Off the coast of Africa lies a constellation of islands of pristine natural beauty, where granite boulders thrust out of white sands on turquoise shores. A place where giant tortoises roam, and the waters are rich with marine life. Below is a compilation of stunning resorts including luxury private islands, private luxury villas and luxury beach resorts which are sure to inspire even the most discerning traveller.
This Blog celebrates good and progressive news on the island destination once again opening up it’s borders to welcome international tourists. I expect this to happen by April 2021, when flights from India to Seychelles will also start, and by then they would have achieved their threshold limit of vaccinating most of the Island’s population to offer a secure and safe haven to visiting tourists.
Currently they are welcoming tourists from India who are arriving by private jets and those who are already vaccinated.
The restrictions will only ease in weeks or months to come. Please download below document for update as on 18 Feb 2021 on Seychelles entry regulations for Tourists.
Luxury Private Island Resorts in Seychelles:
North Island is a luxury private island in the Seychelles. An exceptional destination, where luxury, bespoke service and a generous all-inclusive offering combine to give you the ultimate privacy and exclusivity.
A tropical home away from home, it offers 4 luminous white beaches surrounding a lush interior, cradled between granite outcrops and azure ocean.
North Island’s philosophy is about creating unique, authentic moments and long lasting memories, ensuring that each experience is entirely bespoke.
With just 11 villas, each with over 450m2 of space and private butler service to anticipate and meet every need, North Island offers a peerless private island setting for the perfect hideaway, honeymoon or family holiday.
Your villa will become your own private beach home. They have all been created from local materials harvested during the island rehabilitation process, balancing luxury and simplicity to form a signature architectural style they call “barefoot luxury”.
Guests love this place because they feel it belongs only to them. For example, there are no signs, no mealtimes or even menus. The food is discussed with an executive chef on arrival, and choosing a wine means wandering into a well-stocked cellar and picking one out, at your own pace.
Every activity, like diving or fishing expedition, is tailored, and the beautifully set outdoor spa is open whenever the guests wish for a massage. Bikes and buggies are at the guests’ disposal and a hundred discreet members of staff are ready to assist in any way they can.
North Island already offers unimpeachable privacy and exclusivity, but you can lift this to a whole new level by booking the entire Island for you and your friends and family. The ultimate way to experience the world’s leading tropical island hideaway, with North Island as your own exclusive playground, tailor-made to your every wish.
The Island is the perfect destination for a celebration, renewing your vows, or a special occasion such as a milestone birthday or anniversary.
Private use of North Island gives you full use of all 10 Beachfront Villas, plus Villa North Island, and guarantees that the entire staff and resources of the Island will be exclusively dedicated to making your Island moments happen just the way you want them to. This is your chance to own your stay on North Island.
North Island is located 20 minutes via helicopter from the main island and airport Mahé, Seychelles.
Fregate Island Private is a mini Galapagos in the Seychelles for the few to discover, amidst three square kilometres of pristine nature. The island presents an opportunity for you to glimpse at more than 100 species of birds, a group of geckos and some of the 3,000 giant Aldabra tortoises that inhabit the island. You might even see Hawksbill turtles come ashore to lay eggs in broad daylight.
There are only 16 villas. Beautifully designed, with massive private pools, they are one of the elements of experience that make this resort the ultimate in exclusivity, privacy, and seclusion.
Each villa has a living room, large bedroom and two bathrooms, with showers inside and out. The large private sundecks are furnished with king-size sun beds, carved pool armchairs and a table for dining al fresco. A wooden staircase leads down to a private Jacuzzi with unforgettable views of the Indian Ocean.
Fregate’s seven beaches are among the most beautiful in the world for swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing and fishing. The island can be explored along the coast or through the jungle, and a fresh water pool is centrally located between the villas and integrated into a natural rock basin. Other facilities include the Rock Spa perched on a cliff-top plateau overlooking the sea and two restaurants which serve fresh produce grown on the island. Take advantage of a bespoke dining experience – anything, anytime, anywhere, from dinner in the Tree House to a private beach barbecue.
Adventure seekers can take advantage of the resort’s water sports offerings, which include a dive center, four boats, surfing and kayaking gear.
