Situated amongst tropical forest on the shores of the heavenly Intendance Bay on Mahe Island’s south-west coast, Banyan Tree Seychelles is an idyllic seaside sanctuary boasting 60 opulent villas, a signature spa and world-class facilities and services.
The resort’s Creole-style villas are decadently sized and feature private, stunning locations amongst picturesque wetlands, on the beachfront or up on the forested hillside. Every villa has at least one private plunge pool and a terrace or deck with memorable views.
The resort has a superb mix of casual and fine dining areas serving a varied range of top-notch cuisine, while in-villa and on-the-beach dining can be arranged.
While adventurers can indulge in a number of watersports activities, the resort is possibly best known for its world-class spa, which boasts open-sided treatment rooms tucked between granite boulders and forest, facing the sea.
Home to the international airport and the quaint capital city of Victoria, the 155km2 Mahé Island is the largest and most popularly visited of the Seychelles 155 islands. The island is bounded by a coastline of long white beaches and granite-speckled coves, while its interior is covered in lush cloudforest broken up by soaring granite peaks.
Thanks largely to the advent of tourism in this idyllic place, infrastructure is good, with smooth tarred roads, reliable public transport and clear signposting making it relatively easy to explore the entirety of the island. The island is a watersports paradise, offering some magnificent scuba diving and snorkelling, while the forests and mountains can be explored on scenic walking trails. Banyan Tree is situated just 10 minutes from one of the Seychelles' top beaches, Anse Royale. It is also well-positioned for day trips to Victoria - with its old colonial buildings, a buzzing market, beautiful botanical gardens and modern shopping plazas - and the beautiful islands of La Digue and Praslin.
Matching the gorgeous setting, every aspect of the resort is immaculate and pleasing on the eye. The grandly colonial main building rests in lush gardens dotted with Seychellois artefacts, while the interiors are decorated with exotic furnishings of the highest quality. Guests are treated to an extensive buffet breakfast in the u Jardin d'Epices restaurant, which has folding glass doors that showcase stunning ocean views.
Lunch and dinner are served here too, although in the evenings guests can also choose to dine at the wetland-facing Chez Lamar or the Asian-inspired Saffron, both of which delight the tastebuds with their indulgent cuisine.
In addition to numerous other indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, the resort has a large infinity-edge swimming pool just a few steps from the beach, where guests can relax on loungers with a drink from the poolside bar. Surrounded by blissfully tropical surroundings, the resort’s highly-acclaimed spa offers a wide range of pampering treatments and massages. Other facilities include a tennis court, a fully-equipped gym and a gallery selling everything from handicrafts to signature spa products.
While they vary in size and location, all of Banyan Tree’s villas are appointed with King-size beds, air conditioning, satellite televisions, wireless internet, ceiling fans, tea/coffee facilities, minibars and bathrobes. The living and dining areas are spacious and comfortable, while the en-suite bathrooms have sunken bathtubs and soothing showers. Each room has an infinity pool with submerged seating, with the Two-Bedroom Double Pool Villa featuring two of these pools and a Jacuzzi. Depending on their preferences, guests can choose between villas that are just a few steps from the beach, or those that are tucked further into the forest.
The experience at Banyan Tree is more about blissful relaxation than anything else. Days can be spent being treated to cuisine and service that is fit for royalty, while enjoying decadent spa treatments and laidback hours in your villa or on the most beautiful of Seychelles beaches.
Those with more adventurous spirits can try their hand at a variety of complimentary watersports, or book a scuba diving or deep-sea fishing outing. You could also opt to visit the nearby Rum Shack for a taste of Seychellois rum, accompanied by freshly barbequed fish, or be properly introduced to the local cuisine through an interactive cooking class.
Romantic couples can arrange dreamy candlelit dinners at varying locations along the coastline, or take a silent sail on the wetland lakes.
At the end of a spoiling day, the stylish La Varangue bar sets the perfect scene for sunset cocktails or after-dinner drinks.