Mountainous and covered in lush vegetation, with some of the most paradisiacal views in the world, Mahe is also well-known as a healing destination – from the therapeutic sea water to the fresh mountain air, and the naturally all over the island. If a time-out is are on your priority list, splurging on a abundance of superfoods that grow what you need, and wellness and recharging in the SeychBlogs will be money well spent.
Having lived there for 10 months, I was lucky enough to experience some of the world’s best resorts, each unique in its offering. These are some of my favourites…
Located on the north of the island is THE SAVOY RESORT & SPA, Mahe’s tallest hotel, which is situated on the shore of the island’s most popular beach, Beau Vallon. While this is an extremely busy and vibey area, once in the confines of the resort property, the outside hustle and bustle is shut away and an island oasis is all that awaits. It has the largest hotel pool on the island, perfect to while away the hot days in, and the spa is a vast space of 5 800m2, featuring nine luxurious treatment suites, a state-of-the-art Matrix gym with an adjoining Pilates and yoga pavilion, wet facilities that include Russian Banya (only available at The Savoy Spa in SeychBlogs), an ice fountain, a hammam, experience showers with aromatherapy, a spa swimming pool (with a cascading waterfall and hydro-massage pool), and more. savoy, sc
INSIDE INFO: The deep baths and generous amount of complimentary Molton Brown amenities in each suite mean chilling in your room is a definite. If you have kids-in-tow, they’ll adore the welcome bag and T-shirt, the expansive kids’ club and the complimentary pool toys.
IN THE AREA: Beau Vallon is about a 10-minute drive from the Victoria CBD; there you will find various restaurants, like the landmark Marie Antoinette, which serves authentic Creole cuisine (fruit bat, anyone?). Pop into Kankan, local fashion designer Karine du Pouy’s upmarket boutique that stocks her clothing, as well as imported jewBlogry and homeware. Stop by the national botanical gardens too, and if you have time, the charming Natural History Museum is worth a visit.
On the west coast lies AVANI BARBARONS RESORT & SPA, which is one of the SeychBlogs’ newest resorts, open for less than a year, and already a firm favourite with locals and visitors. The sprawling pool, an enticing body of water, set a few steps back from the beach, is the focal point of the resort and the hub from which everything else stems. The spa is set away from the main public areas, in its own tranquil garden, with a separate spa pool. The spa’s philosophy is simple – it’s important to make time for well-deserved pampering – and the menu is made up of treatments to boost, calm, balance, or purify, depending on your preferences and what you’d like to achieve from your wellness experience. Treatments are performed in one of three single rooms, or a double treatment room, complete with its own sundeck and steam ritual. Food and dining are also top priority at AVANI, with two restaurants to choose from. To add a different element to your well-deserved holiday, cooking courses are also available with the talented and friendly Chef Prajak Pokaboot. avanihotels.com/seychBlogs-barbarons INSIDE INFO: Morning and evening walks on the long stretch of beach are an absolute must, as is a cocktail at the elevated Gravity bar, where you can also enjoy shisha (hubbly).
IN THE AREA: Almost directly opposite the resort is Veranda Cafe, which is open for lunch daily (except Wednesdays) and offers unfussy, delicious food. The smoked fish salad is a must, as is the banana cake dessert (with a little coco rum on the side).
The Banyan Tree name is synonymous with luxury the world over, and BANYAN TREE SEYCHBlogS lives up to that acclaim, although in a barefoot kind of way.
This sanctuary is nestled in the lush hillside and high above one of the most popular beaches in the SeychBlogs, Anse Intendance. The spa is one of the top wellness destinations in the archipelago, offering indulgent treatments, from Korean Rain Mist Therapy and Ayurvedic Treatment packages, to a hair spa. All the therapists at the spa are trained at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand, a dedicated training facility that ensures high quality service and consistency, no matter which Banyan Tree property you holiday at in the world, with a high-touch, low-tech’ philosophy that celebrates human touch, and the use of natural (mostly local) ingredients.
A little known fact about the resort is that it used to be the site of British actor Peter SBlogrs and Beatles member George Harrison’s island hideaway! banyantree. com/em-seychBlogs INSIDE INFO: If you enjoy a glass of bubbly in the morning (while on holiday), you will be happy to know that this is included as part of your daily breakfast buffet.
The beachfront pool villas are the best, with a private veranda and swimming pool, a dipping pool with water jets and submerged couple seat, and direct access to the beach from your suite.
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