The Four Seasons Hotel is set in 77 hectares of land on the South Coast of Mahe in the Seychelles and was opened in 2009. The accommodation comprises a variety of villa rooms, ranging from one right up to eight room suite villas set into the hilltop (very reminiscent of the 4 Seasons Koh Samui in Thailand) for large families or groups of friends that may want to stay together.
You can choose between staying in a garden villa or an ocean view villa, buggy seems to be the preferred mode of transport at the resort, but while accommodation is self contained, very private and villa based, you never feel excluded or not part of what’s going on, it’s not a stuffy resort at all.
The bathrooms all have private outdoor showers. The decking area has an infinity pool and it’s great to see lavish use of natural materials that still feel and look luxurious. The natural materials theme continues throughout the hotel and my favourite was the enormous (could seat around 20 ) irregular shaped table in the poolside restaurant that was made out of a whole local Breadfruit tree trunk !
As well as the informal dining area the hotel has a swanky Sushi bar restaurant called Zez, that wouldn’t look out of place in New York.
The hotel Spa isn’t merely a nod in the direction of wellness, from the moment you enter the grown up reception area the atmosphere is one of serious health in a very upmarket kind of way, from the breathtaking views of the sea as seen through the floor to ceiling glass windows to the plush designer guild upholstered relaxing sofas to the intricately carved roof of the yoga pavilion. Being a yoga buff I was really pleased they have a resident South Indian yogi who conducts classes twice a day here.
And if Sun Salutations are not your thing, then you can do a Sunset Namaskar on the Spa’s rooftop gallery with a cocktail or mocktail.
The beach is all you’d expect from this area of the Seychelles and snorkeling masks and flippers are free.
It’s not a cheap hotel but if you can afford to even spend a couple of nights here, it’s worth it and of course memories of your stay here will be priceless.
Compare the 4 Seasons Hotel with the newly branded Hilton Labriz resort on Silhouette Island in next weeks post on DoinDubai.com