As a vacation destination, The Seychelles has it all: turquoise oceans, coral reefs, powdery white sand and even picturesque nature reserves to balance out the beaches. This archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean, just off East Africa, is home to a plethora of exotic wildlife, meaning snorkelling to catch a glimpse of it, including the rare giant Aldabra tortoises, is an absolute must. The good news is that a host of luxury resorts are working to preserve and protect this rare wildlife (while not at all comprimising on standard) and we've got the details of said responsible resorts right here. If you've made the brilliant decision to take a Seychelles trip, check out our round up of the luxest new hotel resorts the island has to offer. >>
Banyan Tree is distinguished by it's colonial style beachfront mansion and surrounding verdant beauty where frangipani and hibiscus owers bloom amid thick forest. It's an Instagram #nofilter post waiting to happen.
The resort, surrounded by rich foliage, is available to explore by bicycle, so practice your pedalling for the greenest way to see the Seychelles. You can also set out on excursions by boat and retreat to the tranquillity of Banyan Tree Spa before dining on award-winning Thai cuisine at signature restaurant Saffron or Creole specialties at Chez Lamar.
One of the Indian Ocean’s most exclusive private islands, holiday here and you can join the ranks of the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Clooneys who both honeymooned here. North Island has just 11 palatial villas tucked into the rainforest backing the shores, so if it's a peaceful stay you're searching for, this is your go-to.
What really makes the North island stand out from it's Seychelles counterparts is the personal experience the resort staff provides. Savour sunset cocktails on a deserted stretch of beach, tuck into grilled lobster under the stars and venture out to the ocean on the island’s yacht to snorkel and dive - an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare giant Aldabra tortoises that simply cannot be missed.
Combining natural materials with contemporary design, each of the villas here are positioned on the steep mountainside for uninterrupted views out to sea. From sprawling terraces to private infinity pools, the wide range of accomodation perks make Six Senses the perfect getaway. Make sure you pack your camera for this one!
Since the Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort opened in 2016 it has attracted particular attention for its spa, which is stunningly built around giant granite boulders, while the main pool and vast collection of atmospheric restaurants and cocktail bars lie invitingly on the waterfront. What better view to enjoy than sipping on a cocktail rich in rum, eh?