What We Love
- Le Robinson, a chic beach restaurant on the far side of the island
- Bicycles parked outside your villa (charges apply for rentals)
- Coco du mer grows wild in the island’s woodland
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Popular with young families
- The huge villas start at 1.614 square feet
- The mainland is just 10 minutes away and is always within view
- Airport car and boat transfers are an additional fee; please see the details section for more information.
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
Understated and traditional. Interiors might not excite design aficionados, but the look is tasteful and elegant. Rooms feature an abundance of wood and stone with a liberal sprinkling of tropical accents. Red tile roofs, rope bridges and Eastern-style ornamental pools give the communal areas an exotic feel.
Bed and Bath
The lodgings are spread across 500 acres, so you don’t need to worry about keeping the noise down. Rooms are individual sea-facing villas with kingsize beds, rattan furniture and wooden decks with daybeds, each backing onto a shared tropical garden brimming with frangipani and hibiscus trees. Twenty-nine have private pools.
Sunworshippers and families will be delighted by the crescents of white sand. Lined with palm trees and flanked by striking granite boulders, they nail the tropical-island-hideaway fantasy. The shallow, warm water is ideal for little ones and snorkelers, and there’s a raft of non-motorized water sports on offer. French chef Jacques Lollier oversees the menus in the four restaurants, which cover the culinary spectrum from fresh seafood to Mediterranean favorites and all kinds of international dishes including Le Robinson, an intimate driftwood-strewn restaurant with just 10 tables. There’s a spa with two hammams and a range of Clarins treatments, plus two tennis courts. But best of all are the botanical gardens. Dense with takamaka trees and foliage that looks as if it could wrestle you to the ground, this unmanicured portion of the resort is also home to the elusive coco du mer, so it’s well worth exploring. And don’t forget the giant tortoises — there are three living on the island in a leafy enclosure.
In the Area
Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles (and home to the international airport) is just 10 minutes by boat from the resort. The daily food market in the tiny capital of Victoria overflows with fresh line-caught fish and all manner of curious fruit and vegetables. If you’re looking for something to take home, artist Michael Adams welcomes visitors to his studio/gallery in Anse aux Poules Bleues. Le Jardin du Roi is a genteel reimagining of a traditional plantation. Surrounded by gardens brimming with citronella, cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s a wonderful place for a stroll and has a charming open-air restaurant. For a lick of the local tipple, there’s an array of rums on tap at La Plaine St. André, and for local food La Perle Noire does a top-notch grilled red snapper. Late night drinkers will find company at the Pirate Arms.