With a host of awards under its belt - including being listed as one of ‘Forbes Travel Guide’s top 10 beach resorts around the world 2012’ - Raffles Seychelles is an idyllic Indian Ocean retreat, a dreamy, quiet escape from the hustle of modern life.
As we come into what is often deemed the best time to visit the Seychelles (between February and April when there’s plenty of sunshine and gentle breezes), we thought we’d put the spotlight on this luxury resort to uncover the many reasons it should be next on your travel wish list, as well as hearing what our Travel Specialist Julia Whittington thought during her recent visit.
Surrounded by natural wonders – including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai, world-famous Anse Lazio beach, and Curieuse Island, home to a population of giant tortoises – Raffles Seychelles is set in a stunning natural environment.
The exquisite villas at Raffles Seychelles boast their own private plunge pools and sublime views, and are amongst some of the most spacious on the islands. Each of the one and two-bedroom villas comes with 24-hour Raffles signature butler service to see to your every whim, and there is complimentary Wifi throughout the whole resort.
The long sandy beach has no current, making it wonderful for a dip or for trying your hand at a complimentary watersport, while keen snorkelers can be taken to a nearby reef (by road or boat) for a dip into the blue.
A real highlight of the resort is the award-winning Raffles Spa, the largest spa in the Seychelles, which offers a range of signature treatments, beauty therapies and yoga, Pilates and meditation classes. For the ultimate spa experience, two spa suites are fitted with Japanese soaking tubs, steam showers and observation decks to recline with a cup of herbal tea post-treatment.
If you’re travelling as a family, there are facilities for younger VIPs too, with one of the largest kids’ clubs in the Seychelles, offering a daily schedule of activities for tots to teens.
Having recently returned from a visit to Raffles Seychelles to ensure she has up-to-date first-hand knowledge of the resort to inspire her clients, our Travel Specialist Julia Whittington reports back…
“Located on the island of Praslin - which is just a short 15 minute flight from the main island of Mahé – Raffles Seychelles is well worth the extra time to get there.
What sets this hotel apart from others in the Seychelles is the large bright villas with modern, contemporary furnishings and a spacious outdoor area, which proffer a feeling of openness and showcase the stunning views. They also come with one and two-bedroom options and all have their own plunge pool, spacious balcony and outdoor pavilion.
There are plenty of dining options to tempt you, all with a different atmosphere and style, with four restaurants, including a sushi room, and four bars… meaning there really is something for everyone.
As far as activities go, there is a very large pool next to the fabulous beach, a wide range of watersports, the largest spa in the Seychelles and a kids’ club which caters for all ages including teens up to 18-years-old and under fours (if they are accompanied by a babysitter).
The resort’s close proximity to the world famous Anse Lazio beach was a real selling point for me, and a great excuse to get out and explore.”
“I've been to five-star places in the past, but my trip to the Raffles Resort was my first real shot at super-luxury, and amazingly, I found I could relax for once. The complete feeling of wellbeing was generated by the absolute beauty of the Seychelles and the sheer luxury of the resort. And then there was the sublime service,” wrote BBC presenter Rozina Ali in The Mail on Sunday following a trip with us to Raffles Seychelles a few years ago.
It’s this focus on luxury that makes the experience so exceptional, and if you’re visiting for a special occasion we can add indulgent extras to make your stay even more so. How about arriving into the resort by helicopter, landing on the resort’s own helipad? Or a sunset massage on a yacht?
If you’re visiting Raffles Seychelles for a romantic occasion such as your wedding then you can plant a ‘tree of love’ to mark the memory, then relax à deux with a spa treatment that uses crushed pearls. Then of course there are the five-star luxuries that come as standard; cocktails made at your table at Danzi Lounge Bar, private in-villa dining, the sumptuous Indian buffet each Saturday and Creole cooking classes. Raffles is Seychellois indulgence at its best!