We are a couple engaged in design and architecture, travelling with our 13 year old daughter, just back from a week stay at Four Seasons. The hotel takes advantage of a splendid location and an intelligent, generous layout. The rooms are very comfortable and wellcoming, their space well articulated, both indoor and outdoor. We booked a garden villa, which had no view to the sea but was surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. It was quiet, secluded and shady, allowing maximum privacy and the convenient vicinity to pool and beach. During our stay, I walked around and, while not willing to intrude in other people's spaces, looked at views and orientation and came to the conclusion that next time we will ask for a sea view in the lower to middle level, possibly located to the right side of the resort (looking down to the beach from the reception area). The higher the level, the better the view gets, of course, but then there is a bit of ups and downs to endure for getting to beach and restaurants. A mild exercise, and easily avoidable by using the very curteous and prompt service of the many buggies at the guests' permanent disposal. We didn't use these much, but when we asked for it, never had to wait more than a couple of minutes...
The garden suite, leafy and soothing after a day in the sun, had also the good side of "forcing" us to get out of its cocooning, and taking full advantage of the beach, which is just perfect: no other words can describe it. The beach service was good, providing an endless string of fresh towels, juices and water, evian spray and sunglasses' cleaning, feet massage and fruits' snacks. Apart the sybaritic side, the water is warm, and clear, the sand white, the plants provide a most necessary, balmy shade and refuge to thousands of singing birds, while just a few meters from the shore lays a rich, lively and colorful underwater world, full of life and surprises. I am a keen, expert diver, and thought that "resort diving" would not be particularly intesting, at least for me. I was wrong. A well organized diving operation is running with impeccable precision and procedures, allowing rather interesting dives at short distance from the bay where the resort is located. And i had the further surprise of seeing in a casual snorkeling done along the shore some creatures that are not even so frequently spotted in open waters: eagle rays (two big and a delightful baby one, perfect in her miniature being, no more than 15 cm wide: never saw something like this in more than 500 logged dives in many and very diverse sites i had the good luck to go to, over the last years), napoleon wrasses, barracudas, bumphead parrot fishes, sting rays of different sorts, and all the more common reef fishes one can see in healthy, well preserved environments. The resorts' dive center is well equipped and well organized, handled by a young, competent and enthusiastic girl. The outsorced diving operation runs smoothly and nicely, and i noticed with pleasure the safety equipment and procedures not many operators finally care to gear themselves and their guests with.
The pool area is very attractive, located just near the beach, with plenty of space, sun and shade, a plesant bar/lounge setting and service and the good creole restaurant.
In spite of our not so high expectations, due to some of the written reviews, we found the food good, tasty and neat, albeith (as expected) a bit expensive or, rather, i would better say, handled with a bit lesser generous attitude than all the rest. Prices are high, indeed, but can be justified by some further little improvements here and there, either in the size of portions, or in the quality and choice of certain components: for example, i asked for a fruit platter, as a late afternoon snack, were the fruits were not particularly good, nor particularly plentiful, and this shall not happen at this level of prices, better say that this is not available, and offer something else instead. This being said, we eat well, varied and even sometimes especially enjoyed the offer (the indian night, for instance). Personnel was polite and pleasant, although perhaps the relation is slightly less personal compared to other individual boutique resorts we have been going to. On the other hand, Four Seasons is a serious brand, and a well established chain, so it is also normal that general organization sometimes overcomes a more personal, customized and individualized approach. All in all, we were satisfied by the courtesy, attentiveness and good spirit of the many people engaged in managing the many tasks that running such an operation requires. And we are definitely loking forward to go back as soon as possible.
One single "professional" suggestion to the management: please do check the relation table/chair, some of the dining tables are quite high, while the seating position is too low, and viceversa (such is the case of the Sezz lounge). This not only it is uncomfortable, but also makes one's eating habits and position rather unelegant! Sitting low is certainly more relaxed, but not if the table is too high, or the chair/settee is too deep (like at the bar at the beach): just provide extra cushions, and everything will be fine.
And, oops: provide free wifi throughout, this is not anymore an issue to be discussed or dealt with by charging extra! It looks petty, and you shall not.
Thanks for your patience, and see you again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Seychelles’ best kept secret – a tropical amphitheatre of treetop villas circling the idyllic white smile of Mahé’s Petite Anse bay. Descend down lushly forested paths to the secluded powder-sand beach or rise to the dramatic heights of the contemporary spa, cantilevered off the hillside with views that stretch forever. The villa interiors are inspired by rustic Seychellois and French colonial style. Simple, whitewashed timber slat walls allow our carefully curated collection of objets d’art to sing. The verandah, day bed pavilion, and infinity plunge pool set off unencumbered views of tropical greenery, the white sand enclosed in the bay, and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. With only 67 villas and suites raised on stilts amongst mango, jackfruit and cinnamon trees on a 180-hectare site nestled in the natural amphitheatre of Petite Anse, the resort is a haven of untouched nature and peaceful isolation. From castaway days to vibrant Creole nights, bask in the cultural and culinary essences of the Seychelles infused with legendary Four Seasons care.Treehouse villas have their own private infinity pool cleverly integrated into vast wooden terraces, indoor and outdoor showers and large ocean-view baths. Journey to wellness at the hilltop spa where yoga and invigorating treatments await. Relaxation next to the white powder sands and azure waters is taken to the next level by a beach service tailored to make your time in the warm Seychelles climate as comfortable as possible, while recreation activities bring fun and adventure to those looking to try something new. "Kids for All Seasons" will keep young guests entertained, allowing parents to spend private moments together. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Hotel Baie Lazare
- 4 Seasons Resort Seychelles
- Four Seasons Seychelles
- Four Seasons Baie Lazare
- Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Mahe Island