Set amongst densely-forested hills overlooking Mahé Island’s gorgeous, secluded Petite Anse beach, Four Seasons Seychelles offers luxurious accommodation in a range of stylish suites and villas. Stunning ocean views, exceptional service and a good mix of activities and facilities make the resort a worthy contender for the dream beach holiday destination.
Each of the resort’s lavishly-decorated, supremely spacious lodgings has its own private plunge pool, hardwood deck and memorable ocean and forest views. A complimentary buggy service is available to take guests from their rooms to facilities such as the superb restaurant, indulgent spa and well-appointed fitness centre. Three yoga classes are included in the rates per day, along with kayaking, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and paddle boating.
With its fun-filled Kids for All Seasons and adventurous Teen Explorers programmes, the resort caters as well to families as it does to those looking for a romantic beach getaway.
Home to the international airport and the capital city of Victoria, the 155 square kilometre Mahé Island is the largest and most popular of the Seychelles’s 155 islands. It 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.
Victoria is a charming town with old colonial buildings, a buzzing market, beautiful botanical gardens and modern shopping plazas, not to mention extremely warm and welcoming locals.
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.
Mahé is renowned for its stunning beaches, of which Petite Anse is arguably the most picturesque. Four Seasons guests are therefore able to experience the best that the Seychelles has to offer, while enjoying the clarity and warmth of the bluest of ocean waters.
The resort’s contemporary-style villas and suites are spread out across the lush hillsides that rise up from the cove. Options range from one-bedroomed villas sleeping two guests, to huge private residences with four bedrooms and one hilltop residence with five bedrooms. The suites and villas higher up on the hill offer magnificent vistas, while those on the level of the beach and garden are perfectly suited for families with young children. At minimal cost, the rooms can be childproofed and childminding services can be arranged.
While their locations and sizes differ, all the rooms have plush beds, lounge areas, air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities and flatscreen televisions with DVD players. The en-suite bathrooms have twin basins, a bidet and a cavernous sunken bath, along with indoor and outdoor showers. Guests can relax outdoors on a spacious deck, taking advantage of their private plunge pool. Several of the larger villas also boast private Jacuzzis.
Due to the steepness of the hills, most guests opt to make use of the complimentary golf buggy shuttle, which is an efficient way to reach the main resort or the beach.
The resort’s facilities include spacious lounges, the stylish ZEZ Restaurant and an adjoining deck area with a pond and spectacular views over the hills. The spa and fitness centre occupy a lofty position on the hillside and are appointed with absolutely everything needed to create a sense of mental and physical well-being. There is also a large pool for adults to enjoy, while the kids play around in a shallow paddle pool and the fantastical kids’ club building.
Four Seasons Seychelles offers an extraordinary variety of activities, of which only a few are mentioned here. The horseshoe-shaped bay is a sheltered, idyllically beautiful spot to relax and allow the hotel staff to spoil you with cocktails and snacks. Guests can try their hand at a number of complimentary watersports activities, learn to surf, take part in a unique game of Coconut Petanque or explore the deep blue sea through fishing or scuba diving trips.
The resort’s concierge service can arrange luxury guided tours of Mahe, taking guests to the capital of Victoria, tea plantations and the rum distillery. For a further taste of the island’s rich culture, be sure to book a Creole cookery class or a spot at the Creole Night, which takes place on Saturdays and includes everything from traditional dancing to flavoursome local seafood dishes.
Those with a creative flair can take part in a unique personalised art experience that starts with a picturesque hike through cinnamon and takamaka trees to a natural clearing selected by locally renowned artist Nigel Henri. This spot boasts magical views over the turquoise water, granite coastline and green hills, creating the perfect material for guests to use for their own painting.
At sunset, golfers can head to the seaside to drive eco-friendly golf balls into the ocean. The Ecobioballs are 100% safe to marine life, biodegrading in less than 48 hours to release fish food into the water.