For a truly magical stay, Fregate Island can offer you the unforgettable opportunity to have the entire island to yourself. Put together your very own exclusive guest list and share the island’s beauty and delights with those closest to you.
The closest international airport to Fregate Isand Private is Seychelles International Airport on the island Mahé. You can choose a 15-minute flight by helicopter to Fregate Island or a 1.5-hour boat trip from Mahé Island – subject to weather conditions – either route is ideal for a first taste of the true magnificence of this unique paradise island.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon:
Occupying less than a third of the total island, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is the sole resort on Félicité.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon presents 28 units of one-bedroom pool villas and 2 units of two-bedroom pool villas ranging from 2,150 sq.ft (200 sq.m) to 5,380 sq.ft (500 sq.m), PLUS 3 private residences. Every villa offers seclusion embraced by tropical vegetation and spacious surroundings, unsurpassed vistas of the ocean, a private infinity-edge pool and its own GEM (Guest Experience Maker) butler service.
Six Senses spa is perched atop and between towering boulders and offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists and visiting practitioners.
It offers 6 amazing dining options, for a large variety of cuisines and styles. From the intimate Chef’s Kitchen to The Wine Vault, there is something to suit each guest. Making full use of the island’s privacy, Zil Pasyon has a swimming pool right at the water’s edge, as well as three beautiful beaches for guests to choose from. The Experience Centre can organise a host of activities, including diving and boat excursions to neighbouring islands.
Guests experiences include cooking classes with local ingredients, or try their hand at fishing. There is also an outdoor cinema, daily yoga and a pétanque court for guests’ use.
The island is 20 mins helicopter ride directly from Mahe international airport with arrival on the resort’s own jetty helipad, or else you have option of first taking a domestic scheduled flight from Mahe airport to Praslin airport, and then a short boat ride to Six Senses.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island:
Re-opened in March 2018 after a long closure and full redevelopment, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island offers couples and families a luxurious island hideaway.
Four Seasons is the only resort on the island, which provides you complete privacy and exclusivity. The resort features a beachfront pool close to the main restaurant, deli and bar. A water sports (non-motorized) area, teen center and marine education centre are located alongside a small gym and the tennis court. It’s all close to the kids club. Most guests get around by bicycle (the resort bikes are excellent) and there are numerous riding trails through-out the island. Peace and quiet abounds all over the entire island.
While all 71 accommodations are spacious (Beach Bungalows are the smallest at 581 to 700 square feet), Presidential Villas are downright palatial. Ranging from three to seven bedrooms (topping out at 7,642 square feet), these sprawling mini-estates boast large private pools with furnished decks and multiple full bathrooms, each with a freestanding stone tub, double vanity and oversized shower, not to mention separate outdoor bathing facilities.
It offers two restaurants, all-day dining venue Claudine with its French and Italian Riviera style decor and menu and The Lighthouse, an iconic beachside venue serving freshly grilled seafood.
You can customize your trip with more than 70 island activities available through the resort. Visit the island’s tortoise sanctuary, home to the native Aldabra giant tortoise. Go scuba diving at one of 14 dive sites that surround the island or Enjoy a movie night under the stars.
Desroches Island is a surfers paradise, blessed with an extraordinary count of reef passes, almost all of them with a peeling wave of varying quality.
Situated only 7º south of the equator and outside the cyclone belt, Alphonse Island is blessed with one of the world’s healthiest climates and gorgeous, consistent weather. Alphonse offers guests year-round summer days with temperatures seldom dropping below 22°C (72°F).
It has its own private runway, adjoining the Resort, and is linked by a 35-minute scenic flight from Mahé. Flight connections to Desroches depart from the Domestic Terminal of Seychelles International Airport (SEZ).
Alphonse Island is one of the spectacular Outer Islands archipelago of the Seychelles, offering an amazing combination of white sand beaches, fringed by palm trees and surrounded by clear turquoise waters. It is a relaxed island sanctuary featuring a single resort, perfect for a secluded stay. It is also one of the most remote inhabited islands in the Seychelles
Due to its remote location, the waters surrounding Alphonse Island offer some of the best diving and fishing in the Seychelles with coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Alphonse Island features a single lodge comprising of Beach Bungalows, Beach Suites and Beach Villas built alongside the water’s edge, each with scenic ocean views. Freedom of movement around the island on foot or bicycle permits self-discovery of the wonders of this special place.
