White-sand beaches -- many with the striking boulders -- and sparkling blue water are among the features that make the Seychelles an alluring destination for travelers around the world. But its beauty doesn't stop there. The archipelago, with 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is also home to some drop dead gorgeous properties, from budget-friendly hotels to luxury retreats. Below, we put together a list of the 12 most beautiful resorts in the Seychelles.
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Built into a hillside overlooking Intendance Bay, Banyan Tree Seychelles is a luxury property that provides a secluded ambiance, with nothing but the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. In addition to the remote location, the individual villas here are walled off from passersby for the utmost privacy. The white-sand beach and gorgeous infinity pool also contribute to the property's beauty, as does the Creole architecture and traditional decor that focuses on preserving the hotel's history.
Sunbathing and snorkeling are the name of the game at Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove, thanks to its ideal beachfront location along a two-mile stretch of white sand. The infinity-edge pool that overlooks the ocean and two open-air restaurants offer more areas to relax, while the lush gardens with tall palm trees and buildings with thatched roofs add to the overall serene setting. To top it off, the terraces and decks all provide the perfect place to watch one of the best shows in the Seychelles -- the sunset.
Thirty villas and 30 lush acres make up MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa, a stunning property set along a secluded stretch of white-sand beach. Each villa comes with a private plunge pool and expansive terrace, and some are located on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, while others are situated steps from the beach. If you choose to leave your plush accommodations, there is an infinity pool, open-air massages, scuba diving and snorkeling to be enjoyed.
From the open-air buildings to the floor-to-ceiling windows, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles was designed so that guests can take advantage of the expansive views and tropical landscape. Guests stay in individual treetop-level villas with breathtaking vistas of the hillside and ocean. Even better, each villa features its own private plunge pool, whirlpool and outdoor shower. Other top-notch amenities include a spa with many treatments, a golf driving range, a fitness center with personal trainers, a dive shop, and classes in yoga, surfing, Creole cooking and more.
Offering a beautiful garden filled with tropical plants and flowers (over 100 varieties of orchids), palm trees, and waterfalls, the 36-room Le Duc de Praslin is picture-perfect. The beach is a short walk away, though there are two lovely, chlorine-free outdoor pools if you don't feel like leaving the grounds. Rooms have large terraces and are dressed in pleasant decor, while three- and four-bedroom villas also have living rooms and kitchens. No matter where you roam -- from the stone paths dotting the green grass to the wood-centric common areas -- the vibe is charming and romantic.
Whether you prefer to sunbathe or swim and snorkel, the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, situated on a small secluded beach, has you covered. Views are breathtaking, and are arguably at their best during sunset, especially when paired with a signature cocktail or authentic Creole dinner on the deck of the open-air restaurant. Plus, the fact children under 12 are not allowed on the grounds only adds to the overall romantic, tranquil vibe.
Calling all honeymooners and couples seeking seclusion: Raffles Seychelles, set on a hillside overlooking Anse Takamaka bay, might be the property for you. The resort has its own small white-sand beach with calm waters for swimming as well as a pool set in a lush garden. Meanwhile, the contemporary interiors are spacious and comfortable. The massage and yoga rooms put the stunning ocean and jungle on display, and the tiki torches dotting the outdoor restaurant add to the romantic atmosphere.
Romantic and upscale, the 63-room Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie makes a stellar first impression thanks to its private white-sand beach and verdant tropical gardens. From the fountains in the lobby to the wood sinks and outdoor showers in the villas, the natural decor is charmingly rustic. The resort includes a lagoon-style pool with a poolside bar -- the perfect spot to relax while enjoying the gorgeous view of the ocean. Spa and massage areas also take advantage of the hillside setting with an open-air environment that overlooks the green treetops.
Surrounded by 300 acres of tropical vegetation, Constance Ephelia on Mahe Island is a stunner. Its two beautiful beaches and abundance of amenities lure lots of couples and families. There are five restaurants and bars, plus activities like snorkeling, diving, and zip-lining. The simple, modern rooms, suites, and villas include features ranging from large furnished terraces to private pools set in tropical gardens. There is an airy, spacious quality to the property, with multiple places to lounge under umbrellas and palm trees.
Bliss-Hotel Seychelles is a quaint beachfront property with a decidedly different vibe than the nearby large resorts. It has 24 beautiful rooms and suites and an on-site restaurant that features stylishly rustic decor. Guests can enjoy the two pools, a spa with ocean views, yoga classes, and free breakfast during their stay, but the real draw is its proximity to a private beach. Unwind on the terrace while enjoying the ocean view or relax in the shade under the tropical greenery.
Situated on gorgeous Silhouette Island, the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is perfect for those seeking a remote tropical getaway. Jungle-covered hillsides and stunning beaches with crystal-clear water create a photogenic scene, plus the island is surrounded by coral barrier reefs, so there's always a chance you'll see one of the giant 125-year-old tortoises. Private villas feature sleek, modern decor, luxurious bathrooms with both rainfall showers and soaking tubs, and large furnished terraces. Enjoy the luxury of the resort or venture to the nearby impressive national park for an excursion.
Opened in 1999 as Praslin Island's first luxury resort, Constance Lemuria is an idyllic place to vacation. The beachfront property is home to 105 suites and villas -- some with private pools. However, the highlight here is the multi-tiered pool and three attractive white-sand beaches. The beachfront eatery and fine-dining restaurant are top spots to fuel up, as are the multiple bars. As for activities, guests can play a round at the on-site golf course, partake in a multitude of water sports, or spend time at the spa.
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