The Four Seasons on Mahe is simply stunning. Yes,let's get this out of the way first, it's stunningly expensive, and if money is a real issue then you should probably avoid or else don't find out what the exchange rate is (everything is priced in Seychelles rupees and just as well). But to be fair to the hotel, the whole of the Seychelles is very expensive - if you're after a bargain go to Mauritius instead. Or sell some possessions because the Seychelles is a whole lot nicer than Mauritius. If you eat frugally and don't drink wine then you can manage the cost a bit. Our food bill came out cheaper than it would have been if I'd booked half board. The food, incidentally, is fine, although non-fish eating vegetarians may get a bit bored after a few days.
We got upgraded from a garden view villa to an ocean view one, and - wow, what a view. And what a room. Normally when I stay in even the most sumptuous of hotels I always feel a tad disappointed by the room, but here, once the guy had shown us round, we did a little jig of excitement. The bathroom was the size of most hotel bedrooms, with a sunken marble bath big enough to swim in (well, my son could float in it without touching the sides or bottom) and looking out over the aforementioned view. Just outside was a "plunge" pool which you could definitely swim in, with an infinity edge, again looking over that view. There was an outside shower (with the view!) and two-tiered deck with a couple of loungers, and a separate outdoor bed pavilion. Most of the villas are built on stilts on the (steep) hillside so you're at the same level as the tops of the coconut palms. The sea is the most amazing turquoise blue and fruit bats fly overhead. The huge bedroom had two double beds surrounded by mosquito nets (very romantic if you're not sharing with kids like we were!) and a sofa and table with a daily array of fresh fruit. Pity I didn't work out how to eat a mangosteen till the last day. I was feeling incredibly stressed when I left the UK as we'd been trying to sell our house and only exchanged two days before we left for the Seychelles, but just being in this beautiful place made all my stress disappear and I felt (unusually for me) almost serene. Even with two little kids in tow.
I simply don't get some of the comments I've read about service here. The service was perfect - the Seychellois people were lovely and friendly without the slightly annoying obsequiousness you sometimes get in Asia. if you wanted something you could collar any member of staff and they'd just get on with it. The buggies were prompt, with really friendly drivers (and while I'm on the subject of buggies, a lot of people have said these were a bit of a pain as they had to use them to get anywhere, but my kids (aged 4 and 6) loved them - they were one of the highlights of the holiday for them and made me glad we were a bit further from the main centre (although still only a five minute walk)). On our last day my husband had a problem with his Blackberry and an IT staff member appeared promptly to help out.
My kids used the kids club. The hotel was pretty empty when we were there (last week in August) so they were usually the only kids there. They both really enjoyed it, and it was handily situated by the main pool so we could easily drop them off for a couple of hours while we lounged on the beach or by the pool.
The beach was like paradise, with soft white sand and gorgeous blue and turquoise water, fringed by palm and casuarina trees. The helpful beach boys led you to a lounger and provided a jug of water. We were there during the South East monsoon which is supposedly cooler and drier than the North West one during the Northern Hemisphere's winter. However it was still quite wet and the sea was a bit rough - but not so rough that you couldn't swim from the beach. There's a reef off to oneside - the hotel lends you snorkelling equipment and it's well worth it for the amazing variety of fish, including small rays that swim near to the beach.
The only downside I can think of is that the hotel is so unutterably lovely that everywhere else is a bit of a comedown afterwards. We spent four nights here then went to the Lemuria on Praslin, but to be honest it would have been better to do it in reverse as it made the Lemuria seem a bit shoddy in comparison (although worth doing as there's much more to do on Praslin than on Mahe).
The Seychelles as a honeymoon destination is a bit of a cliche but I really can't see how any bride would be disappointed with a stay at this wonderful place.
- 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:
- 4 Seasons Resort Seychelles
- Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Hotel Baie Lazare
- Four Seasons Seychelles
- Four Seasons Baie Lazare
- Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Mahe Island