The main hotel complex consists of a reception area, lounge, beach bar, restaurant, spa, swimming pool, tennis court and main office. Guests have choice of 22 Beach Bungalows, 5 one-bedroom Beach Suites or 2 four-bedroomed Beach Villas, all air conditioned and optimally spaced for privacy and offering every comfort imaginable.
The bar area, pool and lounge area provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze after a day out in the sun and houses the Bijoutier restaurant which serves freshly caught seafood of the highest quality.
Here you can experience the finest saltwater fly fishing on the planet. It is considered a fly angler’s paradise, the expansive flats surrounding the Alphonse atolls provide the fly fishing experience of a lifetime. The Alphonse group is one of the most famed saltwater fly fishing destinations in the Indian Ocean and is one of the most prolific Bonefish fisheries in the world.
It is a 60-minute scheduled domestic flight from the Seychelles capital of Mahé.
Cousine Island is all about exclusivity. With just 4 elegantly designed Luxury Villas and 1 Luxurious two-bedroom Presidential Villa, nestled in lush vegetation, just 30m from the beach, its the ultimate bespoke Island escape & hideaway.
It is a beautiful and remote, privately owned nature reserve and is home to rare birds and breeding turtles, offering a very private tropical island experience. A maximum of 12 adults and 6 children are accommodated in 6 bedrooms at any one time.
The individual villas on Cousine Island, built in French Colonial style, are dotted around the natural vegetation, a short hop from the beach. Each villa is positioned to ensure maximum privacy and offers the highest degree of comfort with spacious bedrooms, separate sitting room, large bathroom with Jacuzzi and shower (inside and outside), as well as front and rear patios. Each villa is fully air-conditioned and has fantastic sea views, with the islands of Cousin, Praslin, and Aride in the background.
Private dining is available in your villa, and The Pavilion has an open-plan dining room, bar, lounge and an air-conditioned library, all overlooking the large freshwater swimming pool.
Activities on Cousine Island include fishing and diving, a rustic spa, fitness centre, snorkelling, and guided walks by the conservation officer. And if you want to see more of this stunning archipelago, then for this year, a 43ft Sunseeker is now available for the ultimate day out.
Cousine island is also available for exclusive private island rentals for vacations with your friends & family, festivities, celebrations & special occasions.
Helicopter transfer between Mahé (main island with international airport) and Cousine is approximately 17-20 minutes. Alternate is Boat transfers between Mahé Island and Cousine Island which takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Denis Island has 25 immaculately designed, individual and secluded cottages, dotted between casuarinas and coconut trees. They are arranged in such a way that you feel you could be on the island all by yourself, each cottage has a sea facing veranda as well a private courtyard with outside shower, and are just steps away from the beach.
It has 25 beach cottages in total, one of which is adapted for families with a separate bedroom, designed for up to three children. Plus one larger Beach Villa has its own outside pool and gazebo for dining.
The Deluxe beachfront cottages have private gardens, outdoor massage tables and sea-facing private decks. All cottages have large indoor/outdoor bathrooms, and are furnished stylishly with clean bright fabrics and natural wood furniture.
Delicious food is produced using fresh local seafood and the island’s own gardens, and along with the amazing service, is a special feature of a stay here.
You can decide to relax on one of the island’s fine white sand beaches or enjoy some of the many activities on offer. Aquatic activities include a variety of non-motorised watersports such as sailing, snorkelling over colourful coral reefs, windsurfing and kayaking.
The Island’s position on the edge of the Seychelles’ bank, where shallow waters meet the deeper ocean, presents an opportunity for excellent fishing. The resort has two fishing boats available for charter. It also has its own PADI-accredited dive centre offering courses for beginners and advanced divers alike.
The protected underwater world around Denis ranks as one of the finest areas for diving in the Seychelles and features a number of dive sites where you can see turtles, sharks, stingrays, sailfish, tuna and dolphins. Whale sharks and manta rays are also regularly sighted between September and November.
