Located on the south-western coast of the
Seychelles' main island, Mahé, Banyan Tree Seychelles
hides away in a privileged location, where dense forests of palms
and native takamaka meet a beach that regularly appears on lists
outlining the 'best beaches in the world'. The design is a
combination of colonial plantation and contemporary cool, with
Banyan's signature Asian influences combining beautifully with
local Seychellois architecture, defined by the high ceilings, airy
verandas and louvered doors. The 700-metre swathe of sand, private
pools and spa offer the chance for rest and relaxation, while the
many activities - from watersports to forest walks - ensure itchy
feet never become a problem.
The 60 villas are scattered across a lush green hillside and
along the beach. All have private pools and provide a lovely sense
of seclusion. Hillside Pool Villas afford panoramic views; while
Pool Villas by the Rocks allow you to listen to the sound of the
waves crashing on the rocks, and Beachfront Pool Villas, designed
by local artist George Camille, lie closest to the beach.
Intendance Bay Pool Villas provide a splendid bird's eye view of
the ocean, bay and tropical mountains, with a set of walkways
connecting the villa to its private pool. The Two Bedroom Double
Pool Villa is one of the larger villas, with two bedrooms, two
private pools and extensive outdoor space. Perhaps the most
luxurious of all the villas, the Presidential Villa occupies a
private cove and has spacious living and dining pavilions as well
as a large sundeck with infinity pool and jet pool. It can be
combined with a Hillside Pool villa to create a large two bedroom
Rejuvenation, relaxation and pampering.
Banyan welcomes guests of all ages, with a number of
villas suitable for families travelling together. There is no
children's club, so the resort is best suited to self-sufficient
families, but the range of activities means plenty to keep everyone
occupied. Options include watching turtles hatch their eggs,
visiting local villages and towns, sailing excursions and
One of the things I loved about Banyan Tree is that the team would happily prepare a picnic for lunch, meaning you could wander all the way along the beautiful beach to find a private spot without having to traipse back and smarten up for lunch. The spa treatments were another highlight; try the Harmony Banyan treatment, the highlight of which is a massage conducted by two therapists, or perhaps the Royal Banyan treatment, which features the Royal Thai Acupressure massage to improve circulation and alleviate muscle tension.
Tranquil, stylish resort on one of the world’s best beaches.