The Maldives gets all the buzz as the main destination for luxurious beach escapes, but the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean neighbour, is fast at its heels. Billionaires, royalty and mega-celebrities regularly escape to this remote African paradise — comprised of 115 pristine islands based 1,000 miles off the Tanzanian coast — to bliss out at some of the world’s finest beaches and exclusive resorts.
From villas with infinity pools to $5,000-a-night private island retreats, read on for the Seychelles’ most sensational luxury resorts.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Six Senses Zil Payson, which debuted in late 2016, is the latest private island paradise in the Seychelles. The resort features thirty spiffy personal pool villas, an oceanfront spa, a large saltwater pool and several restaurant and bar options. Each villa has a designated Guest Experience Manager, ensuring premium levels of attention and service, and is conveniently located near neighboring islands for off-site excursions.
Website: Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Four Seasons Seychelles
Based along the postcard-perfect beach Petite Anse, Four Seasons Seychelles has 67 handsome villas — each with a touch of Creole-inspired design — nestled amongst the jungle. Villas include a private infinity pool, indoor and outdoor showers, a lounge deck, a day-bed gazebo. The modern spa, perched on a granitic hilltop, provides one of the best, sweeping views of Mahe Island.
Website: Four Seasons Seychelles
North Island is, arguably, the Seychelles’ most exclusive address. The private island has just 11 (massive) beachside villas and has hosted some of the world’s most famous couples, including George and Amal Clooney and Prince William and Duchess Kate. For $5,000 per night, Villa Butlers cater to your every whim — champagne picnic breakfast on a secluded beach, anyone? — and all guests receive a complimentary spa massage and personal buggy.
Website: North Island