Back on land, there is a floodlit tennis court and scenic nature trails for exploring the 350-acre island’s flora and fauna that includes native trees and rich birdlife including terns, white-tailed tropic birds and frigate birds. There is also a small farm and a vanilla plantation to visit.
It is 30 mins domestic schedule flight from Mahe (main island and international airport).
JA Enchanted Island Resort:
In the middle of five acre Sainte Anne Marine Park on a private isle and just 15 minutes speedboat ride from Mahe main island lies JA Enchanted Island Resort which offers intimate, personal facilities in a secluded setting.
It is surrounded by pristine sandy beach, lush vegetation, rocky terrain and offers guests fantastic views. There are just 10 tastefully furnished villas, each with a private infinity pool, 24-hour butler service, luxurious furnishings and modern amenities.
As part of the boutique experience, there is only one restaurant and bar serving international and local cuisine – accompanied by delicious cocktails. You’ll have access to an amazing swimming pool and the indulgent Serene Spa where expert therapists are on hand with soothing treatments within stunning tropical surroundings.
On the island, there’s plenty to do. For the adventurous, there’s snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding and kayaking. If you just want to sit back and relax, there are catamaran cruises and a spa perched on a hilltop.
Facilities at the resort feature a Serene Spa with private steam room, shower room and terrace, yoga pavilion, fully-equipped gymnasium, watersports center and an outdoor swimming pool
The Private Island resort is also available for a private charter just for you and your family or friends upto maximum 24 people.
Luxury Resorts & Luxury Villas on Mahe Island:
The largest of the Seychelles islands, Mahé is the international gateway to this sun-soaked archipelago and home to the country’s capital, Victoria. Around 90% of the Seychelles’ population live on easy-to-explore Mahé, a destination that offers its visitors both a quintessential tropical beach vacation as well as a taste of local Creole culture.
A mountainous interior with densely forested slopes forms a beautiful backdrop to the island’s best known features: its beaches. Beau Vallon, on the west coast just opposite Victoria, is the longest and most popular beach on the island. Its clear, current-free water is ideal for swimming, water skiing, wind surfing and parasailing. Another beach worth visiting is famous Anse Intendance with its rolling breakers and palm-lined shore, but with so many picturesque coves to explore, you’ll soon find your favourite.
While Mahé is Seychelles’ largest island, it is only 28km long by 8km wide and packed with a great choice of luxury hotels and spectacular natural attractions. The fact Mahé is so small becomes a handy advantage, with lush jungle, pristine beaches, water sports and superb diving extremely close to one another; driving around the whole island takes a leisurely 3 hours.
Those visitors short on time could happily spend their whole Seychelles holiday exploring the island of Mahé but for longer stays we’d highly recommend a bit of island hopping. Include a few days on the smaller public islands of Praslin and La Digue, or for true exclusivity and genuinely empty beaches, consider one of the Seychelles private islands, as listed above.
Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas:
Located on Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles islands and just a short drive from the international airport, the resort (designed by Bill Bensley and Lek Bunnag) is located on southwest coast between the island’s granite rocks and Anse Louis Beach. The resort has 30 private villas, each with a dedicated villa host available 24 hours a day for the duration of the stay.
All villas are identical with 250sqm of living space, featuring one-bedroom with King bed, oversized day bed; 80-degree panoramic island and sea views; Infinity pool; Outdoor sun deck; Unlimited Wi-Fi; Smart TV, Villa surround sound; Personalised mini bar; Outdoor sunken bath tub; Glass walled rain shower; and Full size Hermès bath amenities.
Villas situated atop the hill offer sweeping vistas over the coastline and ocean, while those dotted along the peninsula are tucked away in lush tropical gardens and with direct access to Anse Louis Beach.
The resort’s Beyond All Inclusive concept invites guests to choose whether they eat in villa, on the beach, in the garden or under the stars, where they can enjoy the finest a la carte dining experiences with menus that aren’t restricted by time frames.
For guests wishing to explore their surrounds, hiking in the forest and national parks or island tours can be arranged, or bespoke private visits by boat or helicopter to explore the Seychelles islands of La Digue and Praslin.
