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 accommodation.
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 watersports.
- Jungle spa offering healing Asian treatments
- Sea-view infinity pool set amongst the island's giant granite boulders
- Gallery showcasing local artwork
- Tennis court and fitness centre with yoga on offer
- Botanical and Spice Garden
OUT & ABOUT
- Take a drive to the capital's vibrant Selwyn Clark Market
- Spend a day island-hopping or catamaran sailing
- Complimentary watersports including canoeing and snorkelling
- Walking or cycling to see birds nesting in the wetlands
- Watch hawksbill turtles nesting on the beach (Oct-Feb)
WINE & DINE
- Sushi and champagne to the sound of local R&B at La Varangue Bar
- Award-winning South-east Asian cuisine at Saffron
- International specialities by the sea at Au Jardin d'Epice
- Creole fine dining - Chez Lamar
- Dine on the rocks, by the sea, or in the Moonlight Gazebo