TWO KINDS OF BLISS
The Seychelles is the ultimate holiday destination for the world’s elite – and the islands’ two Four Seasons resorts are the finest places to enjoy these jewels of the Indian Ocean. This is a place of heartbreaking beauty and vulnerability, where guests can swim in pristine waters, luxuriate on white-sand beaches,
surf past hawksbill and green turtles, or scuba dive into the crater of a sunken volcano before ending the day enjoying saké-flamed black cod and an expertly mixed cocktail. A place where guests relax in villas with private pools and unwind in gardens planted with mangrove, bougainvillea and frangipani.
“You come to these islands for their breathtaking natural beauty,” says Britta Krug, Senior Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. “Our two resorts are the perfect gateway into this paradise. They are located on two very different islands but complement each other perfectly.”
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 mainly uninhabited islands. The main one, Mahe, is a grand granitic island that is home to four-fifths of the Seychelles’ population, and the site of the country’s capital, Victoria. It is also home to Four Seasons Mahe, an impressive resort on the stunning southern side of the island. The resort’s villas and private retreats offer expansive views across Petite Answe Bay and access to Mahe’s lush jungle, while guests have access to a hilltop spa and several high-end eateries, including the sushi restaurant Koi and the Southeast Asian specialist Zez.
“Typically, guests will fly into Victoria and use Four Seasons Mahe as their base,” says Britta. “Some will stay here for the duration, but many will take the 35-minute flight to our other resort on Desroches Island.” Desroches is one of the main coralline isles that make up the archipelago’s Outer Islands. Just 6 km long and 1 km wide, it was once a coconut plantation and fishing lodge, and is home to a small Creole village inhabited by the government’s island manager and his staff – including a conservation officer who is responsible for rehabilitating the island’s thick forests and preserving the native giant tortoises. The rest of the island is home to the Four Seasons’ collection of elegant private retreats and villas, each with its own pool and access to 14 km of pristine beaches.
Four Seasons opened the resort in March 2018 and has since made respecting the island’s delicate ecology while offering five-star luxury a priority. There are witty details – tropical leaf-print designs, flamingo-pink furniture and generously sized beds for guests to fall into – as well two high-end restaurants: Claudine fuses Indian Ocean specialities with French and Italian cuisine, while The Lighthouse serves locally sourced produce (particularly fresh fish) from a restored old lighthouse. Such first-world luxury, however, comes allied to local joys that are unique to Desroches. All residences come with bicycles, making it simple to explore the island, while diving instructors can escort guests around the clear ocean’s many wonders, including an underwater volcano.
“Desroches is a particularly family-friendly resort,” says Britta. “We have a children’s club and a teen lounge where trained staff will look after juniors, keeping them entertained with state-of-the-art technology. We even introduce them to giant tortoises (pictured, left) as part of an environmental education. But you’ll also see families cycling with picnic baskets, or taking part in windsurfing or fishing expeditions together. This is truly a paradise that everyone can enjoy.”