There is also an expansive spa made up of three private open-air pavilions, each featuring its own garden, changing rooms and showers.
It is located on a private peninsula overlooking Anse Louis beach on the island of Mahé. Occupying a prime stretch of remote beach, this secluded hideaway is on the west coast of the island, around 35 minutes drive from Victoria Seychelles international airport.
Four Seasons Seychelles:
Discover luxurious tree-house living at the beautiful Four Seasons Seychelles. Set in magnificent tropical surrounds, with warm azure waters and a pristine beach at its doorstep, the resort offers gorgeous villas perched on stilts on a hillside. It offers 67 villas – including five suites. Inside they consist of sitting areas, opulent Four Seasons-styled bathrooms and between one and six bedrooms, whilst outside there’s an expansive deck with dining areas, day beds and infinity-edge pools offering wonderful sunset views of the bay.
It offers a state-of-the-art gym, personal training, and from the water-sports pavilion one can kayak, snorkel, sail a catamaran, windsurf, paddle boat, boogie board, dive, go big game fishing, and do numerous land sports.
Other facilities include a beautiful infinity swimming pool, stunning hilltop spa, library, two restaurants serving international and locally influenced cuisine, two bars, and in-villa dining.
The resort is one of the best spots in the Seychelles for families. In addition to a complimentary Kids For All Seasons club, facilities include a shaded garden area home to a family of giant tortoises, a large children’s pool lined with mini-loungers and a protected beach that’s great for an afternoon of family-friendly fun in the sun.
It is located on one of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé called Petit Anse, offering the most private bay for guests to swim in and enjoy a spot of snorkelling. It is 35-minute drive from Seychelles International Airport.
Villa Sea Monkey Seychelles:
Sea Monkey is an award-winning luxury villa on the Seychelles island of Mahé. Fully staffed, it brings together all the services and facilities of a luxurious boutique hotel, with the style and laidback comforts of an exclusive private home.
The villa was designed by the renowned Mauritian architect, Jean Marc Eynaud. Stretching out across 400 square metres, inside the villa is all chic, earthy tones, plush wooden floors and grand, wooden beamed ceilings, while high glass doors slide open on to panoramic views of the quiet surrounding coves, and out across the ocean to Praslin and La Digue islands.
There are 4 rooms in total, with the villa sleeping up to eight people. All the rooms come with double beds adorned with high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, air-conditioning, high-speed WiFi, private balconies and jaw-dropping floor to ceiling views over the waves lapping on the sculptured rocks to wake up to in the morning.
The villa is fully-staffed by a manageress, two house boys, laundry person and in-house chef who between them can cater to your every need.
Sea Monkey’s range of amenities extends from fishing rods for casting off the rocks and snorkelling equipment, to kayaks, paddling boards and, back on dry land, a table tennis table. We’re also delighted to organise car rentals, fishing and diving trips and other excursions, and can also arrange for in-house yoga sessions and spa treatments on request.
It is located in the exclusive Glacis region in the lush, northernmost tip of the island of Mahé. It is 20 mins drive from Mahe’s Victoria International Airport.
Luxury Resorts & Luxury Villas on Praslin Island:
Although it is Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin is still small. It occupies just 38 km² and has around 6,500 residents; it also has a more laid-back vibe than nearby Mahé.
For many visitors, the towering indigenous trees of the Vallée de Mai National Park, especially the famed coco de mer, remain a reason to visit.
Life on Praslin Island moves at a pace that falls somewhere between the relative bustle of Mahe and the sleepiness of next-door La Digue Island. The main tourism centre is Anse Volbert (also known as Côte d’Or) where a collection of hotels, restaurants, shops and bars gives this safe swimming beach a lively atmosphere. The island is also home to the only 18-hole golf course in the archipelago, making a Praslin Island holiday a go to location for golfers.
Further north, the crystal-clear water and perfectly white coral sand of Anse Lazio have placed it on many ‘World’s Best Beaches’ lists while Praslin itself is a fantastic base from which to explore other islands.
Getting to Praslin is easy – the high-speed ferry from Mahe (main-island and international airport) takes an hour while a flight is just 15 minutes.
