Ever dreamed about a holiday on your own luxurious island? Well, then the Seychelles may just be the place for you.
Scattered like summer blossom across the Indian Ocean lie the 115 paradise islands that collectively form the Seychelles; a destination renowned for being the ultimate in luxury, celebrity escapes and the honeymoon location dreams are made of.
With its tropical greenery, undeniably stunning beaches, guaranteed sunshine on tap and luscious peaked backdrops, it is easy to understand why the Seychelles has a reputation for being reserved only for the likes of the incredibly rich and famous.
Luckily for the rest of us, this is a reputation misplaced as thanks to a collection of luxurious, yet affordable, boutique hotels, holiday utopia is indeed more accessible than you think.
This summer you could be getting some well-earned rest and relaxation in the mecca of Indian Ocean chic, enjoying everything the islands offer, from beach dwelling to incredible jungle trails, mind-blowing nature watching, fine-dining and all at an andante tempo.
It just takes a little hotel homework, and luckily for you, we have already done the leg work…
Located just 3km from Praslin Island Airport and 200 metres from the longest beach in the Seychelles is Chateau Sans Souci, a beautifully-kept four-star hotel, surrounded by tropical gardens.
Here you can stay in one of the 14 suites, all positioned with direct access to the beautiful pool area, from as little as £120 a night for a double room.
Highly-regarded for its warm and family-feel hospitality and pristine interior, guests can enjoy tropical fruit breakfasts, which are included in the room price, magical nights dining upon locally-sourced European, Creole and Chinese cuisine al fresco at the pool edge and decadent cocktails in the bar area.
For those who want to enjoy a secluded high-flying hilltop location and stunning island-wide views, walled grounds and a private swimming pool, the Carana Hilltop Villa is a must-stay.
Promising ‘a true Seychelles experience at your own pace in an authentic Creole establishment’, this private and peaceful hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore the island, from its bays and lagoons, to its colourful culture and cuisine.
A variety of accommodation is available from €90 a night for a single room with bed and breakfast, to €125 a night, or the whole villa can also be made available to cater for a large family or group.
Or how does an en suite room set right on a sandy tropical beach, directly overlooking the Indian Ocean, float your boat?
Fancy swapping your local boozer for an open-deck pub overlooking the still topaz waters? How about trying snorkelling one day, windsurfing the next and diving to follow?
All this can become a reality at the four-star Coral Strand Hotel which you will find on Mahe Island, within minutes of Beau Vallon Beach.
The hotel boasts 161 luxurious and contemporarily-designed rooms, all set within a five-storey u-shaped building, and equipped with modern facilities, and opening up to private patios or balconies complete with breathtaking views.
The hotel has two restaurants on site for your dining pleasure and all guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning.
Room rates vary depending on room type, but average at a breezy £171 for a double room – a little more than the previous two hotels, but you are paying for the spectacular beach-side location and multiple facilities the hotel comes complete with.
So there we have the more affordable side of luxury for you, however if you are feeling rather flashy and contemplating reaching a little further into your pocket, then let us tempt you with a flight of fancy to the private Desroches Island of the Seychelles, considered to be of the most pristine and untouched islands still around today.
Nestled in an untouched natural sanctuary, it isn’t just a hotel on an island – the island is the hotel. In other words, this is one big hotel resort set on a tropical paradise island, just waiting for you to explore it.
While privacy, exclusivity and isolation are the greatest attractions, Desroches Island is clothed in exotic island jungle that guests can explore by bicycle or discover the unique fauna and flora.
It is said that keeping yourself occupied while on the island is a treat to be indulged at your own pace.
You can try your hand at game fishing, go down under and discover caves, swim-troughs and underwater labyrinths, or pay a visit to the Escape Spa, which offers treatments designed to relieve stress, detoxify, cleanse and purify, refresh and rejuvenate.
Desroches Island has a diverse accommodation offering which affords guests an array of possibilities. Choose from the beach suites, retreats and villas, one of their opulent residences or their signature, exclusive ‘Madam Zabre’.
Whether you are looking for the ultimate home away from home in paradise perfection, an exclusive luxury set among raw island vegetation a stone’s throw away from white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, or the ultimate romantic hideaway with a new island adventure around every corner, Desroches Island welcomes you to embrace your paradise.
For more information about the hotels mentioned in this article, please visit:
Chateau Sans Souci – www.chateausanssouci.sc
Carana Hilltop Villa – www.caranahilltopvilla.com
The Coral Strand Hotel – www.coralstrand.com
Desroches Island – www.desroches-island.com
Pictures courtesy of the Seychelles Tourist Office
April 24, 2014 Travel and Lifestyle