eat to their heart’s content at the Sushi Lounge six nights a week.The resort also boasts two cocktail bars, and a 24-hour in-villa dining – perfect for late travellers.