Raffles Seychelles is a luxury, all-villa resort located on the tropical island of Praslin. The resort enjoys direct beachfront access on Anse Takamaka, with a 500-metre long stretch of soft white sand and crystalline blue sea.
It offers 86 architecturally exquisite villas with private plunge pools, touched by the sublime beauty of white powdered sands, opal-hued oceans and lush green hills.
These villas are designed in contemporary style, with private infinity pools and open spaces, to take full advantage of the tropical paradise. The one and two-bedroom villas are some of the largest in the archipelago, including an extensive outdoor pavilion.
The luxury of space at a minimum of 125 sq.m., amongst the largest you will find in Seychelles, makes the villas the perfect haven for romantic getaways or family stays. Thoughtfully spread across gentle sloping hills, they combine privacy with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.
The resort features two outdoor infinity pools, 45 metres long, and a luxurious spa featuring 13 treatment pavilions, each with a spectacular panoramic view of the ocean, white sandy beaches and dramatic granite boulders.
Combining the best of the local culture and cuisine with dishes from around the world, each restaurant and bar has its own unique atmosphere and setting – something to suit every mood and every occasion.
At Raffles Seychelles you can either relax on the beach or by the pool, or take part in some of the activities organised in the resort. Pétanque, pool basketball, beach football, hiking and biking are just a few of those on offer. Guests service team can organise a jogging session, a morning beach stretch, crab hunting or creole fishing. Non-motorised water sports are also available to include snorkelling and kayaking.
It is located only 15-minutes by plane to Praslin airport (and then a 30-mins drive to the resort) or helicopter (land directly at resorts helipad) from main Mahé Island. You also have option of a private boat transfer from Mahé Jetty to Praslin jetty.
Le Château De Feuilles, Praslin:
Situated in a tropical garden on Praslin’s lofty Pointe Cabris overlooking the Baie St. Anne is this romantic, 9-room boutique retreat, which is Seychelles’ only Relais & Châteaux property.
Surrounded by the wonders of the crystal blue ocean and quietly nestled amidst swaying palm trees and birds of paradise, Le Chateau de Feuilles offers spectacular panoramic ocean views from all the rooms and the property.
All rooms are tucked away in the fragrant gardens and offer complete privacy. Built with granite walls and thatched roofs and surrounded by lush foliage, they are elegant and understated with a perfectly minimalist approach to decor. You have choice of double rooms, junior suites, three deluxe suites or the supreme Royal Villa; each have a unique character and charm.
The restaurant offers 100% homemade cooking: meat, fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables, all sourced from its own organic garden. It also offers a special vegetarian menu.
The activities at the resort include diving, deep-sea fishing, bike hire and golf, which can be arranged through the front desk, and the on-site Balinese spa stocks exclusive Cinq Monde products.
HIGHLIGHT : Located at a 20 minutes boat trip from Le Château De Feuilles, is their private island called Grande Soeur, which is one of the most beautiful island offering the finest pristine beaches in Seychelles and is totally privatized to the Chateau de Feuilles’ guests during the week-end.
The resort can be reached by a 20 mins domestic flight from Mahe to Praslin, else a helicopter straight to the hotel.
Constance Lemuria, Praslin:
An exclusive 5-star deluxe Constance Lemuria with its own 18-hole championship golf course unique to the Seychelles. Opened in December 1999 and completely renovated in 2016. The modern approach to design and quality of the buildings compliment the expectations of guests who enjoy the standard of luxury and yet the comfort in harmony with the preserved natural beauty of the environment.
The hotel has 96 Suites, eight Villas and one Presidential Villa with three bedrooms, all oriented towards oriented towards the Indian Ocean within 101 hectares of land. The suites lie scattered along two pristine beaches, to both the southwest and northwest. Each suite is positioned just 15 meters from the shore, discreetly nestled among the natural Seychellois gardens.
All suites feature air-conditioning, ceiling fan, bathroom with bath tub, double vanities, separate shower/WC, hairdryer, sitting area, high speed Internet & WI-FI (complimentary Internet access), mini Mac, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV, telephone answering machine, Nespresso machine, tea and coffee making facilities.
Constance Lemuria has four restaurants, four bars, swimming pool, two floodlit tennis courts, gym, spa with Shiseido pavilion, hair salon, library, boutique and a children’s club.
