Paradise on earth? It’s that small dot in the Indian Ocean on your map. Pristine and isolated, the Seychelles archipelago is located off the coast of East Africa and comprised of 115 islands that sprawl across the glittering turquoise water. Its extreme remote location and breathtaking, elysian vistas has made this chain of isles, which has two UNESCO-protected sites, a prime destination for honeymooners, eager to spend their first days in solitude in a real-life Eden, or for those just looking for unbelievable beaches, where the sand is a mosaic of white and pink and the lush, green mountains lining the distance create a sensation of complete seclusion.
With an array of islands to choose from, each with their own distinct charm, visitors to the Seychelles are given the opportunity to explore by wandering from one gorgeous location to the next, finding time to rest on uninhabited beaches overlooking the winding miles of reefs. We have compiled a list of our five favorite resorts that are both luxurious and sustainable throughout this verdant, vibrant island country.
1. The Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare
The Kempinski Seychelles Resort (pictured at top) is an ideal base from which to explore the island’s attractions and nature. The five-star resort is located in Baie Lazare, at the southern tip of Seychelle’s main island, Mahe, and just 30 minutes from the international airport.
In the Sea View Garden Room, meditate to the rolling sound of the ocean on your own terrace, then take a short stroll to the sand to feel its ebb and flow. Nature lovers will be in heaven in the Hill View Room, where you will be greeted each morning with the sight of the dense tropical forest’s placid lagoons and stunning granite rock formations that grace the island.
When you stay at the Kempinski, you will be part of the sights, sounds and smells of Mahe’s inimitable nature, while resting in comfort surrounded by chic contemporary decor.
It was the first hotel in the Seychelles to qualify for the country’s Sustainable Tourism label. In fact, it excelled by 68% above the certification requirements, speaking to the management’s sense of responsibility to preserving a country where 70% of its economy relies on tourism.
Using correct and effective waste management, as well as water reuse and recycling programs, the Kempinski has set a standard for sustainable tourism in a country known as a natural treasure.
Photo: Didier Baertschiger, CC-BY-SA
2. The Constance Ephelia Restort
If you are looking for the ultimate luxury during your stay in Seychelles, embrace the decadent lodging of The Constance Ephelia Resort. Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahe, spanning 120 hectares teeming with thickets of verdant vegetation. Roaming the lush landscape of the hotel grounds, you’ll spot the marine national park of Port Launay in the distance.
Their rooming options are extensive. Stay in one of the Tropical Garden View Room and wake up to a fresh breath of breeze flowing throughout the lush garden. In the junior suites, private furnished terraces (perfect for sunbathing!) are only steps from the beach. When you stay in one of the Spa Villas, you will rest peacefully in your own private sanctuary. Other accommodation options include the Tropical Garden View Rooms, Senior Suites, Family Villas, Beach Villas or the unique Presidential Suite.
Each accommodation is elegantly decorated in a style that incorporates the natural granitic landscape of the island with a clean contemporary style. Views include either the luxurious garden or a partial view of the Indian ocean. No matter which lodging you choose, every corner of the hotel grounds is prime space for sunbathing, meditating or simply just taking in the island air. However, to take your state of relaxation to maximum overdrive, be sure not to miss your chance to experience the U Spa within the resort. Choose from an extensive list of treatments to rejuvenate, in the perfect location of the surrounding island paradise.