Seychelles is best known for unspoiled beaches and fabulous resorts that make it the ultimate romantic getaway, but as we have already demonstrated in Part 1 of our series, a 10-day visit to this island paradise proved Seychelles to be an ideal vacation for everyone, from thrill-seekers to families and history buffs alike.
Now let’s take a look at some of the best hotels and resorts we had the privilege of sampling on the main island of Mahé. While it is true that Seychelles isn’t cheap, there are options to suit all tastes and budgets. So check out these recommendations to help you choose your digs.
Club Med Seychelles
This gorgeous and rather new resort is set on the private island of Sainte Anne, a National Marine Park, a mere 10-minute boat ride from the main island of Mahé. The eco-friendly resort is spread over most of the island, boasting beautiful sea-view infinity pools, an adult-only Zen Zone, a Kid Zone, excellent beaches, tons of activities and spa amenities, plus some great restaurants.
Ours was a Junior Suite with a private pool, easy access straight to the beach, an enormous bathroom, and an outdoor shower, but there is a wide selection of rooms and suites, from 2000 euros per person for an all-inclusive week stay.
Worth noting: Being on a small island, the Club Med is more suitable for couples and families who would rather stay longer in one place instead of exploring or island hopping.
L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa
This has got to be one of the most beautiful boutique hotels we’ve been to. Located in the outskirts of Victoria, it is part of the Small Luxury Hotels network. The hotel was originally built as a private residence (with no reception) and was recently converted into a hotel. It has only 25 rooms, suites, and villas of the highest standards. The beautifully appointed rooms and public spaces were designed by renowned yacht designer Andrew Winch, and that definitely shows in the sleek look and feel.
L’Escale has a gorgeous infinity pool, its own private marina, a fabulous restaurant and bar, and a world-class spa. A classic room with either a sea or mountain view starts at 450 euros a night, or you can opt for a Pool Villa, the Royal Suite, or the Presidential Suite, all with a much higher price tag. Either way, it is most certainly a fabulous place for a romantic getaway.
Worth noting: L’Escale does not have a stretch of beach; it is best to rent a car so that you can explore some of the beautiful beaches in Mahé.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
We only visited the gorgeous beach at this sprawling resort, but the Four Seasons brand needs no introductions, and this one is certainly one of the most beautiful. It is nestled on a hillside overlooking Petite Anse, one of the most picture-worthy bays in Seychelles.
Four Seasons Seychelles has 67 luxurious villas and suites, discreetly hidden away amongst the foliage, with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. It boasts the award-winning Le Syel Spa, three restaurants and two bars, excellent facilities, and tons of activities. Prices range from 1200 euros for a garden-view villa to 7500 euros a night for a 4-bedroom villa with a private pool.
Worth noting: The Four Seasons is located in the very south of Mahé, further away from many of the island’s attractions and other great beaches in the north.
Also worth noting: Four Seasons has a second and even more exclusive resort on Desroches Island for those of you looking to get away from it all.
If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, Eden Bleu is a comfortable and centrally located 4-star business hotel on Eden Island, just a short drive over a bridge from Mahé.
The hotel has a great pool with stone tables and chairs half-submerged in water for a different breakfast experience, a good restaurant, and nicely appointed public spaces. The rooms themselves are not fancy but quite comfortable, and the prices start at just 295 euros a night.
Worth noting: Other big pluses are the many restaurants and bars on Eden Island and the direct access to Eden Plaza, the only shopping mall in Seychelles.
Constance Ephelia Mahe Seychelle
We only spent one night at this beautiful resort, and that’s a shame since Constance Ephelia is one of the best resorts on Mahé. The resort is built around two of the most beautiful beaches on the main island, sprawled over 120 hectares of land and luxuriant vegetation.
Constance Ephelia has four swimming pools, five restaurants, great beach bars, a huge and breathtaking spa complex, the largest in the Indian Ocean, a kids club and a zip line, loads of sports facilities, and other attractions. You can even join the daily feeding of the Aldabra giant tortoises.
Our Junior Suite was very spacious and beautifully appointed, but you can choose a gorgeous villa with a private pool. Prices start at 325 euros a night for a Tropical Garden Room or 450 euros for a Junior Suite like ours. All prices are half board.
Worth noting: Just minutes away from the resort is the best restaurant we’ve sampled in Seychelles, Delplace Restaurant, set in a beautiful little bay and offering culturally inspired food based on seasonal ingredients, with lots of local seafood and Creole dishes. Highly recommended.
Look out for Part 3 in the series, highlighting the best of Praslin and La Digue.
The author was a guest of the Seychelles Tourism Board and Air Seychelles.