There is a range of activities for guests to choose from including tennis, golf, a well equipped gym and mountain bikes as well as a wide range of watersports including windsurfing, Hobie Cat and laser sailing, snorkelling, pedalos and kayaks. It is also possible to arrange scuba diving, deep sea fishing and golf and tennis lessons.
It is accessible by a short 15-minute domestic flight from Mahe international airport to Praslin Island Airport, and then a 15-minute drive to the hotel.
Villa Deckenia, Praslin:
Villa Deckenia is a luxury private villa on the east coast of Praslin Island, close to the fabulous Cote d’Or. Nestled beside Anse Gouvernement beach, among giant Seychelles granite boulders, this luxury villa offers 5300 square metres of living space in a tranquil setting.
Villa Deckenia features 5 bedrooms. The main house has 3 bedrooms as well as a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the beach and ocean. Two additional bedrooms are slightly separate to the main house and each has their own private infinity pool. The villa can accommodation up to 10 adults and 2 children.
The spacious rooms have been tastefully decorated and offer a contemporary design to allow in the natural light. The large terraces open out towards the azure blue sea, offering spectacular views. The beach is reached by a series of wooden steps down from the terrace.
The property is fully staffed with 2 housekeepers, a butler, a gardener and a chef who will ensure you have a memorable holiday.
Deckenia villa is only 20 minutes drive from the Praslin airport.
Resorts on La Digue Island:
La Digue is the laid-back, sleepier sibling to larger Seychelles islands Mahé and Praslin. Nobody ever seems in a hurry on this (almost) motor-free island. Creole houses nestle under papaya trees, their window boxes and plant pots overflowing with flowers. Fishermen dawdle along the road carrying sticks hung with fish, while wooden pirogues glide across the water. This is where you’ll find bona fide Seychellois island life.
La Digue is home to Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. What makes La Digue even more charming is that most everyone gets around by bicycle. Imagine biking along a coastal road lined with giant boulders and clear, turquoise water.
There’s no airport on this tiny island, just 5 km (3 miles) long and 3 km (2 miles) wide, so you’ll first meet La Digue from the water. It’s a 20-minute boat ride from nearby Praslin, and you approach to views across a seductive coastline of blonde beaches, fronds of palms and clusters of smoothed boulders.
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie:
La Digue is a small, charming island near to the main islands of Praslin and Mahe with a laid back feel. Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie is a resort on this wonderful little island. The resort is reasonably small, with only 63 villas spread amongst the lush tropical vegetation.
All villas are located a few steps away from famous Anse Severe beach. Each villa has its unique features and enjoys a sleek zen style brighten up with earthy tones of the interior design.
It’s boutique style ensures an intimate ambiance and a warm, charming vibe. Garden Villas (in blocks of four) are peaceful and spacious, set in lush tropical garden surrounded by birdsong. The glorious Villas de Charme are slightly elevated with a hillside location ensuring fabulous views.
For those looking for a touch of magic, the Villas de Charme Elégance are blissfully private with the added bonus of a secluded outdoor Jacuzzi. Expect a palate of neutral colours, natural materials and a chic design totally at one with the surroundings.
All day dining is available and there are two restaurants and bars – vibrant Creole flavours and superb seafood are the order of the day. The spa here is to-die-for, set high on a peak surrounded by imposing granite rocks. There is even a Hammam.
Surrounded by granite boulders and overlooking the white sandy beach and beautiful coral reef, the Lagoon at Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie features an infinity-edge swimming pool. La Digue is ripe for exploration and one of our favourite ways is to hire a bicycle and head out for a day of discovery, and after a fascinating day of exploring, head to the hilltop sanctuary of Eden Rock spa, which commands magnificent views from its elevated setting and offers nourishing treatments for the body and mind.
You can reach the resort by by Boat (from Mahé via Praslin): 1 hour from Mahé to Praslin and 20 minutes from Praslin to La Digue or By Plane (from Mahé via Praslin): 15 minutes flight from Mahé to Praslin and 20 minutes from Praslin to La Digue or By Helicopter (direct from Mahé): 20 minutes.
