publicationstravel journalindian oceanseychellesmahe Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles An astonishing resort and destination, Four Seasons Seychelles offers the perfect balance between a relaxing and yet exciting holiday on the country's main island of Mahé.
by Sara Fabbri

A haven for romantics, the small archipelago has become the favourite hotspot for discerning travellers wishing to celebrate love while discovering one of the last paradise on Earth. From UNESCO-protected tropical forests to rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises, the Seychelles reveal unspoilt nature and a warm Creole heart.

Completely hidden from view until one reaches the reception area, Four Seasons Seychelles is an extremely private retreat set in a peaceful bay on the southwest coast of Mahé. As guests steps further into this little slice of heaven, the beautiful individual villas nestled into a lush hillside are unveiled.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles
Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

Opened in 2009, Four Seasons Seychelles is a collection of just 67 rooms and suites, plus 27 residential units. Each pavilion was designed honouring local Creole style with extensive use of wood and stone in a series of indoor and outdoor spaces. Every villa features its own infinity pool, deck and open-air cabana with daybed. Colourful art by the country’s foremost artist can be found throughout the resort.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

Stepping inside your private retreat makes the world disappear behind you, leaving your eyes wander out the floor-to-ceiling windows into the azure water of the bay and far out into the blue sky. Choose between a soothing bath in the deep-soaking tub or spend an afternoon reading while sunbathing in complete privacy on the spacious deck outside. The pavilions are a temple of calmness, where options for self-care are endless.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

Climb up to the Le Syel Spa, located in a prestigious spot on top of the hill, for the ultimate relaxation experience and unbeatable views of Petite Anse bay and the Indian Ocean. Reflecting the surroundings, a natural colour palette of warm browns, white, gold and greens creates a tranquil cocoon before the massage even begins. Signature treatments include The Miracle of Coco de Mer and Heavenly Fusion Massage, for an afternoon of pure bliss.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

The Spa rooftop also doubles as the perfect viewing platform for unforgettable sunsets. Champagne is discreetly served to those enjoying the view, allowing them to savour to the slow-paced Seychellois’ culture and way of life in the most romantic scenery.

Travellers seeking a more active holiday may head out to the sea to explore the bay by stand-up paddleboard or kayak, or dive below the surface to admire the rich marine life. A marine biologist, in partnership with WiseOceans, is on hand for guidance and information on snorkelling around the house reef. Fishing, sailing, surfing and other water sports are among the long list of activities offered on-site.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

For a more adventurous day outside the resort, the island of Mahé will not disappoint. Thrill seekers will love a helicopter tour or jungle trekking on a hunt for the uniquely shaped Coco de Mer fruit. The pristine landscapes can be explored either from the comfort of a 4WD vehicle or while horseback riding for a deeper connection with nature.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining too. Wake up to ocean views from the private terrace with in-villa breakfasts or join fellow in-house guests at the indulgent buffet for a more social atmosphere. Lunch is served by the sparkling pool at Kannel Restaurant while a variety of restaurants are on offer for the evening, ranging from pan-Asian cuisine to Mediterranean specialties. Do not miss out on local fish delicacies including mahi mahi, tuna, red snapper, job fish and octopus.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

The epitome of romanticism, the Seychelles are selected by travellers from all over the world for an intimate holiday or honeymoon. If the setting was not breath-taking enough, Four Seasons Seychelles can effortlessly craft the perfect evening upon request. From a candlelit, barefoot dinner on the beach to an in-villa bath, prepared by a “Bath Butler” following practiced rituals, there is no limit to the imagination when it comes to pampering that special someone.

Petite Anse’s white sand and turquoise water are the perfect backdrop for couples wishing to tie the knot in an exclusive and exotic setting. The resort’s wedding specialists will work with the bride and groom to create a magical wedding whether it is for an intimate party or a small group of close friends and family.

Escape to a secluded retreat on one of the most coveted islands in the world: welcome to Four Seasons Seychelles

Four Seasons Seychelles embodies the perfect combination of luxury and friendly service. It showcases timeless ambience and yet it is deeply rooted in the destination and its people. A perfect blend that, like a promise, is consistently kept at each hotel and resort globally.

The resort can be reached in just 30 minutes by private car transfer from the international airport. For those looking to extend their vacation, a 20-minute flight will whisk them away to Four Seasons Seychelles at Desroches Island. Opened in 2018, an even more exclusive experience awaits: all villas have private pool, garden and direct beach access.

For more information, visit fourseasons.com/seychelles

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After leaving native Italy, Sara has lived in Australia, Canada and UK while pursuing her passion for travel and foreign cultures. With a solid background as a luxury travel agent, she has visited premium destinations all over the world and her first-hand experience effortlessly shows through her work as freelance writer.