Without a doubt, the Seychelles is the stuff of dreams – the lull of the Indian Ocean, nights scented with stars and broken vanilla pods, beaches so white they blind you, and some of the most lavish resorts in the world. It’s no wonder then, that the Four Seasons decided to plant their seed back in 2009 on the island of Mahe and from it bloomed a place of pure splendor.
The South West side of Mahe is one of those magical spots, especially in the virginal hills draped around the horseshoe shaped bay of Petite Anse. This is where the Four Seasons finds its home. The allure of the sheltered bay is a big draw, along with the perfectly framed sunset that sinks like a golden stone between the headlands.
With Eden like surroundings, the only place to rest your head is in the height of the trees. The Four Seasons has been ingeniously designed so that the private villas stand on soaring stilts, staggered so that everyone shares the same designer view of blue horizon melding with fizzy pink skies.
Each villa boasts its own beautiful teak sanded deck, with serene infinity pools and treehouse inspired interiors adorned in classical luxury touches. Canopied beds are dressed in white, woods are polished dark, and pavilions are perfectly placed for lingering on day beds with cucumber and mint cocktails. Sunken tubs, outdoor showers, and floor to ceiling windows are a few more touches that will make your heart soar as high as the trees you sleep in.
The tiered gardens can be steep, plunging you into the heady scent of frangipani and orchids when taking the buggy rides from suite to restaurant, beach and bar. The whole complex sprawls across the hills, making you feel as though you are lost on some secluded island.
You barely need to leave the world the Four Seasons has carefully curated. The infinity pool edging the floury sands captures a chic and trendy beach club vibe, with beautiful people milling around, sipping drinks and plunging into cerulean kissed waters.
Pop up beach barbecues aren’t shy about serving up beautifully blackened lobster and the catch of the day for lunch. A good book, a killer cocktail, and the occasional dip in the Indian Ocean and you have all the ingredients you need. For the more active traveler, you can fill every hour or every day with snorkeling trips, sailing adventures, island hopping, and kayaking alongside turtle filled waters. Back on land and the hotel are more than happy to arrange painting lessons with local artists or yoga sessions with the in-house instructor.
The spa is geared towards tip to toe healing – calling on rituals with seawater and spiced cinnamon. Alongside healing therapies like rose quartz facials, heated sea shell massages, you can also hike out into the mountains and practice meditation.
The open air ZEZ restaurant is a perfect place for endless breakfast brunches and delightful dinners. The feeling of dining as bright birds dip and soar through the room makes you catch your breath in delight every time. The ZEZ lounge is responsible for incredible cocktail and sushi platters come the evening, or those seeking informal creole fayre – Kannel is the other choice eatery. Kanel is the place for palm heart salads, crab swimming in coconut bechamel, honey soaked banana fritters and pineapple carpaccio.
Room rates at the Four Seasons start at $1200 for a garden view villa and go to $13000 for a six bed residence.