Le Domaine is situated 5 minutes chauffeured drive from La Digue jetty, on the north.
Seychelles Yacht Charter:
The Seychelles is situated in a balmy, relatively calm swath of the Indian Ocean covering approximately 150,000 square miles, though a Seychelles charter vacation focuses on the main Inner Islands, all of which are close together, making for easy passages between them.
A Seychelles yacht charter unfolds in an exotic, less-traveled part of the world, which is what makes cruising the Seychelles so appealing. Small, secluded coves fringed with majestic palms set back from pristine white-sand beaches indent many of the islands, and just offshore are coral reefs resplendent in hues of brown, orange, green, and blue.
Half of the Seychelles is set aside as a natural preserve to protect the rare birds – the Seychelles bulbul, black parrot, and fruit pigeon, to name a few – and giant tortoises that live nowhere else but in the Pacific’s Galapagos Islands.
The natural wonders are enough to make any Seychelles yacht cruising vacation memorable. The seaside resorts, boutiques, and fine restaurants found on some of the Inner Islands add a dash of luxury to the Seychelles experience.
Crewed Yacht Charter:
A Crewed yacht charter delivers the ultimate all-inclusive vacation on the water with your own private Sail or Power catamaran. Complete with a professional captain and gourmet chef, your group of up to 10 will enjoy spacious accommodations and a premium, personalized yacht charter experience.
The Moorings Crewed yacht charter blends the comfort of luxury vacations with the spirit of adventure travel. Aboard your private Sail or Power yacht, you’ll enjoy the nautical skills and local knowledge of your captain, while your gourmet chef surprises you again and again with delectable meals tailored to your particular tastes.
Complete with your very own captain, gourmet chef and hostess, a Crewed charter aboard The Moorings Crewed 5800 Master Edition treats you to a getaway at sea most can only dream of. This 6-cabin Sail catamaran is one of the largest and newest in The Moorings fleet, providing an equally spacious and exclusive cruising experience for up to 10 guests.
The difference starts in the starboard hull, where the aft Master suite includes even more floor space and an extra-spacious bathroom with dual sinks and an enclosed shower. The forward cabin has been redesigned with the double bed facing starboard for a panoramic window view, meaning you can wake up to a new and breathtaking vista each day. An en-suite bath with a single sink and separate shower sits adjacent in the forepeak, while the port hull houses a standard en-suite cabin.
The main deck includes two en-suite cabins – each with doors to the covered outdoor forward cockpit – and a variety of amenities in a stylish, air-conditioned interior.
The saloon features plush wraparound seating, a large dining table, and a full entertainment centre with an HDTV and audio input wired to speakers throughout the yacht. Outside, the sweeping aft cockpit offers a beautiful outdoor dining space alongside a hydraulic swim platform perfect for wading in the water with the kids, or wetting your toes with a chilled cocktail in hand.
Venture up to the flybridge for a breathtaking view of your surroundings made all the more comfortable with stylish lounge seating, a table, wet bar and grill. Just imagine feasting on fresh-grilled hors d’oeuvres, sipping a world-class wine and soaking it all in as the orange sun sinks into the horizon.
The sailing itinerary duration starts from 5 Nights until 14 Nights. A Seychelles cruising itinerary takes you into a vacation paradise. The marine preserves on islands populated with diverse and rare species of birds, lizards, and turtles in the Seychelles are exotic and intriguing. The plant life is varied too, from the coco-de-mer palms with huge double coconuts to the pitcher plants, gardenias, and orchids that grow on the mountain slopes. Passages combine a mix of open-water cruising in fair winds and short hops between adjacent islands for snorkeling and scuba diving on the coral reefs or simply relaxing on one of the many white-sand beaches. Although the Inner Islands of the Seychelles are mostly undeveloped (see Seychelles maps), some are home to seaside resorts and small settlements, providing plenty to do ashore as well as aboard your luxury yacht.
How to Book:
You can book above listed Resorts, Villas and Yachts using Delhi based Boutique Travel Design company – Experiential Travel Journeys Pvt. Ltd. They specialise in Beach and Private Island Holidays and Vacations, and have long established connections and preferred partnerships with above listing of resorts.